Benedict Cumberbatch can’t say the word 'Penguin' and it’s too funny

Publish Date
Wednesday, 19 July 2023, 2:41PM

Today is Benedict Cumberbatch's 47th birthday so what better time to bring back this iconic moment? 

He's a man known worldwide for his phenomenal acting talents and good looks, however, it does seem that his downfall is penguins - or ‘pengwings’, as he likes to call them.

Back in 2009, Benedict narrated a BBC Two documentary called South Pacific, which required him to talk about the wildlife on the South Pacific islands—wildlife that included royal penguins.

While on the Graham Norton Show, Benedict was shown the footage.

While he started off confidently tackling the 'tricky' word, it's not long before things take a nosedive as the documentary continues - much to the amusement of everyone else.

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He easily took the ribbing in his stride, cheekily blaming the production team behind the show.

"The funny thing is you don't do this in isolation," he said. "You have a team of natural history experts based in Bristol funded by you the taxpaying public.

"It's not just me sitting there in a booth going 'I think I know how to say penguins, (but) I'll say penglings'. It's mortifying."

We've seen this clip time and time again, yet it never fails to make us laugh!


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