‘Sherlock’ like a rock star, says Steven Moffat

The writer says that the three-episode format gives the show 'event status'

Steven Moffat has likened Sherlock to a rock star.

The co-creator of the BBC’s modern-day version of Conan Doyle’s detective stories was speaking about the lengthy wait between series, and the three-episode movie-style format of the show in a new interview with the Huffington Post.

He said the format was not likely to change: “[The format has] worked for us. That will always be the case. It will probably extend the life of the show, because everybody gets to do other things. It’s not like Doctor Who, which is 24-hours-a-day slavery as long as you’re involved in it. That’s why people have to escape.”


Comparing it to his other show, Moffat continued: “If we now went to a Doctor Who-style series [of 13 episodes] – which we could have done – those episodes would be a bit pale compared to the ones we do now. It didn’t go that [three-episode] route because of my commitment to Doctor Who – it was Ben Stephenson of the BBC, the head of drama. He suggested Sherlock should be an event-status television programme.”

He then compared Benedict Cumberbatch’s anti-hero detective to a swaggering musician: “Sherlock arrives back like a rock star into the amphitheatre [but] it can’t do that every week. It can do that three times every 18 months.”

Sherlock‘s second series is currently airing on PBS Masterpiece in the US, and new episodes will shoot in 2013.