'Sherlock' Season 4 will premiere in 2017
'Sherlock' Season 4 will premiere in 2017Facebook / Sherlock

As the release of the next season of Sherlock approaches, several rumours have stated that it will air on some other channel, instead of BBC.

The rumours surfaced on the internet after another show, The Great British Bake Off, moved to another channel. Fans are shocked with it as many of them believe that the creative team of any other channel won't be able to do justice to the detective-drama series.

However, warding off any such rumours, Steven Moffat, show-runner of Sherlock, has assured that he won't sell the series to any other channel. The Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer is scheduled to debut its fourth season next year and will stay with BBC.

According to the reports, the BAFTA award-winning series received a massive deal from Channel 4 and hence, was supposedly planning to switch from BBC. Eventually, Moffat decided to keep the show with BBC and not broadcast it on any other channel.

Moffat's other iconic TV series, Doctor Who, also airs on BBC and hence, he has assured his loyalty towards the channel. Recently, he revealed that despite constant poaching efforts, the show will be staying with the channel.

"We have had offers. That's not what it's about. It should never be about that," Moffat said.

In the meantime, Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss hinted at what fans might expect in the upcoming instalment of the series.

"There are things that come to fruition in this series which we've been planning for years. But people also find things that aren't there. Which is my favourite. And then miss the blindingly obvious things that are there. People read an awful lot into it," Gatiss said.

Sherlock season 4 is expected to air in early months of 2017, though an official release date has not been announced yet.