Sherlock Co-Creator Steven Moffat: ‘We’ve Got Nowhere With The New Series’

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat was honoured at this year’s TV BAFTA Awards with the ‘Special Award’ for his outstanding work on BBC dramas Sherlock and Doctor Who, but it seems that the talented TV producer may have too much on his plate as he has admitted that he is far from starting work on the third series of the popular crime drama.

Sherlock, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, has so far had two incredibly successful series, and many assumed that Moffatt is already working on the third which is due out in early 2013, however at the award ceremony he dropped a bombshell by revealing that he hasn’t gotten very far with it.

According to The Metro, the TV genius was asked on the red carpet about the progress of the third series and he replied: “Nowhere! We have got nowhere with the new series of Sherlock. I’ve still got the Doctor Who Christmas Special to shoot first. I haven’t finished it.”

The second series of Sherlock ended in spectacular style, as the detective managed to fake his own death to save the life of his friends, but the creators kept fans of the show guessing as to how he managed to pull it off.

So far Moffat has been coy about Sherlock‘s masterful trick, and The Metro report that he recently infuriated fans by teasing: “I’ve been online and looked at all the theories and there’s one clue that everyone’s missed. It’s something that Sherlock did that was very out of character, but which nobody has picked up on.”

While at the BAFTAS Moffat was also asked about the controversial upcoming US version of a modernised Sherlock Holmes, called Elementary, which stars Brit actor Jonny Lee Miller.

“CBS approached us about remaking our version of Sherlock Holmes and we said no, but they went ahead did their own version anyway,” he said. “You can interpret what I think about that at your leisure. But I don’t know. I don’t own Sherlock Holmes, I don’t even own modernising Sherlock Holmes.

“I want there to be lots of them. I love the Robert Downey Jr. films. I love House which is actually a modernisation of Sherlock Holmes. He’s been around for over 100 years, there will never be one definitive version. I have one particular irritation and I think you can understand it.”