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I like the idea of old-fashioned being classic rather than brown and dingy. And that's what Mark Gatiss has done with Sherlock. There's something quintessentially British about his work

Sherlock is brilliant television. It has completely reinvented British drama, and upped the stakes for home-grown shows. And while, of course, Steven Moffat also deserves lots of credit for Sherlock, I think it is Gatiss who brings that lovely, rather old-fashioned quality to it. I like the idea of old-fashioned being classic, rather than brown and dingy and a bit crap; Gatiss is like that – there's something antique and quintessentially British about his work.

For years we've had all the big-hitting HBO box-set dramas, all these brilliant, witty, clever shows, and in return the only thing we've had to offer is big period dramas like Downton Abbey. We do that very well, but in terms of really good contemporary drama, I »

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