THE BBC HAS A THREE PIPE PROBLEM. It is trying to work out how a Russian version of the Sherlock series finale came to be leaked in Russia.
Tweets from the show and its producers asked fans not to indulge in the downloading of the show and asked them to save themselves from spoiling the live experience.
Producer Sue Vertue confirmed that it was a Russian copy, and Mashable adds that the episode is interrupted with a continuity announcement by Russian state-owned Channel One.
On top of that, it has the official overdubbing cast and is in full Russian language. We are not Sherlock Holmes, we aren't even that dog, but we reckon that the episode was leaked from Channel One and shared by some Muscovite Moriarty.
They are probably just a really big fan of the show and could not wait to see it or share it with other fans. Mashable has spoken to the BBC, and it says that the broadcaster is due to come back to it once it has had a good chat with Channel One.
In the meantime, the BBC said: "BBC Worldwide takes breaches of our stringent content security protocols very seriously and we have initiated a full investigation into how this leak has occurred," it said.
Russian version of #Sherlock TFP has been illegally uploaded.Please don't share it. You've done so well keeping it spoiler free.Nearly there— sue vertue (@suevertue) January 14, 2017
The leak is being considered as politically motivated in some places, such as The Telegraph, where it has been reported as potentially being a part of Russian belligerence in the face of the BBC's plans to expand the World Service's Russian language output.
We do not know what kind of angry action the BBC will be able to take when it finds out who let it down in this way, but it is possible that if it is the fault of Channel One, then Channel One will no longer get first dibs on the detective. µ
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