UK Sherlock fans call for gay relationship in series

UK Sherlock fans call for gay relationship in series

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:00 Written by // Cec Busby

Fans of the popular BBC series Sherlock have been lobbying show creator Mark Gatiss to write a gay relationship between Sherlock and Watson into the plot.

Gatiss said he had been inundated with plotline ideas and even explicit drawings sugeesting a relationship between Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch and Watson (Martin Freeman).

Gatiss told DNA that fans had been urging him to make the dynamic crime fighting duo a couple  since injecting sexual innuendo into the plot of the previous series.

Gatiss told DNA: “Oh my God. I get sent things that would make your hair turn white. It’s not just Sherlock and Watson holding hands on a park bench, I can tell you that.

“Some of them are incredibly graphic but my goodness I’ve not tried half the things they’re doing.”

It’s not the first occasion that the great detective and his sidekick have been rumoured to be gay.  In the 1970s Billy Wilder film, it was joked that Sherlock and Watson were a couple. Gatiss said this is where he and co-creator Steven Moffat took their lead.

Nonetheless Gatiss said there are no plans at this stage to turn the pair into a couple.

A fourth series of Sherlock has been commissioned by the BBC and will air later this year. The BBC has also announced plans for a special feature length episode to begin filming in January 2015.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

Comments (1)

  • Julia

    24 March 2016 at 21:40 |
    There was certainly a very good chemistry between Cumberbatch and Freeman's character in the early part of the series that could easily have morphed into something romantic. But they sort of burnt that bridge when they married Freeman at the end of the last series. It's a shame because a relationship between the two probably would have worked. It's evident from the dialogue in the last few episodes that they hold each other very close in their hearts. You could argue that Cumerbatch's character is probably Asexual and Aromantic given he doesn't show interest in any other character male or female and it would certainly fit his cold, logical personality.


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