Sunday 12 May 2013, 15:00
A Q&A with Gillian Anderson examining the character of DSI Stella Gibson
Thursday 16 May 2013, 10:18
During the last Ice Age the northern hemisphere was teeming with fabulous megamammals – terrifying sabre-toothed cats, huge woolly rhinos, bizarre glyptodonts – but they all disappeared as the planet moved into a new, warmer era.
I'm one of the producers on the new series Ice Age Giants, who along with the rest of the team, was tasked with bringing those long extinct animals back to life.
The CGI brief was to create animals that looked as real as possible so that the animation could pass as natural history footage.
Having never worked on a creature animated show before, I was excited and curious about how it all worked.
We drafted a storyboard of what we wanted our animals to do, and set off to film the backplates - the 'real life' backgrounds that we drop our animated creatures into.The shasta ground sloth has seven-inch long claws to defend itself
For the most part the backplates were shot where the animals once lived, so the sabre-toothed cat was shot in LA, the mammoths just outside San Francisco, the armadillo-like glyptodonts in Florida and the ground sloth in the Grand Canyon.
It's a complicated process, but the key things...
Sunday 12 May 2013, 15:00
Gillian Anderson stars in BBC Two's new psychological crime thriller The Fall. As Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, she is brought in from the Metropolitan Police by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to review a stalled murder investigation.
What compelled you to take the role of DSI Stella Gibson?
She feels a little like an island but I find that interesting and it makes me want to know more, which is always a good thing where character and drama is concerned.
Can you tell us a detail from the script where you felt a connection to Stella?
It's hard to say. I am intrigued by her no-nonsense way of being. And that over time we get to see warmth and what she cares about. She is an enigma.
What are the key factors behind Stella's professional decisions?
I think she is professional and driven and has a mind for this kind of work and knows that if she keeps at it she will crack it. I think on the whole she works from instinct but I think this case touches her much deeper and that's in part what is driving her. Her emotions have become engaged and that's unusual for her. She is thrown.
Friday 10 May 2013, 11:32
I've had Frankie battering around in my head for some time now - a passionate, strong woman, a competent professional who acts impulsively and not always wisely, and can be exasperating but is always well meaning.
What to do with her? She was a character in search of a role.
And then BBC One asked me to write a drama series about district nurses and bingo! There she was, ready made, in her uniform, just raring to go.
I realised she was working as a character when the producer and script editors said they wanted to be a part of her team, to spend time with her at the pub, to share a pizza and a bottle of wine with her at the end of a long week.
She felt real. Now we had to find someone who understood her as much as we did.
The casting director, Andy Morgan, brought us some very talented people for the part and we were excited to see Frankie going in this direction and then in that... and then Eve Myles walked in and we were bowled over. She was Frankie!
She completely understood Frankie's love of life, music and dancing and she was delighted...
Friday 19 April 2013, 10:16
At English Heritage, my role involves the challenging task of tackling heritage at risk; that is everything from the buried remains of Roman villas to important listed buildings that find themselves on the brink of extinction.
The four areas we visited in this series, Stonehenge and the River Avon, Hadrian's Wall, the Norfolk Broads and the Hoo Peninsula are all very different, but each is very special in its own distinctive way.
Thursday 18 April 2013, 09:58
What gift do you buy for a sultan? Comedian Bill Bailey's answer is a tin of biscuits.
Bill first heard about Wallace 15 years ago when he was birdwatching in Indonesia and he's been fascinated by his story ever since.
Friday 12 April 2013, 10:34
That doesn't mean that I don't get nervous at the beginning of each race, but I have so much confidence in her ability so I know she'll be fine.
I know how good she is. I'm lucky that Susie trusted me to make Driven: The Fastest Woman In The World.
Thursday 11 April 2013, 15:10
Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS In A Day was always going to be an ambitious project, to try and take a snapshot of the NHS at such a critical time in its history. After all it treats 1.5 million of us every day.
To get a sense of that scale, we wondered what it would be like if we filmed this enormous institution in just a single day.
What would that make us think about an organisation that touches all of our lives?Surgeon Martin Drage removed Alan's kidney and transplanted it into his wife, Ann
As one of the executive producers I was responsible for helping to shape the initial concept...
Tuesday 2 April 2013, 17:28
What Peter was interested in was living memory, a history that wasn't coming from history books but from oral history, from real people who lived ordinary lives.
Peter feels passionate that if you write about the past you must write about it as if you are writing about the present.
In our first episode of The Village set in 1914 on the week...
Thursday 28 March 2013, 14:19
Director Marc Isaacs and contributor/co-writer Iqbal Ahmed gave this interview to the BBC TV blog about the upcoming Storyville documentary The Road, A Story Of Life And Death. The film follows people from around the world who have come to live and work around the A5, which runs from Holyhead, Anglesey to Edgware Road in London.
What were your first impressions when you met?
Marc: I had read Iqbal's book, Sorrows Of The Moon, and met him to discuss it. I found him to be extremely charming and sensitive. I also realised that he had his own story going on and was keen to have him in the film.
Tuesday 26 March 2013, 11:27
Today Formula 1 motor racing is one of the most popular and lucrative sports in the world, watched by millions and attracting huge sponsorship and television deals.
But when Grand Prix racing originally developed its own World Championship in 1950 it was a different era all together. This is what we wanted to explore when we started making Motor Racing At The BBC: That Petrol Emotion.
The brief for the series was very explicit - to make five films which drew exclusively on the BBC's own archive to show what the world of F1 was...