Hands off our Sherlock, says Moffat

Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat has reacted with some asperity to news of an American Sherlock Holmes adaptation. He has distanced his own show from the proposed US series, called Elementary.

CBS in the States are filming a modern update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes stories, with Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and, hold on a minute . . . Lucy Liu as a female Watson.

Moffat explains that he was asked to rework his show for a US audience and declined. He has had indifferent experiences with US studios, after seeing a US version of his sitcom Coupling axed after a handful of shows. He also left the Spielberg production of Tintin in order to concentrate on Doctor Who. He is not impressed by the CBS initiative.

"First of all, that’s not a re-version of our show, they just went ahead and made one anyway," he said. "They approached us to remake our show and we said no and they just did it anyway. So I'll just leave you to speculate on what I think about that."

But Lucy Liu as Dr Watson. He has to admire the audacity of that casting, surely? "Lucy Liu's a great actress, but no, I'm not going to make a comment about that."

His wife and co-producer Sue Vertue tried to be a little more diplomatic. "We have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn't resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying." She said. "We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and well-being of our offspring."

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