Series 25, Episode 1 - Sally Field, Bill Pullman, Keeley Hawes, Matt Lucas, The Lumineers
Sally Field, talking about appearing on the London stage for the first time in All My Sons, says: "The Old Vic was part of the attraction. Most of my career has been in the TV and motion picture industry in Los Angeles and I always had this romantic image of all those fabulous legendary British actors that came out of the theatre. In this part of my life I get to explore all those things I didn't when I was young."
Reminiscing about Mrs Doubtfire, which was made 25 years ago, she says, "It was insane and a lot of fun keeping up with Robin [Williams] and playing his straight man. We would do one, two or maybe three takes and the rest of the time Robin just did his own thing. He would spend ages playing around with different things, but ultimately we came back to the original takes."
Bill Pullman, who stars alongside her in All My Sons, recalls hearing about The Old Vic for the first time, "I remember watching Anthony Hopkins being interviewed about his demonic character in Silence Of The Lambs and, when asked what the closest he had ever been to hell, he said, 'Playing the Old Vic matinee on a rainy afternoon.' I still wanted to try it!"
Talking about always playing 'the other guy' in his early romantic comedies, he says, "There was a long period where I just didn't get the girl. Over the last couple of years people have looked again at my character in Sleepless In Seattle and begun to think that Meg Ryan made a mistake and it shouldn't have been Tom Hanks, but Walter. I had to agree!"
Keeley Hawes, talking about the success of Bodyguard and her three recent BAFTA nominations, says: "It is so nice and such a surprise. It's so flattering and really lovely."
On having so much attention currently, she says, "When you're 43 it's a bit weird - you've in in the business for so long and suddenly you're 'hot'. It's an interesting thing."
Talking about her inspiration for her role of Home Secretary, she says, "I watched Amber Rudd a lot for research. I actually bumped into her in a restaurant and she told me she really enjoyed the show. She did ask me if I was really dead!"
Asked about her new BBC series Summer Of Rockets, and giving very little away, she says, "It's very tricky to talk about it because everyone has a secret."
Matt Lucas, talking about living in Los Angeles, says, "People recognise me there because of Doctor Who but also for Bridesmaids, but they think I am Rebel Wilson! It's a bit weird, but they do, or they think we are brother and sister, husband and wife, the same person, or all three!"
On returning to Les Misérables in concert performances, he says, "It is my dream job. Usually I wouldn't go back to something again, but I just love this show. It's a nice show and a nice bunch of people so it's nice to go back and rejoin the family."
In a TV exclusive, The Lumineers perform Gloria live in the studio, before joining Graham for a chat about their upcoming album and tour.
- Friday 5th April 2019
- BBC One
- 50 minutes
Cast & crew
|Graham Norton||Host / Presenter|
|Jon Magnusson||Series Producer|
|Graham Stuart||Executive Producer|
|Chris Webster||Production Designer|
|Jonathan Whitehead (as Trellis)||Composer|