Benedict Cumberbatch Stops By Sesame Street
It’s a translatlantic meeting of public television titans! Benedict Cumberbatch, the acclaimed actor and star of the BBC’s Sherlock, appeared in a guest spot on PBS’s iconic children’s show Sesame Street, in a clip that was released on the internet yesterday. The sketch taught kids about counting, but also contained references to Sherlock that would go over the heads of all but the most precocious toddlers.
Just as Cumberbatch introduces himself, he is interrupted by the Muppet know as Murray- or in this case, “Murry-arity,” a play on Moriarity, the name of Sherlock’s arch-nemesis. Murray enters while clamoring, “Did’ya miss me?”, a direct reference to the surprise twist at the end of the most recent season of the show.
Murray then presents Cumberbatch with a counting challenge; the guest star enlists the help of The Count to determine that there are more apples than oranges (sorry, spoiler alert), and foil the evil Murray-arity.
Even the name of the clip is a reference to the show: “The Sign of Four (or Is It Three?)” is a reference to the title of the second episode of Series 3.
The guest spot seems to have been as much for parents as for kids. Although, in addition to the counting lesson, more perceptive children may have also learned about the difference between pretend and reality.
“I don’t really have an arch-nemesis in real life,” Cumberbatch tells Murray, adding, “I’m not really Sherlock, I just play him on the television.”
Actually, that might be a harsh lesson for some adults as well.