Interview: BJ Novak

Interview: BJ Novak

Steve Martin has done it, so has Madonna. Even John Lithgow and Whoopi Goldberg have had a go. Famous folk have frequently found a sideline in children’s books, and as much as BJ Novak is having fun with The Book With No Pictures, he recognises the eyeroll aspect of...
Interview: Beau Willimon

Interview: Beau Willimon

In the deeply competitive, ever-changing world of television drama, there is no one route in, but Beau Willimon avoided the obvious options of media production, or interning. The 36-year-old is currently one of the youngest showrunners (an umbrella term for a role...
Interview: Sharon Horgan

Interview: Sharon Horgan

‘These days female comedy sells, and people want to watch it’ –  In the old days there was ‘French and Saunders’. Now there’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, not to mention Horgan herself, with ‘Psychobitches’ and ‘Catastrophe’. Does comedy need quotas? In 2006 the TV...

Interview: Will Arnett

  When interviewing comic actors, there is an expected protocol: you wonder how long before the first of many jokes lands, but Will Arnett may take the record with ten seconds in. When the publicist points out that I’m from the Irish Times, he quips that he’s...

Interview: Jimmy McGovern

On the day I’m supposed to interview Jimmy McGovern, he has to postpone. The writer is attending a funeral for a man who lost a child in the Hillsborough disaster. Despite his long years in television making acclaimed dramas like Cracker, The Lakes and Dockers, the...

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