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The game is on! Benedict Cumberbatch is hosting 'Saturday Night Live' next month

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Not content being London's best detective AND the most powerful sorcerer in existence, 'Sherlock' and 'Doctor Strange' star Benedict Cumberbatch is set on making America chortle as the host of sketch comedy show 'Saturday Night Live'.

The 40-year-old Londoner is stepping into the 'SNL' spotlight next month for the first time, when he'll host the November 5 instalment alongside musical guest Solange Knowles. 

'Saturday Night Live', a long-running, much-loved format currently in its forty-second season, sees an A-list guest host take the helm each week and get stuck into comedy skits. 

Cumberbatch is following in the footsteps of some serious talent; previous hosts include Emily Blunt, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Hanks, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Christopher Walken and Melissa McCarthy.

In fact, his 'Sherlock' co-star Martin Freeman has already taken to the 'SNL' stage, performing a 'The Office' meets Middle Earth sketch that went down very well with viewers – so at least Cumbers has someone to call on if he needs a little advice. 

Now let's all retreat to our mind palaces to imagine just how good Cumberbatch's 'SNL' debut could be... 

'Doctor Strange' is in UK cinemas from October 25. 

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