Benedict Cumberbatch narrates BBC1’s new drama trailer

The Sherlock actor recites William Shakespeare's monologue All the World's A Stage alongside a wealth of past, present and future drama

Benedict Cumberbatch reciting Shakespeare. It’s a spectacle that has already sold out theatres a year in advance of his appearance in Hamlet. But what if you matched the Sherlock actor’s performance of famous As You Like It monologue All the World’s a Stage with buckets of the best BBC drama from past, present and future? 

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That’s exactly what the Beeb have done, borrowing Cumberbatch’s super silky vocals to narrate a mash up of past dramas including Pride & Prejudice, House of Cards and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy with this year’s hits The Honourable Woman, Happy Valley, Peaky Blinders, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Last Tango in Halifax and much, much more. 

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The trailer also offers glimpses of upcoming dramas, from Wolf Hall to The Casual Vacancy, plus plenty of exclusive extra content to unlock as you watch. Take a look…