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Shepperton Studios with Nicki Chapman
Nicki Chapman
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All this week on our specially-extended Breakfast, we were live at the home of the British film industry, at Shepperton film studios

Each morning, from 0830 to 0915 on BBC One only, our guest presenter Nicki Chapman brought us a flavour of some of the best of British cinema, in conjunction with the British film company Working Title.

You can watch some of the week's highlights on this page

  • Today (Friday)

    In our final trip to the movies, Nicki met some unusual film extras - they're electronic gorillas.


    The winner of our final competition is Colin Osbourn from Morden in South London. He gets the chance to be an extra on the new Bridget Jones movie

  • Thursday's programme

    Today - what Commander Ryker did next. We talked to Jonathan Frakes about his latest role - as director of Thunderbirds Two. And we discovered that he likes Britain so much, that his whole family are now settled here.


    Today's competition winner is Mrs Rita Bardsley of Bottesford

  • Wednesday's programme

    We talked to Richard Curtis, the man who wrote such classic British hits and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

    His latest film, Love Actually, starring Colin Firth, Rowan Atkinson, Martine McCutcheon and many others, is due for release this November, in time for the Christmas market.

    We also talked to 12 year old Nicholas Hoult, who starred in another hit British comedy, the film version of Nick Hornby's novel, About a Boy.

    You can watch both interviews by clicking on the right hand side of this story

    The winner of Wednesday's prize - the screenplay for Love Actually signed by Richard Curtis - was Elaine Guilllon from Kent.

  • Tuesday's programme

    This morning, Nicki talked to Martine McCutcheon who stars in the film, Love Actually, released next month

    Martine plays opposite Hugh Grant, with whom she falls in love.

    The film premieres next month - and you could win tickets to the premiere by answering the question below.

    Martine explained that the writer and director of the film, Richard Curtis, had written the part for her.

    To work with a someone like Hugh Grant which I think is the best lead you can get in a romantic comedy is a dream come true
    Martine McCutcheon

    She was extremely excited to get the part, though felt a little intimidated to be working with such big name stars.

    But she said all of the big stars were "very gracious" and lovely to work with.

    I'd love to do a sitcom...I'd also love to do an American movie
    Martine McCutcheon

    But even though she's now a film star, Martine is grateful for her television roots - describing East Enders as the "best thing that could have happened to me"

    And, for the future, she's looking for a challenge - to crack new formats and breakthrough in America.

    For details of how to enter and competition rules please scroll to the bottom of this page.

    Tuesday's Competition

    Two tickets to the premiere of Love Actually have been won by Steven King from Northampton.

    Monday's Programme

    This morning, Nicki spoke to the stars of the new film "Wimbledon" - Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst.

    Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst
    Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst

    The film is a comedy, about a British tennis player whose best playing days are over, who falls in love with the "enfant terrible" of the US circuit - she is attending her first Wimbledon Championships.

    Both stars confessed that that they had never played tennis before getting their parts.

    The camera helps a lot and when they're only shooting you it doesn't matter where the ball goes
    Kirsten Dunst, star of "Wimbledon"

    But six months of intensive coaching helped to ensure that the action looks as smooth as the real thing.

    And, of course, a bit of help from clever camera work!

    The day we went onto Centre Court during Wimbledon, it was the closest I'll ever get to being a rock star...my legs gave way just walking on"
    Paul Bettany

    The pair were actually allowed to film on Centre Court at the real Wimbledon - during the championships.

    They even played in front of some real fans.

    Paul said that doing that, was far more intimidating that being in films.

    Monday's Competition

    Two signed tennis rackets have been won by Joy Burton from Aylesbury, Bucks.

    Competition Rules

    These rules apply to Breakfast's competitions all week
    1. The competition is open to all residents of the British Isles, including the Channel Islands, aged 18 years or over except BBC employees, their close relatives and anyone connected with the competition.
    2. Entry to the competition is by calling telephone number 08700 109 771. Callers will be asked to answer one question.
    3. All entrants must supply their names and addresses and daytime telephone number
    4. The winning entrant will be the first correct entry drawn after the closing date
    5. The prize changes each day
    6. The prize is as stated. There is no cash alternative.
    7. The BBC's decision as to the winner is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into
    8. The winner will be notified within two days of the closing date by post or telephone
    9. There is no limit on the number of entries per contestant
    10. Entrants must agree to take part in any post-competition publicity

    Nicki Chapman talks to the stars of 'Wimbledon'
    Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst lift the lid on movie-making

    Martine McCutcheon, interviewed by Nicki
    "I couldn't believe the part was mine"

    About a boy
    Breakfast talks to 12 year old Nicholas Hoult

    Richard Curtis
    Nicki Chapman talks to the man who wrote Blackadder and Notting Hill

    Thursday: Jonathan Frakes
    Actor turns director for Thunderbirds Two

    Behind the scenes
    The Foley Artist: adding sounding effects to film

    BBC Breakfast



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