28/04/2016 13:22 BST | Updated 28/04/2016 13:39 BST

'Sherlock' Season 4 Release Date Teased By Martin Freeman

'We are back filming now...'

Martin Freeman has teased fans of when they can expect the new series of 'Sherlock'. 

The actor, who plays Doctor Watson on the hit BBC drama, has revealed he believes the much-awaited fourth season will hit our screens near Christmas. 

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will be back in 'Sherlock'

Speaking on Friday's (28 April) edition of 'The Graham Norton Show', Martin said: “We are back filming now and the three shows will, I imagine, be out around Christmas.”

He also spoke of how fans turning up on location during filming can be disruptive.

“There is always a heightened state of excitement and we sometimes have to respectfully remind them that we have to be focused and it’s not a live gig!” he told Graham. 

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Martin appears on 'The Graham Norton Show' alongside Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Maxine Peake and Birdy

The fourth series, which will consist of three episodes, will include a number of new challenges for Sherlock, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

However, Doctor Watson and Mary (Amanda Abbington) will be tackling something totally new - becoming parents.

Writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat previously teased: “Whatever else we do, wherever we all go, all roads lead back to Baker Street - and it always feels like coming home.

“Ghosts of the past are rising in the lives of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson bringing adventure, romance and terror in their wake. This is the story we’ve been telling from the beginning. A story about to reach its climax...”

'The Graham Norton Show; airs tomorrow at 10.35pm on BBC One. 

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