'Sherlock' Writer, Producer Cancel Moscow Master Class Amid Leak Investigation

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Sue Vertue (center) and Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue were invited to Russia by Channel One, which aired the series and is at the center of a leak controversy, but failed to show up.

Sherlock writer Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue canceled an appearance at a Moscow master class on short notice as the leak of the Russian version of the season's finale to the nternet is being investigated.

"Due to the continuing investigations regarding the leaked Sherlock episode in Russia, BBC Worldwide postponed the planned master class for Channel One’s TV academy with Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue," a spokesperson for BBC told The Hollywood Reporter.

"We apologize for the inconvenience caused for those due to attend and we will reschedule this once investigations are concluded," she added.

Moffat and Vertue were supposed to give a master class at the television academy run by Channel One, the station that airs Sherlock in Russia.

"Steven and Sue would like to stress that they hate to let people down and they understand the importance of contacts of this kind for our industry," Elena Afanasyeva, head of creative planning at Channel One, said on her Facebook account.

The Russian version of the finale of season four, The Final Problem, was aired on Channel One this past Sunday, one minute behind the airing on the BBC. But its pirated copy was made available online a day before the scheduled airing.

Channel One said it is investigating the leak, which, according to preliminary findings, was caused by a cyber attack.



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