Sherlock creator Moffat says next series could be the last
Sherlock creator Steven Moffat has said the next series of the BBC show could be its last.
Moffat made his comment as the corporation released a first look photograph of series four, which will be broadcast in 2017.
Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes, is pictured kneeling beside a dog.
During an interview with The Telegraph, Moffat said the popularity of leads Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman may result in the end of Sherlock.
Moffat said: "We do have two film stars in the programme. They haven't needed to do these jobs for a very long time. They're coming back because they want to."
He added: "I don't know how long we can keep it going. I'm personally willing, but I'm hardly the main draw. I would be moderately surprised if this was the last time we ever made this show."
The success of the BBC One programme has been cemented with Emmy Award nominations.
Cumberbatch was recognised in the lead actor in a limited series category for his role as the intrepid detective.
He will compete against Bryan Cranston (for All The Way), Idris Elba (Luther), The People vs OJ Simpson's Cuba Gooding Jr and Courtney B Vance and Tom Hiddleston (The Night Manager).
The Abominable Bride special, which was broadcast in January, is nominated for best TV movie and is up against All The Way, C onfirmation, Luther and A Very Murray Christmas.
Victorian-set special Sherlock: The Abominable Bride is the top-selling title of the year for BBC Worldwide and was licensed to 216 territories.