Benedict Cumberbatch got a BBC gig at the Chelsea Flower Show… with his mum


Do you find it charming that Benedict Cumberbatch is so close to his parents? He talks about them in interviews all the time, and he’s even given interviews at his parents’ country home. I get the feeling that he’s incredibly close to his mom Wanda Ventham especially, and that if Wanda doesn’t like the girl, the girl is not staying. I wonder if Wanda has met Dakota Johnson?! Anyway, it’s going to be like a belated Mother’s Day gift for Wanda on Monday – Wanda and Benedict are going to join forces to open this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. YES.

This is just advance warning: next week we’ll be bringing you some footage that might cause involuntary head-tilts, raised pulses and the irresistible urge to hug someone, while buying flowers.

Benedict Cumberbatch will be helping the BBC to launch their coverage of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show next Monday (May 19), with a little assistance from his mum, Wanda Ventham.

The pair join presenters Monty Don and Joe Swift to discuss their own memories of the garden show, which is organized by the Royal Horticultural Society and held every May in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.

The show is always a big talking point, with gardeners taking enormous pains to create great displays of their horticultural handiwork. And I’m sure we’ll find out exactly what the nature (no pun intended) of link between Benedict, Wanda and the show may be on Monday.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that Benedict’s portrayal of the British mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game will be released to U.S. cinemas on November 21, a week after the British release of the film. The movie also stars Keira Knightley, Mark Strong, Allan Leech and Matthew Goode.

[From BBC America]

This is adorable. Benedict, his mum and a flower show. We’ll get to see them interact! We’ll get to see the reason why he’s not married (just a guess). A couple of things: at last year’s Chelsea Flower Show, Prince Harry helped create a garden for Sentebale, and he showed it off to his family proudly. So, this year we get Benedict instead of Harry. It’s still a win for us. Secondly, Benedict is really getting tight with the BBC, isn’t he? They persuaded him to do interviews at the Formula 1 World Championships in Malaysia back in March too. He’s got a whole second career doing commentary and interviews for the BBC. With his mum.

Incidentally, did you know that the Idaho governor goes by the name “Butch” Otter? FOR REAL. That should be Benedict’s name from now on. He is our Butch Otter.

PS… Anna Wintour said Benedict was the only man who really understood the dress code for dudes at the Met Gala. YES.



Photos courtesy of WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. MediaB says:

    Aww he’s a good company man, a mumma’s boy… and seems quite eager to please..ahem. What more could you want?

    Come on BBC, commission the next series of Sherlock. He’s going to draw the biggest rating your flower show coverage has ever seen (lulz). Bless.

    • Secret Squirrel says:

      Ben actually looks so good here I could happily tear my hair out just from the frustration of it all. He seriously needs to mix his drop dead gorgeous days with the odd “purple pants of passion (killer)” days so we can all keep our sanity.

  2. PunkyMomma says:

    My Otter, My Butch Otter – -

  3. Miss Jupitero says:

    Tom Hiddleston ! Haha!

    There is a hilarious picture of him from his Eton days wearing a white tie and tails. Anna Wintour would love it.

  4. kri says:

    Sigh. I wonder what his mum made of Katia and that coke-sweat covered Hearst girl. I bet she made Olivia Poulet’s life hell. I love Cumby onscreen and off, but sometimes I shake my head at him.

  5. WayPastBedtime says:

    Are you kidding me? I’m leaving London on Sunday…. I’m gonna miss this :(

  6. LAK says:

    It’s still puzzling to me that an invitation that reads plainly ‘white tie and diamonds’ is confusing to anyone.

    White tie is the dressiest occasion there is. Tiaras, white elbow gloves, ball gowns, men in white tie and tails.

  7. Intro Outro says:

    I like the first pic, Cumby looks very nice, that smile suits him ^_^

    And yeah, one can learn A LOT about a man by watching him interacting with his mother.

  8. AG-UK says:

    It would be a really belated Mother’s day as it’s in March in the UK

  9. 'P'enny says:

    he really must be bored, what’s next? hosting an episode of Gardening Time on Radio 4.

    he has lovely eyes and his complexion is looking really smooth in those pics, he’s been having some good facials there. The hair’s nice, too, at the moment, a good chestnut colour. I wonder if him and Hiddles share hairdressers and compare the latest shades in male hair tinting.

  10. Darry says:

    Yup, rocking that look.

    Oh who am I kidding? He made Frankenstein’s monster look ripped.

  11. MissMary says:

    I know it sounds silly but it’s kind of a high profile thing since it’s on the day the royals will attend and it’s one of the official closed to the public days (so definite telly exposure). That and the guy loves his mother like whoa and I would be willing to bet this is in part for her–not that she asked him to do it but rather a “Hey! Look! I can do this with Mum and she’d have a blast!” thing.

    Boy’s gotta keep busy somehow now that all his projects have been bumped to 2015.

    • Mia4S says:

      I’m kind of torn on Lost City of Z being delayed. On one hand I’m thrilled because it’s a great book and deserves and great script…but I want it now! ;-)

    • Lindy79 says:

      I don’t get the issue with this though. It prob means a lot to his mum (she’s into gardening as is his dad). He’s done this sort of thing before, we’re just more aware of it now. He (and Hiddles) went to Sandown Park and stood around in awful clothes while talking about War Horse.

      He looks better for having the time off, 2012 and 2013 were crazy, he’s had no acting work for a few months so he’s taken other stuff and gotten to travel. I’d have loved to go to Malaysia and Australia and Krakow on someone else’s chequebook! he can’t control schedules so he’s just making the best of it.

      • 'P'enny says:

        I know! what were they wearing that day? Benedict’s hat! and Hiddles paisley tie. Mind you, neither of them are very contemporary snazzy dressers, except when someone is dressing them up.

        The two of them need to go shopping, from Hiddles never out of that black jumper [must be threadbare] and blue t-shirt/blue suit to Benny’s denim shirt, [1980's retro or genuine?] his old man’s hat, and purple pants… I despair! And, we wonder why they are single? because their girlfriends, mothers, sisters can’t get them to go clothes shopping.

        I swear, if I see that black jumper during any filming scenes for High Rise I will personally contact his Mother and tell her to sort her son’s wardrobe out. And, if I see Benedict in that awful denim shirt, I will ask Wanda to get it and chuck it!

        In fact as a charity fundraiser they could auction the Black Jumper and Blue Denim Shirt.

        I would actually love to smell that black jumper, because it most honk. Everyday on set, he wears it. Actually it may be a good Sienna repellent. :-D

      • T.Fanty says:

        How dare you criticize the day at Sandown! That was an epic day, sartorially. Never let us forget the boys in all of their glory:

        I’m impressed for the following reasons:

        1- Cumby managed to not dress in ten thousand shades of black.
        2- The hat and suit kind of matched.
        3- Tom’s tie contains color. And, a color that isn’t blue (which I suspects he only wears because his mother thinks it makes his eyes pop).
        4- Tom’s collars come from the Harry Hill school of 1990s comedy fashion (look it up)
        5. Tom clearly got out of the shower, slathered gel in his hair, then stood bent over until it dried.
        6- Cumby has the open neck, and Tom is buttoned up. I didn’t think Tom believed in not showing his man-cleavage and I can’t believe that he’d stand idly by while another male showed theirs..

      • Lindy79 says:

        That video is all kinds of epicness!

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Tom’s tie matches my mum’s old bedroom curtains. I’m sure of it. I wonder if she has a mysterious tie-shaped piece missing from near the bottom hem.

        I keep thinking of the song “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind” during that interview, mainly because half the time you couldn’t hear their words for the wind blowing through the mike (or was it the wind blowing through Ben’s open shirt that was whipping the words away).

      • jammypants says:

        I thought Benny’s look at Sandown was on point. It was Hiddles who didn’t follow rules. He was supposed to wear a hat for one thing.

      • 'P'enny says:



        Point 5. His hair is awesome, must be before he grew it for Henry, or chopped it after? I can’t date the Sandown, is 2011? Hiddles had black hair for most of 2011.

        Point 6, and ‘Man Cleavage.’ Tom’s isn’t his top part of the body. :-O he competes in different ways.

      • Green Girl says:

        “And, if I see Benedict in that awful denim shirt, I will ask Wanda to get it and chuck it! ”

        You and me both! Although I suspect he’s the type who finds a shirt he likes, then buys 10 more in the same or similar style and color. He might even have an entire closet filled with these shirts. *shudders at the thought*

      • Green Girl says:

        @T. Fanty: Cumby’s hat and suit were for two completely different events, IMO. It looks like he got dressed for a formal event, then decided to add some Indiana Jones look to it all.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Oh my god. You know he puts that hat on because it makes him feel like Indiana Jones. You think he mimes flipping a whip as he looks himself over in the mirror before he goes out? God, I hope so. I’m now imagining him bouncing along towards the bus stop, happily humming the theme tune to himself, secure in the knowledge that he’s rocking his headwear.

        I just watched it again, without sound (because I’m proctoring an exam – yes, ladies, this is where your tuition fees go) – it’s more fun to watch without sound. I imagine Tom, as he’s waving his hands around, saying “well, at first I thought a cummerbund would be a good idea, but then I found the old business suit I had from when I spent a summer doing work experience at Barclays bank, and that looked really appropriate, particularly once Ben had suggested jazzing it up somewhat, with some seasonably appropriate neckwear…”

      • Green Girl says:

        Do you think he makes the whip noise, too, when he’s Indiana Cumby?

      • T.Fanty says:

        Mmmmm, let’s hope so. Maybe that explains the 24 year old waif fetish. He gets them to write “I love you” on their eyelids and blink slowly, while he tells them everything he can remember about ancient civilizations.

        Come to Marion, Cumby. I’m right here, waiting, and chugging shots (and apparently, possibly waiting to punch you, assuming we follow the game through).

        *drifts off into a reverie……*

      • j.eyre says:

        @Fanty – Darling, if I may and with all the respect I can muster, I must amend one of your points – astute as they all are. Cumby went for the meavage (mécolletage?) because Wanda had just sprung for the ACME Chest Hair Plug set. (Needless to say, it didn’t take, shame.) Tom intended to sport an open collar, but only to show off the Elizabethan ruff he had crafted from the pages of a third edition “Twelfth Night.” But when a thoroughbred ate it, it left ink stains on his collar bone so he was forced to wear a piece of Auntie Betsey’s bed ruffle in its stead.

        And to @jammypants’ hat point: Tom tried on the hat but ultimately the hat was given to Cumby and since he decided to take the hat, Tom was left with naught.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Ahh, bless Cumby and his four chest hairs. You think he dyed them to match the suit? He is dedicated like that.

        Poor Tom. I heard that the horse that so viciously assaulted him was, in a strange twist of fate, named Bartholomew Fair (I also appreciate that my joke will amuse nobody but myself).

      • j.eyre says:

        And the day is yours, Fanty. Brava.

        (ps – good lord, are we supposed to be amusing others? I thought we were here solely to amuse ourselves)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @’P'enny, but didn’t they both have girlfriends at the time of the Sandown event? And in my experience, guys usually only wear a pink floral tie like that one because a girlfriend has gifted it to him. And why no mention of Patrick Kennedy and his seersucker jacket with the unpressed white Oxford cloth shirt? Mustn’t leave him out!

      • Kate says:

        This thread was epic.

        @fanty – hilarious points, especially on Tom’s gel. I read the post then laughed when I saw him messing with it while Cumby was talking. He seemed like he knew it was a bit unruly. A hat might have served him well although I think the image of all 3 of them standing there in hats would be too hysterical. Actually, now that I think of it, I need that to happen. That MAY make my life for some reason.

        Am I the only one who thinks Tom’s face has changed dramatically since Thor? Not that he’s had work done or anything but he had this sweet angel face in that movie, and he just looks so different now. I find myself staring at him in these interviews trying to find some semblance of it. Not that he’s not smoking hot anymore, he still is, but his face has really “matured” in just 4 years. The Jag commercials, and even in The Avengers and Thor 2 he looks more like he does now. I watched Wallender (really liked it) and Tom still has the angel face then too. Again, not a criticism, still super hot, still my boy. Just seems like a lot of aging in just 4 years time. When you look at the post with him and the sock monkey the lines around his eyes are dramatic. Granted, not his best picture anyway.

        Sorry, didn’t mean to hijack a Benny thread, just something that I noticed.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @kate, his face is thinner. And he needs a relaxing vacation. He’s had no time off since the Thor2 PR juggernaut began.

        I’m also going to point out that nobody has mentioned the hideous hat with the sloppy red band that the older gentleman who was with them was wearing in that interview. Quite the display of male fashion all around.

      • 'p'enny says:


        about Tom’s ‘maturing’ features. LOL! i know what you mean, but we do age a lot from our late 20′s to early 30′s. it’s like we have a bit of a second puberty.

        i think as well, when Tom loses weight and gets too thin, his cheekbones stick out lovely but his wrinkles come out more. when he gains it, like for coriolanus he looks amazing. he carried a lot more weight in wallander, return to cranford and archepelgo. made his face a lot rounder and boyish.

        and make up/his sexy stubble/goaty makes a difference too, he was very fresh and cute for Prince Hal, but when they filmed Henry V, you could cut marble on his cheek bones. And he filmed Henry V, before Prince Hal!

        And Henry V he starting filming that two months after wrapping avengers in cleveland in august 2011. there is an amazing facial transition between avengers and hollow crown. i put it down to weight loss, i think he bulked up for loki in avengers.

        and his hair makes a difference, no doubt about it when he is all fluffy and blondy, he looks younger, some of the latest instragram pics from crimson peak set in his blue t-shirt… he still looked like baby-hiddles. his hair has gone very fluflfy again, i hope he keeps the curls, this time.

      • Intro Outro says:

        @Kate and ‘P’enny:

        Did you see Tom’s latest twitter pics? (That whole #CapForStrat thing is so sweet by the way)

        Look at his face, he is SO THIN! o_O He looks very tired and he obviously lost weight even compared to those pre-Olivier street pics. Which immediately makes him look much older. Well, at least they finally wrapped up the filming. Now, Tommy, take a leaf out of your BFF Cumby’s book and have a good long rest before High Rise or you’ll be dropping dead right on the set! *cuddles him and pats his curls*

      • Isadora says:

        God, I just love you ladies! You are hilarious! (omg, Indianabatch….) And I’m so thankful that someone filmed the fashion disaster at Sandown Park…

        As to our poor tired Princess Hiddles – yes, he did look rather different in Thor, there really seems to be something about the whole turning 30 thing (and ‘p’enny, you are responsible if I now buy 100 anti-aging products today in a state of panic…). And the weight change. But we mustn’t forget that lighting is also a big factor, I tend to look horrible in phone camera photos and slightly presentable in photos with lots smooth golden lighting and perfect flash lol.

        @Intro: He really looks exhausted. I suspect him to be someone who doesn’t sleep enough when working hard or being immersed in a role/character. And lack of sleep really takes a toll on the body.

        On another note: has anybody else noticed the “moodboards” for his character in the background of the first pic? Very interesting. *getting magnifying glass out* I’ve already seen some in this pic: and got excited because the first picture of the one on the right side is clearly Lord Byron. No idea what it means besides “dark byronic hero” (or rather villain) lol, but I love it.

      • Kate says:

        @lilac – agreed that his work schedule has been out of control since last September it seems. He’s definitely gotten thin. That’s a long time to go without a real break.

        @p’enny – also agreed about the second puberty thing. Its like the last vestiges of our baby fat disappears at about that age. He’s a skinny guy anyway and it seems he has trouble keeping weight on (the bastard). Its so funny, I thought he was rail thin for The Avengers (see the scene in the museum where he’s wearing the suit, it just hangs off him), I think the Loki costume with all the layers adds bulk and makes him look bigger than he is. But his best weight is whatever he was carrying for Coriolanus, Thor and Wallender, for sure. I’m happy to sacrifice his extreme cheekbones (he still has them no matter what weight) for a little more meat overall.

        I did see some of the “walking around Toronto” pics somewhere. There was one shot in particular where I went “THERE’S the angel face!” He was wearing a big poofy coat I think? Short blondie hair, looking over his shoulder at something.

        I have the Hollow Crown all queued up in my Amazon library, so that’s next on the list.

        @intro – I hadn’t seen those yet, thanks for posting them. That campaign is so sweet for all of them to take part in. It must be amazing to have a job where you can do stuff like that, knowing you can make someone’s day just by taking a picture while holding a sign with their name on it. He does look thin and tired. He needs to go sleep for 3 days and then eat pasta and cookies for a week. Gotta fatten that boy up.

        The weight thing is what is probably doing it. He definitely carried more in Thor before things got really insane for him work-wise, so that plays a part in the transformation I’m sure. Super skinny people look more wrinkly in general, that’s why I think so many “older” actresses mess with their faces. They’re in a catch 22 situation, they need to be really skinny but really skinny makes their wrinkles pop because there’s no fat to fill them out.

        On another topic, does anyone know where I can get Archipelago? I’m dying to see it, but neither Amazon or Netflix have it. I’m in the States so I don’t know if there are distribution issues here. But it looks so good.

      • 'p'enny says:


        i’ll fatten him up!. I’ve got the sausages and chips on the go for his return.

        he tweeted a wrap, and said goodbye toronto at 3am, they wrapped filming according to JBeaver at sounds like he’s gone straight to the airport. Nothing more comforting than sleeping in your own bed/mine :-D

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Intro, his face actually looks different in the two pictures taken at the same time. With the big grin, he looks very thin and drawn, but with the more relaxed smile, his face is broader. Either way, he still looks tired. Filming for High Rise is supposed to start in July so he really only has a month and a half during which, who knows? Maybe another Jaguar commercial and, despite all of Marvel’s heavy denials (which makes it very suspicious), a cameo somewhere in the Avengers since it is filming in England.

        @’p'enny, take good care of him, make sure he eats properly and gets plenty of rest.

      • Isadora says:

        Yes, ‘p’enny, give him some vegetables along with the sausages & chips, or feed him Remora’s super healthy juice for some vitamins (because we can say what we want about her character and pap-hungry ways, she looks great after the three kids) and although you probably have some other nightly activities planned for him, let our boy sleep a bit. ;-)

      • 'p'enny says:

        @lilacflowers & isadora

        the Avengers crew are filming at Shepperton Studios, and i do think if he is filming a cameo, it will be now. Because, they must be getting close to finishing and all cast are on site, esp Chris H who was wearing his wig when he took his capforstrat pic.
        And, there is that tell-tale instragram of Mark Ruffalo in make-up and reflected in the mirror is thor’s wig on a shelf and next to it a long black wig. And he tweeted to Tom, “see you soon, it will be smashing” all circumstantial evidence, of course.

        But, he needs to gain some weight if he is,,,loads of chicken, sausages and some veg for Isadora. he will eat some greens and apple a day. His nightly activities will be the only exercise he will be allowed. :-D

      • Camil says:

        He has an angel face but I think he’s not photogenic. Besides I read some comments in Internet about how Tom looks different in person.

      • Kate says:

        @p’enny – Do you have a link to Ruffalo’s instagram pic? I’m not really on Instagram so I missed it but I would like to see it.

      • Intro Outro says:


        “He really looks exhausted. I suspect him to be someone who doesn’t sleep enough when working hard or being immersed in a role/character.”

        YES! I was actually thinking that maybe, since he was shooting for the past week with Mia and Jim and fans weren’t allowed anywhere near them (I read they moved trailers to private land or something), they were actually filming some really tense or psychologically taxing scenes that are central to the film’s plot? I’ve once read a very cool interview with Hiddles about Coriolanus where he said he isn’t a method actor and that he leaves his roles behind quite easily (he spoke about Coriolanus in particular), but maybe if you’re working on something particularly creepy/kinky/disturbing, it does take its toll?

        And yes, I noticed the moodboards too, was trying so hard to get a better look at them in every pic lol. They really do look quite… sombre.

        @’P'enny, do feed him well! Lots of protein and non-saturated fats and stuff. And don’t make him strain himself physically too much ;)

      • Intro Outro says:


        Re: Archipelago: you can order it from UK Amazon You can also find it on pirate bay and watch it while you’re waiting for your DVD to arrive ;)

        I absolutely love this film. Tom is all sorts of amazing in it. So quiet and seamlessly blending in with other actors and the film canvas.

      • 'p'enny says:


        someone on tumblr zoomed in and queried the black wig, next to Thor’s. Left corner.

      • Isadora says:

        @Intro: I’m a bit glad that he isn’t a method actor. I found method acting always a bit creepy lol. But yeah, I guess emotionally taxing stuff is still exhausting. I mean, if I cry a lot I get a headache for example, even if I’m quite happy afterwards, it’s a physical thing. (Ok, this sentence makes me sound a bit.. unstable.)
        Regarding the moodboards: I’d love to know to whom the face with the high cheekbones belongs (left side, under Tom’s right ear), it’s really dashing. But I guess this will always remain a secret even when the film finally comes out in October 2015. What a frustrating long time to wait… I guess I’ll order The Deep Blue Sea and Unrelated in the meantime (as in: today). And a wonderful book I discovered today. And I haven’t read High Rise yet. So for me Archipelago has to wait hehe..

        Oh by the way: The fangirls are NOTHING against Jim Beaver. He has a new photo on his Facebook along with this text:
        “Sometimes the rarefied air of stardom wafts around a particularly fine human being. This is my costar Tom Hiddleston on our last night on the film CRIMSON PEAK. If I had a son, I’d like him to be like Tom. If I had another brother, I could do no better than he be like Tom. If I had a friend like Tom,…. Oh. I do. And he’s one of the best people I’ve ever met. Thanks for the laughs, mate.”

        Someone is seriously smitten!

      • Kate2 says:

        @everyone – I’ve changed to Kate2 as there seems to be another Kate here and don’t want to confuse people.

        @intro – you’re very kind, unfortunately, that DVD is a Region 2 format, it won’t play on a US DVD player. I also tried the instant streaming video but it won’t allow it outside of the UK (I’m in the States). The Pirate Bay site I googled to seemed to not be compatible with my computer, it seemed like it was downloading a lot of spyware, etc. that my computer kept deleting. I couldn’t get it downloaded.

        **sigh** Seems I’m destined to never see the movie. How frustrating.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @’p'enny, you may have to allow him a little run in the morning. He says he studies his lines and makes all major decisions while running and Josie Rourke said that if he hasn’t had a good run recently he goes, in her words, “bonkers.” We don’t want him showing up for High Rise unprepared or making bad decisions such as turning down a good part or accepting a really bad one and we definitely don’t want him going “bonkers.”

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @kate2, I was having the same problems finding Archipelago too – it is not licensed for distribution in the US but a few weeks ago, I googled “Archipelago full movie” and, after sorting through various links, some of which were extremely frustrating, I was able to stream it from an Irish site.

      • Isadora says:

        Lilacflowers is right, we don’t want him to go “bonkers” anywhere near Sienna lol.

        (And god, I wish I had half the excess energy of that man….)

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Isadora, we don’t want him going “bonkers” while in the care of our dear ‘p’enny either. I have the image of a giant labrador retriever puppy-like Tom bounding around the place and knocking her over unintentionally.

      • Intro Outro says:

        Re: going bonkers if he doesn’t run a bit: maaan, all hyperactive individuals are the same, aren’t they? :D My 7-ear-old son is hyperactive and if he stays in one room for too long – all hell goes loose and there’s no place to hide and WILL YOU FINALLY STOP BOUNDING AROUND AND TALKING FOR A SECOND??!! :D And after he’s let off a bit – or A LOT – of steam, he’s back to his normal sweet self ^_^


        Damn, I forgot about region! Well, I’ll confess that I had to change region on one of my DVD players to Region 2 because my fav metal band is from Japan and I order their concert DVDs from there ;) Concerning pirate bay – if you don’t find that Irish site Lilac wrote about – you can go to pirate bay, type in “Archipelago 2010″ and choose from the list the torrent that has most seeders.

      • Intro Outro says:


        Re: Jim: OMG :D Is Jim usually this passionate about things though? Because I would hate to think that he’s only being so fanboyish in order to get some new readers from among Hiddles fanbase =/ I don’t know much about him or his work except that he starred in SPN so quite possibly it’s just his usual style of expression?

      • 'p'enny says:


        that is the most gorgeous image in my mind for a long while, he can knock me over as much as he wants. bonkers and puppy love. It doesn’t get better than that. :-D

        i got Archipelago off I-Tunes. I love that film, it’s her best.

      • Kate2 says:

        @p’enny – Great call on iTunes, but alas, no luck there either. As lilac said, its not licensed for distribution in the US so I can’t get it, even if I go to the iTunes UK site. I thought I had a workaround when I went to the Amazon UK site with the instant streaming video but I got all the way to hitting the payment button, and when it checked my credit card and the billing address associated with it, I got a big fat SOL message.

        @Lilacflowers – do you have the name of the site you used? Sorry to be a pest but I’m using my work laptop (don’t have my own) and so I need to minimize the amount of shady streaming sites I visit. I can’t have spyware or some other malware accidentally getting loaded into my computer. (Not that anyone can but it would be hard to explain to IT why I was using this computer to stream free movies). I have to be careful about what I download, which includes all the extra software that these sites tend to want to auto-download into it. The Pirate Bay site seemed to dump a bunch of stuff into my computer that I had to uninstall. If you trust that site and what you need to do to download the movie then I trust your judgement. Any further instruction on the steps you took would be greatly appreciated. If you’d rather just email me the info I’m happy to give you my email address.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        @Kate2, sorry but that’s the rigamarole I went through too even with the Irish site, whose address I can’t remember because it went through so many redirects.

        @’p'enny, then may you have a week full of bounding puppy love unintentionally knocking you over without harm, but do let the boy out to run so he can do his thinking.

      • Intro Outro says:


        Just FYI: you should always use magnetic links on Pirate Bay – thus you will be able to download only the film and no other SW will get installed on your computer. In order to be able to use a magnetic link, you must have any torrent client installed on your computer – I prefer µTorrent, for example. Then, when you click a magnetic link, it will open in µTorrent and you’ll be able to download the film directly to your computer.

    • MissMary says:

      I’ve seen a lot of people kvetching about him doing this on tumblr and some fan sites and I really don’t get it… It’s like they think he should stay pure and only do movies or Sherlock and never do promotional and PR stuff or even just stuff he thinks might be fun.

      • pru says:

        Really? Isn’t the Royal Horticultural Society a charity? That’s the type of thing that usually makes a fangirl squee.

      • Katie says:

        It doesn’t make sense to me either, MissMary, especially in this case. His mother loves gardening, so whether he or she was asked about the segment first, he’d be a crap son to say ‘No’ to it.

      • MissMary says:

        @Katie: Some people apparently think he should only do movie promos or be filming something. Seems to be he same sort that gripes if he has a personal outing or goes to a PR-based event (like the Met Gala or a premiere)–guy is a brand, and doing PR events raises his profile even if it is just in the industry.

        The flower show is a big deal in some circles, keeps his name out there, helps his profile remain on the “good” side, and is also probably a hella sweet thing to do with his mom since his folks like gardening and he loves his folks very vocally and demonstrably.

      • Katie says:

        @MissMary: I’ve been getting that vibe too, but it’s really odd and kind of uninformed when you look at how things work so I just don’t get it, I guess. Without PR, he’ll lose precious visibility over competitors and most actors don’t work for months at end because it’s simply not healthy. He pushed it as it is last year.

        I could understand if he was out every week at a party, but he appears and then disappears for days at a time and more than 50% of it has been connected to a charity so far.

  12. Zooyork says:

    Aww this is really cute of him to do :)

  13. Secret Squirrel says:

    We desperately need a spruce up in the Thornfield garden and I’ll happily hold Ben’s jacket for him if he will come and dig in the dirt for a bit! I’ll even make lemonade (translation: send Nighty off to buy lemonade being the newest member of the garden club) and mop his sweaty brow (neck, shoulders, chest, belly button etc etc) with a sock monkey whilst he works. He can bring his mum if he likes, but she isn’t allowed to interfere with my plans.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Are you thinking we should hold a Thornfield Garden Garden Show then? We can invite all our cute boys and then abduct them, right???? Can we accommodate all of them at once? Oh so many questions. Oh so many details to work out.

      We’ll need several people from the garden to assist….

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Avengers Assemble!!

        Oh lordy lordy lordy
        *slaps forehead and shakes head at own attempt at humor*
        In my defence it is very late here…

        How many boys are in the club now?? How many are in the Garden Club?? Is there enough for a one-to-one abductor to abductee ratio??
        *Checks chloroform levels in the container in the shed*

        I think you and I are sorted Lady S (Ben for you, Tom for me) so I guess that leaves Mark Strong, Sean Bean, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Michael Fassbender etc awaiting someone to come and “escort” them to the garden bunker!

        I worry that we haven’t seen Tulip for ages, Windy drops in when she can and Janeite has been absent for a little while. Lilac is prepping her house in Boston for Tom to stay with her (after I’ve abducted him and tattooed “Property of Secret Squirrel. Back the f**k off” over his pert bottom).

      • Abby_J says:

        I’ll take care of Colin. :)

      • Janeite says:

        I’m still here; just not much to add comment-wise lately. I’ve just been staying under my rock!

      • Sighs says:

        How may I obtain membership into this Garden Club? While I’m known to have quite the black thumb, I do enjoy observing the fruits of others’ labors and have no problems getting my hands dirty. I also have a lady garden. Does that count?

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Secret Squirrel, you bring one drop of ink or needle near the bottom and your glider privileges are revoked.

      • Isadora says:

        Garden? As a total city girl I’ve seen something like a “garden” in pictures, I think. But I would venture into unknown territory for Fassy. So I apply for overseeing the wild Irish guy.

    • 'P'enny says:

      “a sock monkey whilst he works”

      your surely not going to use Hiddles’ sock monkey to wipe Cumby’s brow and other body parts?

      Good God! over my dead body! That sock monkey has bonded with Hiddles’ bunny now and happily creating bunkies in your garden, Secret Squirrel.

    • Nighty says:

      Hum… So I’ll get the lemonade, is that it?
      * looking suspicious at Squirrel and wandering what is she up to… ?? *

      ok, sure, I’ll get the lemonade, no problem..

      * Bad voice in my head: Guess I’ll have to zip Secret’s lemonade with sleeping pill. take advantage of Tom, and leave him for her when she wakes up… yep,… that sounds about right…*

      * Good voice in my head: oh God, what have you done to me? I was so innocent before starting reading CB and now I sound like the Goddess of Mischief…. cries in despair…. *

      *Bad voice:, That’s way you’d be good for Tom.. Mischief…P

      * Good voice: I can’t ; they’re my new friends… cries a little bit more… *

  14. GeeMoney says:

    Just when I thought that this man couldn’t get anymore wonderful… he does. Love him!

    He’s very fortunate to have a good relationship with his mom, b/c I know so many people who don’t. I have friends who’s moms have either 1) died (when they were young) 2) abandoned them 3) gone crazy 4) never knew them or 5) they just don’t get along with them at all, and it’s pretty sad, especially since that one of the most important and special relationship(s) a person has in their life is with their parent(s).

    I am fortunate enough to be very close with my mom… and I consider that a blessing.

    • Andrea says:

      I have a cold unfeeling mom who was so glad that I left at 18 to go away to college even though my dad cried (for which she made fun of my father over). She is very alpha-female and has been highly attentive/flirtatious to my boyfriends and acts like she could care less about me if I am in the room. At 33, I have accepted who she is, but as an only child, it can be very difficult for me to not have a proper caring mother. At least I have a close relationship with my father whom he is still married to her.

      • GeeMoney says:

        Even though I have a good relationship with my mom, I don’t have the same with my dad (long story). I’ve always been envious of others who have good relationships with their fathers.

        I’m glad that you have at least one parent that you are close with.

    • Ash says:

      Yes, I agree, mom and child relationships are very important. My mother and i along get along for the most part, but when we fight, we fight. Nothing physically, but it does get very heated. The problem my mother has when in an argument with anyone in the family or friend is that she doesn’t let it go or let people walk away, and then she brings up everything from the past, I mean crap that happen over a decade ago. She’ll even bring her childhood and all the bad things that happened to her. My favorite is when she brings up my dead brother, and makes him sound like he was this perfect angel, which he wasn’t and if he were alive, he’d be ticked about it. Mind you, he died a decade ago when I was a teenager as was he.

      A big part of why I’m single is, because I’m deathly afraid I’ll end up with someone like my parents at their worst. I love my parents, but my relationship with both of them, to be honest, has made me a huge commitment-phobe. When they’re in great moods, it’s awesome, and I know I’m far from perfect.

      I’m so sorry, I did a rant.

  15. Eleonor says:

    This man knows how to rock the hell out of a suit.

  16. Tatjana says:

    I’m really not sirprised he’s single.

  17. T.fanty says:

    For the record, the image of shirtless and sweaty Cumby, gardening in jorts, fag in mouth, linen cap on backwards, swearing constantly, and inexplicably flinging mud everywhere, fills me with a summery joy.

    Especially as I’ll be on a blanket nearby, sipping Pimms and reading a book while he does it.

    • Lindy79 says:

      There is nothing about that image of Cumby that I do not love.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Errr, except the bit where T.Fanty gets to sit on the blanket watching him. For some reason, that just doesn’t appear in my fantasy…

        In my fantasy I can’t decide if it should be a cigarette or a pipe?? Is there a protocol around what time one must switch from the casual ciggie to the formal pipe?? Or is the pipe just for when the purple pants are being worn with suspenders and the denim shirt?

      • T.Fanty says:

        *clears some space on the blanket for Lindy*

        Hop on, my love. When he starts getting sloppy because I’m letting him sip from my Pimms, we can shout at him for putting in our petunias all wonky.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Oh lovely.
        And we can make sure he gets the plants right in at the back too, by shouting directions from the blanket.

      • T.Fanty says:

        Sounds good. We’ll play rock, paper, scissors, to see who takes the call every half an hour, when Wanda wants to check that he’s still wearing sunscreen.

        The cursing will really start in earnest when Tom arrives, says “oh, I don’t do gardening, darling,” plops himself between us, and starts in on the cocktails. Especially as we told Cumby that he can’t sit down until the job’s done – and properly.

      • j.eyre says:

        Pardon me, but that is not where Tom will be parked between, my darlings…

      • Vesta says:

        Hmm, I used to suspect that the Royal Horticultural Society might be something slightly uptight and not for me, but this has really opened my eyes about its core functions – in a positive way. Thank you…

      • T.Fanty says:

        *all dignified, like*

        What, Miss Jane? You think I meant country matters? For shame, woman. Get your mind out of the gutter. I’m making Cumby sweat for the sake of my flower beds, nothing else. Wait until you see the work I’m going to make him put in when he prunes my bush.

      • j.eyre says:

        Where you instruct Cumby to plow is of no concern of mine, dearest Fantomina. It is the planting of Tomby’s stake that matters to me and I have an area reserved for that presently. Pimms, you say? Perhaps we can overlap our blankets on the fold.

        … GPS couldn’t find my mind’s way out of the gutter.

      • T.Fanty says:

        And I wouldn’t have you any other way. Pull up a blanket and take out a swirly straw. My apologies in advance, but Tom got excited when I gave him a neon hurricane (plastic) glass, and took all of the cocktail umbrellas for his drink. You’d better hurry, as he’s an absolute lightweight. He’s only had three sips and is already asking when we’ll break out the karaoke.

      • Etheldreda says:

        Oh this is hilarious! I’m having a boring day – it’s forty degrees, so much too hot to go out where I am – and this is giving me a much needed giggle. Please carry on with the delicious smuttiness!

      • Vesta says:

        *adjusts binoculars*

        I probably just detected a very rare hybrid hydrangea “Tommyensis Hiddlesis Karaokeis” (latin name). Its distinctive flower very closely reminds a full mop of curly dirty blonde hair full of rainbow coloured cocktail umbrellas. Prospers only near karaoke machines.

      • T.fanty says:


        I like it. However,I suggest you ladies hurry up. When he gets drunk there’s only a four-minute “horny” window after karaoke. After that, he passes into sentimental and wants you to “feel the spirit of the universe” by sitting in a field with him and looking at a tree. Then the next thing you know, he’s fallen asleep, and you’re stuck dragging that lanky git home.

      • Vesta says:

        Ah, I misread the name and thought the whole purpose was to enjoy that neverending flowery speech. So, it was actually the Royal Hornycultural Society…
        Damnnnnn, and that window closed already!

        (Ha, I occasionally wish very much I was a Vespa and thereby had a natural access to Cumberbatch, but that cursed letter T bitch always comes between us…!)

      • j.eyre says:

        Oh dear Vesta – you have spotted a Tommyensis Hiddlesis Karaokeis? That’s a creeper and must be plucked quickly lest in selects a Ricknae Astleyimus as a host and we are forced to beat it with a shovel. Fanty’s right, there is only a brief window of time that this vine is at all useful to us before it suffocates all it encounters with loosely connected soliloquies.

      • Vesta says:

        Mrs. Eyre – too late… “Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down…”

        (and it turns you on, admit it)

      • T.fanty says:

        Wait, what? I’m not sure whether to be more offended by Vespa’s epithet, or Miss Jane’s unwarranted attack on Sir Richard of Astley. He’s never gonna give you up, but I just might.

      • j.eyre says:

        oh all right – it’s true… it does turn me on (and there’s a real challenge)

        But when he drunkenly trills on the line “never gonna run around and desert you” just to put his own stamp on it? Who can resist that? Couple that with his lines: “You wouldn’t get this from (DRAMATIC PAUSE) any other guy” and when he speaks rather than sings “Inside, we both know what’s been going on”? I tell you, it’s… transcendent. That, my dear Vesta, is why I am constantly dragging him by his overly tailored pant leg back to his apartment at 2 in the morning – I Am a Slave to Love… oh shoot! *smacks forehead* I just gave him his second round selection.

        (Fanty, who are you trying to kid? You know the rules and so do I)

      • Vesta says:

        J.Eyre – just drop the “Love” part form that second round song selection and I easily get a vision of Britney Spears gently holding a giant green anaconda…

        Fanty – I would NEVER take the liberty to call you anything but maybe Queen F (and that only on your permission), and I was just …um… gingerly “occasionally wishing” to be near that fag smoking royal gardener in jorts who belongs to that forementioned Queen (on a serious note, I didn’t first even see that connotation I made. If I ever end up offending by accident, I beg your mercy for a nervous non native speaker)……

        And we ALL appreciate Sir Richard Astley very highly, but we are just worried that Hiddles’s singing voice, although magnificent, would not perhaps give enough justice to Astley.

      • T.fanty says:

        Sigh. I just wanted to tell you how I’m feeling. I’ve got to make you understand.

      • j.eyre says:

        Not going to lie; thanks to @Nighty, I Rick Rolled Mr. Rochester as soon as he got home which led to dancing in the blow up pool fully clothed. Looks like Thornfield is open…

      • Nighty says:

        @j. eyre.. you’re welcome… hope you had a good time… ;)

  18. MarilynGray says:

    This article makes me think of a you tube audio clip I found once. Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French were doing their radio show which had a segment called “someone and their mum”. They invited Benedict on the show and spent the whole time gushing about his mum!

  19. Andrea says:

    I’d love a chance to date Benedict. I am an only child and would love to be with someone else who understands the quirkiness of onlies. :)

  20. boredsuburbanhousewife says:

    People ran a photo spread recently showing “hot” mums of current celebs. They showed a picture of Cumby’s mom in the 70s–she was totally hot, looked like a Bond girl. She was on some series back then I think set in space.

  21. pru says:

    Hoping for video of this! I want to see him and his mom together – I bet they are adorable.

  22. Kate says:

    I’m not generally a Cumberbatch kinda gal but I gotta say, he’s wearing the crap outta that suit. Wow. And his eyes are stunning.

  23. Ravensdaughter says:

    In love with Cumby all over again…

  24. Sam H xx says:

    My crush on him is still fairly new lol. That voice, his intelligence, humour and THOSE eyes of his *swooon* His hair looks so much better when he wears it loose and not gelled back.

    I think this is adorable!