Five minutes with…

A wee while ago, I discovered the rather excellent wee series on the BBC News website, Five Minutes With….

As the name suggests, it’s a series of five minute interviews, and those going under the clock are a diverse bunch ranging from Jason Donovan to William Hague, Moby to Terry Pratchett. The interviewer, Matthew Stadlen, packs in an impressive array of questions, putting the interviewees under the spot a bit more intensely and unpredictably than conventional interviews.

More or less all the guests come over as likeable and interesting (largely because it’s hard to grow to hate someone in five minutes, though some guests put in a good effort), and it’s a fun and informative format. Best of all, it fits neatly into those wee five minutes online that you might find yourself wanting to fill.

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