The world’s favourite BBC TV character revealed
Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock has been named the world’s favourite BBC TV character after coming top of a new poll by BBC Worldwide.
Cumberbatch has portrayed Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective since 2010 in a modernised version of the series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
The series has been a critical and commercial success, winning BAFTAs and Emmys across the board and attracting audiences across the globe.
Cumberbatch beat out other iconic BBC characters including Basil Fawlty, of Fawlty Towers fame, and Doctor Who‘s The Doctor.
Speaking about his incredible win, Cumberbatch expressed his delight at a “high-functioning sociopath” winning the prestigious title.
He said: “I’m honoured to hear that my portrayal of Sherlock has been internationally recognised as viewers’ favourite BBC TV character.
“Who would have thought a high-functioning sociopath could be so
popular with people all over the world?”
Sherlock Holmes also won the award for most memorable BBC scene, for Sherlock’s elaborate death scene at the end of season two episode ‘The Reichenback Fall’. It was later, unsurprisingly, revealed that the moment when Sherlock fell several storeys to his death was faked.
26% of the total vote went to the climactic death scene beat out the famous Dead Parrot sketch from Monty Python and Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy emerging shirtless from the lake in Pride and Prejudice.