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Sherlock creative team bringing Dracula to BBC

Story by Jack Foley

THE creative forces behind hit BBC series Sherlock are turning their attentions to horror icon Dracula.

Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss will be adapting Bram Stoker’s classic novel into three 90-minute episodes that, according to the BBC, will re-introduce the world to Dracula, ‘the vampire who made evil sexy’.

In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Co-creators, writers and executive producers Moffat and Gatiss commented: “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content, added: “Genius duo Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss turn their attentions to Dracula for unmissable event television on BBC One.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “Steven and Mark’s ingenious vision for Dracula is as clever as it is chilling. In their talented hands the fans will experience the power of Bram Stoker’s creation as if completely anew. We are thrilled to be collaborating with them and the brilliant team at Hartswood on yet another iconic British series.”

And Larry Tanz, Vice President, Content Acquisition, Netflix, said: “We can’t wait to bring Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ brilliant storytelling to our members around the world and we are eager to collaborate on yet another series with the BBC.”

Dracula, the series, will premiere on BBC One in the UK and on Netflix outside of the UK, and China where the service is not available.

It will be produced by Hartswood Films and is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix.