Sherlock the newest Star in a Reasonably Priced Car on Top Gear


Unfortunately, no earth-shattering revelations as to how Sherlock Holmes survives that leap from the rooftop of St Barts at the end of series 2 of Sherlock but this is 10-minutes filled with amazingly fun bits of trivia for both the serious and casual (is there such a thing?) Benedict Cumberbatch fan. First up was that priceless bit of information about his mom, Wanda Ventham, and the accompanying photo. His mom played Colonel Virginia Lake in the cult 1970’s science fiction television series UFO. Aside from being in several episodes of The Saint, Doctor Who and Coupling, where she played Susan’s mother, Ventham is also known for her recurring role as Pamela Parry (Cassandra’s mother) in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses from 1989 to 1992.
 
Benedict Cumberbatch's mother, Wanda Ventham in UFO

After learning that Benedict’s first car was a Mini and that he once had an unfortunate incident in it with a rock, we get to see him teach Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson how to take a ‘Hollywood-Fu’ punch before taking his lap in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment. Just how did the Sherlock star stack up against other Star Trek baddies that have been on the show? Let’s take a look….