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Chain Reaction is Radio 4's tag-team interview show. Each week, a figure from the world of entertainment chooses another to interview; the next week, the interviewee turns interviewer, and they in turn pass the baton on to someone else - creating a 'chain' throughout the series.
This seventh series starts with Rhys Thomas - perhaps better-known to the Radio 4 audience as Gary Bellamy, host of Down The Line - interviewing the actor Simon Day. They have worked together since The Fast Show, when Simon was an established member of the team, and Rhys was a supporting cast member; Simon also appeared in the sitcom Swiss Toni, which Rhys co-wrote, and provides voices for Down The Line. But Simon, sixteen years older than Rhys, came to prominence in a very different comedy culture to Rhys. He also came from a live background, as opposed to Rhys's first break working as a runner on Shooting Stars; he also waited until this year to have his own show (Radio 4's The Simon Day Show), whereas Rhys had written two series of his own sitcom by the age of 21. All these differences, and all this common ground, makes for an absorbing and hilarious interview.
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