Michael McIntyre

Tell us a bit about series two of Michael McIntyre’s Big Show?

The show has naturally evolved from the first series and now everything has gone up a notch. We have lots of entertainment items running through the show, audience surprises, Unexpected Star, Send To All, stand up and much more. Knowing that series one was a success has allowed us to expand the ideas for series two and explore more parts of it, we have tried to make them even more fun and be more confident with them

Miriam Margolyes OBE

Sharp, witty, and full of great one-liners, Harry Potter actress Miriam has already visited Jaipur, but wants to delve deeper.

Certain that there is much to learn about India and its people, Miriam, a humanitarian, is keen to fully embrace Indian life and to make Indian friends amongst ‘these glorious people’. Miriam is keen to broaden her understanding of the culture. Her biggest worry is how good the toilets will be and that her fellow travellers will be put off by her flatulence.

Adam Hills

The award-winning gang from ‘The Last Leg’ have been sent to the wilderness of Australia for the ultimate outback road trip - though one with a twist: After 4 years of English co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker abusing Australian Adam Hills about his idiotic country, his imbecilic countrymen, and his funny accent, Adam is plotting his revenge. He wants to show the lads that Australia isn't the silly place they thought it was, but in fact a searing hot, unforgiving hellhole, stuffed full of people who are hard as nails.

To help him do that he's booked adventure travel agent Amar Latif who has spent a decade taking disabled people to experience things others wouldn't dare go anywhere near, despite being blind himself. He must arrange the toughest Outback itinerary imaginable.

The Last Leg boys have just two weeks to complete this hellish itinerary and drive 3000 miles across the continent in order to get to Sydney in time for a party in honour of Adam's 97 year old Grandpa. But will Josh and Alex be broken by the real Australia before they even get there?

In this, the first of two episodes, the boys head from Darwin to Uluru. How will self-professed Neighbours addict Josh, BBQ and beer aficionado Alex cope as their fantasies of beaches and sunshine are replaced with camping out with the deadly snakes and spiders of the outback, facing off with hard faced biker gangs and embracing a real life Crocodile Dundee experience? Adam really embraces his Ozzie roots and transforms into a hardened Outback man, Josh and Alex wonder if a nervous breakdown looms - and “Is it OK” becomes “…Are you OK?” Could this trip be the last straw for the Last Leg comrades? The boys learn a great deal about the other side of Australia, a nation with a steadfast optimism and a dark underbelly. But the three will find out a few things about each other too, whilst turning each encounter into an exciting, poignant and most of all, richly comedic journey.

Derren Brown

Derren Brown: Pushed to the Edge is your latest project for Channel 4. Explain what it’s all about.

It looks at social compliance and social influence, which is something that can operate at all sorts of levels. It’s particularly relevant with our political situation, with people being radicalised into doing bad things, but it can also operate on a private, quiet level socially. When we find ourselves in groups or with charismatic individuals, we might do things we wouldn’t ordinarily do. This show takes the idea of social compliance and shows it at a very dramatic level. I’m very interested in how we take ownership of our own stories and our own lives. So this show is a dramatic play on that idea.

It certainly is dramatic, isn’t it? You take it to the ultimate conclusion.

Yes, absolutely. What the show asks is whether the mechanics of social compliance can be manipulated to push someone off a building to their death. Could it be taken that far? The plan to get there is through slowly turning up the heat. Here’s a person that finds themselves in a situation, not realising that it’s all an enormous fabrication for their benefit, and that every person they meet is an actor. It’s all secretly filmed. Slowly, starting with the most innocuous deviations that they’re cajoled into, it builds and builds, in the same way that if you want to boil a frog, you have to put it in cold water and slowly turn the heat up. If you put it straight into hot water it leaps out. It’s a process of increasing the compliance and seeing how far they can be taken. And it was a genuine experiment, in that sense – there was no guaranteed ending for us at all.

Bear Grylls

1. What were the main survival techniques you taught Mr. Obama and how did he do?

We hiked together through some of Alaska’s most spectacular scenery and talked a lot about the need to protect the world’s great wildernesses for our children and grandchildren. Along the way I taught him about how to survive bear attacks, how drinking pee can save your life, how to light fire, & how to cook half chewed salmon from a bear - it was the perfect trip!

2. What was most exciting for him?

He told me that he just loved being out of the office and out of a suit! At the end of the adventure though he said also it was genuinely one of the best days of his presidency which was a huge honour. For him I sensed it was a real chance to connect and get closer to the natural world that he has toiled so hard to protect through his climate change plans. I heard his action plan described as the single most significant act ever done by one human being to preserve our planet. That's pretty inspiring.