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The Surprising Link Between 'Sherlock' And 'The Imitation Game'

Benedict Cumberbatch has been preparing for his role as Alan Turing since Series 2.

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While Mr. and Mrs. Cumberbatch are celebrating their Valentine's Day as newlyweds, I decided to settle in and have a Sherlock marathon. However, when I reached Series 2, Episode 1 "A Scandal in Belgravia" I found myself stumbling across either the most entertaining coincidence, or Benedict Cumberbatch was gunning for his Oscar-nomiated role long before we ever realized.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead.

In the episode, Sherlock solves the mystery surrounding a doomed flight, comparing it to "The Coventry Conundrum." The dialogue is as follows:

Irene Adler: "What’s Coventry got to do with anything?"

Sherlock Holmes: "It’s a story, probably not true. In the Second World War the Allies knew that Coventry was going to be bombed because they’d broken the German code but they didn’t want the Germans to know that they’d broken the code, so they let it happen anyway."

(Here's the Spoiler Alert for those who haven't seen the Imitation Game...Or didn't study the history surrounding it)

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in 'The Imitation Game' (if you haven't seen it yet, for the love of God go see it already), the mathmatical genius behind decoding 'Enigma,' the German Code. However, in order to keep the Germans from learning that Enigma had been broken, Turing's team had to statistically report what attacks could be prevented and what attacks could not. Essentially, they were the brains behind 'The Coventry Conundrum.'

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