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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 general?
I don’t really have a process, that’s the honest answer. In my day to day life, I’m constantly observing little things or having thoughts which I type into my phone or scribble on something, and when I get to sit down and write, it’s kind of about pulling it together. I like finding the meaning, the beauty, or the surprising in the everyday.
For Women Who Spit, I had a brief to work to, so the writing process was slightly different. I knew I wanted to explore mental health. So it involved a lot of walking around and sitting on tubes and busses and thinking of ways to represent this with...
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 burned one too many times.
But it is also a beguiling quality, it means there’s a certain intrigue about him, and that is what makes him such a good spy. He keeps people guessing, keeps them on the wrong foot.
For me, it was the main attraction of bringing him to life. It’s a big challenge as an actor, to find a way of allowing him to remain at all...
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 affirmations about how you should live your life and she never claimed to have the answers. She gave people a very honest and open account on how to navigate it like no one else ever has or ever could. It is no wonder so many women read her book just after their own diagnosis and get a sense of ‘Yes, I can bloody well do this’.
Sheridan Smith plays Lisa in the BBC One adaptation of her book
When we first met in person it...
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...
When I got this role, the first thing my mum said was “Don’t get a tattoo!” I don’t have any. I thought about getting one when I was out there but the Maori tattoos have such important meaning to them that I’m not sure what mine would say yet. I had Kyle’s tattoo applied every morning by the make-up team.
We filmed the naked scenes quite early on, so we were...
I found out I was being sent caving for Secret Britain after a Q&A session in the Countryfile tent at our summer special. Someone asked what I would hate to do. I said anything in tight spaces. My executive producer then came up to me chuckling about story ideas for Secret Britain.
So the proposal was that I squeeze my way into Britain’s deepest cave – Ogof Ffynnon Ddu in the Brecon Beacons – to witness a remarkable secret, the beautiful stalactites deep below ground. When these kinds of challenges come up, I’m usually asked weeks beforehand when the reality of it seems a long time away....
Working in two languages – English and Welsh - is a real challenge. You can’t literally translate it line for line, as there are differences in the syntax and rhythm. The meaning is often the same, but the colour can vary between both languages.
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Actor Tom Felton is delving into the world of superfans in a BBC Three documentary which he presents and directs. Now, 14 years after making his Harry Potter debut as Slytherin baddie Draco Malfoy, we asked Tom the unthinkable… here’s what he had to say.
Well, you know I got stitched up with this. When we were filming the last sequences of me on the computer and me on the phone just to sort of fill in the documentary if we needed to, one of the cameramen put his laptop in front of me and just said have a little browse so we can just film it.
He opened up Pottermore, the site that deduces...