Fans of the television show 'Sherlock' will be very pleased with Mark Gatiss's latest announcement.

The English writer, who co-created the contemporary BBC series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes with Steven Moffat, spoke with Digital Spy at Sunday night's Arqiva BAFTA Television Awards about the show's future plans.

Earlier this year in January, there were stirrings that a big-screen film would follow the end of the third series.

"We don't rule anything out," Moffet said at the time when asked about a feature film. But the co-creator also noted that it is "quite special" as a TV series.

"There's something quite special about the fact that it's on television, starring those two," he continued. "That wasn't the case in the beginning. Mark (Gatiss, Sherlock co-creator) and I sometimes imagine what would happen if we had written it now and were saying, 'We'd like Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for the parts!'"

However, according to Gatiss the idea of a single movie has never been an option, and on Sunday night he quickly quashed any rumours that there might be.

"There was talk [of a single film, but] amongst people who have nothing to do with Sherlock, I'm afraid," the co-creator said.

Gatiss, who plays Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, also informed the reporter that all the 'Sherlock' actors are "moving closer to agreeing [shooting] dates".

"Benedict and Martin's schedules, Steven's schedule, my schedule, everybody's schedule - it's like a jigsaw puzzle," he stated. "But both [Martin and Benedict] are really very keen to carry on and as I say, we have made progress."

Cumberbatch & Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson