Chain Reaction is a simple idea for a highly entertaining series: Dispensing with the formality of a regular host, last week’s interviewee become this week’s interviewer instead. It is tag-team interviewing with some of the brightest stars of the entertainment field.
Chain Reaction gives the audience two entertainers for the price of one on a series that is spontaneous, revealing and very funny.
Recorded in front of an audience, the 6 part series has some big name stars from the world of entertainment interviewing others whose work they appreciate and admire.
The interviews focused on the life, career and the passions of the interviewee but often proved to be as revealing about the interviewer. Each interviewer has a different style and each pairing has its own unique rapport; a simple idea for a highly entertaining series.
Programme 1 of 6
Jo Brand turns host and quizzes Barry Cryer about his long and successful comedy career as a performer and a writer for the likes of Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Bob Hope, The Two Ronnies and Morecambe & Wise...
Programme 2 of 6
The talk show with a twist continues with last weeks' guest Barry Cryer grabbing the microphone to interview his chosen guest Mark Thomas. Barry asks Mark about growing up with a thatcherite dad, becoming a political activist and his first love, stand up.
Programme 3 of 6
The tag-team talk show continues with last week’s guest Mark Thomas interviewing his comedy hero Alexei Sayle.
Alexei tells mark about his communist childhood (‘we thought Lenin came down the chimney at Christmas…’), his stand up and his self-sabotaging career moves.
Programme 4 of 6
The talk show with a twistcontinues with last weeks' guest Alexei Sayle interviewing Lenny Henry. Alexei asks Lenny about first meeting Alexei, about the time Alexei introduced him to dawn and Alexei breaking America … all the while drawing out an unusually candid interview from Lenny.
Programme 5 of 6
Another chance to hear the talk show with twist with last week’s guest Lenny Henry interviewing one of his favourite comedy performers Bill Bailey.
Programme 6 of 6
The last in the series of the tag-team talk show. Last weeks' guest Bill Bailey now takes charge of the microphone and asks Simon Pegg about Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and his burgeoning Hollywood career.
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