|Born||Steven William Moffat|
18 November 1961
Paisley, Scotland, UK
|Occupation||Screenwriter and television producer|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
|Genre||Comedy, drama, adventure, science fiction|
Steven William Moffat // ; born 18 November 1961) is a Scottish television writer and producer. He is best known for his work as showrunner, writer, and executive producer of two BBC One series: the science fiction television series Doctor Who and the contemporary crime drama television series Sherlock , based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. In 2015, Moffat was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.(
Born in Paisley, Scotland, Moffat, the son of a teacher, was formerly a teacher himself.His first television work was the teen drama series Press Gang . His first sitcom, Joking Apart , was inspired by the breakdown of his first marriage. Later in the 1990s, he wrote Chalk , inspired by his own experience as an English teacher. Moffat, a lifelong fan of Doctor Who, wrote the comedic sketch episode The Curse of Fatal Death for the Comic Relief charity telethon, which aired in early 1999. His early-2000s sitcom Coupling was based upon the development of his relationship with television producer Sue Vertue.
In March 2004, Moffat was announced as one of the writers for the revived Doctor Who TV series. He wrote six episodes under executive producer Russell T Davies, which aired from 2005 to 2008. Moffat's scripts during this era won him three Hugo Awards, a BAFTA Craft Award, and a BAFTA Cymru Award. Between episodes, he wrote and produced the modern-day drama series Jekyll , based on the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde . In May 2008, it was announced that Moffat would succeed Davies as showrunner, lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who. Around the same time, he dropped his contract with film director Steven Spielberg for a film trilogy based on artist Hergé's character Tintin. Part of the lone script he wrote was used in Spielberg's film The Adventures of Tintin , eventually released in 2011.
Production on Sherlock's unaired pilot episode began in January 2009, while series 5 of Doctor Who—Moffat's first series as executive producer—began production the following July. Moffat won another Hugo for his writing as a Doctor Who showrunner, while his work as a Sherlock showrunner won him a BAFTA Craft Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. In January 2016, Moffat announced he would be stepping down from running Doctor Who after six series. Sherlock's fourth and most recent series aired in January 2017. Moffat's last Doctor Who episode, "Twice Upon a Time", aired at Christmas in 2017. In March 2019, Moffat began production on Dracula , based on Bram Stoker's novel, which was commissioned by BBC One and Netflix and was first broadcast on BBC One in January 2020.
Moffat was born in Paisley, Scotland, [ failed verification ] He studied at the University of Glasgow, where he was involved with the student television station Glasgow University Student Television. After gaining a Master of Arts degree in English from Glasgow, he worked as a teacher for three and a half years at Cowdenknowes High School, Greenock. [ failed verification ] In the 1980s he wrote a play entitled War Zones (performed at the 1985 Glasgow Mayfest and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe ) and a musical called Knifer. He is an atheist.where he attended Camphill High School.
Moffat's father Bill was a head teacher at Thorn Primary School in Johnstone, Renfrewshire;when the school was used for Harry Secombe's Highway in the late 1980s, Bill mentioned to the producers that he had an idea for a television series about a school newspaper. The producers asked for a sample script, to which Bill agreed on the condition his son Steven write it. Producer Sandra Hastie said that it was "the best ever first script" that she had read. The resulting series was titled Press Gang , starring Julia Sawalha and Dexter Fletcher, and it ran for five series on ITV between 1989 and 1993, with Moffat writing all forty-three episodes. The programme won a BAFTA award in its second series.
During production of the second series of Press Gang, Moffat was experiencing an unhappy personal life as a result of the break-up of his first marriage. The producer was secretly phoning his friends at home to check on his state.His wife's new lover was represented in the episode "The Big Finish?" by the character Brian Magboy (Simon Schatzberger), a name inspired by Brian: Maggie's boy. Moffat brought in the character so that all sorts of unfortunate things would happen to him, such as having a typewriter dropped on his foot.
By 1990, Moffat had written two series of Press Gang , but the programme's high cost along with organisational changes at backers Central Independent Television cast its future in doubt. 's primary director, suggested that he meet with producer Andre Ptaszynski to discuss writing a sitcom. Inspired by his experience working in education, Moffat's initial proposal was a programme similar to what became Chalk , a sitcom set in a school that eventually aired in 1997. During the pitch meeting at the Groucho Club, Ptaszynski realised that Moffat was talking passionately about his impending divorce and suggested that he write about that instead of a school sitcom. Taking Ptaszynski's advice, Moffat's new idea was about "a sitcom writer whose wife leaves him". Moffat wrote two series of Joking Apart , which was directed by Spiers and starred Robert Bathurst and Fiona Gillies. The show won the Bronze Rose of Montreux and was entered for the Emmys.As Moffat wondered what to do next and worried about his future employment, Bob Spiers, Press Gang
He wrote three episodes of Murder Most Horrid , an anthology series of comedic tales starring Dawn French. The first ("Overkill", directed by Spiers) was identified by the BBC as a "highlight" of the series.His other two episodes were "Dying Live" (dir. Dewi Humphreys) and "Elvis, Jesus and Zack" (dir. Tony Dow).
Moffat has been a fan of Doctor Who since childhood.In 1995, he contributed a segment to Paul Cornell's Virgin New Adventures novel Human Nature . His first solo Doctor Who work was a short story, "Continuity Errors", published in the 1996 Virgin Books anthology Decalog 3: Consequences .
Between marriages, Moffat claims that he "shagged [his] way round television studios like a mechanical digger."According to an interview with The New York Times , Moffat met television producer Sue Vertue at the Edinburgh Television Festival in 1996. Vertue had been working for Tiger Aspect, a production company run by Peter Bennett-Jones. Bennett-Jones and his friend and former colleague Andre Ptaszynski, who had worked with Moffat on Joking Apart, told Moffat and Vertue that each fancied the other. A relationship blossomed and they left their respective production companies to join Hartswood Films, run by Beryl Vertue, Sue's mother. The couple have two children together: Joshua and Louis Oliver.
Before Moffat left Pola Jones for Hartswood, Ptaszynski produced Chalk , the series that the writer had pitched to him at the beginning of the decade.Set in a comprehensive school and starring David Bamber as manic deputy head Eric Slatt and Nicola Walker as Suzy Travis, the show was based on Moffat's three years as an English teacher. The studio audience responded so positively to the first series when it was taped that the BBC commissioned a second series before the first had aired. However, it was met less enthusiastically by critics upon transmission in February 1997, who had taken exception to the BBC's publicity department comparing the show to the highly respected Fawlty Towers . In an interview in the early 2000s, Moffat refuses to even name the series, joking that he might get attacked in the street.
After production wrapped on Chalk in 1997, Moffat announced to the cast that he was marrying Vertue.
In late 1998, Moffat was approached by Vertue, a producer of Comic Relief, to write a comedic sketch based on the Doctor Who TV series to be aired across Comic Relief's 1999 telethon in several parts on BBC One.The sketch, The Curse of Fatal Death , was written from December 1998 to February 1999, recorded in February, and broadcast in March.
When Vertue asked Moffat for a sitcom, he decided to base it around the evolution of their own relationship.[ citation needed ] Coupling , produced by Vertue, was first broadcast on BBC Two in 2000. Moffat's first son Joshua was born around 2000, and his second son Louis was born around 2002. Though he had no ambition to be a father, he instantly loved his sons when they were delivered. Coupling ran for four series totalling 28 episodes until 2004, all written by Moffat. He also wrote the original, unbroadcast pilot episode for the U.S. version, also titled Coupling , although this was less successful and was cancelled after four episodes on the NBC network. Moffat blamed its failure on an unprecedented level of network interference.
In December 2003, Moffat received an email offering him to write for Doctor Who, following the announcement of the revival of the series in September.His involvement with the series was announced in March 2004. He wrote six episodes under executive producer Russell T Davies for the 2005 through 2008 series, which were produced from December 2004 to March 2008. Moffat won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for the two-part story "The Empty Child" and "The Doctor Dances" (both 2005), as well as the episodes "The Girl in the Fireplace" (2006) and "Blink" (2007). "Blink" also gained him the BAFTA Craft Award for Best Writer, and a BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Screenwriter.
Between Doctor Who episodes, Moffat wrote and produced Jekyll , a modern-day drama series based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde , meaning he nearly missed out on writing for the 2007 series of Doctor Who.Written late in the series' run, he quickly based "Blink" on his previously-written Doctor Who short story from 2005, "What I Did on My Christmas Holidays by Sally Sparrow", as a "a desperate way to keep a toehold" in the 2007 series. Jekyll aired on BBC One from June 2007.
In March 2008, Davies said that he often rewrote scripts from other writers, but did not "touch a word" of Moffat's episodes.
In October 2007, Reuters reported that Moffat would be scripting a trilogy of films based on Belgian artist Hergé's character Tintin for directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
In May 2008, the BBC announced that Moffat would be succeeding Davies as lead writer and executive producer of Doctor Who for the show's fifth series, to be broadcast in 2010, [ citation needed ] with a part of Moffat's script used in the film.although Davies had initiated discussions with Moffat regarding this as far back as July 2007. He had intended to complete work on the Tintin trilogy before resuming work on Doctor Who, but delays caused by the intervening 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike meant he could only submit part of a script for the first film. Moffat told The Guardian in 2012 that Spielberg was "lovely" about his decision to walk away from his three-film Tintin contract to return to Doctor Who. The script for the first film in the trilogy, The Adventures of Tintin (released in 2011), was completed by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish,
During their journeys from London to Cardiff for Doctor Who, Moffat and writer Mark Gatiss conceived a contemporary update of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories called Sherlock . Vertue advised them to work on the project rather than spend years discussing it. A 60-minute pilot, written by Moffat, was filmed in January 2009.The pilot was not aired but a three-episode series of 90-minute television films produced by Hartswood was commissioned.
Production on Moffat's time in charge of Doctor Who began in July 2009.As executive producer and lead writer, he was significantly involved in casting both Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor and Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor. As Doctor Who showrunner, Moffat won another Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for writing the two-part story "The Pandorica Opens" and "The Big Bang" (both 2010). As showrunner for Sherlock , he won a BAFTA Craft Award for Best Writer for "A Scandal in Belgravia" (2012), a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special for "His Last Vow" (2014), and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for executive producing "The Abominable Bride" (2016).
In June 2015, Moffat was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama.In January 2016, Moffat announced he was stepping down as Doctor Who lead writer and executive producer after the 2017 series, his sixth series as showrunner, with Chris Chibnall succeeding him at the start of the eleventh series for broadcast in 2018. The fourth and most recent series of Sherlock finished production around August 2016, and aired in January 2017. "Twice Upon a Time"—the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special, and Moffat's last episode as lead writer and showrunner—finished production in July 2017 and broadcast on Christmas that year.
In October 2018, BBC One and Netflix officially commissioned Dracula , a TV series written and created by Moffat and Gatiss based on Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula .In March 2019, Moffat revealed that the first night of production was about to start. The series began airing New Year's Day 2020, and was broadcast over three consecutive days. The three episodes were released on Netflix on 4 January 2020.
On 13 February 2020, Chichester Festival Theatre announced that the play The Unfriend , written by Moffat, will have its world premiere as part of the 2020 Festival Theatre season in the Minerva Theatre.However due to the COVID-19 pandemic the play has been postponed until 2022. It will be directed by Mark Gatiss and feature Amanda Abbington, Frances Barber and Reece Shearsmith.
|Joking Apart||BBC Two|
|Murder Most Horrid||BBC Two|
|Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death||BBC One|
48 episodes, 4 mini-episodes (2005–2017):
|The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn|
|1991||British Academy Television Awards||Press Gang||Best Children's Programme (Entertainment / Drama)||Won|
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Children's Programme||Won|
|1992||British Academy Television Awards||Best Children's Programme||Nominated|
|1995||Bronze Rose of Montreux||Joking Apart||Comedy||Won|
|2003||British Comedy Awards||Coupling||Best TV Comedy||Won|
|2006||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "The Empty Child"/"The Doctor Dances"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Won|
|Nebula Award||Doctor Who: "The Girl in the Fireplace"||Best Script||Nominated|
|2007||Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Won|
|Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Doctor Who, Series Three||Best Soap / Series (TV) (with Chris Chibnall, Paul Cornell, Russell T Davies, Helen Raynor and Gareth Roberts)||Won|
|Nebula Award||Doctor Who: "Blink"||Best Script||Nominated|
|2008||British Academy Television Award||Best Writer||Won|
|Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Won|
|BAFTA Cymru||Best Screenwriter||Won|
|BAFTA Scotland||Doctor Who||Writing in Film or Television||Nominated|
|2009||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award||Doctor Who, Series Four||Television drama series (with Russell T Davies)||Nominated|
|2011||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "The Pandorica Opens"/"The Big Bang"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Won|
|Doctor Who: "A Christmas Carol"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Sherlock : "A Study in Pink"||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (shared with Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish)||Best Adapted Screenplay||Nominated|
|2012||Annie Award||Writing in a Feature Production||Nominated|
|Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "A Good Man Goes To War"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Craft Awards||Sherlock: "A Scandal in Belgravia"||Best Writing||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Sherlock: "A Scandal in Belgravia"||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Nominated|
|2013||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "Asylum of the Daleks"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|Doctor Who: "The Angels Take Manhattan"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|Doctor Who: "The Snowmen"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|2014||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "The Name of the Doctor"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|Doctor Who: "The Day of the Doctor"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Sherlock: "His Last Vow"||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||Won|
|2015||Bram Stoker Award||Doctor Who: "Listen"||Superior Achievement in a Screenplay||Nominated|
|Hugo Award||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|BAFTA Scotland||Doctor Who||Writer in Film or Television||Nominated|
|2016||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "Heaven Sent"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Sherlock: "The Abominable Bride"||Outstanding Television Movie||Won|
|2017||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "The Return of Doctor Mysterio"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
|2018||Hugo Award||Doctor Who: "Twice Upon a Time"||Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form||Nominated|
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Sherlock is a British crime television series based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Doctor John Watson. Thirteen episodes have been produced, with four three-part series airing from 2010 to 2017 and a special episode that aired on 1 January 2016. The series is set in the present day, while the one-off special features a Victorian period fantasy resembling the original Holmes stories. Sherlock is produced by the British network BBC, along with Hartswood Films, with Moffat, Gatiss, Sue Vertue and Rebecca Eaton serving as executive producers. The series is supported by the American station WGBH-TV Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series on PBS, where it also airs in the United States. The series is primarily filmed in Cardiff, Wales, with North Gower Street in London used for exterior shots of Holmes and Watson's 221B Baker Street residence.
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"The Hounds of Baskerville" is the second episode of the second series of the BBC crime drama series Sherlock, which follows the modern-day adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and was first broadcast by BBC One on 8 January 2012. It was written by co-creator Mark Gatiss, who also portrays Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's brother in the series, and was directed by Paul McGuigan. The episode is a contemporary adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous works.
Clara Oswald is a fictional character created by Steven Moffat and portrayed by Jenna Coleman in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. First appearing in the show's seventh series, Clara served as a companion of the alien time traveller known as the Doctor in his eleventh and twelfth incarnations. She remains the longest serving companion since the show's revival in 2005.
"His Last Vow" is the third episode of the third series of the BBC Television series Sherlock, which follows the modern-day adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The episode was first broadcast on 12 January 2014, on BBC One and Channel One. It was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Nick Hurran with music composed by Michael Price and David Arnold. The episode is a contemporary adaption of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton".
The ninth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who premiered on 19 September 2015 with "The Magician's Apprentice" and concluded on 5 December 2015 with "Hell Bent". The series was led by head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat, alongside executive producer Brian Minchin. Nikki Wilson, Peter Bennett, and Derek Ritchie served as producers. The series is the ninth to air following the programme's revival in 2005, and is the thirty-fifth season overall.
"Twice Upon a Time" is an episode of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay, and was broadcast as the thirteenth Christmas special on 25 December 2017 on BBC One. It features the final regular appearance of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, the first official appearance of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, and guest-stars David Bradley as the First Doctor, having previously portrayed original First Doctor actor William Hartnell in the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. Pearl Mackie guest stars as the Twelfth Doctor's former companion Bill Potts, while his other companions make guest appearances – Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald and Matt Lucas as Nardole.