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Sherlock Visits Sesame Street

Sherlock Visits Sesame Street

Sherlock Holmes, arguably the world’s most famous detective, has made a grand appearance on children’s puppet television show Sesame Street.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the the renowned sleuth in the hit BBC television series Sherlock and who also recently became Empire magazine’s World’s Sexiest Man, appeared in a video posted on PBS’ YouTube channel on Tuesday. Alongside two Sesame Street Muppets, Cumberbatch was trying to solve a maths problem involving apples and oranges.

Just in case you have been in hiding for a while, Sherlock Holmes is a detective created by author Arthur Conan Doyle, brought to the small screen in Sherlock by Steven Moffat (also a writer for Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the title character while Martin Freeman plays Holmes’ ‘sidekick’ Doctor John Watson. Each of the three series of Sherlock so far is made up of three 90-minute long episodes and is aired around the world. The third series even pushed Sherlock to become the most-watched drama tv show in the UK since 2001.

On the other side, there is Sesame Street, an American children’s educational show created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett, which has been running since 1969. Featuring Jim Henson’s famous Muppets (whom you may have seen in The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock or the film Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly), Sesame Street frequently has celebrity guest stars popular at the moment, and previous guests include actor Robert de Niro and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

In the two-and-a-half minute clip on YouTube, Murray Monster mistakes Cumberbatch for his TV alter-ego, and playing on his own name and that of Sherlock’s archenemy, the Muppet adopts the persona of ‘Murray-arty’. Posing a “brain-bending” riddle to the actor, Murray-arty, referring to fruit in a table in front of them, asks, “Are there more apples or are there more oranges?”

The video, entitled Benedict Cumberbatch and the Sign of Four (or is it Three?) in reference to the 1890 Sherlock Holmes novel The Sign of the Four, was recorded in January when Cumberbatch was in California with fellow Sherlock actress and wife of Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, promoting the new series to television critics.

Cumberbatch protests that he is not really the famous sleuth, saying, “I’m not really Sherlock, I just play him on television,” but Murray Monster doesn’t listen and presses for an answer. “I’m going to need more help for this,” Cumberbatch says resignedly, to which Murray-arty wittily responds, “From Watson?”.

The actor then calls for Count von Count, another Muppet who specialises in counting problems, who pops up from under the fruit-laden table. After the Count and Cumberbatch manage to solve the riddle, Murray-arty leaves calling, “Drat! You win this time Benedict Sherlock!”.

Cumberbatch is expected to return to our screens in the fourth series of Sherlock and has also confirmed his next starring role on the big screen in thriller Blood Mountain.

If you would like to watch Benedict Cumberbatch and the Sign of Four (or is it Three?), click the link.


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