You write what you are passionate about, write what you can’t bear not to write.
I mean, you’re not trying to shock people. You’re not trying to offend people. You’re not trying to be bold or any of these things.
You just say, I am utterly passionate about Sherlock Holmes. I know how good this is, and if somebody gave Mark Gatiss and me lots of money, we could demonstrate to people how great Sherlock Holmes is or how great Doctor Who is or how great this new idea we’ve had is. We know exactly why people will love it.
We’re not embracing risk, we’re saying, honestly, give us that dosh and this is risk free. This will work because we know how utterly brilliant it is and no one else understands as well as we do.
Listen to us. It’s that’s what we believe rather than thinking it’s going to be a huge risk. The risk you’ve got is the fact you’re not as clever as you think you are, and God knows I’m not because I think I’m very clever and I’m really not.
It’s about a passionate connection with a project.
I mean, it’s taken now a lot of viewers to realise that’s how you write.
So save time. Write what you’re passionate about. Write what you can’t bear not to write.
Write what thrills you. And even people who aren’t as thrilled by you as you are by the source material, by the original, will love it anyway.
My wife doesn’t give a stuff about Sherlock Holmes, really, the original stories. She hasn’t even read them all. So her job is to get excited about Sherlock Holmes by me and Mark bouncing around the room saying, but have you seen Basil Rathbone’s Spider Woman? It is superb. It’s that. It’s that.