Before Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ series Sherlock was commissioned as three, 90-minute episodes, the BBC made one 60 minute pilot. The original plan was for this to go to air as the first installment but, for reasons I’m not convinced I know the truth about, it was shelved, the longer format instigated, the script reworked and a new episode filmed.
In my review of Sherlock this week, many of my criticisms were levelled at director Paul McGuigan. You may be interested to note that this original pilot was not his, being directed instead by Coky Giedroyc. So, for two reasons, I’m very keen to see it – to see what didn’t work and why wasn’t it used; and to see what Ms. Giedroyc did better than Mr. McGuigan, if anything.
Good for me, then, that this “lost” pilot has now been passed by the BBFC for inclusion on the DVD release of the series.
Those of you more sympathetic to Mr. McGuigan’s stylistics than I might be particularly interested in an interview he has given to the Reel Scotland blog. Amongst all of the Sherlock talk, there’s this little aside:
I’ve been offered a big telly show which I’m thinking about.
That show, I’d expect, is Bonnyroad, the Grant Morrison and Steven Fry series that Rich has told you about. Seems McGuigan may not take the job, but it’s good to hear it’s still coming along, even that it can be called “big”.