I made Marion (and Geoff)

22 Dec 2002: Rob Brydon is acclaimed for his comic portrayal of a cuckolded husband. So what’s he doing on a cruise? Rob Brydon is watching himself intently on a small screen. He scowls and says to no one in particular: ‘Oh dear, do I look a bit ginger...

The Italian job

8 Dec 2002: Every year, the River Cafe’s Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray embark on a Tuscan odyssey to find the finest extra virgin olive oil. Amy Raphael tagged along. Set against an azure sky, the olive trees stretch as far as the eye can see, down the hill, past...

Top in Latin

24 Nov 2002: Spain’s hottest talent Javier Bardem talks about how John Malkovich persuaded him to play a middle-aged cop in his debut political thriller. Javier Bardem is lying on the floor of a rather grand suite in The Savoy groaning. Flowing black leather...

Almost famous

3 Nov 2002: He has impressed on stage, then in minor movie roles and now his compelling performance in Stephen Frears’s brilliant new film confirms him as one of Britain’s finest young actors. But Chiwetel Ejiofor isn’t fazed by fame. It...

Never mind the cockatoos…

22 Sep 2002: Taking the birds for a walk is all in a day’s work for Bill Bailey, the Black Books star who is a new team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. But it’s stand-up, not TV, that he can’t keep away from. Bill Bailey opens the front door of...

Waking up to a new morning…

15 Sep 2002: After the booze, coke, crack and smack, Suede’s Brett Anderson is back in the land of the living with renewed optimism and a new album. Brett Anderson grew up hanging around car parks, drinking lukewarm cans of Special Brew and taking acid....

Liverpool rocks again

25 Aug 2002: Forty years after The Beatles took off, a new generation of Scouse bands is out to conquer the world. Leading the way are The Coral, six young scallies on a mission to inspire. Liverpool town centre, August 2002. The airless room is a psychedelic blend of...

The Zilli Season

16 Jun 2002: When Aldo Zilli wants to source authentic, natural foods for his stylish London restaurants, he returns to his childhood home of Abruzzo, a beautifully preserved region of Italy two hours east of Rome. Amy Raphael joins him in his quest for the best in...

About a bounder

31 Mar 2002: Over a large vodka or two, Hugh Grant unburdens himself about marriage, Miss Hurley, his reluctance to act and the perils of having his hair cut for his new film, About a Boy. Hugh Grant leads the way to his offices in Kensington. Simian Films, the...

The Troubles in mind

30 Dec 2001: As a Protestant appearing in a film about the still controversial events of Bloody Sunday, Cold Feet’s James Nesbitt has undertaken his most daunting professional challenge yet. Belfast, one cold Sunday afternoon. James Nesbitt is standing alone at...