News

Who won the weekend: Andy Murray’s GB heroics or Benedict Cumberbatch imitating otters?

Posted by
Joe Ellison
Published

Two modern British icons, one extraordinary weekend. Let us know who gets your vote below.

Andy Murray in the Davis Cup

Just hours after Manchester’s Tyson Fury took four belts from Wladimir Klitschko to become boxing’s new heavyweight champ, Andy Murray went and rounded off a remarkable weekend for British sport by leading Great Britain its first Davis Cup since 1936.

Make no mistake, this was all down to Murray junior: his impressive win vs Belgian hotshot David Goffin, finished off by the most audacious of lobs, was the 11th of Murray’s winning rubbers in this year’s world Group campaign in which GB won 12. A record.

Up against a hostile home crowd and facing the last match on Goffin’s favoured clay surface, Murray became the first tennis player to win three live rubbers in the final since Pistol Pete Sampras in 1995’s win for the US. Again and again, Murray hushed premature Belgian cheers by returning balls he simply had no right to, and this point below was arguably the best of the lot.

Benedict Cumberbatch imitates otters on Graham Norton's show 

Here at ShortList.com we like to think we know what the Internet loves. Namely Benedict Cumberbatch and immensely adorable pictures of cute animals. 

So it won’t have come as massive surprise that when Graham Norton combined these two things brilliantly on his BBC chat show this weekend, asking the Sherlock and Black Mass star to recreate the poses of Otters who themselves already bear a striking resemblance to Cumberbatch, the online world went into meltdown. Much like any role, the actor threw himself into the role perfectly. Even sharing one tender scene with a giant teddy bear. And Johnny Depp thought he was method…