From Elf, to Iron Man and now the Star Wars franchise with The Mandalorian – Jon Favreau has acted in, produced and directed some of the biggest TV and film hits of the past 30 years. Speaking with Tom shortly after his star being added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he shares the biggest plot twist moments of his career, including stories about working with Pedro Pascal and Robert Downey Jr.
David Earl01:05:25Actor, comedian and former gardener, David Earl, joins us on the show this week! Tom has been a huge fan of David’s work since he first developed his stand-up comedy character ‘Brian Gittens’ - his dry humour and unique randomness has captured the attention of many across the country, including Ricky Gervais himself. After a career change, David appeared in hit shows such as ‘Derek’, 'Afterlife’ and recently released his first feature film ‘Brian and Charlie’ which picked him up an award at the Sundance festival. This episode is full of laughs, unique perspectives and AI generated robot love.
Omid Djalili52:00The Queen’s last laugh, defeating Robokeeper, being grabbed in the nether regions by Oliver Reed, and becoming a favourite of Whoopi Goldberg… these are just some of the topics covered in this week’s Plot Twist with comedian and actor Omid Djalili. Discussing an incredible career that’s taken him from the British comedy circuit to Hollywood (in titles including Gladiator and The Mummy), Omid shares the sliding door moments that have peppered his life so far – including why he’s now chosen to use his platform to talk about human rights in Iran.
Laura Whitmore53:06From being thrown in at the deep end as the face of MTV, to working on huge series including Love Island and I’m A Celebrity – Laura Whitmore’s life has been full of plot twist moments that have led her to become the much-loved presenter she is today. Talking to Tom she explains how she actually started out as a journalist in a newsroom, and it was only after a chance opportunity that everything changed. Bringing things up to date, Laura also shares what life feels like after Love Island, and why she’s as excited as ever to be exploring new projects on her own terms – ranging from true crime, to documentaries, and a new Sunday morning chat show.
Natalia Tena47:10From About A Boy, to Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Mandalorian and now John Wick: Chapter 4 – Natalia Tena has proven herself as an actor with an immense range, loved by directors and superfans alike. Talking with Tom she explains how getting caught smoking at school, and falling in love at an audition in her twenties, contributed to her unexpected journey into the film world. Plus they discuss her latest role as Katia, the deadly matriarch in the latest instalment of the John Wick franchise, opposite Keanu Reeves.
Zach Braff32:47You might have first met him in the early naughties sitcom Scrubs as the lovable “JD” alongside Donald Faison’s “Turk", but today actor Zach Braff continues to gain esteem behind the lens as respected writer and filmmaker too. Meeting with Tom on the launch of his new film A Good Person – he explains the personal inspiration for the story which was brought to life by Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman in characters that find an unexpected kinship in the face of tragedy. Zach also shares Plot Twist moments from throughout his career ranging from his high school beginnings, to directing “gruff" Harrison Ford, and funny tales of a certain beloved taxidermy dog.
Jack Rowan34:2180s Spain, South-London gangsters and the crazy things you do for love – it’s all to come in week’s Plot Twist as Tom is joined by Jack Rowan, the star of a new series called A Town Called Malice (available on Sky and NOW). Whilst you might know Jack from roles in Peaky Blinders and Noughts + Crosses, he shares the plot twist moment in his career that took him from the boxing ring to our screens – and explains his excitement at entering a show dubbed as a "high-octane, neon Western... a musical love letter to the 1980s."
Gemma Arterton26:43From Quantum of Solace, to St. Trinian's and Clash of the Titans, Gemma Arterton has seen huge success on the big screen. But aside from being in front of the camera, Gemma is increasingly focussed on the process of making of TV and film from all angles. As well as acting, she's also producing, writing, and now running her own production company, allowing her to champion the stories she wants to tell – including her latest series Funny Woman – recently released on NOW and Sky. As she explains to Tom, learning to take control of her own journey came as a plot twist moment, and it's an interesting parallel with her character Barbara Parker, who find herself on a mission to make a mark in the world of show-business in the height of the swinging 60s.
Kieron Moore and Mia Mckenna-Bruce43:01Vampires, 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...