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What Sherlock and Charles Xavier have to do with D-Day

Victory has never sounded so sexy.


Aja Romano


Posted on Jun 6, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 4:29 am CDT

Today may be the 70th anniversary of D-Day, but the BBC clearly wasn’t thinking about appealing to World War II veterans with its choice of actors to read vintage news broadcasts of the historic event.

In order to share its historic coverage of the turning point for the Allied powers in 1944, the BBC chose three British actors whose butter-smooth voices are most likely to distract us completely from their recitation of news bulletins: Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Patrick Stewart, and Mad Men‘s Toby Jones. 

The three actors recited news bulletins from throughout June 6–8, 1944, lending their dulcet tones to one of the most significant moments in human history.

The clips are only a few minutes each, and are available on the BBC website.

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2014, 6:14 pm CDT