Illusionist Derren Brown enters Sherlock stars' mind palace


Derren Brown, Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington Stand Up 2 Cancer

I’m afraid that one segment in tonight’s Stand Up to Cancer 2014 fundraising marathon to be broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK won’t go very far in satisfying those that are impatiently awaiting the next installment of Sherlock that is headed our way during Christmas 2015, but it is a bit of fun. Mentalist/Illusionist Derren Brown, who should be quite familiar to Sherlock devotees, plays havoc with Martin Freeman’s mind palace as his Sherlock co-star and off-screen partner, Amanda Abbington, looks on, obviously enjoying watching a totally perplexed Freeman. “Martin has quite a skeptical, very rational approach to those sorts of things,” Brown told the Radio Times. “Immediately afterwards he was trying to work it out, really trying to pull it all apart. I could hear him discussing it in their little entourage. Amanda has a less cool minded approach, she was just enjoying it. It’s great because they’re very funny together, talking it through.
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Brown, you might remember, appeared in episode one of series three, “The Empty Hearse”, as a fake-out explanation for how Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock survived his apparent death at the end of the series two episode, “The Reichenbach Fall”. After Sherlock executed a beautiful swan dive off the roof of St Bart’s Hospital (that the Russian Olympic judge would have certainly given him a 10.0), Brown rushed up to hypnotize John Watson.

Stand Up 2 Cancer airs tonight on Channel 4 in the UK with Sherlock, unfortunately, still not returning to the small screen for another 14 months!