Steven Moffat on Sherlock’s three-episode structure

News Rob Leane
20 Jun 2014 - 16:31

Sherlock show-runner Steven Moffat supports short series of sleuthing...

In a new interview, Sherlock co-boss Steven Moffat recently told The Guardian why he’s thankful for Sherlock’s three-episode format.

Talking in the Speakers’ Lounge of the Cannes Lions festival, he explained how integral the short snippet-like structure of Sherlock has been to helping the show survive.

Undoubtedly, the endearing on-and-off bromance between Martin Freeman’s Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Holmes has been integral to the show. But with longer series, Moffat is certain he would have lost his stars by now. “Had we done the conventional form of a TV series, which is to do runs of six or twelve, it would be over by now without doubt, it would be finished, because they would never again commit that amount of time that regularly to a TV show, they just wouldn’t, why would they do that?”

The man’s got a point. With Cumberbatch and Freeman becoming some of hottest talent in cinema, regularly scooping up big projects and always being linked to countless more, would we still have Sherlock if they needed to commit double the amount of time to filming it? Perhaps not.

Despite all our clueing for looks, there’s still no date confirmed for Sherlock’s return, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear more.


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