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Steven Moffat: 'Sherlock's tone won't change after infant's arrival'

Sherlock won't turn into Three Men and a Baby through the arrival of John Watson's child, says Steven Moffat.

Sherlock co-writer Steven Moffat has promised the super sleuth and his pals will continue having wild adventures, despite the arrival of John Watson's baby.

The much-loved BBC programme will return on New Year's Day (01Jan17) with the first of three feature-length episodes. The show will see Watson and wife Mary, played by real-life and recently separated couple Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington, with a child.

But co-writer Steven Moffat has promised the undertone of the series will remain the same, although the baby's arrival does lead to some natural changes.

"We've had an awful lot of fun over the years workshopping the idea of... what would it be like if Sherlock Holmes were John Watson's best man, or something like that?" he explained to Digital Spy.

"The big one was, well, what would it be like if John had a child, and without being too Three Men and a Baby about it, it obviously changes things. But Sherlock is still a scary, dangerous man, John Watson's still an adrenaline junkie, Mary's still an ex-assassin - it's an extraordinary family group that this baby's being introduced to."

Steven insists that the baby doesn't "get in the way" of the trio's crazy lives, and Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock will continue leading his pals in some terrifying adventures.

"Loads of people in the world have children - including people having amazing adventures!" he laughed. "It's quite common. There's 8 billion of us, so it's really quite a popular pastime!"

Plot details of the upcoming episodes have been kept tightly under wraps, but Steven hinted at what's in store when he revealed the story lines "practically reduced (the) cast to tears".

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