Sherlock not ending any time soon says Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has committed himself to playing Sherlock Holmes for the foreseeable future in the BBC’s popular modernisation of the Conan Doyle stories.

The actor told TV Line that making the show was a labour of love. "It's something I'm not going to give up on," he said. "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."

Cumberbatch added that as each series only featured three episodes, filming the show was not in any danger of becoming a chore. "I think the normal fear of over-stretching the mark and just doing too many doesn't apply."

With the show gaining popularity worldwide, Cumberbatch wants to see the characters develop. Past Holmes adaptations have tended to feature much older actors, and Cumberbatch feels that is the appreciable difference with the new show.

"I'd like to see Sherlock getting older," he said. "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."

The last series left something of a cliffhanger, with fans being asked to find a way to explain how Holmes managed to cheat death after falling from a building. Forums and message-boards have been buzzing with theories. The new series begins filming early in 2013.

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