The Rattigan Enigma By Benedict Cumberbatch

  1. Benedict Cumberbatch at the Royal Theatre Haymarket, where the recent Rattigan production of Flare Path was performed.
  2. Benedict chats with his English Teacher, Martin Tyrell, who directed him in many of his school productions including The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan.
  3. Benedict revisits his old school house, The Park, at Harrow. House photos of Terence Rattigan, who was there 65 years before Benedict, still hang on the walls.
  4. Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with a photo portrait of playwright Terence Rattigan.
  5. Benedict picks out Terence Rattigan (in white), from an old school photo.

Warm-hearted, loving and loyal, without a trace of envy or jealousy in her, she was hugely caring about other people’s troubles and, therefore, hugely cared for. We all know the kind of star who on floor or stage asks Fred, the assistant prop man’s mate, about his wife’s illness in a very loud and audible voice, and we usually know why she has done it and why she has so carefully memorized his name. Vivien might muddle the name, but she would talk to Fred unobserved and probably offer to send his wife to the best Harley Street specialist at her expense, provided always her name wasn’t mentioned. Later she would go visit the wife in the hospital, incognito and concerned. 

- Terrence Rattigan (x)

For those of you who have watched The Deep Blue Sea (I’m looking at you, Hiddlestoners), you’ll very likely recognize this song as the one that’s playing in the background (more like foreground really) while Tom Hiddleston and Rachel Weisz succeed in completely ruining my sexuality slow dance in the bar and it’s totally romantic and beautiful and god the music in that movie was actually just perfect and-


So I decided, somewhat off-offhandedly, to record my own cover of this song (in my shitty apartment, mind you, so the sound quality is really not so hot I do apologize for that). I highly recommend the original song (it’s in a different key from this one), as well as watching the movie regardless of whether you are a loyal Hiddlestoner or just a movie connoisseur, it’s really a wonderful piece of work.   

The Rattigan Enigma by Benedict Cumberbatch

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THIS is such a treasure guys. It’s not only an hour of Benedict’s voice. It a story he was personally interested in AND  we get some extra bits about Babybatch’s story, his time at Harrow and a proof that Babybatch was blonde. :)

And yes, I don’t even care who that Terrence Rattigan person was.

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The Rattigan Enigma Pt. 1

An extremely autobiographical doc on Benedict's part. He really opens up about Harrow and his early decisions about school and acting.


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