Before Americans enjoyed NBC’s tape-delayed spectacle and pageantry of Danny Boyle‘s opening ceremonies, Britons were treated to the BBC’s live (imagine!), Bob Costas-free coverage.
Even better, their program launched with Cumberbatch narrating a short featurette celebrating London, “the beating heart of the nation.”
Interspersed with majestic footage documenting the city’s glorious and tragic history, Cumberbatch is shown hailing a cab to the Olympics stadium, where he salutes the city with a glorious exhortation:
“London is about to cry out with heart and soul.”
The thespian concludes with a cheeky wink to Sherlock Holmes’ — one of London’s most iconic figures — memorable line: “The game’s afoot.”
“Let the games commence,” Cumberbatch says, turning to the camera with grin.
Watch the video below, and let the swooning commence.