Despite racking up a number of roles in Hollywood films lately, including The Hobbit and Star Trek 2, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch has said he’ll always make time to star in BBC series Sherlock.
A third series of the detective show has been commissioned and production is set to begin in early 2013.
“It's something I'm not going to give up on," he told TVLine. “I love it too much. It's hard work, but it's so rewarding and such a lovely bunch of people who do it.
“We love our fans and we love what it's created. It's an incredible thing to be part of [and] it doesn't happen that often. Don't worry, it's not going to disappear.”
Sherlock: The older years
By the sounds of things, Benedict is keen to keep going way after the third series.
“I'd like to see [Sherlock] getting older. We're starting quite young. It's rare to see Holmes and Watson at the beginning of their relationship; we usually join them in their mid-to-late 40s or 50s. I've got a way to go. I mean, I'm only 35.
“We only do three [episodes] at a time, so I think the normal fear of over-stretching the mark and just doing too many [doesn't apply],” he added.
Benedict first came to our attention as Sherlock in 2010. This series also stars The Office’s Martin Freeman as Watson.
So what do you think – are you happy to hear there could be many more episodes of Sherlock?