Mark Gatiss Reigns Over Television with 3 Hit Shows

First appeared in totalfilmindonesia.com as “Mark Gatiss Menguasai Dunia TV dengan 3 Acara Besar“.

Mark Gatiss Reigns Over Television with 3 Hit Shows

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It’s 2014 and your television will seek to occupy more of your time with top notch series. A couple of those coming to viewers in Indonesia are the planet’s biggest shows on TV: Sherlock (a BBC production that is broadcast in Indonesia via AXN Asia) and Game Of Thrones (HBO’s original production broadcast via HBO Asia). Some might wonder, what do these two disparate shows – one is a modern detective story and the other is a historical fantasy drama – have in common besides having hoards of fans? As it turns out they have English actor and writer, Mark Gatiss, in common.

Total Film Indonesia recently talked to the Sherlock co-creator who is about to make his Westeros debut as Tycho Nestoris, a character from the book who is a representative of the Iron Bank of Braavos, coming to collect royal debts, in the fourth season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones.

“I might be coming back later on [to GoT] but this is just brief [turn],” says Gatiss by phone from Liverpool.

Playing Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes, the actor also says that his character was inspired by the same characted played by Christopher Lee in Billy Wilder’s The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and decided not by Stephen Fry’s Mycroft in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011). “Stephen’s version of Mycroft is totally different to mine. There’s no need to compare, really, it’s just a different universe,” Gatiss insists. “Stephen’s a very old friend of mine and I know how thrilled he was to be asked to do it. He used to be the youngest member of the Sherlock Holmes society when he was a child. It was a dream come true for him to do it. It’s lovely to think that the world has as many Sherlocks and as many Mycrofts in it.”

Gatiss also wrote two episodes in the third season of the BBC crime show – “The Empty Hearse” (episode 1, which he wrote solo) and “The Sign Of Three” (episode 2, which he penned with co-creator Steven Moffat and co-writer Stephen Thompson). So which one does he enjoy more: writing or acting?

“Lying in bed at home, thinking about all those other things,” he jokes. “To be honest, I’ve always acted and written and it’s always been a great balance for me. I’ve just finished a play – I’ve just been doing Coriolanus in the West End with Tom Hiddleston for three and a half months. It was wonderful just to act, as it were. And now I’m writing again – I’m writing Doctor Who at the moment – it’s a nice balance. Sherlock is a combination of the two so in a way it’s like the ideal job. Although I suppose, it should be said, when you do one, it’s the other one you miss. I’ve missed writing a lot when I was doing the play but it takes too much out of you to do much else. Probably, I prefer the one I’m not doing at any given time.“

Can we call Gatiss as the king of TV’s cult shows, then?  In a way, yes, though Gatiss seems to have a different opinion on the word ‘cult’ itself when it pertains to these series. “Sherlock, Doctor Who and Game Of Thrones are the biggest shows on television. They have a cult-like following but they couldn’t be bigger, really. These shows are very culty because they have a sense of incredibly vocal and passionate following but they are a huge hit. That’s a joy, really.”

Calling Gatiss the king of genre shows might be more appropriate then. And as if that’s not enough, he will also be appearing in Frankenstein (2015), a film directed by Paul McGuigan (who has also directed Sherlock in the first 2 seasons) along with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, as well as two Sherlock regulars Andrew Scott and Louise Brealey. This looks like a Sherlockian invasion…

“Paul just very kindly asked a few of us to be in the film. I’ve only got a small part but it’s great fun. I’ve done a couple of days in it so far. It’s a huge multi-million dollar film and it’s very exciting to do it,” says Gatiss.

Please tell us it means that McAvoy and Radcliffe will be doing a cameo in Sherlock S4… “It’d be lovely to have them. Yes, we’d be delighted to have James and Daniel coming to Sherlock. I’ll ask them next week.”

Sherlock S3 is on right now on AXN Asia, every Thursday at 21.00 Indonesia time starting 27 February 2014.

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