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'Sherlock' producer confirms delay: 'Air dates won't be affected'

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Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has confirmed reports of a delay to production.

It was claimed yesterday (November 26) that filming on the BBC detective drama's third series had been pushed back from January to March, to accommodate the busy schedules of stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek into Darkness) and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit).

Sherlock S02E03: 'The Reichenbach Fall'

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"To stop further speculation, Sherlock filming has pushed to March for availability reasons," Vertue confirmed on Twitter.

However, she added: "It's not expected to affect any likely TX [transmission] dates."

The third series of Sherlock was originally anticipated to air in late 2013 - series co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have also revealed three teaser words for the new trilogy of episodes - 'Rat', 'Wedding' and 'Bow'.

Gatiss previously told Digital Spy that he planned to write the Sherlock series three premiere, which will be loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Empty House.

"It'll be a version of it, because that's the one in which [Sherlock] returns," he explained. "How much or how little [we change], I don't know yet.

"As before, we cherry pick and we choose bits and pieces of other [stories] that we like. They're always less literal adaptations."

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