Mark Gatiss: The Sherlock special is the first time Steven Moffat and I have written together

Teaming up was “a real joy” and the co-creators are considering doing the same on series four…

Sherlock is their brainchild, but this year’s Christmas special will be the first time Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have collaborated on a script.

“Over the years we’ve always been across each other’s Sherlock scripts because we want it to be holistic,“ says Gatiss in this week’s issue of Radio Times. “But the upcoming episode is the first time we’ve actually written together.”

The programme is likely to air at Christmas, and Gatiss is optimistic that it’s the start of a longer term partnership.

“It’s been a real joy,” he says. “I think it will carry on for the next series.”

Gatiss, who plays Sherlock’s Machiavellian brother Mycroft in the hit BBC1 drama and is pictured above with leading man Benedict Cumberbatch, also explains how he first fell for the Baker Street sleuth.

“My mum got me The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes when I had German measles, aged ten,” he recalls. “I loved the flavour of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. He was a master storyteller and you get a brilliant snapshot of Victorian Britain.”

His obsession continued into adulthood – and he found a fellow devotee in Moffat.

“Sherlock happened because Steven Moffat and I were in the same place, singing from the same hymn sheets,” says Gatiss. “The idea of making Sherlock modern again was one of these light bulb moments. We just looked at each other and went, ‘Someone should do that.’”

Sherlock is one of the nominees for this year’s Bafta Radio Times Audience Award. You can vote for your favourite here

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“Over the years we’ve always been across each other’s Sherlock scripts because we want it to be holistic,“ says Gatiss in this week’s issue of Radio Times. “But the upcoming episode is the first time we’ve actually written together.”

“It’s been a real joy,” he says. “I think it will carry on for the next series.

Mark Gatiss: The Sherlock special is the first time Steven Moffat and I have written together

This year’s Christmas special will be the first time Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have collaborated on a script.

Over the years we’ve always been across each other’s Sherlock scripts because we want it to be holistic,“ says Gatiss in this week’s issue of Radio Times. “But the upcoming episode is the first time we’ve actually written together.”

The programme is likely to air at Christmas, and Gatiss is optimistic that it’s the start of a longer term partnership.

“It’s been a real joy,” he says. “I think it will carry on for the next series.”

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Mark Gatiss, photographed by Rankin at the Old Vic Gala Celebration in honour of Kevin Spacey, on the 19th of April 2015.

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Sherlock’s Mark Gatiss and Merlin star Colin Morgan play the fool at Kevin Spacey gala

Stars of the stage and screen paid tribute and posed for silly pictures as Spacey stepped down as artistic director of the Old Vic…

Kevin Spacey, like Frank Underwood, has a lot of people who want to celebrate his career. Unlike his House of Cards Machiavellian, Spacey doesn’t have to twist their arm to make them turn up.

On Sunday night, celebrity guests arrived in their droves at a party to celebrate Spacey’s tenure as artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London.

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss got his hands on actor Colin Morgan. Bizarrely, the Merlin star doesn’t look too worried.

Gatiss loved this next one so much he made it his new Twitter profile pic. We’d still prefer a Sherlock photobomb.

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