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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 what house you should be in, and I thought, I’ve been avoiding this for quite a few years – sod it, let’s just do it and see what happens. Lo and behold, I got into Gryffindor, which I was quite upset about at the time.
Harry Potter fan Steve meets Tom in his BBC Three documentary
But I spoke to Jo Rowling about it the next day and said, maybe there’s a glitch in the system or the computer’s not working? But Jo simply said: “I...
Actor and director
BBC Three documentary Tom Felton Meets the Superfans marks the former Harry Potter actor’s first time directing and presenting a programme. So what was going through his mind in these two key scenes?
The Rupert ruse
When I told Daniel Radcliffe that we were doing this documentary, the first thing he said was: “Oh you’ve got to go and see Brian”. Brian is a fan like no other kind of fan. And it’s funny, when I told Rupert Grint that we were coming to New York to do some filming with a fan, he said: “Is it Brian by any chance?” So he’s known as a bit of a superfan.
Jade Gordon, my girlfriend who produced the show with me, suggested I put some sort of disguise on, and instead of going around interviewing him, we live the experience for the night and see what he has to go through to meet people and get autographs. The disguise came out of the idea that we could go under the radar a little bit.
Tom Felton wears a disguise wig and glasses as he poses with superfan Brian
Everyone’s talking about the solar eclipse and for Stargazing Live, Liz Bonnin took a flight over the Faroe Islands to film it as it happens. You can hear more about Liz's report from the plane in Friday’s 9pm programme.
The little plane we used to capture live images of the Aurora Borealis on last year’s Stargazing Live is on duty again, this time kitted out with seven cameras. Flying above any risk of cloud cover to witness the total solar eclipse on Friday will give us an unobscured view of one of nature’s most spectacular events.
We aim to fly at roughly 25,000 feet at a speed of about 540km/hr, right as the moon’s most intense shadow speeds across the planet, before it disappears behind the North Pole. Obviously we can’t keep up with it but we will be in its shadow for several more seconds than observers on the ground in the Faroes.
'I never really thought it would be quite this moving'
We are doing everything we can to leave no room for error, the team have been working for months now...
On landing the part
I was very chuffed to get my Ordinary Lies part, because I really wanted it! It’s such brilliant writing and I’ve known Danny Brocklehurst’s writing for many years and admired all his stuff, so it was just so great. As well as being high drama, Ordinary Lies is quite funny, as that's how Danny writes. Most of us have that in us anyway. When I got the job, it was one of those moments when you think: “Ah, thank god for that!”
I’ve never actually been in any of Danny’s stuff before, this is the first time, so hopefully it’s the start of a beautiful friendship!
And on pretty...
It's no wonder Ross Poldark looks so brooding! Returning to Cornwall after fighting in the American Revolutionary War, he found his father dead, his estate in ruins and his sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin Francis. Heartbroken but not defeated, he takes on the urchin Demelza as a kitchen maid and finds himself torn between two completely different women.
So we asked Aidan Turner the...
Robin Windsor and Anna Kennedy
Strictly dance partners
Robin and Anna had this chat the day before the costume fitting: Here’s her Charleston dress!
Robin Windsor: Anna, you were so stunned in the audience on the night of the announcement. When did the penny drop and you actually believed you were going to be a contestant on the first People’s Strictly?
Anna Kennedy: It was when Jake Wood got hold of my arm and took me into the middle of the floor to Claudia and Tess. I think the penny dropped when I said “sugar”.
Robin: The moment you said...
Community nurse Liz meets eight characters on her rounds - all played by Paul Whitehouse
WPC 56, the drama about the first female police officers in 1950s Birmingham and the Black Country is back. And the force has a new policewoman in its ranks: Annie Taylor, played by actress Claudia Jessie.
As Annie takes up the badge left behind for her by WPC Gina Dawson, who has graduated to the Met, Claudia tells us seven things we need to know about herself and her character.
1. I watch everything I’m in with my mum.
I’m really excited for series three to start. I’ve been re-watching the second series in preparation – again! I’ll be watching it with my mum. Everything that I’m in, I watch...
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...
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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.