Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch and his actress mother Wanda Ventham will help launch BBC2’s coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show later this month with a rare television appearance together.
Cumberbatch and Ventham will chat to presenters Monty Don and Joe Swift about their favourite Chelsea moments in a programme showing at 8pm on Monday 19 May – the first instalment in BBC2’s broadcasts from the event which will kick off on BBC1 the day before.
The pair were last seen on-screen in January when Ventham made a surprise cameo as Sherlock’s mum in the returning BBC1 detective drama alongside Cumberbatch’s real-life father, actor Timothy Carlton, before the family met up again in the final episode for their somewhat reluctant Christmas celebrations.
Capturing Cumberbatch is a serious coup for the show given his status as a Hollywood hot property with an increasingly busy schedule.
In 2013 the actor appeared in films including Star Trek: Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate and The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug, and filmed series three of Sherlock.
This year, he has the third instalment in the Hobbit trilogy coming out, along with The Imitation Game – in which he plays wartime codebreaker Alan Turing – as well as numerous other projects on the go. Meanwhile, Sherlock fans are still awaiting definitive news of when Cumberbatch, his equally busy co-star Martin Freeman and writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat will be able to come together to film series four of the detective drama.