At press tour, most of the buzz for PBS’ first day surrounded the arrival of Benedict Cumberbatch for the “Sherlock,” which had its third season premiere on Sunday. While Cumberbatch barely made it to the panel on time, fans who waited patiently outside (possibly a TCA first) got a a flurry of apologies, according to the “Star Trek” star. Inside the room with “Sherlock” co-creator Steven Moffat, producer Sue Vertue, star Amanda Abbington (Mary Morstan), he was more than happy to talk about his “almost” kiss with Moriarty, working with his parents and more.
Cumberbatch was asked about his parents Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham being on the show, which he initially responded to with a joke. “My parents had a gleam in their eyes around about 1976. I think that”s how that one came about.”
He added, “They”re trained actors with a C.V. and were available. They”ve played my parents in the background of something we did. In “Atonement,” they”re very much in the background, and I was happy about that considering I was marrying a girl I”d supposedly raped in that one. Yeah. It was wonderful. It was the first day on set, so everyone was nervous. They were really nervous, but I did, at certain points, try to manage their nerves as well as mine, and it was a glorious thing, and yeah. The relationship evolves… It evolves in the three that you will see, and oh, it”s a joy. It”s going to be something that hopefully I will be showing my grandchildren. You know what I mean? It”s a really special thing. I”ve got utmost respect for their craft.