Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction is a simple idea for a highly entertaining series.

A well-known figure from the entertainment industry begins the series interviewing the person of their choice.

The following week the interviewee becomes interviewer and chats to their chosen guest.

And so on and so on.

Recorded in front of an audience, this six part series has some big name stars from the world of entertainment interviewing others whose work they appreciate and admire.

Each interviewer in the series brings their own individual style to the flavour of the show and each pairing has its own unique rapport.

The interviews will focus on the life, career and the passions of the interviewee, often proving to be as revealing about the interviewer.

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0101Jenny Eclair Interviews Jimmy Carr2004123020050419
20090524 (BBC7)
20090531 (BBC7)

Chain Reaction is a simple idea for a highly entertaining series.

A well-known figure from the entertainment industry begins the series interviewing the person of their choice.

The following week the interviewee becomes interviewer and chats to their chosen guest.

And so on and so on.

Recorded in front of an audience, this six part series has some big name stars from the world of entertainment interviewing others whose work they appreciate and admire.

Each interviewer in the series brings their own individual style to the flavour of the show and each pairing has its own unique rapport.

The interviews will focus on the life, career and the passions of the interviewee, often proving to be as revealing about the interviewer.The feisty comedienne interviews the deadpan funny man in the tag talk show.

The feisty comedienne and the deadpan funny man in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is next week's interviewer.

The feisty comedienne and the deadpan funny man in the tag talk show.

This week, acerbic wit Jenny Eclair interviews prolific gag merchant, Jimmy Carr

0102Jimmy Carr Interviews Matt Lucas2005010620050426

Jimmy Carr talks to Matt Lucas about Shooting Stars, Little Britain and his ambition to open a chocolate shop.

0103Matt Lucas Interviews Johnny Vegas2005011320050503
20090607 (BBC7)

Matt Lucas talks to Johnny Vegas about working in Argos and how he found fame and fortune.

The 'Little Britain' star and the up front comedian in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is next week's interviewer.

The 'Little Britain' star and the up front comedian in the tag talk show.

0104Johnny Vegas Interviews Stewart Lee2005012020050510
20090614 (BBC7)

One up front and opinionated comedian interviews another in the tag talk show.

Johnny Vegas talks to Stewart Lee on such diverse subjects as Jerry Springer the Opera and being the most middle-class person in Britain.

0105Stewart Lee Interviews Alan Moore2005012720050517
20090621 (BBC7)

Comedian Stuart Lee asks comic book writer Alan Moore about Batman, Jack the Ripper and having his comics turned into films.

Three bits cut from the final programme for reasons of time were available on-line.

The dry comedian and the acclaimed comic-book writer in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is next week's interviewer.

The dry comedian interviews the acclaimed comic-book writer in the tag talk show.

0105Stewart Lee To Alan Moore - Extra 1

When Stewart Was A Cyberman.

0105Stewart Lee To Alan Moore - Extra 2

Alan traces the origins of the Superman mythos.

0105Stewart Lee To Alan Moore - Extra 3

Why Alan thinks The Killing Joke is not amongst his best work.

0106 LASTAlan Moore Interviews Brian Eno2005020320050524
20090628 (BBC7)

Comic book writer Alan Moore talks to composer, musician and producer Brian Eno.

Brian talks about leaving Roxy Music, working with Bowie and the advantages of a giant man-eating spider.

The acclaimed writer and the influential musician in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is the next interviewer.

The acclaimed writer and the influential musician in the tag talk show.

0201Jo Brand Interviews Barry Cryer2006021520070802
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20090118 (BBC7)
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20090524 (BBC7)
20100611 (BBC7)

The feisty comedienne and veteran comic in the tag talk show.

From December 2004.

The feisty comedienne and veteran comic in the tag talk show, where the guest is next week's interviewer.

Comedian Jo in conversation with the ever-popular writer and comedian Barry Cryer.

The razor sharp comedienne and the veteran funny man in the tag talk show.

0202Barry Cryer Interviews Mark Thomas2006022220070809
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The veteran comic and sharp comedian in the tag talk show.

From January 2005.

The veteran comic and sharp comedian in the tag talk show, where the guest is next week's interviewer.

The relay-race style interview series continues as comic veteran Barry Cryer talks to bad boy Mark Thomas.

The veteran funny man and the tough-talking comedian in the tag talk show.

0203Mark Thomas Interviews Alexei Sayle2006030120070816
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One tough-talking comedian chats to another in the tag talk show.

Mark Thomas talks to Alexei Sayle about his 'car-crash career'.

0204Alexei Sayle Interviews Lenny Henry2006030820070823
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One feisty comedian grills another in the tag talk show.

One feisty comedian grills another in the tag talk show, where the guest is next week's interviewer.

From January 2005.

'Stuff' and nonsense as Alexei Sayle picks up the interview baton and tackles Lenny Henry with some probing questions.

0205Lenny Henry Interviews Bill Bailey2006031520070830
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One feisty stand-up comedian grills another in the tag talk show.

From January 2005.

One feisty comedian grills another in the tag talk show where the guest is the next programme's interviewer.

One feisty stand-up comedian grills another in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is next week's interviewer.

Lenny picks up the interview baton and asks Bill some probing questions.

Lenny interviews fellow comedian Bill about his journey from lounge pianist to comedy's answer to Jimi Hendrix.

0206 LASTBill Bailey Interviews Simon Pegg2006032220070906
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One feisty funny man grills another in the tag talk show.

One feisty funny man grills another in the tag talk show, where the guest is the next interviewer.

From February 2005.

One feisty stand-up comedian grills another in the tag talk show.

One feisty stand-up comedian grills another in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is the next episode's interviewer.

The baton is passed on again as Bill Bailey takes up the mantle of interviewer and talks to Simon Pegg.

The baton is passed on once more as Bill takes up the mantle of interviewer and talks to Simon.

0302Clive Anderson Interviews John Lloyd2007011720090501
20090823 (BBC7)
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The comedian and the presenter get chatting in the tag talk show.

The comedian and the presenter get chatting in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is next week's interviewer.

Series in which public figures choose others to interview.

The previous week's guest Clive Anderson grabs the microphone to interview his selected guest, John Lloyd, the man responsible for programmes such as Not the Nine O'Clock News, Blackadder, Spitting Image and QI.

Clive asks John about co-writing and falling out with Douglas Adams and the key to creating great comedy.

Clive Anderson asks John Lloyd about co-writing and falling out with Douglas Adams.

0303John Lloyd Interviews Phill Jupitus2007012420090508
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The producer and comedian get chatting in the tag talk show.

The producer and comedian get chatting in the tag talk show, where this week's guest is next week's interviewer.

Series in which public figures choose others to interview.

The previous week's guest John Lloyd grabs the microphone to interview his guest Phill Jupitus, comedian, radio presenter and Never Mind the Buzzcocks team captain.

0304Phill Jupitus Interviews John Hegley2007013120090515
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The comedian and comic poet get chatting in the tag talk show, where one week's guest is the following week's interviewer.

The comedian and comic poet get chatting in the tag talk show.

Phill Jupitus talks to fellow poet and comedian John Hegley

0305John Hegley Interviews Jack Dee2007020720090522
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The comic poet and comedian get chatting in the tag talk show.

The comic poet and comedian get chatting in the tag talk show, where one week's guest is the following week's interviewer.

The tag team talk show continues with previous week's guest John Hegley grabbing the microphone to interview comedian Jack Dee.

John Hegley grabs the microphone to interview comedian Jack Dee.

The tag team talk show continues with previous week's guest John Hegley grabbing the microphone to interview the comedian Jack Dee

04TRAILCatherine Tate And david Tennant
0505Alistair Mcgowan Interviews Alistair Mcgowan20090930

Chat show in which the one week's interviewee becomes the following week's interviewer.

Alastair Campbell interviews impressionist, comedian and actor Alistair McGowan.

0701Rhys Thomas And Simon Day2011072920110730
20110805 (BBC7)

Rhys Thomas interviews Simon Day.

Chain Reaction is Radio 4's tag-team interview show.

Each week, a figure from the world of entertainment chooses another to interview; the next week, the interviewee turns interviewer, and they in turn pass the baton on to someone else - creating a 'chain' throughout the series.

This seventh series starts with Rhys Thomas - perhaps better-known to the Radio 4 audience as Gary Bellamy, host of Down The Line - interviewing the actor Simon Day.

They have worked together since The Fast Show, when Simon was an established member of the team, and Rhys was a supporting cast member; Simon also appeared in the sitcom Swiss Toni, which Rhys co-wrote, and provides voices for Down The Line.

But Simon, sixteen years older than Rhys, came to prominence in a very different comedy culture to Rhys.

He also came from a live background, as opposed to Rhys's first break working as a runner on Shooting Stars; he also waited until this year to have his own show (Radio 4's The Simon Day Show), whereas Rhys had written two series of his own sitcom by the age of 21.

All these differences, and all this common ground, makes for an absorbing and hilarious interview.

They have worked together since The Fast Show, when Simon was an established member of the team, and Rhys was a supporting cast member; Simon also provides voices for Down The Line.

The interview takes in Simon's early life, including chronic bed-wetting and a spell in borstal; his discovery by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, who may or may not have given him a name for his most famous character; an unsuccessful stand-up tour; and what he'd like Stephen Fry to Tweet about him.

0801Jeremy Front Talks To Rebecca Front2012072720120728
20120730 (BBC7)
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Rebecca Front is interviewed by the man who knows her best, her big brother Jeremy Front.

Producer - Carl Cooper

"I have a very strong childhood memory of you playing the flute in a concert and falling off stage into a box of fezes."

The Chain starts with star of The Thick Of It, Grandma's House, The Day Today and most other comedies of note over the past twenty years, Rebecca Front, speaking to the man who knows her best, her writing partner and big brother Jeremy Front.

They cover childhood teasing and being a woman in comedy, reveal how a cough scuppered Rebecca's chances of working with Mike Leigh and end with Jeremy attempting to maker her re-live an amusing childhood trauma.

"I've heard all the anecdotes so I'll probably just read a book."

The chain continues with:

Rebecca Front talking to her Thick Of It co-star and fellow non-nudist, Chris Addison, about working with Armando Iannucci and embracing his middle-classness through stand-up;

Chris Addison in a rare interview with the actually-really-nice-and-he-doesn't-do-any-of-that-weird-stuff-in-real-life, Derren Brown;

Derren Brown chatting hair, beliefs and Tim Minchin with comedy musical megastar and fellow sceptic Tim Minchin;

A poorly Tim Minchin being handed tissues whilst attempting to interview with no questions a not-at-all-poorly and hilarious Caitlin Moran.

Caitlin Moran getting to spend time and talk shoes, Bananarama and women with her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

And...

Jennifer Saunders turning up a week later to find the series has ended. Probably. We weren't there because the series had ended.

0802Rebecca Front Talks To Chris Addison2012080320120804
20120806 (BBC7)
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20120808 (BBC7)

Rebecca Front talks to her Thick Of It co-star and fellow non-nudist Chris Addison.

Rebecca Front talks to her Thick Of It co-star and fellow Nude-a-phobe, comedian Chris Addison about working with Armando Iannucci and embracing his middle-classness through stand-up

Producer - Carl Cooper

"In an unclothed state I look like a child has done a collage with some Twiglets".

Chris Addison

Other episodes in the chain include:

Rebecca Front being interviewed by the man who knows her best, her big brother, Jeremy Front.

Chris Addison in a rare interview with the actually-really-nice-and-he-doesn't-do-any-of-that-weird-stuff-in-real-life, Derren Brown;

Derren Brown chatting hair, beliefs and Tim Minchin with comedy musical megastar and fellow sceptic Tim Minchin;

A poorly Tim Minchin being handed tissues whilst attempting to interview with no questions a not-at-all-poorly and hilarious Caitlin Moran.

Caitlin Moran getting to spend time and talk shoes, Bananarama and women with her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

And.

Jennifer Saunders turning up a week later to find the series has ended. Probably. We weren't there because the series had ended.

0803Chris Addison Talks To Derren Brown2012081020120811
20120813 (BBC7)
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Comedian Chris Addison gets the rare chance to interview the amazing Derren Brown.

Comedian Chris Addison gets the rare chance to talk to the amazing Derren Brown about magic, comedy, art, faith and Hitler.

Comedy interview series.

Producer - Carl Cooper

Episodes in the chain include:

Rebecca Front being interviewed by the man who knows her best, her big brother, Jeremy Front.

Rebecca Front talking to her Thick Of It co-star and fellow non-nudist, Chris Addison, about working with Armando Iannucci and embracing his middle-classness through stand-up;

Chris Addison in a rare interview with the actually-really-nice-and-he-doesn't-do-any-of-that-weird-stuff-in-real-life, Derren Brown;

Derren Brown chatting hair, beliefs and Tim Minchin with comedy musical megastar and fellow sceptic Tim Minchin;

A poorly Tim Minchin being handed tissues whilst attempting to interview with no questions a not-at-all-poorly and hilarious Caitlin Moran.

Caitlin Moran getting to spend time and talk shoes, Bananarama and women with her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

And.

Jennifer Saunders turning up a week later to find the series has ended. Probably. We weren't there because the series had ended.

0804Derren Brown Talks To Tim Minchin2012081720120818
20120820 (BBC7)
20120821 (BBC7)
20120822 (BBC7)

Derren Brown gets inside the mind of musical wizard and fellow sceptic, Tim Minchin.

Last week's interviewee, Illusionist Derren Brown, dispenses with the trickery and gets inside the mind of Tim Minchin by cleverly asking him some questions then listening to the answers. They talk beliefs, magic, music and Minchin.

Producer - Carl Cooper

The chain continues with:

A poorly Tim Minchin being handed tissues whilst attempting to interview with no questions and no voice, the hilarious Caitlin Moran.

Caitlin Moran getting to spend time and talk shoes, Bananarama and women with her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

And.

Jennifer Saunders turning up a week later to find the series has ended. Probably. We weren't there because the series had ended.

0805Tim Minchin Talks To Caitlin Moran2012082420120825
20120827 (BBC7)
20120828 (BBC7)
20120829 (BBC7)

Comedian and musician Tim Minchin interviews journalist and author Caitlin Moran.

Comedian and musician Tim Minchin is not well but still has a great time putting the world to rights in his attempt to interview journalist and author, Caitlin Moran, despite having no questions and no voice.

Producer - Carl Cooper

Episodes in the chain include:

Rebecca Front being interviewed by the man who knows her best, her big brother, Jeremy Front.

Rebecca Front talking to her Thick Of It co-star and fellow non-nudist, Chris Addison, about working with Armando Iannucci and embracing his middle-classness through stand-up;

Chris Addison in a rare interview with the actually-really-nice-and-he-doesn't-do-any-of-that-weird-stuff-in-real-life, Derren Brown;

Derren Brown chatting hair, beliefs and Tim Minchin with comedy musical megastar and fellow sceptic Tim Minchin;

A poorly Tim Minchin being handed tissues whilst attempting to interview with no questions a not-at-all-poorly and hilarious Caitlin Moran.

Caitlin Moran getting to spend time and talk shoes, Bananarama and women with her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

And.

Jennifer Saunders turning up a week later to find the series has ended. Probably. We weren't there because the series had ended.

0806 LASTCaitlin Moran Talks To Jennifer Saunders2012083120120901
20120903 (BBC7)
20120904 (BBC7)
20120905 (BBC7)

Journalist and author Caitlin Moran interviews her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

Last week's interviewee, Caitlin Moran returns to interview her comedy hero, Jennifer Saunders. They talk shoes, Bananarama and women in comedy. Last in the series.

Producer.... Carl Cooper

Previous episodes in the chain were:

Rebecca Front being interviewed by the man who knows her best, her big brother, Jeremy Front.

Rebecca Front talking to her Thick Of It co-star and fellow non-nudist, Chris Addison.

Chris Addison in a rare interview with the actually-really-nice-and-he-doesn't-do-any-of-that-weird-stuff-in-real-life, Derren Brown;

Derren Brown chatting hair, beliefs and Tim Minchin with comedy musical megastar and fellow sceptic Tim Minchin;

A poorly Tim Minchin being handed tissues whilst attempting to interview with no questions a not-at-all-poorly and hilarious Caitlin Moran.

Caitlin Moran getting to spend time with her comedy hero Jennifer Saunders.

And.

Jennifer Saunders turning up a week later to find the series has ended. Probably. We weren't there because the series had ended.