Dan was the guest host of the BBC’s satirical panel show “Have I Got News For You” on Friday (Dec 21 – series 44, episode 10, for those of you keeping score at home) and if you’re reading this now… YAY!! (Watch the show, you’ll see what I mean!) If you’ve not heard of this show before, Dan’s job was to moderate a less-than-reverent discussion of current UK news topics with series regulars Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, and guests Sara Cox and Andy Hamilton, in a sort of game show format. Hilarity ensues!
UPDATE: There was a YouTube video link here but it got pulled for copyright reasons. I’m pretty sure there’s a few clips out there still but I’m not going to link them directly in case the YouTube Police strike again. Definitely worth seeking out though.
In an interview with The Independent’s Christina Patterson to promote the upcoming A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Dan spoke of his love of the work of the author Mikhail Bulgakov, and about the fact that fear is very much a motivating factor for him.
On his favourite book, The Master and Margarita, having had an impact on a whole culture, just like Harry Potter:”It is,” says Radcliffe, and he doesn’t seem to flinch at the question, “something that has. It’s in the collective consciousness of a generation, and there are words that are now filtering into the language, like Quidditch and Muggle. It’s a shared set of references, I suppose, and it’s quite universal. Potter was so massively wide-ranging, and read by everyone.” I nod. I feel a bit guilty, but I still nod. It was read by pretty much everyone. Just not, unfortunately, by me. “I’m always pleased,” says Radcliffe, and he sounds as though he means it, “to be associated with something that was so important. And it’s not just a franchise. It’s only really in the past few years that that word has been bandied around, and it makes everything seem very cold and business-like. We were always wanting to prove ourselves and get better with every film.”
On fear being a motivating factor:
“Oh, it’s very motivating,” says Radcliffe, with an eagerness that has me smiling again. “I don’t want anyone ever to say ‘you know, maybe somebody could do Dan’s job better than him’. In the past, they could legitimately say that at certain points. I haven’t always been thrilled with my work. But the fear of not proving the people wrong who think you can’t emerge from a franchise and do well, that’s a very strong driving force.”
You can read the entire interview here
On Friday evening, Dan took part in a conversation with George Stroumboulopoulos at Whistler Film Festival, as part of their Spotlight Series. You can read highlights of the event here, courtesy of The Vancouver Sun. The event was filmed, so fingers crossed it will show up online soon.
Dan was a guest on the 7th December episode of BBC1′s The Graham Norton Show (series 12, ep 7), alongside Team GB’s gold medalist Jessica Ennis, Ricky Gervais and musical guest Bruno Mars. With his Sky Arts series A Young Doctor’s Notebook setting a new ratings record for the channel, Dan spoke about his role as the young Doctor, and was shown a fanfiction website dedicated to stories about him.