On Saturday June 1 2013, a special event was held in Bristol during CrimeFest, the International Crime Fiction Convention. Named ‘Creating Sherlock’, an early afternoon panel saw Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue discuss the inception of the series and the status of production on the third, which is currently on a brief production hiatus until later in the summer. As Steven Moffat noted, in typically amusing fashion while acknowledging the protracted development of the new series around other projects, “We’ve just sort of stopped for a bit while Martin [Freeman] pops back to New Zealand for a bit to film more of The Hobbit. We’re actually going to resume shooting Sherlock next Christmas.” While Mark Gatiss jokingly concluded, “This is an exclusive, as it’s actually going to be nine films.”
By the nature of the event, there was of course a fair amount of repetition in what the panel were able to speak about - in particular, the creation of the series - which we have previously reported on in our coverage of The Sherlock Masterclass at MGEITF 2012 and The Game Is On: An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends. So instead, here we present a full selection of the best banter and observation from the creative team.