Thank you to our friends over at ohfuckyeahcillianmurphy for sending this our way. Also, if you have any concerns about the ‘Fourth Series’ mishap in the article, our friends over at fuckyeahpeakyblinders answered a question about that recently.
For those who might want to use google translate/etc to read the article, I have typed it out below.
Peaky Blinders at the RT(radio times) Festival
Cillian Murphy is the latest star of stage and screen to commit to the Radio Times Festival. The Irish heart-throb (see p154), and star of the hit BBC drama Peaky Blinders, will appear alongside Steven Knight, the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed show, to discuss it’s third series. The pair will appear on Saturday 26 September at 8:30pm. For tickets and further information visit radiotimesfestival.com
He despairs of daytime TV but enjoys entering the Dragons’ Den
What TV do you enjoy?
I’m not a big TV watcher but I do like BBC4 for all their music documentaries and their tremendous archive footage. I used to be a fan of MasterChef but I haven’t watched it recently. I like the idea that an ordinary person off the street could be running a restaurant as a result of it.
Do you have a guilty please?
I love Dragons’ Den! I find it unbelievably bizarre, but really compelling. All these iposing men and women sitting around with piles of cash, destroying people’s dreams, with this ominous music in this bizarre warehouse.
What TV do you turn off?
I can’t watch anything during the daytime. Sometimes you’re sitting in a trailer during the day waiting to be called and if you turn on the television, you get sucked into a vortex of despair. I can’t watching television until the watershed.
What book is on your bedside table?
I’ve just finished Satin Island by Tom McCarthy. I really loved it.
What do you do to relax?
I like readong, listenign to music and playing guitar, and just being with my kids. And I like running. I’ve run a couple of half-marathons. I’m not sure whether to do a full marathon. I worry about banjaxing my knees, and I’m worried I’ve left it too late. It’s only a year until I’m 40. But we’ll see.
You’ve narrated the BBC’s natural history series, Atlantic. why were you drawn to it?
I’m really proud of the series. I’ve always loved the BBC’s nature programmes. You wonder if there’s much left to learn, but actually a lot of the Atlantic wildlife hasn’t been shot. There is some amazing footage, which I think people will be intrigued by. I have two young boys and they adore all these sorts of programmes. I was very chuffed to be asked to do this, not least because it’ll be the first programme of mine they can actually watch!
Programmes like this and your drama Peaky Blinders have been cited as a reason to keep the BBC licence fee. Do you support the campaign?
Paying our licence fee gives the viewer more power over what the BBC puts out. We are invested in stations and that’s a good way to be. And giving the BBC freedom from advertising and keeping it as independent as it can be is a good thing.
Series three airs in the autumn – will you do more after that?
I’m filming the
fourth third* in September, which is set in the mid to late 1920s, and I know after that [ writer and creator ] Steve Knight is keep for [ Cillian’s character ] Tommy to be seen as the first air-raid sirens go off for the Second World War. I would embrace that, as long as the writing stayed strong. What is changing on this side of the Pond is that we’re being given time to let characters evolve over four or five series, which wasn’t always the case before. We’re in a golden time for television.
Atlantic: the Wildest Ocean on Earth is on Thursday at 9pm on BBC2
* – correction made by Cillian Murphy Online.