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'Sherlock' And 'Doctor Who' Writer Steven Moffat Gives A Passionate Defence Of The BBC

22/07/2015 16:42 BST | Updated 22/07/2015 16:59 BST

Steven Moffat has become the latest big name to make an impassioned defence of the BBC, slamming the Conservative government’s proposed changes.

Steven, who has created a number of hit BBC shows such as ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’, doesn’t hold back while sharing his thoughts with The Stage.

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Steven Moffat

He states: "If we limit it, or damage it, or destroy it, we have absolutely no idea how to turn [the BBC] back on, because we don't know how it happened it the first place.

"You could look at [the BBC's] philosophy, you could look at the fact that somehow from the work of those early pioneers it became a beacon of quality - not just for Britain, but for the entire world.

"If we allow, basically, the Tories to turn off the people that are criticising them, which is what is happening, I can't see how we'd get it back."

The writer also addressed critics who have pointed out that many of the A-listers backing the Beeb are actually its employees.

“The inevitable, pathetic argument against this is that we’re all feathering our own nests because we’re all employed by the BBC – but they don’t pay that well,” he continues.

“I could have made more money if I’d stayed with my Spielberg three-picture deal, and not done ‘Doctor Who’. And I assure you that if Satan rose from hell and killed the BBC, I could still find work.”

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Steven is currently working on new 'Sherlock' episodes

Steven’s comments follow Graham Norton’s defence of the corporation.

Earlier this month, the chat show host revealed a plan for how to make TV lovers realise the BBC’s importance, explaining: “I think they should switch off the BBC for two months.

“Just put £24 into everyone’s bank account, and switch the BBC off for two months, and people would s*** themselves.”

The BBC is currently under threat, following proposals from John Whittingdale, Culture Secretary.

Earlier this month, Whittingdale launched a consultation process, which will decide which of the corporation’s services should be cut.

It’s believed that Radio 1 and Radio 2 could both be in the firing line, but Labour's shadow culture secretary, Chris Bryant, hit back, stating that the BBC “is our cultural NHS”.

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