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Brian Cox; Helen McCrory; Sci-fi at the Barbican; Rebooting film franchises

Brian Cox on playing Churchill, Sophia McDougall reviews The Barbican's sci-fi exhibition, Helen McCrory on her role in Fearless and Adam Smith on re-booting film franchises.

Brian Cox discusses playing the most famous man in British politics in his new film Churchill.

Sci-fi writer Sophia McDougall reviews the Barbican's new exhibition : Into The Unknown, A Journey Into Science Fiction.

From Cherie Blair to Medea via Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter, and Polly Blair of Peaky Blinders, Helen McCrory has played many strong women. Her latest is Emma Banville, a campaigning lawyer who fights to free a man she believes was wrongfully convicted of killing a schoolgirl, a part created for her by Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson. Helen McCrory reveals why she wanted to be in Fearless and why she'll always be an actress, not an actor.

This year has already seen new re-boots of many classic film franchises, including Alien, Pirates of the Caribbean, Wonder Woman and The Mummy. With more in the pipeline for this summer, Adam Smith considers what it takes to breathe new life into an old brand (and whether it's a good idea in the first place...)

Presenter : Samira Ahmed
Producer : Rebecca Armstrong.

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30 minutes


  • Brian Cox

    Duration: 08:59

  • Film franchises

    Duration: 04:25

  • Into the Unknown

    Duration: 05:12

  • Helen McCrory

    Duration: 12:49


Brian Cox as Churchill + Miranda Richardson as Clementine
Picture credit: Lionsgate
Churchill is in cinemas from 16 June, cert PG

Main image: Brian Cox as Churchill
Photo credit: Lionsgate


Helen McCrory as Emma Banville
Photo credit: Mammoth Screen
Fearless begins on ITV on 12 June at 9 pm 

Into the Unknown

Into the Unknown

Models, Ray Harryhausen Foundation
Photo credit: Tristan Fewings / Getty Images

Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction is at the Barbican Centre until 1 Sept 


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Rebecca Armstrong
Interviewed Guest Brian Cox
Interviewed Guest Sophia McDougall
Interviewed Guest Helen McCrory
Interviewed Guest Adam Smith




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