BBC threatens legal battle over New York-based American Sherlock

Or just a wonderfully lame excuse for a SHERLOCK post

A producer has warned it could launch legal action against U.S network CBS after it announced plans to screen a modern day version of Sherlock Holmes.

Producers of the BBC's Sherlock series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, have said they will take necessary action if the American production Elementary has too many similarities.

'We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes', said executive producer at Hartswood Films Sue Vertue.

'We are very proud of our show and like any proud parent, will protect the interest and wellbeing of our offspring,' she told The Independent.

Ms Vertue said that CBS had made an offer to the BBC 'a while back' about filming a remake of the series but nothing had come of it.

She added that reassurances had been made about the network's integrity during talks and she hoped that their own version did not resemble the BBC's production.

The current series has been a huge hit in the States but is currently shown on PBS.

It has made laptops and text messaging an important part of the plots and is thought that this might cause problems for CBS who have also created a modern day setting.

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I will only accept an American Sherlock Holmes if he is played by that hugely underappreciated talent NICOLAS CAGE