Benedict Cumberbatch films bonfire scenes for new Sherlock episode.

Star joined by possibly new cast member Amanda Abbington, the real-life partner of Martin Freeman

Spoiler alert: it looks as if Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes may not be dead after all.

But then again, if you’re a true Sherlock fan, you’ve probably been speculating about how the BBC hit drama’s detective may have possibly escaped death since the end of the second series.

Seen filming scenes around a bonfire in Bristol on Monday night, the 36-year-old star looks to have been joined by actress Amanda Abbington, the real-life partner of Martin Freeman who plays the detective character’s sidekick John Watson.

The pair withstood cold conditions for the outdoor shoot - but the Guy Fawkes figure - wrapped up in a jacket, jeans, cravat and hat - sat atop a bonfire probably wouldn’t have been quite so chilly.

According to bristolculture blog, eager fans congregated at the Portland Square set and snapped away with their mobile phones after word got out that filming was underway.

It is reported that Cumberbatch ran through a crowd of extras towards the bonfire shouting “Move, move, move!” as part of the session.

A motorbike and possible stunt double for the LAMDA-trained actor were also said to have been spotted.

Earlier this month Cumberbatch revealed that he and co-star Freeman are on board for a fourth season of the show.

He said that he would love for the series to continue for “as long as possible” - but did admit that the show’s future depended on the availability of not only himself and The Hobbit star, but writer Steven Moffat too.

"We love doing it as we are doing it at the moment in the format we are doing it," he said.

"I'd love to keep it going for as long as possible, I think we all would."

He continued: "It just depends on Martin and I's availability, how long we can keep it going. It depends on Steven's ability. I'd love to keep it going."

Cumberbatch also promised fans that the next episode – believed to explain how his detective character survived falling off a roof - would be a “treat” for fans.

He said: "You are in for an absolute stonker. It's going to be a treat.

"It's a terrific episode."


Welp. if Amanda Abbington is on board, I imagine Watson is totally getting married.