'Sherlock' Co-Creator Could Return to Dark Comedy Roots

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The former comedy collaborator on BAFTA-winning series 'The League of Gentlemen' says they’re in talks to reunite

Mark Gatiss, the U.K. actor and screenwriter who helped create the multi-Emmy winning series Sherlock with Steven Moffat and also stars in the show as the detective’s uptight brother Mycroft Holmes, could be set for a return to the comedy roots that first introduced him onto TV screens.

In an interview with U.K. magazine The Radio Times, Reece Shearsmith, Gatiss’ former collaborator on the BBC’s BAFTA-winning cult comedy series The League of Gentleman, confirmed that he and Gatiss, together with fellow League members Steve Pemberton and Jeremy Dyson, were in talks to reunite.

"I think we will do something again," he said. "We’ve started to talk about a thing. It might not be [League of Gentlemen location] Royston Vasey, but just collaborating again would be great."

The League of Gentlemen, which began life as a stage show at the Edinburgh festival, ran for three seasons on BBC 2 between 1999 and 2002, and was aired on Comedy Central in the U.S. A film, The League of Gentleman’s Apocalypse, was released in 2005.

Gatiss, who has also written and starred in several episodes of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival, appeared in season four of Game of Thrones as Tycho Nestoris.