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Matthew Sweet: I'd like to introduce you first to the co-creator of Sherlock and the writer of the Hounds of Baskerville, Mark Gatiss! Lovely work on the stairs there. Brilliant. Sit down. And to the producer of Sherlock, Sue Vertue! Come on. Come on down. We don't have the hound here tonight, do we?
Sue Vertue: No, we don't.
Matthew Sweet: No. I did notice a bit of, that wasn't fog, was it? That was the air conditioning. Um, and the star of Sherlock himself Benedict Cumberbatch. Here he is! Now, uh, he's [Steven Moffat] not back yet so I think we may just have to, let's just get on. We'll have the thunderous applause when he comes in the room. He won't feel at all self-conscious when he comes back from, um, his latest mission. Shall I hand that back to you? (Hands mike to steward)
Mark Gatiss: Everyone ask him [Steven Moffat] if it was one or two.
Matthew Sweet: Let's leave that one [seat] free so he doesn't have to crawl over. Now, listen, this story has been told many, ma
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