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'Sherlock': No more than three episodes a year, says PBS exec

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PBS exec Rebecca Eaton has insisted that Sherlock will always be comprised of three-part series.

Three 90-minute instalments of the Benedict Cumberbatch detective drama aired in 2010, with three more debuting in January 2012 in the UK.

Sherlock S02E03: 'The Reichenbach Fall'

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"[The format is] very closely held," Eaton told Collider. "Steven [Moffat] crafts them, and Mark [Gatiss] writes some of them. It's a lot of work, and [Steven] also does Doctor Who and he worked on Tintin, so there couldn't be more than three."

Eaton argued that Sherlock co-creators Moffat and Gatiss use up all of their "creative juice" on the show.

"I think there will only ever be three at a time, if we're lucky," she said. "It's getting harder and harder to do another season, not just because Benedict and Martin [Freeman] are getting such high profiles, but Steven and Mark are busy and in demand."

Eaton also claimed that she was not surprised by the success of Sherlock in the US.

"I knew, as soon as I saw Sherlock, that it was going to be special," she explained. "The fact that it caught fire the way that it did, didn't surprise me."

The second series of Sherlock premieres on Sunday, May 6 on PBS. A third series is also in development, with filming expected to begin in early 2013.

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