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Happy, happy Christmas, "Sherlock" fans!

In 2015.

As "Sherlock" fans well know, it's nearly impossible to get super-in-demand stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman together to film new episodes of the BBC series. Creators Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss previously warned us that season 4 might not happen for two years! But Freeman doled out a sliver of hope a few months ago when he revealed they might film a one-off special before then.

Now, the "Hobbit" and "Fargo" star tells the Telegraph it's "pretty likely" that the team will reunite in early 2015 to make a Christmas special to air later that year.

"If that's going to be a special - I'm speaking off-message here; if this was New Labour, I'd get fired - I think that might be for next Christmas," he said. "A Christmas special. That's what I understand."

That's some 17 months away -- if it airs in the U.S. concurrently as the U.K. It's like the best / worst Christmas present ever.