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Sherlock Season 2 ‘All About Friendship’ Says Mark Gatiss

By on September 5, 2011

Speaking at the ‘Empire Presents’ TV panel recently Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss spoke about the eagerly anticipated new season of BBC’s Sherlock, hinting that it would focus on the peculiar friendship between Holmes and Watson.

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,” Gatiss said. “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 [co-creator] Steven [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 version.”

Season 2, consisting of three new 90 minute episodes based on Sir Arthur Conon Doyle’s famous Sherlock Holmes detective stories will air in 2012.

Season two is what we’re calling ‘The Woman, The Hound and The Fall’ trilogy,” Gatiss said, referencing the new episode titles A Scandal in Belgravia, The Hounds of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall.

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.