Listen to Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey in wartime love story My Dear Bessie

The Sherlock co-stars have recorded a Radio 4 reading of love letters sent between Second World War soldier Chris Barker and his girlfriend Bessie Moore

Following his last ever appearance in the comedy Cabin Pressure, Benedict Cumberbatch is back on Radio 4 for something a little more serious. Cumberbatch has recorded My Dear Bessie – based on a series of real-life love letters from the Second World War – with his Sherlock co-star Louise Brealey, and you can catch an exclusive clip below.


Chris and Bessie’s love letters first appeared in Simon Garfield’s book To The Letter and Cumberbatch clearly likes them – he read a selection of the correspondence at the Hay Literary Festival last May with actress Lisa Dwan taking the part of Bessie Moore.

In the radio adaptation, Cumberbatch (pictured above in the studio where My Dear Bessie was recorded) once again reads the part of young serviceman Chris, a signalman stationed in Cairo.

Brealey, who plays mortician Molly Hooper in Sherlock, reads the part of Bessie (below) – a Morse code interpreter at the Foreign Office in London who chucks her boyfriend soon after she and her former work colleagues start exchanging missives.

Having toured literary festivals, the letters were published this year on Valentine’s Day. They were compiled by Simon Garfield and adapted for radio by Sara Davies.

You can listen to a clip here:

My Dear Bessie airs on Radio 4 on Monday 20th April at 2:15pm


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