Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have revealed a scene in which Sherlock and Doctor Watson visit a gay club was cut from the latest series.

Martin Freeman, who plays John Watson, said they initially filmed the sequence as part of his character’s stag night in the second episode of the latest season, but it was cut during editing.

He told a ‘Meet the Filmmakers’ event at the Regent Street Apple Store: “Doing the drunk stuff was lovely but I regret there was one bit of it that was missing. There was the gay club scene. Why didn’t that get in? We got mullered in a gay club and all these topless guys were going by.”

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock, added: “I had no idea why we were there and what it was and why they didn’t have their clothes on and then it dawned on me.”

Executive producer Steven Moffat explained that the scene was cut from the episode due to timing.

He said: “The first cut of that drunk scene was interminable. It went on and on and on. You’d have been hunting me down if we’d put it all in.”

It is not known whether the deleted scene will ever be included as a special feature on a DVD release.

The third series of the show aired last month.

A fourth series has been commissioned, but does not currently have a broadcast date.

Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as gay codebreaker Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’, a biopic due for release later this year.