What is Benedict Cumberbatch Doing at BBC Radio 4 Now?

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock in 'Sherlock' (Pic: BBC)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock in ‘Sherlock’ (Pic: BBC)

As an extra special treat for Sherlock fans this story about Benedict Cumberbatch is inconclusive, and will require some detective work to get the definitive answers. Or you could just wait a few days and see what happens.

It all began with a deliberately provocative message on BBC Radio 4’s Twitter feed earlier today:

To which there was this reply:

Followed by this chocolatey correction:

Which prompted this joining-in moment from a fellow candy enthusiast:

(Note: Penguin and Club are brands of chocolate biscuit in the U.K.)

Then there was this deliberate confusion for comic effect:

This rigorous journalistic enquiry:

And finally this tiny snippet of insider gossip (that STILL does not reveal what is going on):


After that, of course, the trail of answers and counter-answers assumed fan-demonium levels of fiddliness, but all anyone will confirm is that something exciting is being recorded today, and we’ll know all about it very soon.


So, while we are waiting, you may be interested to learn that Season Three of Sherlock will be available on Netflix on Monday, and as part of the package, each story comes with its own Sherlock Uncovered behind-the-scenes documentary, and a larger overview of the entire season, entitled Unlocking Sherlock. All of which will feature Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss explaining how and why certain things are the way they are.

A good example being how they dealt with Sherlock’s apparent death at the end of the previous season.

Here’s Mark talking to Red Carpet News at the recent BAFTA TV Awards about British TV, and why not telling the whole truth can be better drama than a full confession:

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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