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'Sherlock' Writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat Are Making A New Version Of Dracula

Michael Minay

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'Sherlock' Writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat Are Making A New Version Of Dracula

When Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman gave us Sherlock, we couldn't get enough. The pair had us hooked each week - in fact - over 11 million of us watched the season's opener in the week after the latest series was broadcast on New Year's Day.

We know that there is a premise for a fifth series, with executive producer Steven Moffat revealing that the plot has already been decided, but it is unsure as to whether it will be produced.

However, there may be something else to keep us going in the meantime. The legend of Dracula is going to get the Sherlock treatment, again to be shown on the BBC.


Writers and producers from detective show are in talks with the broadcasting corporation for a new take on the Bram Stoker classic.

Moffatt, plus writer Mark Gatiss, will write the show while Sue Vertue's Hartswood Films will produce it.

It is thought that the Dracula show will be done in a similar style to Sherlock, with a miniseries of feature-length episodes.

It is expected, alongside the BBC, that broadcasters from the US, and other international companies, will be onboard with the idea, and there's potential for another worldwide hit.


Currently, run through BBC Worldwide, Sherlock is huge abroad, helping bringing in funds to the Beeb.

Moffat has a wealth of writing gold under his belt, having written and executively produced six series of Doctor Who, while his counterpart, Gatiss, has penned and acted in parts of Game Of Thrones.

Nothing is yet clear on the exact setting of the Dracula TV series, with the 1897 novel based on the title character's move from Transylvania to England in search of new blood.

I wonder, with Dracula's original connections with the East Yorkshire town of Whitby, whether this new series will feature local dialects - I'm quite enjoying the image of Dracula having a chippy whilst living at Whitby Abbey.


If Sherlock does return, then many will hope that Cumberbatch and Freeman also pair up again. Housewife favourite, Benedict (don't believe me? He came ahead of Prince Harry in the men that turn women on), helped the show to win various awards in its four series to date.

It took the BAFTA, in 2011, for Best Drama Series, while Freeman won Best Supporting Actor. It's also won a couple of Emmy's to boost it's status further.

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Michael Minay
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