The BEST episodes written by Mark Gatiss

Destination: Royston Vasey
227 votes

#1 - Destination: Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 2 - Episode 1

The carnival comes to town and Pauline starts at the Restart Room as a jobseeker. Val makes a wish on a magic toad that brings back Benjamin. A nosebleed epidemic breaks out at the circus.

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A Plague on Royston Vasey
232 votes

#2 - A Plague on Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 2 - Episode 3

Pen-obsessed Pauline tackles Ross about her job prospects or lack thereof, and Edward sets a trap to catch a bride for David. Butcher Hilary Briss has a problem with one of his "special" customers.

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Lust for Royston Vasey
233 votes

#3 - Lust for Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 2 - Episode 2

The nosebleed epidemic continues. Pauline gets a new job as an assistant food science operative at Burger Me! Herr Lipp and students arrive on an exchange visit from Diusberg, and the guesthouse closes for a very private function.

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Death in Royston Vasey
187 votes

#4 - Death in Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 2 - Episode 4

Hilary Briss and Maurice take an early walk in the woods to collect a "Special Delivery." Mike, Brian, and Geoff get lost on their way to a plastics convention, and Morris is dealt with.

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Turn Again Geoff Tipps
175 votes

#5 - Turn Again Geoff Tipps

The League of Gentlemen - Season 3 - Episode 3

Geoff is fired from his job and leaves in an attempt to make it as a stand-up comedian in London. There he runs into the Legz Akimbo team and Mike.

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Escape From Royston Vasey
207 votes

#6 - Escape From Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 1 - Episode 6

- Tubbs & Edward's son David returns. Tubbs is thrilled, but Edward is resentful of his son-especially when he reveals he is responsible for the construction of ""newroad""! - Ben leaves Royston Vasey, taking with him a gift from the Dentons: an itemised bill covering expences incurred during his stay (phone calls, use of toilet tissue, etc). - Ross Reveals that he is really an employee for the Social Services. He has Pauline sacked, forcing her to hand over her pens! - Edward and David have a little chat. Facing away from Tubbs, he tells her that he no longer wants to build the road. Turning around to reveal his pig-nose, he declares ""I want to live locally"". Tubbs deserts David and Edward and leaves the shop. - Ben approaches Tubbs out on the moors, asking if she is local. Tubbs replies ""Yes, I am"", and they both head to the shop. Ben tells Tubbs that his friend who went missing had a pair of shoes just like hers. The credits roll...

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Royston Vasey and the Monster from Hell
216 votes

#7 - Royston Vasey and the Monster from Hell

The League of Gentlemen - Season 2 - Episode 6

Roysten Vasey is quarantined as the nosebleed epidemic claims a distinguished victim. The Legz Akimbo Theatre Group comes to town, and there is a wedding at the local shop.

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Anarchy in Royston Vasey
219 votes

#8 - Anarchy in Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 2 - Episode 5

Pauline leaves her hostage with Mikey to go in search fo food. Geoff and Brian bury Mike alive, and Tubbs and Edward catch a no-tail. Lee finds that Creme Brulee has reformed without him.

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How The Elephant Got Its Trunk
177 votes

#9 - How The Elephant Got Its Trunk

The League of Gentlemen - Season 3 - Episode 6

After a bag is blown out the window of the Charity Shop Vinnie spots it on a country road and sets out in hot pursuit. Papa Lazarou returns and all the series' loose ends are tied up.

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Nightmare in Royston Vasey
308 votes

#10 - Nightmare in Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 1 - Episode 3

An employee working on the new road stumbles into the lair of Edward and Tubbs, breakfast at the Denton's is not what Benjamin was expecting, and a tortoise has an unfortunate encounter with Dr. Chinnery.

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The Beast of Royston Vasey
293 votes

#11 - The Beast of Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 1 - Episode 4

Chinnery examines the so-called "beast", but has he correctly identified it? Also, the Legz Akimbo Theatre Company arrives to perform a play at the local school.

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The One-Armed Man is King
192 votes

#12 - The One-Armed Man is King

The League of Gentlemen - Season 3 - Episode 2

Lance bribes hospital disc jockey Mike King to arrange an under-the-counter arm transplant. Meanwhile, Glenn and Barry fail miserably in an attempt to recover outstanding debts.

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The Medusa Touch
178 votes

#13 - The Medusa Touch

The League of Gentlemen - Season 3 - Episode 4

Regular Cast: Mark as Alvin Steele / Les McQueen Steve as Daddy / Nancy Glass / Barbara [voice] / Anne Hand Reese as Noel Glass / Judith Buckle / Terry Lollard B&B proprietors Alvin and Sunny invite their weekend 'Sexplorers' to join them in a voyage of auto-erotic discovery - although Alvin would prefer to be at the garden centre. But who is the mysterious femme fatale in the dwarf conifers and what is the secret of the fearsome 'Medusa'? The Ending: Lawrence Llewellyn Bowen is having a fag with his wig off in the backyard of the Windermere when the white van comes crashing through the wall, sending tons of bricks down on him...

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The Lesbian and the Monkey
198 votes

#14 - The Lesbian and the Monkey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 3 - Episode 1

Tubbs and Edward somehow survive the fire. Paule struggles to adjust to life out of prison when she discovers true love, and Barbara throws a "gender-bender" party.

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The Empty Hearse
9166 votes

#15 - The Empty Hearse

Sherlock - Season 3 - Episode 1

Two years after the devastating events of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr. John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons, romance and a comforting domestic future beckon. But with London under threat of a huge terrorist attack, Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave with all the theatricality that comes so naturally to him. It's what his best friend wanted more than anything, but for John Watson it might well be a case of 'be careful what you wish for!' If Sherlock thinks everything will be just as he left it, though, he is in for a very big surprise...

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Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)
144 votes

#16 - Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)

The League of Gentlemen - Season 3 - Episode 5

Regular Cast: Mark as Tony / Iris Krell [voice] / Neds / Professor Breastpinch'd Steve as Charlie Hull Reese as Stella Hull / Judee Levinson / Keith Drop CHARLIE & STELLA / MRS LEVINSON: The Hulls' marriage seems to have disintegrated beyond repair and Stella's hooked on playing fruit machines. Meanwhile, Charlie starts working for Judee Levinson at her new beauty salon, the ""Spit and Polish"", doing massages on blindfolded clients, who think it's Judee doing them herself. His healing hands wow the customers, until an old man asks if he can do any ""extras"". Word spreads and the salon is packed with the men of Royston Vasey, blissfully unaware they are being wanked off by Charlie. When Tony comes for one of the ""special massages"", Charlie becomes obsessed with him and falls in love with him, eventually telling Tony he's the masseur with the magic hands. Tony is disgusted and the shit hits the fan: Stella wins big on the fruit machines and jets off overseas, and Judee sacks him.

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Welcome to Royston Vasey
494 votes

#17 - Welcome to Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 1 - Episode 1

Ben struggles to take in Auntie Val and Uncle Harvey’s incomprehensible house rules, while Martin poses a threat to the precious things in Tubbs and Edward’s Local Shop. At the local job center, Pauline is furious when someone lands an interview without her help. Taxi driver Babs makes middling progress through her sex change.

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The Great Game
11219 votes

#18 - The Great Game

Sherlock - Season 1 - Episode 3

A strange clue in an empty room, a blood-soaked car, a priceless Old Master, a deranged bomber. With the clock ticking, the curtain rises on a battle of wits between Sherlock, John and the shadowy stranger who seems to know all the answers...

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Hallowe'en Party
482 votes

#19 - Hallowe'en Party

Agatha Christie's Poirot - Season 12 - Episode 2

Novelist Ariadne Oliver calls in her old friend Poirot to investigate a drowning.

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Love Comes to Royston Vasey
239 votes

#20 - Love Comes to Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ben tries to escape from the Dentons. Henry and Ally go to the wrong film but try to make the best of it. Geoff gives a very truthful and upsetting speech at Mike's wedding.

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Home Counties Horror
114 votes

#21 - Home Counties Horror

A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss - Season 1 - Episode 2

Mark uncovers stories behind the films of his favourite period - the 1950s and 60s - which fired his lifelong enthusiasm for horror. These mainly British pictures were dominated by the legendary Hammer Films, who rewrote the horror rulebook with a revolutionary infusion of sex and full-colour gore - all shot in the English Home Counties. Mark meets key Hammer figures to find out why their Frankenstein and Dracula films conquered the world, making international stars of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. He looks at the new boom of horror that followed in Hammer's wake, including the ravishing Italian movie Black Sunday, and talks to the influential American producer Roger Corman about his disturbing and dreamlike Edgar Allan Poe films. He also explores the intriguing cycle of British 'folk horror' films, such as The Wicker Man and Mark's personal favourite, Blood on Satan's Claw. Mark also speaks to leading horror ladies Barbara Steele and Barbara Shelley about their most famous roles, makes a pilgrimage to Whitstable, home of Peter Cushing, and finds out why Dracula's bedroom activities got the British censor steamed up.

The American Scream
90 votes

#22 - The American Scream

A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss - Season 1 - Episode 3

Mark explores the explosion of American films of the late 1960s and 70s which dragged horror kicking and screaming into the present day. With their contemporary settings and uncompromising content, films like Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre remain controversial. But Mark argues that these films - often regarded as only being for hardcore fans with strong stomachs - have much to offer. Made by pioneering independent filmmakers, they reflected the social upheavals of American society and brought fresh energy and imagination to the genre. Mark gets the inside story from a roster of leading horror directors, including George A Romero, whose Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead turned zombies into A-list monsters; Tobe Hooper, director of the notorious Texas Chain Saw Massacre; and John Carpenter, whose smash hit Halloween triggered the slasher movie boom. Mark also celebrates the other great horror trend of the era - a string of satanically-themed Hollywood blockbusters, including Rosemary's Baby, the Exorcist and the Omen. Along the way Mark visits the Bates Motel, gets mobbed by zombies and finds out what happened to Omen star David Warner's decapitated head.

The Final Problem
6808 votes

#23 - The Final Problem

Sherlock - Season 4 - Episode 3

Long-buried secrets finally catch up with the Baker Street duo. Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and, alone and defenseless, Sherlock and John Watson face their greatest ever challenge. Is the game finally over?

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The Road to Royston Vasey
365 votes

#24 - The Road to Royston Vasey

The League of Gentlemen - Season 1 - Episode 2

Royston Vasey's new road is under construction: good news for all the town's inhabitants except Tubbs and Edward won't this bring strangers to the town? Judee is off to Antigua for a luxury holiday; Pauline is holding a workshop in selling the Big Issue (a newspaper for the homeless), and Ben is trying to use the telephone at the Dentons. We meet butcher Hillary Briss, Henry and Ally, the video-viewers and Reverend Bernice, Royston Vasey's outspoken lady vicar.

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The Hounds of Baskerville
9819 votes

#25 - The Hounds of Baskerville

Sherlock - Season 2 - Episode 2

Something terrible has happened to Henry Knight — Sherlock and John investigate the truth about the monstrous creature which apparently killed their client's father. A hound from hell? What seems like fantasy in Baker Street is a very different prospect in the ultra-secret army base that looms over Dartmoor.

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Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood
120 votes

#26 - Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood

A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss - Season 1 - Episode 1

Three-part series in which actor and writer Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who, Sherlock) celebrates the greatest achievements of horror cinema. A lifelong fan of the genre, Mark begins by exploring the golden age of Hollywood horror. From the late 1920s until the 1940s, a succession of classic pictures and unforgettable actors defined the horror genre - including The Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney, Dracula with Bela Lugosi, and Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. Mark explains just how daring and pioneering these films were, and why they still send a chill down the spine today. He also traces how horror pictures evolved during this period, becoming camp and subversive (The Old Dark House and Bride of Frankenstein, both directed by Englishman James Whale), dark and perverse (films like Freaks, which used disabled performers), before a final flourish with the psychological horror of RKO Pictures' films (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie), which still influence directors today. However, by the early 1950s the monsters were facing their biggest threat - the rise of science fiction films in the post-war atomic era. Along the way, Mark steps into some of the great sets from these classic films, hears first-hand accounts from Hollywood horror veterans, discovers Lon Chaney's head in a box and finds out why Bela Lugosi met his match in Golders Green.

The Six Thatchers
7991 votes

#27 - The Six Thatchers

Sherlock - Season 4 - Episode 1

One mysterious case in particular baffles Scotland Yard, but Sherlock is more interested in a seemingly-trivial detail. Why is someone destroying images of the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher? Is there a madman on the loose? Or is there a much darker purpose at work?

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Cat Among the Pigeons
513 votes

#28 - Cat Among the Pigeons

Agatha Christie's Poirot - Season 11 - Episode 2

Poirot searches for priceless jewels belonging to a princess at school in England.

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Blood Vessel
1235 votes

#29 - Blood Vessel

Dracula (2020) - Season 1 - Episode 2

The Russian ship, The Demeter, is a perfectly ordinary vessel, but her new voyage seems different. A motley collection of remarkable passengers includes one Count Dracula. Soon the crew are locked in a life-or-death struggle to stop the vampire before he reaches England. The ship of death has a new captain...

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The Man on the Platform
40 votes

#30 - The Man on the Platform

Queers - Season 1 - Episode 1

A man returning from the First World War trenches recollects a love that dared not speak its name.

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The Rules of the Beast
1450 votes

#31 - The Rules of the Beast

Dracula (2020) - Season 1 - Episode 1

1897. English lawyer Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to meet a new client - and a legend is about to get fresh blood... This is the tale of a terrifying, maze-like castle, of undead Brides, and a vampire Count whose ambition is to conquer the new world.

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The Crimson Horror
2822 votes

#32 - The Crimson Horror

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 7 - Episode 11

Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire, as bodies are found with their skin a waxy, glowing red.

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Cold War
2890 votes

#33 - Cold War

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 7 - Episode 8

The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths. An alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. With tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons on board, it’s not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake!

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Empress of Mars
2194 votes

#34 - Empress of Mars

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 10 - Episode 9

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors… and Victorian soldiers. As the Martian hive awakes around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma – this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?

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Two Can Play at That Game
2 votes

#35 - Two Can Play at That Game

Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000) - Season 2 - Episode 7

Jeff and Jeannie investigate an empty department store, where a crook's love of playing games has reached lethal extremes. But Jeff and Marty's relationship has reached such a nadir that Marty is cast adrift in Rhadamanthus-On-Sea.

Victory of the Daleks
3710 votes

#36 - Victory of the Daleks

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 5 - Episode 3

The Doctor has been summoned by old friend Winston Churchill, but in the Cabinet War Rooms far below the streets of blitz-torn London, it's his oldest enemy he finds waiting for him, as the time-travelling adventures continue. The Daleks are back – but can Winston Churchill be in league with them?

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The Unquiet Dead
3388 votes

#37 - The Unquiet Dead

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 3

The Doctor plans to take Rose back through time to Naples, 1860, but instead they arrive in Cardiff, 1869. In Victorian Cardiff, the dead are walking and creatures made of gas are on the loose. The time-travellers team up with Charles Dickens to investigate Mr Sneed, the local undertaker, who's hiding a very big secret. However, this time, The Doctor won't be able to save everyone.

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The Idiot's Lantern
2404 votes

#38 - The Idiot's Lantern

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 2 - Episode 7

In 1953 London, the police are abducting people from their homes. The people of Britain gather around their new-fangled "tele-vision" sets to celebrate the new Queen's coronation - but something strange is affecting the signal.

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Night Terrors
3112 votes

#39 - Night Terrors

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 6 - Episode 9

A little boy named George sends a distress signal to the Doctor when he discovers that monsters live in his bedroom cupboard.

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Robot of Sherwood
2511 votes

#40 - Robot of Sherwood

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 8 - Episode 3

In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, The Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars. But with the fate of Nottingham at stake (and possibly Derby), there's no time for the two adventurers to get into a fight about who is real and who isn't - which is probably why they do very little else!

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The Dark Compass
1166 votes

#41 - The Dark Compass

Dracula (2020) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Count Dracula has made it to England - a new world pulsing with fresh blood - and lays his plans to spread his foul vampire contagion. But why does he set his sights on the seemingly ordinary Lucy Westenra? And who on earth is left to stop him?

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Sleep No More
2110 votes

#42 - Sleep No More

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 9 - Episode 9

This terrifying story is assembled from footage discovered in the wreckage of Le Verrier Space Station.

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MR James: Ghost Writer
0 votes

#43 - MR James: Ghost Writer

BBC Documentaries - Season 2013 - Episode 232

Mark Gatiss steps into the mind of MR James, the enigmatic English master of the supernatural story. How did this donnish Victorian bachelor, conservative by nature and a devout Anglican, come to create tales that continue to chill readers more than a century on? Mark attempts to uncover the secrets of James's inspiration, taking an atmospheric journey from James's childhood home in Suffolk to Eton, Cambridge and France, venturing into ancient churches, dark cloisters and echoing libraries along the way.