BBC head of drama says, “‘Sherlock’ was a risk”

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BBC head of drama Ben Stephenson has recently revealed that commissioning ‘Sherlock’ for a TV series was a “risk”.

The hit drama, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as the modern day Holmes and Watson has proved a massive hit in both the UK and USA, but BBC head of drama Ben Stephenson told Hollywood Reporter that the hows tone made it a risk for the BBC.

“In my opinion, if you take risks with stories and writers, you will actually drive big audiences,” he said. “For example, the tone of Sherlock only works on the BBC in this country. The risk we took with that tone drove the success of it internationally.”

He continued: “[Sherlock] is a massive show internationally. It is in hundreds of territories internationally, is a hit in America and has made Benedict a star.

“That came out of the same approach and attitude that goes into our other work. Being popular is absolutely at the heart of what the BBC does.”

Sherlock producer Sue Vertue confirmed last year that shooting on a third series had been pushed to March “for availability reasons” but insisted that the delay was “not expected to affect any likely TX [transmission] dates”.

 

Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of scifipulse.net. A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.

 

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