ACTOR Benedict Cumberbatch visited patients at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed while making a new film. 

The Sherlock star plays the lead role in The Imitation Game, which tells the story of how British mathematician Alan Turing helped crack the Enigma code during the Second World War. 

The film, which also stars Keira Knightley and Charles Dance, will be released in November. 

The hospice served as the iconic Bletchley Park, the secret code-breaking centre where Turing and his colleagues deciphered German messages. 

Healthcare assistant Linda Miller introduced Cumberbatch to patients in between shoots. 

She said: “It was lovely seeing Benedict chat to the patients. He said he felt humbled being in such a caring place. 

“Afterwards patients chatted about the experience for ages and relatives said they were looking forward to seeing the film as it would remind them of the time their loved one was at Nettlebed, even if they were no longer with us.” 

Staff nurse Sue Hollands, who was on duty when Cumberbatch and Allen Leech, who plays suspected Soviet spy John Cairncross, visited, said: “There was a real buzz about the place as patients and staff felt quite excited about the filming. The actors took their time to talk to patients and were not starry at all — they were genuinely interested in the patients and took a lot of time to chat to them and the staff on the ward. 

“Benedict Cumberbatch was an absolute sweetheart.” 

Dance, who plays codebreaker Alastair Denniston, chatted to patients in day therapy and met day therapy manager Lynn Brookes and healthcare assistant Caroline Dixon. 

Pam Chatfield, palliative care servies manager. said: “The staff and patients enjoyed having the filming going on and although there was some disruption to our routine it was, for the most part, welcome. 

“The income generated from the hospice being used as a film set helps us to care for patients and their families and loved ones.” 

Filming at Joyce Grove, a Jacobean-style manor built for merchant banker Robert Fleming in the 1900s, took place over two weeks in September. The great hall, Fleming Room and former library as well as the grounds were all used in scenes. 

The film crew built a wooden hut on site to resemble one of the famous huts at Bletchley Park where the codebreakers worked. 

Moira Logie, regional fund- raiser for Sue Ryder, said: “It’s a British story about Bletchley Park known to a lot of patients who are in their seventies and eighties. 

“A lot of patients came down to watch and they adored it. It was wonderful — you’d hang out of the window and could see Benedict Cumberbatch marching up and down. 

“The cast and crew were very sensitive to the fact we’re a hospice and always very accommodating.” 

Shelley Hoffmire, 55, from Oxford, saw filming taking place while attending a fund-raising sale in the grounds of the hospice, where the crew bought clothes for use as costumes in the film. 

She returned a few days later to see some more and watched Cumberbatch in a scene at the main gates. 

She said: “Joyce Grove is a perfect location because it’s relatively quiet and private during the week and the home and grounds are lovely. 

“All the film crew brought were people dressed in costumes and old trucks. Otherwise they had a perfect Forties location for what seemed like very little effort.” 

Turing killed himself in 1954, two years after being prosecuted for gross indecency after he fell foul of the anti-gay laws of the time. The conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop his codebreaking work. 

He received a posthumous royal pardon in December last year when the Government said he had undoubtedly shortened the war and saved thousands of lives. 


Anonymous asked:

Hey Tor the Hodges talk sounds amazing. did Andrew share any good anecdotes about Alan?

cumberbuddy answered:

A couple of bits. It was mostly his education and life but put a few personal things in my phone like the letter he sent to his boyfriend about the suicide plan (just wrote about that in previous post!)

He called things off with Joan (called off the engagement) with this Oscar Wilde poem “Yet each man kills the thing he loves”

He was quite an ethereal and spiritual person. Like in this photo taken at Princeton. A lecture is going on and he’s looking off into the distance in his own world. 


He loved doing the extremely difficult puzzles in the New Statesmen. 

They offered him an amazing job when he was in the states but he turned it down to come to England, just before the war broke out. Which was unusual apparently because everyone in England was seeking jobs in the USA because they knew war was upon them. 

When he came back home he was included in a group which had to secretly scope out spots for them to have the code breakers live and work and so they went to Bletchley and pretended to be hunters. 

I knew this already but any excuse for this damn DASHING photo (dear me Alan, breaking hearts </3) He was in an athletics club. Sadly Andrew didn’t chase this part of his life up, which he said was a shame and wished he had because he imagines those fellows probably had some cracking stories and photographs of Alan. 


Benedict mentioned the other week that Alan wrote some gorgeous poetry, but Hodges said that if he wrote any, none has survived, but that it’s a nice thought. Which i find interesting actually because online, there is this, supposedly written by Alan on one of four postcards sent to Robin Gandy; 


It reads “Hyperboloids of wondrous Light
Rolling for aye through Space and Time
Harbour there Waves which somehow Might
Play out God’s holy pantomime.”

(which is indeed stunning!) 

And that he was really close with Joan. He loved her company. There was just no sex/romance there other than a truly lovely relationship.

He made no comment in regard to a question on The Imitation Game and said he hasn’t seen it so can’t comment. 

That’s all i can think of right now. Sorry for the Turing posts but really actually not at all. Not a bit. Not a single tiny inch. 



Photos from my Bletchley Park today (17/08) for the Andrew Hodges Alan Turing talk. Amazing place. The atmosphere is weird there. “Those trees are the same trees he [Alan] (and everyone else that worked there) saw every day going to work, saving our asses, you know?” Highly recommend the trip to this place. That bear of Alan’s is called Porgy. He used to practice his lectures to it <3. I also found out, and i hadn’t read this far in AH’s book yet (or read it in the other book), that Alan had sent a letter to his then boyfriend, James, in 1938 that had a plan of his suicide written in it - an apple with “wiring.” He’d worked out a way of committing suicide so it would be perfectly possible to imagine it had been an accident and he had described precisely the method that he’d use.”  



Hi-Res ! 2013 10 20 - London - Filming ’ The Imitation Game ’ by DSDD and JRAB and ZOB and ZDF

Don’t click the images / follow the links above !

Instead, refer to the links below for versions ranging between             [1376 x 1067 pixels]            and              [2735 x3220 pixels]                 .

01 02 03

Caption : Oct 20, 2013; London, United Kingdom; EXCLUSIVE Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch film scenes on location at King’s Cross station for their upcoming movie ‘The Imitation Game’..Featuring: Keira Knightley,Benedict Cumberbatch.Where: London, United Kingdom.When: 20 Oct 2013

Author (byline) : DSDD/JRAB/ZOB/ZDF

Then I’m doing a film with my mate Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Keira Knightly called The Imitation Game about Bletchley Park and breaking the Enigma code. In fact it’s more about Turing’s life and how as a nation we celebrated him as being a hero by chemically castrating him because he was gay. I play Hugh Alexander, who was initially at loggerheads with Turing, but eventually they become very close friends. We haven’t started shooting yet, but I think Benedict’s going to be extraordinary - loathe as I am to say that!