Scott Mills, DJ and presenter
If anyone knows how to have Eurovision fun, it's BBC Radio 1's Scott Mills! From enjoying hilarious lyrics to knowing when to take a loo break, here's the self-confessed superfan's guide to Eurovision 2015...
Did you know that you have a commanding magnetism on screen, even in scenes where you have few lines?
No I did not know that. And it’s Childermass who does, I don’t.
Is that something you cultivated as part of your character?
Well I mean from a pragmatic point of view, you’ve got to be doing something to make it interesting. You just kind of cheat stuff: have your eyes looking in different directions, make sure they’re hitting the light. The great thing about this was having the book by my side all the way through. It was the bible. So I think, more than any other job, I knew what was going through my character’s head and what the next step would be.
Childermass is brilliant because he’s always planning and plotting – he’s not reacting. He’s usually a few steps ahead. He’s very, very active. He leans on walls but he’s not taking a break, he’s working out how he hopes things will unfold and he’s usually quite successful. And he’s there to push, and to put that firm hand on proceedings should he need to.
Childermass persuades Norrell to go to London - but does he have his own reasons?
BBC Radio 1 film critic
Movies. Everyone has a favourite, everyone has a moment they love, either because it makes them laugh or cry or just feel something.
Now, to celebrate 25 years of BBC Films, a selection of brilliant British films are being shown on TV, and I’ve picked my favourites which feel particularly special to me. I think the films are inspiring, and showcase everything that gives British cinema its trademark uniqueness:
1 The British way with feelings
I think what makes British films exceptional is their ability to interweave pathos alongside comedy, so in Billy Elliot – one of my favourite films, we could have had quite a depressing portrayal of the miners’ strike but instead we get an uplifting movie about a boy learning ballet against all the odds.
Every scene in Billy Elliot is quotable, but the one which still makes me grin like a loon is when he's sitting down with friend Debbie who says, "If you want, I'll show you me fanny." Billy's reaction? "Nah, I'm all right."
This afternoon I’ve pulled everything off the office walls and emptied my desk after working on Shark for three years. Thinking back to the start of production, I felt very differently than I do now – I was scared of sharks.
Of course I wasn’t alone in that, and episode one of the series shows why, focusing on their awesome power and predation. But this week’s episode will show you a different side. It shows sharks as vulnerable babies, seductive mates and caring mothers.
I was the assistant producer on the series and dived with sharks all over the world. Over this time I discovered another side to their infamous fearsome image… and learned to love sharks.
As one of the crew in charge of dive safety, you would think a shark attack was always the top of my risk assessment. In reality, the most dangerous hazards were the cold, dehydration, getting the bends from diving deep, and of course the weather: we had two cyclones and a tsunami when I was on...
DJ and presenter
Eurovision is the most fun week of my year…
I just love being immersed in all things Eurovision. Every year when I get to the host city everyone there is happy, smiley and in a total Eurovision bubble. I usually find the night goes by really quickly! I never get bored of it, even though often I will have seen the show three times before it is live with all the rehearsals that take place.
…even the mornings are entertaining
Often I’ll be staying in the same hotel as some of the acts. Last year performers from Finland, Israel and Poland were all in my hotel. It was odd seeing them all glammed...
BBC TV blog
Inspired by the #AskHerMore movement, which debates the questions actresses are typically asked on the red carpet, we asked the five upcoming British artists who contributed exclusive performances to the BBC iPlayer Women Who Spit short film collection to pose themselves one perfect question which they'd love to be asked.
What was your process when writing this poem, or when writing in...
Brooding, intelligent and wily – The Game’s MI5 spy Joe Lambe has mystery written all over him. So just what lies behind Joe’s mask, and who is he really? We ask actor Tom Hughes to delve a little deeper into the agent who we can’t quite work out…
My character in The Game, Joe, is an enigma. And it is that exact quality which allows him to be good at his job, but it’s also his defence mechanism.
It allows him to keep his distance from people. It allows him space. It’s a necessity for him as his life has forced him to trust no-one, particularly those closest to him, as he has had his fingers...
Charity founder Kris Hallenga plays herself in The C Word. The BBC One drama is adapted from the book of the same name, written by Kris' friend the cancer blogger Lisa Lynch.
I started reading Lisa Lynch’s blog not long after I was diagnosed with breast cancer myself. I had come across so many blogs, and to be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of reading other people’s breast cancer stories. But Lisa’s was special: it spoke to me like no other blog did. Her words were so real, raw but also so laugh out loud funny in parts. I fell for her every word pretty much instantly.
She wasn’t one to spout...
W1A returns! Actress Ophelia Lovibond - hardworking PA Izzy - tells us what she loves about the comedy
Who's your favourite W1A character, after Izzy?
Oh well I think that has to be Will Humpries, played brilliantly by Hugh Skinner. He’s so infuriating, yet loveable at the same time, and Hugh is just so funny.
What made you laugh the most in the new series?
Hearing the two Hughs (Bonneville and Skinner) riff on the trials and tribulations of Syncopatico... W1A's fictional software system.
What made you cringe the most, watching it back?
I can’t tell you that! It happens later, in episode three or four. It involves Sarah Parish’s character (Anna Rampton) and a loo...
Writer and executive producer
I don't think any of us in the production team were prepared for the way Poldark has continued to generate a buzz across social media and in the press throughout its entire run. It's always great to be talked about but this has gone beyond what any of us ever imagined!
The fact that Poldark has been mentioned in connection with anything and everything from the general election...
Producer and presenter
Richard Osman introduces BBC Four's Classic Game Shows Collection, a nostalgic assortment of game shows from the BBC archives.
Here are a few questions for you:
- Who is the longest-serving UK TV quiz host of all-time?
- How many episodes of Countdown have there been?
- Who created the notorious quiz show flop 24 Hour Quiz?
- Why have quiz shows remained so popular on British television?
I’ll give you the answers to the first three at the end of this introduction. And if you’re thinking about them right now, then you already know the answer to the last one.
I love quiz shows, I’ve been...