Sherlock is brilliant television. It has completely reinvented British drama, and upped the stakes for home-grown shows. And while, of course, Steven Moffat also deserves lots of credit for Sherlock, I think it is Gatiss who brings that lovely, rather old-fashioned quality to it. I like the idea of old-fashioned being classic, rather than brown and dingy and a bit crap; Gatiss is like that – there’s something antique and quintessentially British about his work.
TONIGHT’S MUST-SEE: “Masterpiece Mystery,” 9 p.m., PBS (KQED). At a Halloween party, a girl mentions that she’s seen a murder. Most people dismiss her; someone — we don’t know who — takes it terribly seriously. That brings Hercule Poirot to this village, which becomes increasingly deadly. The result has the graceful intelligence of Agatha Christie’s story (“Hallowe’en”), plus the zest of Mark Gatiss. Originally from the comedy group “League of Gentlemen,” Gatiss has written scripts for “Doctor Who” and for the contemporary “Masterpiece” variation on Sherlock Holmes. Here’s his second Poirot script (after “Cat Among the Pigeons”), adding freshness and wit to an old master.
This is airing on my local PBS station, as well, so I assume it’s airing on most.
This is why we refer to this man with ‘Godtiss’.
Godtiss you are better at this than the Moff.
ALL PRAISE AND HONOR TO GODTISS.
#now we know why this show is awesome #Mark is obviously balancing out Steven#HE IS THE SHIP FODDER #I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE ARGUMENTS THEY HAVE#Mark: AND THEN THEY MAKE OUT IN THE HALLWAY #Steven: NO. STOP IT. THEY JUST SMILE AND GO UPSTAIRS. #Mark: CAN’T THEY PET EACHOTHER A BIT?#Steven: NO. #Mark: OKAY HOW ABOUT WE COMPROMISE #Steven: alright…#Mark: THEY LEAN AGAINST THE WALL PANTING HEAVILY AND LAUGHING SMILING AND LOOKING AT EACHOTHER SUGGESTIVELY THEN MRS HUDSON SHOWS UP AND COCKBLOCKS….I MEAN….INTERRUPTS THEM #Steven: FINE. BUT I GET TO INSERT AN ORIGINAL CHARACTER NAMED RORY IN SERIES 2.
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Who will you be rooting for with ‘Best Actor’?Obviously, Benedict Cumberbatch worked on Sherlock but you have links to Doctor Who and Matt Smith too… “I write Sherlock with Steve [Moffat], Steve also obviously writes Doctor Who, which I also write for… I’m definitely rooting for Benedict and Matt, so I’ve got half of [the nominees] sewn up! It’s a very strong field. As I say, it’s fantastic that Matt’s been nominated - the first Doctor to be nominated for a BAFTA. There should have been many others nominated for a BAFTA, but there we go! But that’s fantastic, I’m thrilled. I’m massively thrilled that Martin [Freeman]’s been nominated [for ‘Best Supporting Actor’], been recognized for playing John Watson. Often in a way even though it’s definitely a two person lead, Sherlock, historically Watson is slightly overlooked so I’m very thrilled about that. And obviously for the show itself to be nominated is wonderful… We’ve got to win them now, but it’s still lovely to be nominated!” (via Tube Talk Q&A: Mark Gatiss - Doctor Who Interview - British TV - Digital Spy)
With Sherlock, I must say I’ve never experienced such a positive audience response and such a total sense of fan ownership, all within the space of three weeks’ viewing. People have demanded, sometimes quite angrily, that we make more than three episodes a year, but we’ve been at pains to point out that Steven Moffat is also doing what we call “the other job” (writing Doctor Who), Benedict Cumberbatch is a star and the already extremely famous Martin Freeman is in Middle Earth for the rest of time. Or at least until he finds that bloody Ring. Just getting us all back together for three feature-length episodes is proving tough enough. The response to our show has been amazing and humbling, and we’re looking forward immensely to the broadcast of three new adventures soon, one of which involves a certain hound… (via Bafta TV special/Mark Gatiss: “Television is my great friend and teacher” | Television & radio | The Observer)