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Timothy Spall joins us for Breakfast

2 hours, 59 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 08 February 2013

Acting ace Timothy Spall, famous for playing Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter, joins us for a catch up and a cuppa!

He's coming to tell us about his TV series, Blandings - a new period comedy for the BBC featuring an all-star cast that includes Jennifer Saunders and guest appearances from David Walliams, Paloma Faith and David Bamber.

Also acclaimed for his roles in The King's Speech, The Damned United and Sweeney Todd, Timothy is one of the best-known faces in British acting, and has a career that spans three decades. In that time, he's also picked up an OBE and performed at the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony!

Timothy now lives with his wife, Shane, with whom he has been travelling around the British Isles as part of another BBC TV series... Not a bad life, hey?! So what are you Top Tenuous claims to Timothy's fame?

Music Played

23 items
  • Image for The Lightning Seeds

    The Lightning Seeds The Life Of Riley

    Sense - The Lightning Seeds, Virgin

  • Image for Stereophonics

    Stereophonics Indian Summer

    (CD Single), Stylus Records, 1

  • Image for Julie Andrews & The Cast Of The Sound Of Music

    Julie Andrews & The Cast Of The Sound Of Music Do Re Mi

  • Image for Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden What Does It Take?

    (CD Single), 157 Records, 1

  • Image for Jake Bugg

    Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Ramones

    Ramones Baby I Love You

    The Ramones - End Of The Century, Sire

  • Image for Train

    Train Mermaid

    California 37, Columbia, 1

  • Image for Kim Wilde

    Kim Wilde Kids In America

    Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis, Columbia

  • Image for Nerina Pallot

    Nerina Pallot All Bets Are Off

    Year Of The Wolf, Geffen, 1

  • Image for The Impressions

    The Impressions It's Alright

    Definitive Impressions, Kent

  • Image for Andy Grammer

    Andy Grammer Keep Your Head Up

    Andy Grammer, S-Curve, 1

  • Image for Jake Bugg

    Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for America

    America A Horse With No Name

    America's Greatest Hits - History, Warner Bros

  • Image for Sammy Davis Jr.

    Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man

    Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor

  • Image for Love and Theft

    Love and Theft Runnin' Out Of Air

    Love And Theft, RCA Nashville

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Paperback Writer

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 3

  • Image for Danny Wilson

    Danny Wilson Mary's Prayer

    Meet Danny Wilson, Virgin

  • Image for The Doobie Brothers

    The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes

    The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Columbia/Sony Tv

  • Image for Michael McDonald

    Michael McDonald Sweet Freedom

    Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom, Warner Bros

  • Image for Jake Bugg

    Jake Bugg Lightning Bolt

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

  • Image for Al Jolson

    Al Jolson April Showers

  • Image for David Bowie

    David Bowie Don't Let Me Down and Down

  • Image for Dido

    Dido No Freedom

    (CD Single), RCA, 1

  • Pause for Thought

    From Simon Cohen, who runs a communications agency.

    Most of the stories in the news seem to have some element of harm in them - from emotional and physical harm, to the abuse of power. I’ve been thinking about where forgiveness fits into all this, and how we might think differently about it?

    In the 1990s, in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, a hot-bed of Christian Muslim conflict, Imam Mohamed Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye, fuelled by the fire of hate and misguided faith, led armed militias against each other. During the fighting, Pastor James’ right hand was cut off, and Imam Ashafa’s two brothers were killed.

    Somehow, after years of self-reflection and dialogue, they not only found forgiveness, but love. They are now best friends, two complete dudes, and among my favourite people. Like an old married couple, they finish off each other’s sentences, preaching peace instead of war, ‘brother’ instead of ‘other’.

    If on one day something feels unforgivable, and yet with time we are able to forgive and move on, what does that tell us? When we say ‘you did something to me’ it’s sometimes easy to forget that the ‘me’ changes over time. The harmful act does not change, but we do.

    A wise person once said, ‘Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself’ and in my experience, the hardest person to forgive is definitely me. I regularly fall short of my own standards and have to work hard to avoid falling into a harmful cycle of self-loathing.

    But I find comfort in a core belief in the good of all people, including myself. And I realise that forgiveness is only so hard because we care so much - about how we should treat each other, how we should treat ourselves - which is actually really positive. We hold the key to forgiveness, not those who harm us. I wonder if we can start to forgive, like the Imam and Pastor, not by trying to let go, but by embracing our own capacity to love, and trusting in the shifting sands of time.


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