Gary Bellamy's first BPOTUKOGBANI interview
You won't see this, the first interview for Bellamy's People, anywhere else.You won't even see it in the programme:
The very first interview we filmed on BP (OTUKOGBANI) (I'm going to call it that from now on, it's to long-winded to keep on calling it Bellamy's People (Of The United Kingdom Of Great Britain and Northern Ireland tgiift*) was with some Muslim clerics in Bradford.
I know! I was really thrown in at the deep end that day. I felt like David Frost interviewing Nixon in the film Frost Nixon, and which was based on a real interview, so I also felt like the real David Frost not Michael Sheen, who's brilliant. I was nervous enough as it was, what with the whole crew watching and it being day one and all - but to have the added pressure of talking about a very delicate issue with some people who have very strong, and potentially (albeit in a very small, tiny minority, and I mean, so small, like no more than a pinchful) extreme beliefs, was very tough.
However, I accepted the challenge and handled the situation with dignity and sensitivity, but at the same time, I wasn't too frightened to ask tough questions. It was a great relief when the interview was over, I felt I had broken the ice and lost my TV virginity, in, as I say, a dignified and sensitive manner.
After the shoot, one of the clerics said how at ease I made him feel and gave me a rare coin that would bring me good luck on my new series. Sadly, I accidentally used it in a parking meter. I was gutted. Lucky parking meter!
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*to give it its full title
Gary Bellamy is presenter of Bellamy's People. Read more about the making of Bellamy's People on the Comedy Blog.