Filming on the new series of Sherlock was interrupted yesterday afternoon as looters advanced on the north London location where it was shooting.
Co-creator and star Mark Gatiss told Twitter followers: “This is a new one on me. Scene incomplete owing to approaching looters. Unbelievable times.”
And he made clear the fear the mob were capable of instilling when he replied to a tweet from follower @caitlinmoran: “Unit evacuated. F***ing terrifying! Tomorrow should be contained. Fingers crossed!”
Gatiss was filming the new, second series of Sherlock – a modern-day re-working of the tales of the great detective – with co-creator Steven Moffat and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.
The three-part series is currently due to be broadcast in 2012 after being postponed from its original air date of the end of this year.
Reports this morning suggest rioting in London has died down, but other cities, including Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham, are now experiencing similar outbreaks of looting and vandalism.