Filming of the highly anticipated second series of Sherlock was brought to a halt yesterday in London when the riots came a little too close for comfort. Writing on Twitter, the shows co-creator Mark Gatiss stated;
"This is a new one on me. Scene incomplete owing to approaching looters. Unbelievable times."
Shortly after, he added;
"Unit evacuated. F**king terrifying! Tomorrow should be contained. Fingers crossed!"
Despite the extra police presence in the capital yesterday afternoon, the BBC film crew had to abandon the planned scene as gangs of looters approached the area in North London. Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Hobbit star Martin Freeman were reportedly on set at the time but all the cast and crew managed to escape without incident. The multi-award winning contemporary retelling of Arthur Conan Doyles Sherlock Holmes proved to be a huge success with audiences of over 8 million when it debuted on BBC 1 last year. Co-created by Dr. Who writer Steven Moffat and former League of Gentlemen member, Mark Gatiss, the new series has been filming since May this year on location in Cardiff and London. Moffat has revealed that the three 90 minute episodes will be entitled A Scandal In Belgravia, The Hounds Of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall. The series is expected to air early next year on BBC 1.