Today's is the 3rd [and, yes, final] of the 3 scrapbook pages I made documenting the 2.5hours I [and an audience of many!] spent in the company of Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss.
You can find the earlier pages here and here. And after this I'll never* mention it again.
[* And by 'never' I mean ... y'know, not for a whole wellllllll ... month? Maybe. It depends really ... ].
But for now ... indulge me?
Because well ... to put it bluntly: they might turn out to be a bit of a knob and you'll never be able to love whatever it was you loved about them ever again.
And when it's Sherlock that you love ... the stakes are high. So there was some mild peril involved in going to see Mark Gatiss 'in conversation' last December.
Fortunately for all in general he was every bit as charming and loveable as you could have wished him to be ... and, more specifically, he was wonderful for two things in particular:
1. The first is that, throughout the interview, when talking about his childhood in Sedgefield [around 20 miles from where I live] he referred to his mother as his 'Mam'.
And so do my sister and I. [Well that's how refer to our own mother ... not his ... that would be weird ...].
And 'Mam' is not a term everyone uses to refer to their mother, not even in our same local area. And you won't find it on greetings cards as a matter of course. And when you don't hear something very often you can begin to feel like you yourself should use something different. Something 'posher'. Like 'Mum'.
Then you hear Mycroft say it ... and that makes everything better! ;-)
2. The second thing is not only how patient he was answering questions - from 'young people' who basically asked the same question over and over again without listening to his last answer - but also for what was his ultimate advice to them.
Here it is as written on my page:
All very doable and comforting too ...
You don't need any special equipment to make a start.
In fact ... forget about those young folk who were asking ... I'm happy to take his advice myself:
I'd love to use the comments section here to compile the benefit of your combined wisdom so ... won't you share with us all:
- What's the best - or maybe the simplest - piece of advice you've been given?
- And who offered it?
See you soon. [Without Mark Gatiss for company this time ... I swear].