Phil Rosenthal wasthecreator, 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 ofChristopher Walken in The Outlaws.
Indira Varma’s credits read like a bucket list – from Game of Thrones, to Luther, the Star Wars franchise, and even an Olivier Award for her work in the theatre – there’s not much she hasn’t conquered. Speaking with Tom, she shares the plot twists that have driven her career from an unusual start in the (slightly risqué) film Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love, to landing her most famous role as Ellaria Sand by chance, and the joy of working with stormtroopers and lightsabers in the hotly anticipated new Obi-Wan Kenobi TV series.
As CIA counter-terrorism boss David Estes in Homeland, and the Martian Manhunter in DC’s Super Girl, David Harewood is an actor known for characters that ooze strength and confidence. But off-screen David is a true thespian and – as he explains to Tom – has lived a life of twists and turns that he channels into his work. He touches on growing up in Birmingham with racism in the air, being down to his last £80 (twenty years into his career) before getting his big American break, and the pivotal moment where he suffered a serious psychotic breakdown.This episode contains explicit language, discussion of racism, and mental illness.
Since his iconic role as Grant Mitchell in Eastenders 20 years ago, Ross Kemp's career has taken many unexpected turns. He explains how a chance opportunity to meet an American gang leader sparked a whole new career as a documentary journalist – visiting some of the world’s most dangerous places from war-zones, to drug factories, pirate waters and high security prisons. Speaking with Tom and Fran, he explains why he feels compelled to tell the stories of people living on the darkest edges of society – and the perspective it’s given to his own life (“...a Porsche and swimming pool at home are meaningless when rounds are zipping past your head”). Plus he shares news of his latest adventure, Ross Kemp: Shipwreck Treasure Hunter, coming soon to NOW.
Lockdown hero Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) won world's hearts with 'PE with Joe' by inspiring millions to get active and feel good. But through YouTube, social media and a lot of hard graft, his route to our screens has been somewhat unconventional. Tom and Fran meet him to hear how he got there and what drives his unrelenting ambition to continue to help others.
From her catchphrase-famous role in Game of Thrones (“Shame!”), to a longstanding career in the West End, and more recently as football club owner Rebecca Walton in Ted Lasso – there are a lot of reasons to love Hannah Waddingham. Speaking with Tom and Fran the actress explains what it was like to grow up in and around the stage, before herself making a transition from musical theatre to TV. She also shares how success has hit her at unexpected moments, and a life changing decision that nearly changed everything whilst on the other side of the world.All series of Game of Thrones are available to watch on NOW.