Sherlock creator Steve Moffat told fans to expect even more action in Sunday's finale, in the wake of complaints about the sleuth becoming too much like 007

Hit BBC drama Sherlock will be more ‘actiony’ in Sunday night’s series finale, the show’s creator Steven Moffat said.

Critics have attacked the show’s latest series for turning Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock into a James Bond-like figure.

Last week the reception prompted co-writer and star Mark Gatiss to pen a poem explaining how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective had always been a skilled fighter.

Steven Moffat
Steven has issued a warning to fans (Chris Radburn/PA)


And on Thursday, Steven warned critics and fans the third episode of the fourth series, rumoured to be its last, would be more ‘actiony’ than ever.

Speaking at a fans’ and press screening of the episode, Steven joked: “For all those complaints being a bit too James Bondy and actiony… not till tonight.”

Steven also addressed the possibility of the show returning for a fifth series, saying ‘it could be possible’ as he thanked his wife and the show’s executive producer, Sue Vertue, for her work on the programme.

Sherlock (BBC)


He said: “If this was the last one, and we are not planning it to be, but it might be… If we never come back, and we never do another panel of the show, which is improbable, there is one thing I would like to say.

“The boss of Sherlock, the number one person on Sherlock… it’s not me, or Mark, it’s the person to whom I’m married.”

Sue Vertue and Steven Moffat
Sue and Steven work together (Gareth Fuller/PA)


Steven added: “She is the person who runs all of Sherlock. She is the person who either kicks us up the arse or restrains us depending if we’re being insane or lethargic.

“She’s the person who made us write it in the first place. She is the general. She is the chief executive officer. She is the absolutely ultimate boss of this show.”

The finale of the BBC One series screens at 9pm on Sunday.