‘Sherlock’ Co-Creator Mark Gatiss Explains Why The Show May Never Return To Our Screens

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Sherlock’ may never return to our screens, according to the show’s co-creator Mark Gatiss.

The screenwriter made the admission during a UKTV podcast, admitting that the series is a “nightmare to schedule”.

Speaking to the A Stab In The Dark podcast, Mark said co-ordinating the show around Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman’s hectic schedules was frustrating.


“It’s not lack of will – it’s a nightmare to schedule,” Gatiss said. “It was very, very hard to schedule the last series, because of Martin and Benedict’s availability. And Steve [Moffat, co-creator]’s and mine.

“There is always that Fawlty Towers principle of, ‘Let’s just leave it,’” he continued.

“We’ve had the keys to Baker Street for a while, but one of the wonderful things is that they’re always shared. They were shared while we were making it.”

Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss
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Mark’s comments just days after his co-writer, Stephen Moffat, said he “assumed” another series was on the cards.

During an interview on Chris Evans’ BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, he said: “We did [the last series] a year ago, just about, and I’ve been flat-out on Doctor Who ever since.

“So I haven’t really thought about it. Mark [Gatiss] has been doing other stuff as well, so we haven’t sat down and had a proper talk about what we would do with another series.

“I sort of assume we will. I sort of assume we’ll come back.”

Sherlock and John Watson were last seen in ‘The Final Problem’ back in January.

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