Published on December 31st, 2008 | by Christian Cawley
Moffat Keeps Busy with Sherlock
Bored? Nothing to do until your next job starts in 6 months time?
Why not start a new job in the meantime, with the inspired development of a new series? That’s certainly what Steven Moffat has been up to recently, as he and fellow Doctor Who contributor Mark Gatiss have been working on a new BBC series that starts shooting in the New Year.
It’s not just any series of course – but a reimagining of the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in particular those starring the detective adventurer Sherlock Holmes.
Moffat is already experienced in bringing Victorian stories into the modern world with his series Jekyll – and Sherlock also features a modern day setting for one of the most iconic British literary creations. As far as Steven Moffat is concerned, the setting is secondary.
"Everything that matters about Holmes and Watson is the same," said Moffat. "Conan Doyle’s original stories were never about frock coats and gaslight; they’re about brilliant detection, dreadful villains and blood-curdling crimes – and frankly, the hell with the crinoline."
The series will feature perfect casting with acting toff Benedict Cumberbatch starring as Holmes and the excellent Martin Freeman (The Office, Love Actually, H2G2 movie, Hot Fuzz) as Dr Watson. Mark Gatiss certainly appears happy with the casting:
"The fact that Steven, myself and millions of others are still addicted to Conan Doyle’s brilliant stories is testament to their indestructibility. They’re as vital, lurid, thrilling and wonderful as they ever were.
"It’s a dream come true to be making a new TV series and in Benedict and Martin we have the perfect Holmes and Watson for our time."
Nice to have a side project, eh?