Benedict Cumberbatch Melts Hearts With His “Seven Ages Of Man” Shakespearian Tour de Force

BBC just found a brilliant way of getting people to watch its trailers – hire Benedict Cumberbatch and make him recite William Shakespeare.

In a brand new short film, the Sherlock star performs the “Seven Ages Of Man” monologue from  Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in his rich, resonant, brandy-hued baritone voice as memorable moments from BBC Drama’s past, present and future shows are shown on screen.

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BBC Drama Controller Ben Stephenson said: "It's a privilege to premiere a new trailer tonight that celebrates BBC Drama.

"Who better than Benedict Cumberbatch to narrate this special film that showcases the BBC's unique role in nurturing talent and its powerful storytelling from the past, present and future."

Upcoming dramas that viewers need to look out for in the trailer include the adaptation of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy, Esio Trot starring Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, James Nesbitt's The Missing, and Damian Lewis’ Wolf Hall.

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As amazing as the trailer (obviously) is, it’s not the first time the British actor has recited the famous lines from Shakespeare’s play for an advertisement.

In 2012, Google released the first promo for its social network Google+ which was a 90-second spot, called ''Google+: Tom", featuring Cumberbatch reading the "Seven Ages Of Man."