Sherlock Co-Creator Adapting Lot No. 249 for the BBC


Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss is adapting Arthur Conan Doyle’s short horror story Lot No. 249 for BBC Two.

The story revolves around a group of Oxford students, one of whom undertakes research into the secrets of Ancient Egypt and hopes to breathe life into a horrifying bag of bones that are part of the mysterious Lot No. 249. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones, Gunpowder) and Freddie Fox (The Great, Slow Horses) are set to star.

The cast also includes Colin Ryan (Boundless), John Heffernan (Dracula), James Swanton (Stopmotion), Jonathan Rigby (Father Brown) and Andrew Horton (Slotherhouse).

Principal photography recently concluded on the project, which filmed in Hertfordshire. It is produced by Adorable Media for BBC Arts and is set to air on BBC Two this Christmas.

“It’s a serious delight for me to delve once again into the brilliant work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this time for the Christmas Ghost story,” Gatiss said. “Lot No. 249 is a personal favorite and is the grand-daddy (or should that be mummy?) of a particular kind of end-of-Empire chiller: a ripping yarn packed with ghastly scares and who-knows-what lurking in the Victorian closet…”