It’s a busy time for Russell Tovey, a.k.a. George in Being Human. Besides his upcoming role in the Steven Moffat/Mark Gatiss brilliance that is Sherlock 2 “The Hounds of Baskerville“, airing early 2012 on BBC One and in May 2012 on PBS’ Masterpiece, he’s currently filming Being Human 4 while the second set of his hit comedy series, Him & Her is premiering on the BBC. Taking a break from Being Human 4 filming, Tovey sat down with Cult Box for a brief interview to discuss current and upcoming projects along with plans for a milestone birthday in the not-too-distant future.
Of immediate interest to Sherlock fans is the portion of the interview discussing his guest role in the second episode of the new series, “The Hounds of Baskerville”.
CultBox: Can you tell us a bit about your guest role in Series 2 of Sherlock?
Russell Tovey: “Ah, what can I tell you about Sherlock? It’s amazing to be a part of it; I’m in the second episode. It’s called The Hounds of Baskerville and I play a character called Sir Henry Knight. I get to act with Benedict and Martin which was awesome. We did about two and a half weeks of night shoots in Cardiff and I felt like I had jetlag! It’s going to be very good.
“I think a lot of people are anticipating it because it’s one of the most well-known of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, so there’s quite a lot of pressure on it and hopefully it delivers the goods!”
CB: Has the story been updated with a modern twist?
RT: “Yeah, completely, a completely modern twist. The beauty of Sherlock is that it’s completely loyal to the style and tone of the books, but there’s this juxtaposition of old and new. That’s what is so exiting about the show is that balance and the quirky reinterpretation of it all.”
CB: Would you say it’s quite a scary episode?
RT: “Yeah, yeah, yeah – big time scary! It’s about a hound. Hounds are scary!”
While it’s not ‘Hounds’, here’s a sneak peak at A Scandal in Belgravia, the first episode from the second season of Sherlock 2.