[WATCH] Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Allan Turing’s Letter Before His Conviction for “Gross Indecency”

Benedict Cumberbatch channeled Alan Turing once again in a powerful reading of the brilliant mathematician’s letter before he was convicted of “gross indecency”. As depicted in the 2014 film “The Imitation Game”, Turing was forced to hide his sexuality because of the British law.

The letter was addressed to Turing’s fellow mathematician, Norman Routledge.

My dear Norman,

I don’t think I really do know much about jobs, except the one I had during the war, and that certainly did not involve any travelling. I think they do take on conscripts. It certainly involved a good deal of hard thinking, but whether you’d be interested I don’t know. Philip Hall was in the same racket and on the whole, I should say, he didn’t care for it. However I am not at present in a state in which I am able to concentrate well, for reasons explained in the next paragraph.

I’ve now got myself into the kind of trouble that I have always considered to be quite a possibility for me, though I have usually rated it at about 10:1 against. I shall shortly be pleading guilty to a charge of sexual offences with a young man. The story of how it all came to be found out is a long and fascinating one, which I shall have to make into a short story one day, but haven’t the time to tell you now. No doubt I shall emerge from it all a different man, but quite who I’ve not found out.

Glad you enjoyed broadcast. Jefferson certainly was rather disappointing though. I’m afraid that the following syllogism may be used by some in the future.

Turing believes machines think
Turing lies with men
Therefore machines do not think

Yours in distress,

Alan

The letter was penned two years before Turing committed suicide.

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