1. Filming can be really intensive
Being a lead in something means to fully commit yourself - just get up every morning and that’s all you’re doing all day, for six months and your head’s in it all the time. I quite like that. It’s nice to feel exhausted by it and I think I work better in those situations. You just don’t have time to think about anything else and you’re away from friends and family. It’s like a travelling circus! You’re on location and in new spots every day: at the side of a cliff one day or we’ve transformed Corsham into a market place another day and all you have is your cast and your crew.
2. You have to make sure you’re fit for the job
It’s prime time and BBC. I have a responsibility to show up every day, to try to not get sick and not get injured. I mean the very first scene on my very first day I was galloping on a horse – amazing but if I come off that horse and slip a disc, or if I roll an ankle playing...
Researcher, BBC TV blog
1 Banished Thursday 5 March, 9pm, BBC Two
“This is not England. This is a godforsaken corner of a godforsaken country.”
Set in New South Wales, Australia, Banished retells the story of the penal colony founded after the arrival of male and female British convicts and their masters in 1788.
Starring Russell Tovey, MyAnna Buring and Julian Rhind-Tutt, the drama – written by Jimmy McGovern – delves into subjects of love, faith, justice and morality in a paradise setting that doubles as a human prison.
2 The Big Painting Challenge Sunday 1 March, 6pm, BBC One
If EastEnders stalwarts Pam St Clement and Rudolph Walker turned up and asked us to paint their portrait, we wouldn’t know where to begin. But not so for the nine budding artists competing in The Big Painting Challenge, who this week are tasked with capturing the actors’ best sides on canvas (no pressure, then).
Presented by Una Stubbs - herself an amateur artist - and art lover Richard Bacon, the contestants...
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The series is nearly ending and we have loved Wolf Hall for many things – not least the entertaining script with its insults that just seem to carry over the centuries. Some quips were just too rude for the BBC website, so these are the ones we a) laughed at and b) can publish.
1. Thomas Cromwell gives Cardinal Wolsey his appraisal of the majestic city of York:
2. Mary Boleyn on the formidable force that is her sister, Anne:
3. Sir Thomas More’s wife, Lady Alice pays Cromwell the most backhanded of compliments:
4. Katherine of Aragon is nearing her grave, but that won't stop Anne...
Quite often the celebrities on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off haven’t baked very much at all so as the food producer on the show it’s a case of being really encouraging and working with them on their recipe ideas.
I also work with the home economists to make sure that the celebrities have all the ingredients and equipment they need - within reason - we don't supply equipment that home bakers wouldn't have. Then on the filming days I help set up the food and equipment and make sure that the process of each recipe is filmed and that the producer/directors are asking the celebrities the right...
This post is for people who have seen the last episode of series five of Spiral. Watch the double bill finale first to avoid spoilers!
After losing Pierre Clement midway through the series it was hard to imagine where the inscrutable Josephine Karlsson, our tenacious Captain Berthaud and Judge Roban would end up. The gripping double bill finale of series five left us reeling once again but luckily Anne Landois, writer and the showrunner of Spiral, joined us from France to answer your questions afterwards.
Here is a taster of some of your questions and Anne's replies. To read the rest of...
Spending three months filming Alaska: Earth’s Frozen Kingdom through the summer left a lasting impression on episode two producer Alex Lanchester. He explains the impact the stunning North American state had on him in words and pictures.
Producer and director
You can catch some of EastEnders’ best loved actors cosied up on their Walford settees cringing and laughing over some of their most memorable scenes together. It’s in an exclusive six-parter on BBC iPlayer, all to celebrate EastEnders’ 30th birthday. So what could have gone on behind the scenes with some of Walford’s finest? Director and producer Matt Taylor told us the story…
EastEnders is a juggernaut and continuously rolls on, and episodes don’t get repeated as such, so the 30th anniversary felt like too good an opportunity to miss.
Most actors are happy talking about their own work, so...
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1 Uncle Tuesday 10 February 10pm, BBC Three
The most dysfunctional, morally dubious uncle in the country is back – and this season Andy (comedian Nick Helm) and his nephew Errol have even more woes to keep them entertained/depressed.
With a spot of writer’s block, a restraining order, shared custody and a dead-end job to contend with, will Andy ever write that hit song? (Spoiler alert: er, probably not.)
Filming Animals In Love was an eye-opening experience in so many ways. Not only did I witness animal behaviours I hadn't seen before, but it also allowed me to understand a lot more about emotional intelligence in animals.
Until very recently we believed animals were not capable of emotion. But over the past two decades great advances have been made in the study of animal behaviour and we now know that many animals experience emotions like fear and joy.
I believe that, like a lot of transient people, there is an inherent loneliness about Humphrey.
Humphrey arrived to the island of Saint Marie almost on a whim, looking for a different path in his life. After the shock of his wife leaving him, he realised that he couldn't turn back and threw himself into a new life.
I think it’s interesting that a lot of the new episodes in this series feature loneliness and unrequited love as their motives for crime and I wanted to use some of those as a potential reflection on Humphrey himself. Ultimately though, he is very happy with his life in Saint...