‘Sherlock’ fans have hope for the future

Co-writer/executive producer Steven Moffat speaks onstage during the "Sherlock" panel at the PBS 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, July 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) —  “Sherlock” fans have grown familiar with the waiting game between TV seasons, but they may be encouraged that show-runner Steven Moffat says he could see it “going on for a long while.”

Moffat said he and co-executive producer Mark Gatiss are game to keep going.

“I don’t think it will be us that switch it off. I imagine it’ll be down to Benedict (Cumberbatch) and Martin (Freeman). Obviously we can’t do the show without them, and they’ve always said they’re happy to carry on so long as it’s good.”

Production on new episodes is expected to begin in the spring of 2016, but Cumberbatch and Freeman filmed a one-off episode set in the Victorian-era that has been rumored to air this Christmas in the U.K.

“We’ve never said it’s a Christmas special,” said Moffat’s wife and “Sherlock” producer Sue Vertue.

“It’s probably Christmas-ish,” added Moffat. “We don’t actually know. We’re not making this up.”

They decided to jump back in time for an episode because “We checked the books and discovered we got it wrong,” joked Moffat. “We should have read them first. No, just because we can, really.”

Viewers should not expect an explanation for the time jump. “We never bothered explaining what they were doing in modern London, so why bother explaining what they’re doing in Victorian London, when that’s where they’re supposed to be?”

Moffat also commented on the British government potentially yanking public funding from the BBC.

“It staggers me that we got a government that got elected and decided the main problem with Britain is our national broadcaster… There must be something more important to do,” he said.

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