Kieron Moore and Mia Mckenna-Bruce
Vampires, romance, politics and magic... no wonder fans are already obsessed with the latest adaptation of the Vampire Academy. Keen to sink his teeth into more, Tom sits down with actors Kieron Moore and Mia Mckenna-Bruce - who play Dimitri Belikov and Mia Karp - to learn about the epic fantasy world built by author Richelle Mead. They describe what it was like living and filming in Spain for 7 months, training to become vampires and wanting to make fans of the book proud. From professional boxing to your grandad pretending to be James Cameron, this one is full of many exciting plot twists...
To mark the release of the second series of the hit gang-drama, Gangs of London, Fran catches up with Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù who plays Elliot Finch in the show. Ṣọpẹ describes GoL as an "athletic ballet of violence”, but as much as his physical performance has attracted calls for him to be Daniel Craig’s successor in Bond, Ṣọpẹ is is as equally in touch with his softer side as Fran discovers his deep connection to a certain childhood animated film. Plus, they discuss some of the plot twist people in his life and why it’s important to always keep grounded.
Kevin 'KG' Garry and Sam Campbell
This week Tom meets two stars of the hilarious paramedic comedy, Bloods – Kevin 'KG' Garry and Sam Campbell – who play the duo Darryl and Darrell. Aside from acting, both are forces on the UK stand-up circuit, and in fact, Sam has just returned from Edinburgh Fringe after winning the coveted award for Best Comedy Show. And it shows. We couldn't have prepared for this interview – it's disruptive, random and full of plot twists. Expect stories about including Jane Horrocks table tennis serve, a covert alien invasion, and Timothy Spall's ability to method act as a moustache. We can't guarantee everything is true.All episode of Bloods are available to stream on NOW.
From a criminal barrister, to TV judge, presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant – Rob Rinder's career is full of plot twist moments. But as he shares with Tom, his life in TV actually started out from a hobby as a scriptwriter, inspired by giving his "jobless" actor friends something to be in. Despite his scripts being deemed as "really rubbish" by TV execs, he left an impression which would eventually change his life. And the art of negotiation continues in his new show, Rob Rinder's Interrogation Secrets – in which he takes a unique look at the battle of wits between police and suspects in some of the most disturbing US and UK criminal cases.
House of the Dragon: Eve Best & Steve Toussaint
The Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is without doubt the most eagerly anticipated release of the year. Exploring the the Targaryen reign nearly 200 years before the birth of Daenerys – Tom speak to actors Eve Best and Steve Toussaint who play power-couple Rhaenys Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon at the centre of the series. They discuss what it’s like to be one of Westeros’ only relationships based on genuine love and respect, rather than convenience. Plus, they also share some surprising career plot twist stories, and give insight into their lengthy costume process. House of the Dragon is available to stream on NOW.
Phil Rosenthal was the creator, writer, and executive producer of the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond - a show loved across the world, and synonymous of a golden age in American TV comedy. Today he's the star in something with a different flavour completely – a food-travel series called Somebody Feed Phil. But his journey to both of these gigs, was longwinded and roundabout, with a few breakdowns and terrible "grey meat" suppers along the way. Speaking with Tom and Fran, Phil shares a hilarious look back at his own life and loves (mostly food), a life-changing partnership with Ray Romano, and finding the funny in everyday interactions.
From Professor Sprout in Harry Potter, to potty-mouthed talkshow appearances, an esteemed career in theatre, and a BAFTA winning hit in The Age of Innocence (alongside Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder) – Miriam Margolyes’ career has continued to surprise and delight at every opportunity. Shortly after her 81st birthday she sat down to talk with Tom to discuss her bewilderment at her new-found popularity with the Tik Tok generation, thoughts on love, her biggest regrets, and how she’s never stop being herself.
As office manager Joan Holloway, Christina Hendricks catapulted to international fame at the centre of AMC’s Mad Men – the 60s styled ad-agency drama – alongside Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson). Speaking with Tom, Christina sheds light on what it was like to be part of a show that, seven years after its finale, continues to feature in best-of-all-time lists. They also talk about recent work in Good Girls and Tin Star, sources of inspiration, and how different Christina is from her characters in real life.
From The Office, to Extras, live stand up, sitcoms and his latest series The Outlaws – Stephen Merchant's inimitable brand of humour has permeated the best of British TV for over 20 years as a writer, director and actor. On Plot Twist, he joins Tom to speak about his comedy heroes, the "nourishment" that he finds in writing, the "untapped gold" of Karl Pilkington, and what it's been like to work alongside the likes of Christopher Walken in The Outlaws.