Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Louise Brealey, and the audience, interview her co-star about all things Sherlock - and Cumberbatch...

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Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch at the Cheltenham Literature Festival
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Radio Times staff

Saturday night at the Cheltenham Literature Festival was a big occasion for both Sherlock aficanados and for Radio Times. Our editor Ben Preston introduced the show's star Benedict Cumberbatch, and his interviewer and co-star Louise Brealey, to an audience of 2,000 excited fans as the two prepared to discuss all things Sherlock, and Cumberbatch, at the RT-sponsored event.

Louise described herself as "a bit over-excited", having just spoken to Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss about the upcoming read-through of his first series-three script, while Benedict admitted to being "quite nervous" and proceeded to lead the 2,000-strong crowd in a series of relaxation exercises.

Introductions over, they settled down in their chairs – nerve-settling whiskies close at hand – to talk Sherlock.

Topics ranged from the "extraordinary" Martin Freeman to the "lovely" Andrew Scott, from the genius of Arthur Conan Doyle to the talent of Jeremy Brett, from the shape of Benedict's nose to Louise's anxiety dreams - "I dreamt I wet myself on stage and tried to blame it on Benedict" – with questions coming from fans in the audience as well as Louise herself.

Here's some of what happened:

Revealed: What Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch really thinks of Elementary

Benedict Cumberbatch: “Sherlock is nothing without Moriarty - I’m a bit obsessed with Andrew Scott”

Benedict Cumberbatch on Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman: “He ups my game – he made me cry”

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