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Everyone to Baskerville!

12 August 2011  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Mark Gatiss at Big Screen

Kicking off the TV panel at Empire Presents... Big Screen in fine style was Sherlock creator/writer and erstwhile League Of Gentlemen star Mark Gatiss. With shooting on Sherlock season two only "a week and a bit" away from completion, Gatiss spilled some news that'll have Conan Doyle purists purring. "Season two is what we're calling 'The Woman, The Hound and The Fall’ trilogy," he explained, "so there'll be a version of ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, a version of ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ and a version of ‘The Final Problem’."

For the spoiler-wary, those are the Wikipedia pages to avoid between now and session two’s airing, the date of which remains almost as under wraps as the will-he/won't-he appearance of Holmes' nemesis, Moriaty.

So will Holmes be encountering the nefarious Moriarty? “Wait and see!” laughed Gatiss. So is that a 'yes'? “It’s a nnn-yes.”

If we're filing the arch-villain's appearance as a 'definitely maybe', Gatiss was happy to delve into the background of the next instalment of Sherlock adventures. “It’s a rare chance to do the early days of Holmes and Watson's friendship, right from the beginning, so everything you know has not yet formed. Sherlock’s attitude to women and to crime is still forming, so it’s much more 'plastic'. The only heresy [about the show] is that it’s modern day, but after that it’s one of the most faithful versions there’s ever been, because Stephen (Moffat) and I just love it. Sherlock Holmes had become all about the hansom cabs and the fog, rather than about the friendship of this unlikely couple, but ours is very much inspired by the Basil Rathbone’s version.”

We've got a sneaking feeling that some version of that famous Reichenbach Falls denouement is on the cards. As Gatiss explained cryptically, “We get to the cliffhanger somehow…”

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Lets keep something British with our British TV shows!!
Why are you referring to this show as Season 2? The UK is losing a grip of anything British these days, no idetity anymore. Come on Empire!! More

Posted by stippidoo at 20:26 on 13 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Moriarty
I thought the comments about Moriarty strange considering he appeared in the last series. As he was truly dreadful though, here's hoping it wasn't really him but some stooge, and the real Moriarty has yet to appear. If that is the case I wonder if that was always the plan or did Gatiss and Moffat realise he was piss poor and re-think things? Or maybe Gatiss just has a really bad memory. More

Posted by Toby Dammit at 18:11 on 13 August 2011 | Report This Post

Season just sounds so wrong to me... More

Posted by trainedasninja at 12:29 on 13 August 2011 | Report This Post

Spolier alert if you haven't seen the show!! Am I missing something here? "...the will-he/won't-he appearance of Holmes' nemesis, Moriaty. So will Holmes be encountering the nefarious Moriarty? “Wait and see!” laughed Gatiss. So is that a 'yes'? “It’s a nnn-yes.” If we're filing the arch-villain's appearance as a 'definitely maybe'..." Didn't the final episode finish with the confrontation between Holmes, Watson and Moriarty, played by And More

Posted by cormac_c at 14:39 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

Since when did British TV series become Seasons?? Just another step to becoming American I'm guessing More

Posted by rsh1978 at 14:24 on 12 August 2011 | Report This Post

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