Steven Moffat has revealed that he deliberately held back his announcement of Sherlock’s third series to maximise the impact of season two’s finale, The Reichenbach Fall.
Speaking at this year’s Radio Times covers party, the writer and producer said: “We knew we had this cliffhanger coming, we knew that we were doing The Final Problem, and we did not want people to know that he survived.
“We wanted to wind the audience up so that the final shot would have the impact that it evidently did. We were commissioned for series two and series three at the same time, but we decided to keep it under wraps that day that series three was in the bag.”
He also said that Sherlock fans would have to “get used to a bit of starvation” between series of the show in order for Moffat and the crew to “make them great.”
“That's because we're making movies,” he said. “Those six films we've made could go in the cinema. You can't factory produce that - it's a different kind of show. So, when we're good and ready - it won't be that long - but when we're ready, you'll get the follow-up.”
And he warned fans to be wary of future deliberate disinformation emanating from the Sherlock camp, saying: “We'll starve you, we'll make you wait and we will tease you.
“Surely you must have learned by now not to try and predict us. We deliberately lie, we deliberately confuse in order to keep you in the dark about our intentions.”
See the video of Moffat’s interview above.