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Mark Gatiss planning League of Gentlemen anniversary reunion

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Mark Gatiss planning League of Gentlemen anniversary reunion

Mark Gatiss is to reunite with his 'League of Gentlemen' co-stars to celebrate the comedy show's 20th anniversary.

The actor-and-writer has revealed he and and the BBC TV series' other co-creators, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson, want to get together and do something to mark the special date.

Although the programme doesn't turn 20 for four years, Gatiss says they have to start planing for it now otherwise the foursome will be so busy they won't find the time to commit to the project.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph newspaper, he said: "We want to do something for the 20th anniversary of the television show, which is four years off, but if we start planning now, we might actually do it!"

'The League of Gentlemen' was famous for its dark humour and multitude of bizarre characters, including murderous married shop owners Tubbs and Edward Tattsyrup, evil butcher Hilary Briss, pen-obsessed Job Centre Restart Officer Pauline Campbell-Jones and transgender taxi driver Barbara Dixon.

Gatiss is currently putting the finishing touches to a new 'Doctor Who' script for the next series of the sci-fi show and he is promising the adventure for Peter Capaldi's Time Lord will be one of his scariest yet.

Discussing his new 'Doctor Who' script, the 48-year-old star - whose previous stories include 'Night Terrors' and 'Cold War' among others - said: I'm in the midst of that right now ... I'm hoping to finish the script tonight. It has been a tough nut to crack, but I'm delighted with how scary it is. I can't say any more than that."

Gatiss is also excited about this year's 'Sherlock' Christmas special which will see Benedict Cumberbatch's interpretation of the detective placed in Victorian England and the screenwriter has been surprised by some fans' reaction to the character being returned to his original era.

He said: "It's Victorian, for reasons which become apparent, so it was great fun to go back and un-invent the things we'd updated. Unbelievably, people have even asked me, 'How can Sherlock exist in an age without iPhones?' I guess that's great because it means our version has worked so well, they can't imagine it any other way."