It is surely the most dramatic thing to have happened to horticulture since the invention of the lawn mower: yes, indeed, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has graced the Chelsea Flower Show with his presence.
Breathless gardening fans at the event were eager to catch a glimpse of the star as he arrived this morning wearing a pink shirt, light grey jacket and sunglasess – in the company his mother the actress Wanda Ventham.
Cumberbatch and his Mum – who plays Sherlock’s mother in the hit BBC series – were there to review the floral displays for BBC2’s coverage.
The actor, who has said that he relaxes by “roof terrace” gardening, is due to appear in a section of BBC2’s coverage of the show called Mum and Me in which he will converse with his mother about the various displays.
Other stars taking parts with their mothers include Strictly judge Darcey Bussell, comedian Julian Clary and actress Emilia Fox.
Cumberbatch’s arrival has generated understandable excitement on Twitter.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.