Michael Sheen to face The Assembly

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The star takes questions from The Assembly – a panel of 35 autistic, neurodivergent or learning disabled interviewers. 

The BBC have announced a special half-hour interview special with the award-winning actor and director Michael Sheen.

Sheen is known for his roles playing real life figures, such as David Frost and Tony Blair, as well as star turns in shows like Good Omens. He’s also recently turned his hand to directing, co-creating and helming the impactful BBC One drama The Way.

However, now he faces The Assembly where no topic is out of bounds and no question off the table.

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The format is based on the France’s Les Rencontres Du Papotin (a.k.a The A Talks). The original saw the likes of French President Emmanuel Macron and Call My Agent star Camille Cotin face a panel of neurodivergent journalists.

With the usual flattery gone, they faced probing and profound questions about a driving ban and the death of a parent. The President also tackled the question of if it’s really the behaviour of a role model to marry one’s teacher.

Michael Sheen said:

I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest on The Assembly. It’s such a fresh and exciting idea and I can’t wait for what I’m sure is going to be a surprising and challenging experience. I really don’t know what to expect, which is both exhilarating and a little bit terrifying.

The questions will include ex-girlfriends and on-screen kisses, the OBE he gave back and his favourite motorway.

Who are The Assembly interviewers?

They are diverse bunch, ranging in age from eighteen to seventy-seven, and include musicians, artists, writers and students.

The show comes from Rockerdale Studios, creators of mischievous content which seeks to put disabled agency at its heart. The show’s creators have worked closely with the BBC’s Creative Diversity Team, to ensure every element of the series works for and with autistic and neurodivergent voices.

The Assembly airs on Friday 5 April at 10:40pm on BBC One and iPlayer, to celebrate Autism Acceptance Week. Expect profound revelation, glorious chaos, and a lot of laughs.