Scratch Me: Exploring Character in Genre
Mark Gatiss dives into the weird and wonderful worlds of genre

Date: 13 Oct 2020
Time: 18:00
Location: Online

Scratch Me presents: Exploring Character in Genre; an online in conversation event with writer, performer and genre guru Mark Gatiss. Join us from 6pm on Tuesday, 13 October for the second event in a series all about character development.

Mark will talk about the iconic characters he's created in a wide-ranging career which spans roles in front and behind the camera, on stage and across genres. He'll discuss how he develops characters - be they the peculiar citizens of Royston Vasey or cultural touchstones like Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula - and the balancing act of being a writer, performer and more.

Our host for the evening is film and television writer and broadcaster Beth Webb.

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Event info

Every event in our Scratch Me programme is free to attend. Sessions are held via Zoom webinar - you don't need a live webcam or microphone to participate, just a reliable internet connection.

There will be the opportunity to ask Mark questions during the session. You can use Zoom's Q&A feature to ask a question on the day or submit queries in advance to:

This event will feature a BSL interpreter.

Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss has had a long and varied career as a writer and producer behind the camera, as well as being a critically-acclaimed actor and published author. His early success on television was as part of the comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen, for which he both wrote and appeared on-screen as various characters.

Mark is the co-creator and executive producer of Sherlock - the hit BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, which has seen unprecedented global success, winning a total of nine Emmys and twelve BAFTAs across its four series.

Recent acting roles include The Duke of Marlborough in the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated The Favourite (2018), Giles Winslow in Disney’s Christopher Robin (2018), Robert Cecil in BBC One’s Gunpowder (2017), Stephen Gardiner in Wolf Hall (2015), Peter Mandelson in James Graham’s Coalition (2015) for Channel Four and Tycho Nestoris in HBO’s Game of Thrones (2014-2017).

On stage, he has starred alongside Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus (2013), as Harold in Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band (2016) and as Doctor Shpigelsky in Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Turgenev’s Three Days in the Country for which he received the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

He was the co-creator and executive producer of the BBC and Netflix drama Dracula. He has also written and directed an adaptation of M.R James’ Martin’s Close starring Peter Capaldi which will air on BBC Four this Christmas.

Scratch Me is a Film Hub North and BFI NETWORK project delivered in partnership with Screen Yorkshire and SIGN (Screen Industries Growth Network).