BBC Two has commissioned a new three-parter from Burning Bright with Ruby Wax looking back at some of her most high profile celebrity interviews.
Across the three episodes of When Ruby Met…, Ruby will reflect not only on who she interviewed, but also her unique and refreshing interviewing style and reveal how she obtained such extraordinary access to world-famous stars.
Before social media and reality television and with the cameras always turned on, she interviewed some of the most famous – and infamous – people in the world, including Grace Jones, Pamela Anderson, Roseanne Barr, Evander Holyfield, Carrie Fisher, Imelda Marcos, OJ Simpson, Sharon Stone, Tom Hanks, Madonna, the Spice Girls and one particularly memorable encounter with a future US President and his new girlfriend – a Mr. Donald Trump and Melania.
Over 25 years have since passed, and not only have the shows never been repeated but Ruby has never watched herself back. After leaving her television career behind Ruby went on to attain a degree from Oxford. With the benefit of this academic achievement and the passage of time, Ruby provides “thoughtful, insightful and always humorous analysis of both herself and her subjects and what it meant to be a global superstar in an age before 24/7 online access and a world of controlling media and image consultants.”
Ruby says: “I haven’t watched these shows in 25 years – why didn’t anyone tell me I was that cute?”
Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Fatual and Factual Entertainment, says: “It is an incredible privilege to be able to revisit these extraordinary interviews with Ruby. Both Ruby’s analysis and the passage of time provide new insight and revelation to allow us to get under the skin of some of the biggest names of the 1990s.”
Clive Tulloh, Executive Producer, says: “We are thrilled to be looking back at Ruby’s interviews with her for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, the guest list is extraordinary and they are even more revealing 25 years later. There has been no interviewer like Ruby Wax before or since.”
When Ruby Met…, a 3×60’ for BBC Two and BBC iPlayer, is made by Burning Bright Productions. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Director, Factual, Arts and Classical Music Television, and Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. It is Executive Produced by Clive Tulloh, and the Commissioning Editor is Michael Jochnowitz.
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