"Benefits to the BBC would be great" if Sherlock was on 12 weeks a year, says BBC Trustee

"Benefits to the BBC would be great" if Sherlock was on 12 weeks a year, says BBC Trustee

By Ben Dowell

Thursday 17 July 2014 at 01:22PM

BBC Trustee David Liddiment says that BBC1 should try and meet the desire of viewers who want to to see more episodes of top quality dramas like Sherlock.

While admitting the logistical difficulties of having the show on more often – not least the problem of aligning the busy schedules of lead cast members Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - Liddiment, who co-wrote today’s BBC Trust review into the BBC’s services, said it would not be impossible.

“It is hard for audiences to understand why there is something as good as Sherlock and it is on for only three weeks, why can’t we have more of it?” he replied in answer to a question from RadioTimes.com at today’s launch of the BBC Trust’s review.

He said the “benefits to the BBC would be great” if a show like Sherlock could “sit in the schedule for 12 weeks” but admitted the difficulties involved.

“We have seen extraordinarily ambitious pieces of television come out of America and Scandinavia, in particular shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad which are on 12 hours a year. They are very very ambitious and a modern audience, when it likes something, they want more of it. We are in a kind of demand society and it’s not impossible is what I am saying and when you get it absolutely spot on it is a bolster to do more of that.”

As RadioTimes.com reported earlier today, the BBC Trust says viewers were upset that shows like Sherlock were given such short runs. The report also called on BBC1 to take more creative risks and not rely on a handful of familiar and long running titles and personalities.

Fans at least have the consolation that shooting on a Sherlock special episode is scheduled to begin in January 2015 with filming for a further three-episode series due to start later the same year.

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