"I should have been more daring [with The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes].

I have this theory. I wanted Holmes [to be] homosexual and not admitting it to anyone, including maybe even himself.

The burden of keeping it a secret was the reason he took dope."

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Billy Wilder, on his original intent for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.



Reference Notes:

  • Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have stated TPLoSH was used as their main inspiration and “template” for Sherlock, and Gatiss considers Wilder to be one of "the best screenwriters in the world". [x]
  • Related quote on Wilder’s experience with censorship and TPLoSH here: [x]

(Quote from ‘A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder’s American Films’ (2013) [x])

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The BBC drama controller [and original commissioner of Sherlock] Ben Stephenson, who is himself gay, said he was “really worried” that there are not many gay characters on television and called on writers to come forward with more stories addressing homosexuality.
Stephenson said it was simplistic to argue that greater diversity offscreen will result in improvement in on-screen portrayals, pointing to his own experience. “I am diverse, in that sense [gay], and are there many portrayals of gay characters on television?”
"I would say it’s probably one of the lowest [represented] areas.""When the great gay script comes in, I shall definitely be commissioning it."



As well as sexuality, he felt that more effort should be made to give mental illness — "a massive taboo on TV" — a better showing.
But this quest for diversity should not come at the cost of quality, he insisted.
"I want to commission great stuff — that’s all I care about," he declared at the ‘Changing the Face of TV’ panel discussion at New Broadcasting House.



Stephenson said that diversity in BBC drama was the best it has ever been, but stressed, “We’ve got a long way to go.”
He added: “The nature of my job is to help people who love drama find enough that connects with them over the course of the year, so they can say ‘that was worth the licence fee.’”
“The important thing is making these conversations feel creative and not about ticking a box, because no one believes that creates good drama.”



Ben Stephenson is the original commissioner of Sherlock, and has served as the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning since 2008. 


Sources: Excerpts taken from overlapping reports on BBC’s ‘Reflect and Represent’ conference at the New Broadcasting House in February, 2014.
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The BBC drama controller [and original commissioner of SherlockBen Stephenson, who is himself gay, said he was “really worried” that there are not many gay characters on television and called on writers to come forward with more stories addressing homosexuality.

Stephenson said it was simplistic to argue that greater diversity offscreen will result in improvement in on-screen portrayals, pointing to his own experience. “I am diverse, in that sense [gay], and are there many portrayals of gay characters on television?”

"I would say it’s probably one of the lowest [represented] areas."

"When the great gay script comes in, I shall definitely be commissioning it."



As well as sexuality, he felt that more effort should be made to give mental illness — "a massive taboo on TV" — a better showing.

But this quest for diversity should not come at the cost of quality, he insisted.

"I want to commission great stuff — that’s all I care about," he declared at the ‘Changing the Face of TV’ panel discussion at New Broadcasting House.



Stephenson said that diversity in BBC drama was the best it has ever been, but stressed, “We’ve got a long way to go.”

He added: “The nature of my job is to help people who love drama find enough that connects with them over the course of the year, so they can say ‘that was worth the licence fee.’”

“The important thing is making these conversations feel creative and not about ticking a box, because no one believes that creates good drama.”



Ben Stephenson is the original commissioner of Sherlock, and has served as the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning since 2008. 

Sources: Excerpts taken from overlapping reports on BBC’s ‘Reflect and Represent’ conference at the New Broadcasting House in February, 2014.

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gatissed:

 BBC Sherlock: The Empty Hearse vs. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

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"I should have been more daring [with The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes] but, unfortunately, the son of Conan Doyle was there.

I wanted to make Holmes a homosexual. That’s why he is on dope.

Look, we have been freed now from the Breen Office or the Johnston Office or that stupid thing.

In many respects, it’s terrifying because now any idiot and any pornographer can do anything.

But for the ones who are a little bit discriminating, who do it delicately, a grand new thing has opened.

But that was after [I made] Private Life.

The saddest thing about the film is that it was a waste of a year and a half of my life.

When you get to be my age, you say, 'Shit, if I just had the time back that I wasted on pictures that were failures.'

But I’m not ashamed of it. There are many pictures I wish I could scratch out, but this one I’m not ashamed of."

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Billy Wilder, on his original intent for The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.



Reference Notes:

  • Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have stated TPLoSH was used as their main inspiration and “template” for Sherlock, and Gatiss considers Wilder to be one of “the best screenwriters in the world”. [x]
  • On Holmes’ drug use in TPLoSH, Wilder has said: "I should have been more daring. I have this theory. I wanted Holmes homosexual and not admitting it to anyone, including maybe even himself. The burden of keeping it a secret was the reason he took dope."  [x]
  • "The Breen Office" is in reference to Joseph Breen, one of the primary film censors who applied the Hays Code of “moral censorship guidelines” to Hollywood productions from the 1930s onwards: [x]
  • "The Johnston Office" is in reference to Eric Johnston, the president of the MPAA who took part in creating the Hollywood Blacklist, which denied employment based on alleged membership in or sympathy with the American Communist Party, involvement in progressive political causes, or refusal to assist in government investigations from the 1940s onwards. [x]

(Quote from ‘Brief Encounters: Lesbians and Gays in British Cinema 1930-1971’ [x])

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all i have to say is that the upcoming Sherlock: Chronicles book had better feature Steve Thompson very prominently, i have a deep and abiding need.


I feel dumb for asking, but: can someone please explain to me where these official set and promo photos are coming from and why they’re so delayed?


ivyblossom:

Of the things I’ve learned so far in the collective compilation of this Sherlock Compendium, the most amusing is the remarkable overuse of the name “Billy” in the show. Dear Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Stephen Thompson: you have enough Billys now. You can stop with the Billys. Maybe add some Steves on the sly (since 2/3rds of the writing team are certifiable Steves). And you should have at least one Gareth. I don’t think you’ve got a Gareth yet. What are you, anti-Welsh, or something?

true but remember the entire show is an homage to a Billy Wilder film, dear ivyblossom

i don’t think the recurring redundant reifying Billies are going away, tbh. 

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"INTERVIEWER: Is [Arthur Conan Doyle’s imperfect writing] part of the liberating thing for you, too?

GATISS: Well, you know that thing, that quote. William Gillette wrote the first [Sherlock Holmes] stage play, and he cabled Doyle.

And he wrote, 'Can I marry Holmes?'

Doyle replied, 'You may marry him, or murder, or do what you like with him.'

And he was so blasé about his own creation, he’s left lots of room for interpretation!"

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Mark Gatiss

Original Gillette & Doyle quotes referenced here: [x]

(DenOfGeek.com interview, August 2010 [x])

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"We hadn’t plotted six episodes [when the original pilot was filmed]. We had some vague ideas of where we’d go.

So, it’s not like we had to [change] the entire thing [after the format shift to 90-minute episodes]. It’s about upping the scale of the threat.

But without giving too much away—what we’d like to do if we get some more [series commissioned] is tackle some of the favourite stuff.

And what that would mean—if we could—would be to start then making it feel like our version.

So, if anybody was to say, 'You're doing Moriarty too quickly' … It’s really about not deferring your pleasures, you know? Why wait for season five?

But what that would mean if it happened—if we did some more—is that right, this series of three could be: John gets married, as he does in the original stories. What does that do to the dynamic?

There’s so much to play around with.

The genius of Doyle is it’s all there, and sometimes it’s not quite in the right order. He admitted it himself: he married John off, and went, 'Oh, god, now I've got to do the stories retrospectively!'"

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Mark Gatissbefore Sherlock was recommissioned for a second series, discussing the change from the original plan for six one-hour episodes.

(DenOfGeek.com interview, August 2010 [x])

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"INTERVIEWER: The way [Sherlock] is edited is that there’s not a beat between scenes, at times. We’ve gone straight from the end of a conversation directly into something else.

GATISS: I think that’s very important. In [A Study In Pink], you’ve got this wonderful ‘Iceman Cometh' build-up. You don't see Sherlock, you don't see Sherlock, and then you see him upside down.

INTERVIEWER: You clearly had a lot of fun with that.

GATISS: Oh, yes, I absolutely adore it. It’s a brilliant idea of Steve [Moffat’s]. It’s a bit like introducing Bond.

But I think you just need to get people really hooked. You’ve got the murders, you’ve got John’s lonely life — and then suddenly here’s this man, and everything changes.

It doesn’t pause for breath for a long time, and that’s good, and when it does, you feel like you’ve deserved to sit down and wonder, ‘How do you do this?’"

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Mark Gatiss

(DenOfGeek.com interview, August 2010 [x])

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"INTERVIEWER: It’s been said before that one of the hopes of this is that young fans get re-energised by Sherlock Holmes. And I’d originally heard that this Sherlock was to be a pre-watershed show. But it’s not turned out that way?

GATISS: We did talk about it originally as sort of ‘Doctor Who an hour later’.

But, actually, in the making of it, it darkened.

So, it’s still very funny, and I think what would be ideal—and this is what you’d always want, I’d think—would be for it to be the kind of programme that kids think they shouldn’t quite be allowed to watch. That’s what I always wanted to watch!

That’s why, really, you get a magazine called Just 17. It’s not for 17-year-olds, it’s for 14-year-olds who want to be 17.

And the sort of things that I wanted to watch as a kid, they used to feel slightly out of my reach."

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Mark Gatiss

(DenOfGeek.com interview, August 2010 [x])

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"INTERVIEWER: It strikes me as quite the contrary to expectation in a way, that because there have been so many takes on [Sherlock Holmes], there’s less pressure to conform to one of those.

GATISS: As Benedict [Cumberbatch] has said—for him, approaching a character that’s been played over 200 times before—one of the most liberating things is that there’s a big difference in this one.

And so, hopefully, this one can be mine.

I can own this one a bit more, because there’s a huge change with it being in the modern day."

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Mark Gatiss

(DenOfGeek.com interview, August 2010 [x])

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Billy.

Billy.

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PSA i have now permanently claimed skullsandtea so i can properly track the tag, praise the author-gods


Mickey Milkovich is me tho.

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