‘Sherlock’ Creator Defends Season 4 from Fans Who Complain Show Is ‘Too Complicated’

As the fourth season of Sherlock has been airing on BBC One, show co-creator Mark Gatiss has played a rather active role in defending the show, most notably through writing a now-infamous poem.

The writer, who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, has now defended the show’s often challenging plot, filled with twists and turns.

“People ask if it’s good to challenge the audience,” he told the Daily Star. “Of course it fucking is. Why would you not want to challenge your audience?”

“I did a phone-in after the Christmas special a few years ago and someone said it was too complicated for people to follow. I said ‘oh, go and pour some warm paste into your mouth’. If you don’t want to be challenged, don’t watch it. It’s a complex and entertaining program.”

“Go and read a children’s book with hard pages if you don’t want to be challenged. We’re making the show we want to make. We don’t make it a certain way because fans are pressuring us.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that this season’s Sherlock season finale, which featured an unexpected Paul Weller cameo, was watched by the show’s lowest ever overnight audience. The episode attracted 5.9 million viewers on BBC One, slightly lower than the previous episode’s overnight viewing figures of 6.0 million.