The BEST episodes written by Mark Gatiss

Destination: Royston Vasey
229 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
233 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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Turn Again Geoff Tipps
172 votes

#4 - 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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Death in Royston Vasey
188 votes

#5 - 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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How The Elephant Got Its Trunk
173 votes

#6 - 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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Royston Vasey and the Monster from Hell
215 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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Escape From Royston Vasey
208 votes

#8 - 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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Anarchy in Royston Vasey
219 votes

#9 - 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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The Beast of Royston Vasey
296 votes

#10 - 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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Nightmare in Royston Vasey
309 votes

#11 - 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 Medusa Touch
174 votes

#12 - 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 One-Armed Man is King
191 votes

#13 - 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 Lesbian and the Monkey
194 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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Beauty and the Beast (Or, Come into My Parlour)
141 votes

#15 - 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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The Empty Hearse
9295 votes

#16 - The Empty Hearse

Sherlock - Season 3 - Episode 1

Two years after his apparent death and with London under a terrorist threat, Sherlock Holmes walks back into Dr John Watson's life.

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The Great Game
11365 votes

#17 - 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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Love Comes to Royston Vasey
239 votes

#18 - 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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Welcome to Royston Vasey
496 votes

#19 - 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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Hallowe'en Party
502 votes

#20 - 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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Home Counties Horror
116 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.

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The American Scream
91 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.

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The Final Problem
6927 votes

#23 - The Final Problem

Sherlock - Season 4 - Episode 3

Someone has been playing a very long game indeed and, alone and defenceless, Sherlock and Dr Watson face their greatest ever challenge.

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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
9952 votes

#25 - The Hounds of Baskerville

Sherlock - Season 2 - Episode 2

Sherlock and John investigate the truth about the monstrous creature which apparently killed their client's father.

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Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood
123 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.

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The Six Thatchers
8107 votes

#27 - The Six Thatchers

Sherlock - Season 4 - Episode 1

Why is someone destroying images of 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
534 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
1260 votes

#29 - Blood Vessel

Dracula (2020) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Russian ship The Demeter seems a perfectly ordinary vessel, but the motley collection of passengers includes one Count Dracula. The ship of death has a new captain.

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The Rules of the Beast
1482 votes

#30 - The Rules of the Beast

Dracula (2020) - Season 1 - Episode 1

1897. English solicitor Jonathan Harker has an unsettling story. A tale of a maze-like castle, undead brides and a count whose ambition is to conquer the new world.

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The Man on the Platform
37 votes

#31 - 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 Crimson Horror
2912 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
2980 votes

#33 - Cold War

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 7 - Episode 8

On a Russian submarine in 1983, a frozen alien warrior is waking up, just as the TARDIS materialises.

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Two Can Play at That Game
2 votes

#34 - 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.

Empress of Mars
2308 votes

#35 - Empress of Mars

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 10 - Episode 9

'God save the Queen' has been scrawled on the surface of Mars. What are Victorians doing on the home of the Ice Warriors? And what will they find beneath the Martian soil?

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Victory of the Daleks
3801 votes

#36 - Victory of the Daleks

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 5 - Episode 3

Winston Churchill summons the Doctor to Blitz-torn London, but the Daleks are waiting.

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The Unquiet Dead
3548 votes

#37 - The Unquiet Dead

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Charles Dickens and the Doctor team up as corpses stalk the streets of Victorian Cardiff.

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The Idiot's Lantern
2512 votes

#38 - The Idiot's Lantern

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 2 - Episode 7

A face-stealing alien is rampant in Britain at the time of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. The Doctor and Rose investigate!

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Night Terrors
3192 votes

#39 - Night Terrors

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 6 - Episode 9

The Doctor must deal with sinister dolls coming to life as he fights to help a terrified child and his father.

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Robot of Sherwood
2622 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 and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood. With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes actually exist?

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The Dark Compass
1188 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.

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Sleep No More
2211 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.