Some people get frustrated with the current economic climate in the U.S. Others, they get boiling mad that Sherlock, series 3 hasn’t aired yet. That goes for Brits and Yanks a like. There hasn’t been much good news in Washington lately, but for ye Sherlock fans, we do have a great update.

Just a few days ago Boomtron delivered the word that series 3 had gone through its first read-through with the cast and would begin shooting the first episode next Monday. Yes, that’s still happening, and yes, that’s still considered a silver lining when you take into consideration some production delays felt by fans of the Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman headlining quirky drama.

Today we can report that a series 4 is very likely. According to Radio Times, the exciting news came directly from the star of Sherlock.

“We’ve agreed to two more [series] but I could get into trouble for saying that,” Cumberbatch said at the South Bank Show Awards. “All I know at the moment is we’re doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three. I just don’t know what there is beyond that.”

He further suggested that the reality of a 4th season would depend on the schedule of co-creator Steven Moffat, as well as the schedules of the two leads. Their “availability” is in question now. Cumberbatch and Freeman are movie stars, too, you know, but not in a snooty way. Both have parts in the new Lord of the Rings trilogy, which kicked off with The Hobbit. And let’s not forget Cumberbatch’s scream worthy debut in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel.

Either way you’ll have your series 3 soon enough. It’s scheduled to debut later this year. Do give them time. Filming doesn’t start until March 18th, as I said. The series is always worth the wait. It won Freeman a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor and the same for Best Drama Series. Steven Moffat also won a British Academy Television Craft Award for his writing of the “A Scandal in Belgravia” episode. These are just a few accolades. I personally had great fun seeing the modern take of the classic caper, “The Hounds of Baskerville”, in series 2.