Co-writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss has today announced the intended approximate running time for the BBC's upcoming one-off Special episode of their beloved detective drama Sherlock. First revealed to the world last week, the Special will precede a fourth season of three further 90-minute adventures, continuing the ongoing narrative raised in "His Last Vow" regarding the supposed resurrection of Jim Moriarty.
Given that the show's third season was also preceded by a (abruptly-announced) 7-minute prologue instalment which went by the name of "Many Happy Returns", some fans have justifiably speculated since the Beeb's press release that the aforementioned Special would feature a similar running time. Thankfully, though, those predictions apparently couldn't be further from the truth, as evidenced by Gatiss' tweet this morning, which read as follows:
For some reason, people seem to think the #Sherlock special will be about 7 mins long. It’s episode 10, my dears. It’ll be 90!There you have it, then, folks. A definitive running time for the as-of-yet untitled tenth episode won't be officially confirmed until the instalment in question has been filmed and post-production has taken place during the first half of 2015, but we can at least rest assured that at the very least, it'll match its predecessors' 90-minute running time. Martin Freeman did originally additionally indicate that the Special would be a festive one and therefore would transmit as part of BBC One's Christmas 2015 programming schedule, yet we'll only officially report details of the broadcast window once we've heard it direct from the proverbial horse's mouth.
— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) July 8, 2014
Sherlock will return with a one-off Special on BBC One in 2015.