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The Boys Are (Almost) Back in Town: Cumberbatch Headed to HBO/BBC Miniseries and a Preview of "Luther," Series 2

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | June 5, 2011 | Comments ()


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As we wile away the months, waiting for "Sherlock," Series 2 to begin (currently filming and scheduled to air in the UK this fall), the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch is not just hanging around, looking pretty--though he does that quite well:

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Have you noticed the feet on this guy? When I saw him playing the Creature in Frankenstein, I was kinda, sorta mesmerized by his huge, wiggly feet; he was barefoot throughout and they were in constant motion no matter what he was doing. Anyway, you know what they say...

The immensely talented actor has already completed filming War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and now he's set to star with Rebecca Hall (The Town, Frost/Nixon, The Prestige, "Red Riding") in a six-part HBO/BBC miniseries based on Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End. Set in England during World War I, Parade's End chronicles the life of Officer Christopher Tietjens (Cumberbatch), who is married to a cheating wife (Hall) and madly in love with another woman. According to The Playlist, Tietjens also suffers from "shell shock and partial memory loss" as he tries to navigate the horrors of war and the complexities of his personal life. (Aw, come rest your head on my shoulder, Cumbie, I'll make it all better.) Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Empire of the Son, Brazil) has written the script and Susanna White ("Generation Kill," Nanny McPhee Returns) will direct.

Meanwhile, our beloved Idris Elba, in between tweets is busy readying "Luther," Series 2 (which premieres in the UK, June 14th) and he'll be hosting BBC America's new series, "Dramaville," which was created to showcase the best of British drama shows. Elba will open each hour of "Dramaville," introducing us to programs such as "The Hour," " Whitechapel " and his own "Luther." If you haven't yet seen "Luther," Series 1, get on the stick--it's currently available on Netflix Instant (as is "Sherlock," Series 1). Here's a quick preview of Series 2:


I might just be imagining myself in the middle of a hot investigator sandwich. Oh, Happy Sunday!



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