Matt Baker and Michelle Ackerley are joined by Simon Callow and Simon Bird, who discuss their new play The Philanthropist.
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Hello and welcome to the one Show with Matt Baker
We are joined by two of the stars of the biggest British comedy films.
Please welcome Simon Callow and Simon Bird. CHEERING
It's pretty impressive. Interestingly, Four Weddings And A
Funeral held the record for highest grossing independent British comedy
but it has been overtaken by The Inbetweeners Movie. Will things be
OK tonight? Have you had this conversation? It's the first time
it's been pointed out! This is very awkward now! Four Weddings will win
tonight because we happen to have a film made about Four Weddings,
presented by none other than Duckface herself, Anna Chancellor.
Looking forward to that. We are feeling the joys of spring, it's
been a lovely day and we know there are plenty of you out there as well.
This is a little photo from the farm in Durham. They are adorable! To
keep as in this mood, we thought Simon Callow, would you like to read
a spring poem? I would love to! The spring is sprung,
the grass is riz. APPLAUSE
I think it is by Spike Milligan, he read it better than I did. And we
will be using your dulcet tones later. Make sure you send us those
springlike pictures and we were look at them at the end of the show.
Something that had you contacting us in your droves recently was our
story about monthly bin collections. The aim of monthly collections is to
make us risk by -- recycle more so it might surprise you to find out
that one of the most popular pieces of food packaging that we send off
for recycling ends up going straight in the ground. Obviously, fresh is
best but sometimes to be quick and convenient, is to come to a ready
meal. You might think as it's made of plastic, the trade it comes them
can always be recycled. But it can't. So it all comes down to eight
colourant in trays like this. Recycling machinery uses infrared
detectors to select the plastic to be recycled. This colour makes this
plastic invisible so trays like this go to waste. Currently 1.3 billion
black plastic food trays are needlessly sent to landfill or
incineration each year, frustrating for keen recyclers like me and
confusing. So how many of us actually know what can be recycled
and what kind? To find out, I've joined packaging expert to put
customers at this cafe in Rochester, Kent, to the test. Are you ready?
Lives off, go. What do you think? First, aluminium. Yes. You all got
this right, aluminium can be recycled forever. Clea bendy
plastic. How about red plastic? This will be picked out for
recyclability. The black plastic tray finally. Yes. You go to the
bottom of the class, this causes real problems in the recycle
industry. But it doesn't have to do. Scientists have come up with a new
kind of black tray which could be recycled. Saving the taxpayer
billions of pounds a year in disposable costs. But no one is
using it. Nobody wants to go first. The guys at the recycling plant, do
they make the investment, the packaging designers? Do the local
authorities change what they do? It seems the stand-off is getting a way
of common sense here at the One Show, we want to do something about
it. We are bringing everyone together from supermarkets to
Council to recycling companies. We are meeting at a recycling plant in
Rochester where they have trialled a system that can pick out the new
black plastic trays. First, Martin will show us how it works. For the
plastic to be identified as being recyclable, an infrared beam which
shows up as a greenish blob needs to shine through it. I pass through our
standard black plastic tray, you can see we are losing infrared and this
plastic will not be sorted or identified. What if you try a bit of
your plastic? In this case, the beam passes through the plastic so it
will be sorted and identify correctly. So simple. Sarah who
works for the recycling company shows us how the technology works in
practice. We are going to take some of these old-style trays and put
them on the conveyor belt. We should seek black plastic trays come out,
if they haven't been picked up in the process. We can see them. These
would eventually be sent for incineration or landfill. Next, the
new ones. You can see the thing that belt where the new black plastic
trays will be picked out if they've got through. There they go. So we
know it works. But recycling plants would have to tweak machinery and
supermarkets need to start using the new black trays. Ian Ferguson is
from the Co-op. Your brand is known for its planet friendliness. Why are
you not already doing this? We have an ambition to make it easier to
recycle all of our packaging. This would be a major step forward but we
need all the other sorting facilities to adopt this technology
before we start to put it into place. If you take the plunge and do
it, they will have to follow. We can't do it before they tell us. The
recycling plants won't make that change before the supermarkets use
the new trays. What about the councils? Joanna Dixon is from
Medway Council. Do you like that technology? It's fantastic, to see
these developments in Medway is brilliant. When will you sign up and
make that your recycling default? It will be to give us because we are
locked into a contract. We need our technology to catch up and
thankfully, these guys have shown the potential to do that. You need
your recycler to switch to this system? We need the manufacturers to
make the trays have the special content. Disappointed face! I need
to her commitment! The will is here but it's a case of who goes first.
The changes will cost less than a tenth of a cost of a penny per tray.
STUDIO: That will come as a big surprise to a lot of people. 1.3
billion is a huge figure. Quite confusing because the packaging for
these trays saying it is recyclable but most local authorities can't
recycle them. Yes, so the waste action resources programme is
charged with turning the local authorities and giving clear
guidance which is no mean feat because there are nearly 400
different recycling schemes across the UK. Last week, they came out
with their annual advice and they updated it and said, local
authorities should regard these trays as not recyclable. I've spoken
to a few people in the industry and they are a bit disappointed because
they think they are on the brink of change, especially if the retailers
and manufacturers take it on. Technically they can do it and now
we need the manufacturers to push it forward. I suppose that might mean
in a couple of years, householders are getting a different advice from
their local authorities which is confusing. You brought some
recycling in. I am intrigued! Which one do you want to start with? This
is stuff we are sending to be recycled but actually it can't be.
Yes, let's start with a pizza box. To all intents and purposes,
corrugated cardboard, except... Look at that disgusting Greece. This
Greece refuses to the paper fibre and when they try to pulp it, they
can't separate them. You could rip off the nice clean bit possibly but
overall because of the grease, it's the no. These little packets,
laminated pouches, difficult to recycle because they have different
plastics fused together. These used to be my bugbear, cleaning products
with this trigger gun which used to be all different plastics and you
can recycle them. Could possibly recycle this but who would separate
them? They've taken the metal bits out, most manufacturers so these can
be recycled. Soap dispensers. I hope this is all going in! These still
have the metal bits inside them so they can't be. Manufacturers, do
better! How good are you both with recycling? Is this a terribly boring
subject? They are transfixed! I'm very passionate about it. People
should do it. This is appalling. I'm appalled. Good, that the emotion I
want! Thank you for raising awareness. As we mentioned, Simon
Callow starred in one of the biggest British comedies of all time, Four
Weddings And A Funeral. This is another of its stars reminiscing
over the movie, a start we fondly remember as Duckface.
The summer of 1994 changed British similar forever. -- cinema. Despite
the fact its producers were convinced it would flop, much like
its leading man's air. The film went on to receive Academy Awards
nominations, launched the cast into stardom and would define a genre for
a generation. That film was of course Four Weddings And A Funeral
in which I played Henrietta, the girlfriend from hell, otherwise
known as Duckface. The film is about a group of friends who meet and keep
meeting, told through the eyes of the bumbling Brit Charles who
becomes a obsessed with the sassy American Carrie. Quite out of your
league! That's a relief. The selling point was casting big-money
Hollywood actress Andie MacDowell. They spent the rest of the cast
comprised of relatively unknown actors including its leading man
Hugh Grant. As shown in this behind the scenes clips. This is a really
good guy, handsome and talented and he is called... Hugh Grant! For me,
Four Weddings was a real life changer, enabled me to have a career
as a regular working actress. People say to me, isn't it awful being
called Duckface and I say no, because I love ducks and I have a
pet one! How is Duckface? Good form, not too mad. Charles and his friends
tried to find true love. But the course of true love never did run
smooth and nor did the production team choosing the film's name.
Duncan Kenworthy was the producer. Suggested titles are, Loitering In
Sacred Places, Skulking Around, True Love And Near Misses, Rolling In The
Aisles. Richard Curtis gave me the script he had written and he openly
said he had written it because he looked at his diary and realised in
the previous two years, he'd been to 56 weddings of his friends. Who is
it today? We didn't have enough time for what we were attempting to do.
Anything we could do to cut corners and the final sequence which was
never scripted... The reason for this being me is because I did it
for nothing! To save money, the team used the same extras in the various
weddings, even enlisting help from current Home Secretary Amber Rudd
who used her social circle to provide more extras. The film was an
international success, earning over ?200 million worldwide, making it at
the time the highest earning British film ever made. Part of the other
was shot out side the BFI on London's Southbank where I agreed to
meet a film critic. It created a whole new John Reel for romcom is.
Characters you don't expect to see in a film, like a deaf character.
He says that's a beautiful place, hilly. Would you say he turned
stereotypes around? Yes, Hugh Grant playing the shy, nervous, prim and
proper character and she is the more worldly character which is the
opposite of what a traditional romantic comedy would be. Before
rich and I settled down to watch the film, the One Show team had a
surprise message for David Bauer, while on tour with his theatre group
in Italy. That's a beautiful message and
something to be proud of. I think is right, it is something to be really
proud of and it's so lovely to see him again. I love the opening. I
love it because it established it as a film you would immediately
identify with, they are always running late. I'm immensely proud of
being part of Four Weddings. A film that shows a low-budget,
unconventional, very British romantic comedy can be a worldwide
hit. Such a good movie. And thank you
Anna Chancellor for making that film. I was interested that it was
such a low budget. Do you have memories of what it was like to work
on a shoestring. Yes, it was shot in 36 days. Six 16 weeks. A very short
amount of time for the locations for the budget was so low they could not
afford separate cars to take us to these locations. So one car, one
large car would go round the whole of the outer London suburbs picking
up the cast. You had to pull straws to find out who would get picked up
by four o'clock in the morning! By the time you got to set you were
exhausted. So they could not afford to take us back and when you've
finished your steam you would sit around waiting to midnight! The
result of that was with all side around together having a wonderful
time and drinking a lot of excellent white wine as I remember! It was a
delightful film to make. And one of those extraordinary things, the
chemistry of the cast, in the end, the film is wonderfully directed and
superbly written but the real bonus was the chemistry of the cast. And
you just never know if that is going to work. Because people are cast
individually and really it is an ensemble film with one especially
strong central character. But the whole thing together. And Richard
Curtis has reunited the original cast of another well-known film.
Andrew Lincoln was one of them and here he is with the details.
Friday the 24th as you saw on the card. Let's talk about The
Philanthropist. This new stage play. Let's take a look the casting. From
the 3rd of April at Trafalgar Studios. A wonderful bunch. Simon
Bird, what is it like having Simon Callow as the boss? You put the cast
together, really. He is an ogre! A tyrant! It has been amazing so far.
The rest of the cast are all brilliant. Charlotte Ritchie from
call the midwife, Tom Rose and tell. Friday night dinner is the sitcom
that he is in. And Matt Perry. A great voice. Lily Cole, people know
her as a supermodel but also an amazing actor as well. So we are all
excited about that. We have had one week of rehearsal and I think it is
looking good. It is fantastic. The chemistry is working and it feels
like a whole generation is there. A generation of brilliant comic actors
and comedians and so on. Exactly what we wanted to do. Because this
play was written in 1970 by a 23-year-old Christopher Hampton. A
dazzling piece of work. And you know him. I saw the show in its first
week at the Royal Court Theatre. It was a raging success. It transpired,
it is the play that has transpired for the longest, it ran for five
years in the West End. I'm not going to be doing it for five years! It is
so fresh and sparkling. Partly perhaps because he was so young when
he wrote it. But in the original production they had some superb
actors. Alex Cowens, Charles Graham, but all a lot older than they should
have been. This is a play about young people, young teachers and set
in a university campus. But it is constantly surprising, constantly
sexy, constantly... Yes, Simon Bird is the sexual centre of the play!
Tell us about your character. His name to Philip and is obsessed with
words. He likes to come up with anagrams in his spare time as his
idea of fun. And so he takes words at face value and he doesn't really
understand humour or sarcasm. Is he a bit of a nerd because your other
characters have been based on that kind of outsider role. Is this a
similar thing? He's definitely an outsider. The play is about how he
fits into the modern world. And if you can. And also it is really
funny. The thing about the character, he cannot tell a lie,
that is the joke. We all inevitably cover up what we really feel and in
the end when he is pressed he has got to tell the truth and that gets
him of course into a lot of trouble. him of course into a lot of trouble.
you're quite a perfectionist when it comes to sitcoms and movies. Are
you enjoying that sense of freedom being up on stage. Obviously you
have not got the chance to do another take. Or is that quite
daunting? Terrifying! It is a different style. I Junot have much
experience of doing theatre. One time it was a very short run a while
ago. I do not know whether I will enjoy it, I hope that I do. But the
rehearsal process so far has been so much fun. And we all just love the
play. I had never read it before, never heard of it. So it is exciting
to be working on something where we know the script is brilliant. We are
the only ones who can mess it up! Good luck with the rest of
rehearsals. Underneath the city where Simon and
Simon are putting on their plate with the tonnes of rubble have been
dug up to make way for new train tunnels. What is being done with the
rubble is just as impressive as the building project.
Beneath the streets of London something incredible is happening.
The Crossrail project is one of the biggest engineering feats in a
generation. But with 26 miles of new channels being dug beneath London,
there comes a problem. What to do with 3 million tonnes of waste
material. The answer is, you bring it here to Wallasea Island off the
coast of ethics to create a nature reserve.
Just a decade ago this was Wallasea Island. Marshland strain for three
centuries to create agricultural fields. All protected by this
ancient seawall. Then the area was spotted as having huge potential as
a much-needed wildlife refuge. So ten years ago the RSPB came up with
an ambitious plan. To turn the clock back on Wallasey and recreate the
last haven for wildlife and natural sea defence. Conveniently, the 3
million tonnes of rock and soil from the Crossrail excavations in London
was just what Wallasea Island needed. It was transported and used
to raise the land by up to three metres. Teams of dumper trucks
spread the earth across the island. To sculpt a new landscape. The final
step was to remove sections of the ancient seawall itself. Project
manager Chris was there the day they let the sea Bacchin. In July of 2015
they dug all the material away, the tide rose and water came in for the
first time in a controlled way for over 300 years.
What was like the moment that the sea eventually came in? They like
and it to the breath of your first child! It is difficult to explain.
But very emotional. And this is the result. 12,000 birds counted on just
one day this winter. I'm waiting for high tide with the site manager
Natalie in the hope of seeing something special. A lot of the
birds will be coming in now, feeding on the mudflats. Getting all the
insects. They're all coming in now, look at that! Lapwing, shelduck, a
large flock of Brent Kes. The amazing thing is we have birds from
almost all over the world. From Siberia, northern Canada, Northern
Europe. All coming to ethics. With dusk fast approaching we then
spot something really special. Harry are coming our way. There it is!
-- Harrier. Grey with a black bottom as if they had been dipped into Inc.
A stellar bird. All kicking off as dusk approaches. Next the female
Harrier and then another raptor arrives. Short eared owl as well,
really close! With the Harrier flying low and the owl above it is a
very rare sighting. A couple of brilliant birds in one view.
Fabulous. It doesn't get any better than that. That is a first for me.
Birds of prey or awe-inspiring but they also tell is that even after a
gap of 300 years, the whole marsh ecosystem is already thriving.
Amazing what you can do with a load of rubble in the right place! And
talking of images that have got people excited, it feels like
spring. We asked people to send in their pictures and this is from
one-year-old Henry. And this was sent in from Tommy in Edinburgh.
This is Morgan and Iestyn feeding the lambs. And Freddie driving his
little car. That is from our assistant floor manager, Greg.
There we are. Fantastic but now living on.
We couldn't have two Simons on the sofa without coming up
So here's one we've called Simon Said!
On this card are lyrics sung by famous Simons.
Simon Callow, you will be dramatically performing them
Simon Bird, all you have to do is name which famous
You're so vain, I bet you think this song is about you.
Carly Simon? Shall we find out? Very good.
If you'll be my bodyguard, I can be your long lost pal.
And Betty when you call me, you can call me Al.
OK. I think you are trying to throw me with the accent. It is Paul
Simon. Let's have a listen. It is Paul Simon! And very quickly.
A scent and sound, I'm lost and I'm found.
I should get it, but I don't know. # In touch with the ground...
And on that note we will finish it. Well done. Thank you to Simon and
Simon for joining us. And The Philanthropist starring Simon
previews from the 3rd of April at Trafalgar Studios in London.
Rehearsals start at ten o'clock tomorrow on the dot! And we will see
you tomorrow with Harry Hill at seven
The psychiatrist was a figment of his imagination.