Sherlock wins hat-trick of Emmys

Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steven Moffat Martin Freeman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steven Moffat won Emmy awards for the third series of Sherlock

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The BBC drama Sherlock won three awards at the US Primetime Emmys on Monday.

Steven Moffat won the writing prize in the mini-series category, for the season finale His Last Vow.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also triumphed in the mini-series actor and supporting actor categories, although neither attended the Los Angeles ceremony.

BBC Drama controller Ben Stephenson said: "It's great to see Sherlock being recognised so spectacularly at the Emmys. I'm delighted that the BBC is home to so much world class acting and writing talent."

Moffat, who also executive produces Doctor Who, added that the Sherlock team thought they "would take nothing home but the memory of a great night".

"When we started on Sherlock, we thought it was a simple, private thing - good but not celebrated. We are still reeling from its success, and the joy it has brought so many!"

2015 filming

The last series was watched by nearly 12m viewers in the UK this January. Seen in 224 territories abroad, Sherlock is also the BBC's biggest export.

Produced by Hartswood Films, the drama will return for a special and three episodes, which will film in Cardiff and London next year.

The series finale His Last Vow also picked up four craft awards at the Creative Arts Emmy earlier this month, where it won for cinematography, music, sound editing and single-camera picture editing.

US drama Breaking Bad dominated Sunday's ceremony, winning five awards. BBC drama received 11 nominations, including for Luther, The White Queen and Dancing on the Edge.

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