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Created and hosted by Ian Rickson, one of British theatre’s most celebrated directors, What I Love is a series of intimate conversations with actors, writers, comedians, and producers, conducted on the empty stages of some of Britain’s most iconic theatres, shut down due to the pandemic. Against this backdrop of isolation and loss, guests explore what matters most to them through sharing three cultural highlights: a cherished piece of writing, a memorable song and a favourite film. Guests in ...
 
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On the stage of the Hackney Empire in East London, Ian Rickson and folk musician and actor Johnny Flynn discuss the cultural highlights that bring Johnny inspiration: D. A. Pennebaker’s seminal documentary ‘Don't Look Back’, which charts Bob Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of England; Alice Oswald’s epic poem ‘Dart’, which tells the sprawling stories of …
 
Comedian, actor and, latterly, life-guru Russell Brand meets with host Ian Rickson on the stage of his local arts centre, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead. Russell's cultural choices include the film of seminal stand-up Bill Hicks’ blistering stage show ‘Revelations’; Oscar Wilde’s 19th century fable ‘The Selfish Giant’, which offers u…
 
Bafta-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor meets Ian Rickson on the empty locked-down stage of the Young Vic theatre in London in July 2020. They discuss the deep resonance of Michael Kiwanuka’s soulful song ‘Love & Hate’; Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1970 expressionist political drama ‘Il Conformista’, a film which profoundly altered Chiwet…
 
The Young Vic theatre, London, August 2020. On the stage where she was due to take on the role of Hamlet before lockdown intervened, actress Cush Jumbo discusses her three cultural highlights with host Ian Rickson. These include the transcendent nature - and the producer’s health and safety headache - of classic musical ‘Singin’ in the Rain’; the c…
 
On the darkened stage of the locked-down Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, Ian Rickson meets with Bafta and Golden Globe-winning actor Ben Whishaw, in July 2020. They discuss pioneering American independent director John Cassavetes’ 1984 film ‘Love Streams’; Joy Williams’ moving and mysterious short story ‘Chaunt’; and the solace offered …
 
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