Jack Copley’s epilepsy started when he had a stroke as a newborn baby. His fits have increased severely since he hit puberty, and can’t be controlled by medication. Jack, now 17, was making his mind up about whether to have brain surgery to cure his epilepsy, with potential serious side effects, in BBC Two's Great Ormond Street.
I do think that people have some strange ideas about epilepsy. They seem to panic when they see someone having a seizure and assume you have to immediately call an ambulance. I just thought that maybe the programme would help to show that you can have seizures but still try to lead a normal life - people just need to make sure you cannot harm yourself and give you time and space to recover.
My top five seizures this year: Jack gives his rundown
I enjoyed it when the Great Ormond Street cameras came to my karate class and did some filming. But it made my Sensei even more determined that we would do every move correctly so we were all shattered after that session!
My mum kept leaving the room...
Professor Chris Lintott
The Sky at Night has seen some incredible things during its 750 programmes: when the show first got started Sputnik had yet to fly, vegetation on Mars was a serious possibility, and Pluto was still firmly a planet!
The production team have always had to be flexible to keep up with breaking news - even the first programme's script was rewritten at the last moment following the appearance of a bright comet in the sky - and as a result the Sky at Night captures the excitement of exploring space. Here are five of my favourite moments:
1. Mariner to Mars (August 1969): The first planet to have a close encounter with Earth's space probes was Mars, with the Mariner Missions. This Sky at Night special was produced in 1969 to highlight the first space probe to return pictures of the red planet.
Patrick’s enthusiasm is wonderful - particularly exciting are ‘the really spectacular pictures’ showing craters rather like those on the Moon. As ever, though, he’s quick to question what we still...
Javone Prince is an actor and comedian, currently starring in his biggest role to-date, the self-titled The Javone Prince Show. Phil Bowker is not only the show's writer, but also its director and producer (talk about multi-tasking!) who also worked with Javone on the E4 sitcom PhoneShop.
We spoke to Phil and Javone about their latest project for BBC Two, which is a mix of stand-up comedy, live music and sketches.
In your first sketch, we see you parody a period drama. Was it a lifelong dream to star in something like that?
Javone: Yeah, I’ve always wanted to. There’s so much stuff that I watched as a kid, like, Dangerous Liaisons – and I was like, I need to be in this. In drama class at school I never got cast in anything, so you know what, I thought I might as well do it myself!
Phil: I think that suit that you bought for the sketch was very fetching. I think it really suited you.
Javone: I think it suited me too. Even I fancied me!
Phil: I don’t think you should get...
DJ and presenter
Most people know him as a Radio 1 DJ and television presenter, but Greg James is shaking things up by starring in a self-penned new comedy short, Dead Air, exclusive to BBC iPlayer. So is his character, late-night radio host Jake Cross, anything like the real Greg James?
The release of Dead Air makes me feel like I’m about to send my child to school and I’ve got to leave them at the school...
Comedian and presenter
What pun would you use in your salon’s name?
HAIR OF THE DOG
Which celebrity’s hair would you most like to style and why?
Alice Levine has great unique style and beautiful red hair. Crucially, she seems like one of few celebs who wouldn't throw a tantrum if/when I accidentally burned some of it.
Tell us about a personal hair disaster that you wouldn’t want to repeat?
I had white hair when I was 19. I think bleach can be addictive and before long, you've gone too far with it and can't tell you've got a problem. It was over-processed and genuinely crispy, but I thought I looked amazing. If...
Oakwood had me hooked from the first page: a disaffected young man, standing in a field, reeling off everything he hates about the Great British countryside. Angry and smart yet vulnerable and naïve, he was the English Holden Caulfield. When I finished reading the script for the first time, I scribbled down four words on the front page.
‘I was that kid.’
"I just want some noise!" William finds farm life too quiet
William crashes a...
BBC TV blog
This week's couple Mark and Kelly just tied the knot after a decade together, which makes them perfect material to play our favourite hen do game!
1. What first attracted Mark to Kelly?
Mark: Do you know what, I’ll be honest with that one. It was her bum. That was the first thing I saw as I walked up some stairs in the Cornerhouse [in Manchester], she had her back to the stairs and I saw her...
What do you tell yourself to help cope with nerves in the competition?
I was great at school exams so I guess it feels a bit like that. Except it’s all one giant chemistry practical combined with a theatrical performance. The boys are super seriously competitive. That's freaking me out. I'm used to being top of the class.
What are you learning about yourself during the competition – any strengths or weaknesses you were not aware of?
I love the challenges. They're my best thing. NOTHING fazes me about cooking in a pro kitchen or dealing with a Mystery Box challenge. I'm loving them. Forget...
WOW! Did that just happen!?! I'm sat writing this from my desk at home soon after finishing filming series 13 of Dragons' Den, and already it seems like I might have actually dreamt the whole thing.
It has been one of the most fun and challenging things I've ever done. Whether it's the inspiration we get from an incredible entrepreneur who walks through the door; the giggles we have at the crazy/bonkers ideas; the intense battle of the bidding between us Dragons; or just to sit and listen to another Dragon talking about a specialist business area and soaking up their knowledge like a...
Researcher, See Hear
A text from my boss…
“Congratulations on your RTS award nomination. You deserve it.”
“What are you talking about?”
“Oh my God!” I had been nominated for the Royal Television Society’s Flying Futures Talent Award by my series producer on See Hear, William Mager. It was unbelievable. Then I pulled myself together, and asked myself ‘Why is this so difficult to believe?’
Filming deaf protesters for See Hear involved public order training for the team