Benedict Cumberbatch: Sherlock could have been a cheesy spin off

The star of the Sherlock Holmes remake has said Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's series sounded like a "cheesy spin off idea"

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BBC drama Sherlock had the potential to be a “cheesy spin off”, says Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Speaking about the hit series, which is loosely based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective stories, Cumberbatch said: “Mark [Gatiss] and Steven [Moffatt] rebooting Sherlock – giving a modern day twist to a much-loved Victorian hero – it sounds like a cheesy spin off idea.”

“Yet in those fan boy’s hands it’s done with such authenticity and respect for the canon,” added the show’s 36-year-old leading actor.

Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt began reimagining the classic stories in 2010 and three years later, the show, which also stars The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss himself, is one of Britain’s most popular contemporary dramas. (We even named it our top TV show of 2012…)

Talking at a press conference for his new film Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch went on to say: “If you know you’re in the expert hands that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with and be employed by, a lot of trust goes to those people… That takes a lot of the heavy lifting for you.”

The third series of Sherlock is currently being filmed.

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Benedict Cumberbatch stars in new Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Darkness, which is in UK cinemas 9 May