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After weeks of being whisked off to Russia, losing ourselves in ballroom romances and crying on the battlefield, War and Peace is coming to an end. What will we do without Paul Dano and James Norton brightening up our screen every Sunday night?
We caught up with Andrew Davies, War and Peace's script writer, and made him to tell us more about Pierre, Andrei and those stand out moments. Including just what was going through Natasha’s head when she said yes to Anatole…
On that ballroom scene
"I wanted the dance scene between Natasha and Andrei to be almost impossibly romantic. Eyes only for each other, a sense of timelessness, as if the dance would go on and on and on.
"Tom Harper, the director, had the idea of including a flash-forward to their courtship and love-making in the snow before returning to the dance, and I thought it worked very well. I wanted the audience to share Natasha's dream of happiness, and I was so pleased that it was received in that way."
Wildlife sanctuary founder
Watching cheeky baby elephant Moyo invade her human carer’s home in BBC One’s Nature’s Miracle Orphans is a moment of joy. Although it takes some guts (and possibly a touch of madness) to make caring for orphaned wild animals your life, Roxy Danckwerts’ love for each animal is so apparent, and so easy to understand.
With elephants, a gnu, cheetahs, lions and more raiding her family home constantly, what is it about this life that keeps Roxy going?
We have about 100 animals at our Zimbabwean sanctuary, Wild is Life at present. There are 15 different species, ranging from a hand-raised squirrel (the most dangerous animal on the property, he bites like a terrapin!) to the elephant family.
Moyo shows us who's in charge in a clip from Nature's Miracle Orphans
We had 10 elephant calves through the nursery last year, so our hands are very full indeed. Young calves need constant monitoring and every night, I set my alarm for every two to three hours to go outside and check their status. It is exhausting indeed. I am getting far...
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The Rack Pack is not just the first film ever to include a major emotional scene backed by Chas and Dave's Snooker Loopy (at least, we think it is), but it’s also the first ever comedy drama feature film to premiere on BBC iPlayer.
Unveiled on the evening of the Masters Final (and the iPlayer team offer their huge gratitude to Ronnie O’Sullivan for winning so quickly everyone could watch both), the film has generated a huge response on social media. It hasn’t just been the story that’s got people talking, either.
The people portrayed in the film seemed pleased with the results – even though one of them was depicted with a deeply unflattering haircut.
Vlogger and presenter
Jim Chapman has over 2.4 million video subscribers, 1.6 million Twitter followers, and is part of a family of extremely successful UK video bloggers. As Jim takes on his first documentary presenting gig in BBC Three’s Rise of the Superstar Vloggers, he explains the vlogging rules he lives by.
I always say that vlogging, to begin with at least, is a very anti-social way of being social. You can reach millions of people, but you never have to actually put yourself in the social situation of talking face to face.
It’s like a safety net to find out if being yourself will actually result in...
Spoiler alert: This post looks back at the first 11 episodes of Dickensian – turn back if you wish to remain spoiler free!
As we reach the halfway mark of the gloriously atmospheric 19th Century drama that is BBC One’s Dickensian, now is the perfect time to take a look at the big moments and storylines that have really caught your imagination so far.
From the central whodunit to a genuinely shocking ‘doof-doof’ moment involving the baddest of bad guys, here’s our pick of your reactions on social media.
So, just who DID murder Marley?
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It’s not just the spellbinding romantic scenes that have us hooked on War and Peace. It’s the lavish dresses and intricate jewels that keep us glued to our screens every Sunday evening. Let’s face it, who hasn’t secretly imagined dressing up in one of Helene’s beautiful outfits?
Luckily the costume designer Edward K Gibbon is on hand to tell us more about those lust-worthy looks.
Helene’s sleek and seductive look
Remember in episode one where Helene pulled off a sleek black headband? And later on rocked her dark lace dress?
Appearing in Death in Paradise was my very first time acting in English. So the biggest challenge was to learn my lines in a very short time, make sure that everybody would understand me properly and express my character, Florence’s feelings as naturally as possible. Even if I know that people can hear my French accent, my goal is to provide the best English as possible when I act.
Think of crime drama Hinterland, and a few things are bound to come to mind. The mysterious, impressive backdrop of the Ceredigion countryside. The ever-present feeling of tension mounting. And DI Mared Rhys' bright red coat.
So we asked actress Mali Harries what it feels like to put that parka on every day...
The story of the red coat is as follows. Marc Evans, the director of
I still remember the day I was summoned to my boss’ office in 2012 and asked if I'd series produce Wanted Down Under – the BBC One series which sends families off to Australia or New Zealand for a week before they decide whether or not to emigrate there for good.
'Brilliant!' I thought. 'Amazing!' In my head I already had my bags packed, and was living a life by the beach. Unfortunately though the reality was slightly different. My Antipodean adventure was to be lived out over the phone from an office in not so sunny Belfast.
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With 2015 almost at an end, it’s time to look back at the brilliant – and bonkers – TV witnessed over the past year.
From murderous soap plots to serious sporting achievements, here’s what Team BBC iPlayer picked.
Surprise whale alert on Big Blue Live
When you become a TV presenter, you probably don’t expect to be upstaged by a blue whale. But that was the position Steve...