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Slim Jim Phantom – 2019 Interview

When we last interviewed you in 2017, the idea of a Stray Cats reunion was but a pipe dream. When did the pipe get fired up and what started it? The continuing saga of Stray Cats fired up again with an offer from a festival in the states in April 2018 that celebrates all things Rockabilly – the consensus amongst the three of us was that if we hadn’t fallen in love with Gene Vincent in 1979, none of this would still be around today. That got us talking and feeling tasty and we agreed it was time to show… Keep Reading

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John Malkovich

Hercule Poirot is an iconic character. What was it that drew you to the role and why did you want to play him? In this case it was the three scripts that Sarah Phelps wrote. I thought that they were very well written, the character was interesting, Hercule Poirot was perhaps not very happy and in a phase of his life that we don’t see very often and isn’t dramatized very often and that is what interested me. Sarah Phelps always brings something new to Christie’s work. When you were reading the script what were the things that really popped… Keep Reading

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Timothy Spall

In Stanley, A Man of Variety you play a range of British comedy legends such as Max Wall, Tony Hancock, Max Miller. Were they your comedy influences? They are people I grew up with, watching on the telly. There were only two channels when I was a kid. On a Sunday and it would be The Big Picture, and some of them were 40 years old. As a child you don’t know that, but you know there’s something odd about it. So it tied in, in the film, with a sense of the feeling of those characters, as well as… Keep Reading

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Peaky Blinders Stylist Loz Schiavo

Loz Schiavo styled all the hair and make-up on Seasons 1-4 of Peaky Blinders. She has also styled hair and make-up on Tarzan, the Look of Love, Death Comes to Pembley, Anthropoid and many other films. She received a BAFTA nomination in 2015 for her work on Peaky Blinders. You did the hair styling and make-up for all the cast on peaky Blinders since Season One. How much of a brief did you get at the start, on how their hair should actually look? At my first meeting with the director, he said to me, I need someone who can… Keep Reading

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Michael Palin

You were born in Yorkshire. You’ve had lots of Yorkshire characters, but was your family steeped in Yorkshire from way back? My mother and father weren’t Yorkshire people. We ended up there because my father was an engineer. It was during the Depression in the 1930s and he couldn’t get any work down in the south, so he ended up working first in Hull, then Leeds, and then he went to Sheffield towards the end of the 30s, where he found work with a company called Newton Chambers, who made lavatories and things like that. It’s gone down in the… Keep Reading

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Ken Dodd

Michael “Atters” Attree: Mr. Dodd, are you a chap? Yes, we’ve got a lot of Chaps on Merseyside; the Liverpool chap particularly has a great chuckle muscle. What I mean is they have a great sense of humour. From Liverpool we export comedians and prime ministers: Arthur Askey, Ted Ray, Rob Wilson, Tommy Handley; all these wonderful men, all coming from Liverpool, and I can explain to you later if you ask me, what the Merseyside or the Liverpool sense of humour is. “What really irritates me is when I see top class politicians on television without a necktie. It’s… Keep Reading

Paul Anderson
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Paul Anderson Interview

Gustav Temple:  Your moustache is the only moustache in the entire cast of Peaky Blinders. We’re very interested in moustache growing at the Chap. Presumably you have to grow a new moustache for each round of filming. Do you grow it from scratch, or do you grow a full beard then shave off everything except the moustache? Generally I have a full beard anyway, but I’ll tell you this: the first two seasons, that wasn’t my moustache. It was a stick-on moustache (laughs mischievously). What happened was that the character Stephen Knight originally created looked completely different to how Arthur… Keep Reading

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Richard E Grant

Gustav Temple: This year marks 30 years since the release of Withnail and I. While you were filming, did you have any idea that, 30 years later, fans would still be quoting entire sequences of your dialogue and watching the film at special themed screenings? If only! The producer threatened to pull the plug half way through the first day of filming, saying we were already behind schedule and declared that he’d ripped the Bull scene from the script. All grand standing hogwash, and Bruce Robinson called his bluff and said he’d resign there and then. After which the stupid… Keep Reading

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Stephen Fry

Actor, author, director, playwright, linguaphile, polymath, son of an inventor, educated at Queens College, Cambridge, and (ye Gods) almost born American, Stephen Fry has come to represent everything that is wry, cultured, warm-hearted and grammatically correct about the British chap. For the majority of the last three decades, ever since first appearing on University Challenge, The Cellar Tapes and There’s Nothing To Worry About (later titled Alfresco) in the 1980s, Mr. Fry has been there to enunciate, entertain and educate our great nation. Picking a career highlight is tricky. There was his marvellous sketch show (co-written with fellow Cambridge Footlight… Keep Reading

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Fenella Fielding

Michael “Atters” Attree: Fame is a very extraordinary thing. You can become famous for being the bodiless voice of margarine, can’t you? Could you please tell me what to ask regarding Carry On Screaming, so I avoid a cliché question. Oh, and do you mind if I smoke? [laughs] No, I would love you to smoke! Okay! What did Harry H. Corbett smell like? I never got near enough to discover! You of course also featured in Danger man, the Prisoner and countless other delights… was Patrick McGoohan as intense off camera, too? All I can tell you is he… Keep Reading

Chris Eubank
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Chris Eubank

Gustav Temple: What for you is the definition of a gentleman? A gentleman is a person who is considerate in almost all situations and usually cloaked in dignity. Can you name an example of a perfect English gentleman, living or deceased? Leslie Phillips. And his female counterpart? Helen Mirren Does the dandy still exist in modern society? Yes, however, he or she is usually recognized as an eccentric. They want to make anyone who wants to be charismatic feel awkward, so that one backs up into conformity. Would you consider yourself to be a dandy? I simply am what I… Keep Reading

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Adam Ant

Michael “Atters” Attree: Are you experimental with your facial hair? I am now. I have attempted to in the past, but now I’ve gone for a cardigan, cherry-bun style. Do you use any facial hair accoutrements? I dye it. I use mascara. Mascara? Really? Damn. I thought that trick was a secret of my own. I didn’t think anyone else did that. Do you admire anyone with facial hair? I like D.H. Lawrence’s beard, with a roll neck. I like Royal Navy beards. I tried a Robert De Niro Deer Hunter style for a short time, but only when I… Keep Reading

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