BBC’s Rev. with #TomHollander to be screened on BritBox from 10 Jan 2018 (US & Canada)


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Tom Hollander is literally (he’ll be on Broadway in Spring) and figuratively coming to North America in 2018, hooray! His Rev. Adam Smallbone will be appearing on BritBox in the US and Canada from Wednesday 10th January. Because I’m in the UK I can’t see anything on the BritBox website other than a note telling me it’s not available in my country, but here’s the website

January 10th: Rev. (Seasons 1-3) (BritBox Premiere) – Meet The Rev. Adam Smallbone (Night Manager and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation’s Tom Hollander). He’s a Church of England Vicar, newly promoted from a sleepy rural parish to the busy, inner-city world of St Saviour’s in Hackney, East London. It’s a world of which he has no experience; and it shows.” Source

Rev.’s a gentle, warm-hearted comedy co-created by Tom and writer James Wood. Tom even wrote one of the episodes (S3E3) himself. The commenters at the AV Club are clearly huge fans of the series and you can read their thoughtful responses to the (also thoughtful) reviews here.

Here’s a clip from Series One, Episode 4 with a guest appearance from Hugh Bonneville.

Above: picture shows Tom Hollander, Jon Canter (who wrote the Rev Diaries book) and James Wood interviewed at the Hay Festival in 2014.

You can download a recording of the above discussion (for £1) and hear other (free) interviews from our Audio interviews with Tom Hollander page.

Above: free audio interview, in conversation with Kirsty Lang in 2013 at Names Not Numbers.

If you’re wondering who Tom Hollander is (you’ve probably seen him quite recently in The Night Manager as Corky (which also stars Olivia Colman… who plays his wife in Rev.), or as the chemist in Taboo) then this short clip from Vimeo might help, or the now-out-of-date collage of some of his roles.



Listen again: @LettersLive on Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 show, with Tom Hollander


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If you missed Tom reading a soldier’s letter from 1914 on Jo Whiley’s Christmas Knees-Up you can listen again below (the programme will remain online for a month). The letter was written by a soldier in the trenches and sent to his wife during the Christmas truce.

Tom’s reading starts at around 1hr 28mins into the show but there are lots of other letters read by others throughout the show too. This was a special Letters Live Christmas edition of Jo’s show. See below for more Letters Live info…

Click the picture to go to the player, or use this link.

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Don’t forget the other treats in store with Tom reading the Book at Bedtime (Matt Haig’s How to Stop Time) over Christmas and also appearing as the voice of the Squirrel in the animated The Highway Rat on Christmas Day.

Merry Christmas from Team Hollander 🙂

In 2018 Letters Live will be in New York for three nights in May. I’ve no idea if Tom will perform at any of them but note that he is starring in Travesties on Broadway during May so possibly depending on timings he may be able to put in an appearance. I have no idea though! They’re also doing some Letters Live in LA in February (Tom will probably be in rehearsals and may not be able to get there, but he is on the right continent at least then I think!).

Festive fun from Tom Hollander (part two): TV and radio


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If you’ve missed Part One it’s here…

Tom’s appearing in a couple of programmes over Christmas (if we hear of any more we’ll add them here).

The Highway Rat

Highway Rat

Programme Name: Highway Rat, Picture Shows: Highway Rat – (C) Magic Light Pictures – Photographer: Magic Light Pictures

When: Christmas Day, 4:45pm on BBC1 (duration 30 mins)
What: Tom Hollander voices the Squirrel in this animated adaptation of ‘The Highway Rat’ (by Julia Donaldson [author] and Alex Scheffler [illustrator] – the same team behind The Gruffalo). David Tennant is the Rat who craves sweetness and rides out in search of treats to steal, including the Squirrel’s nuts.

How to Stop Time

(Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4)


When: 10 episodes at 22:45 on BBC Radio 4 beginning on Christmas Day 2017 and ending on Friday 5 Jan 2018 (detailed schedule below)
What: “Tom Hazard has a rare condition – he ages very, very slowly with the result that, while he looks about 41, he is in fact over 400 years old. Over the centuries, it has been a dangerous condition to have, so he has continually changed identities and moved from place to place. And he has travelled the world. Now, in a search for at least the pretence of normality, he has returned to London.” – story written by Matt Haig.

Episodes overview:

  • Episode One: Monday, Christmas Day
  • Episode Two: Tuesday, Boxing Day
  • Episode Three: Wednesday 27 December
  • Episode Four: Thursday 28 December
  • Episode Five: Friday 29 December
  • [30 Dec, Saturday – no episode]
  • [New Year’s Eve, Sunday – no episode]
  • Episode Six: Monday New Year’s Day 2018
  • Episode Seven: Tuesday 2 January
  • Episode Eight: Wednesday 3 January
  • Episode Nine: Thursday 4 January
  • Episode Ten: Friday 5 January


Festive fun from Tom Hollander (part one)


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Jingle bells and mince pies to all. The Team Hollander team wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas. There have been some festive treats already over this holiday season, hooray, and more to come in Part Two!

Earlier this week (Tue 12th Dec) Tom read Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and there’s a tiny clip of it below, and the first of a thread of tweets from someone who attended and had a very lovely time.

#tomhollander #coronetnottinghill #wintertales

A post shared by Bego summers (@begosummers) on

It looks like we weren’t paying attention to the Notting Hill Panto though so we’ve missed that (boo, hiss… he’s behind you, oh no he isn’t, oh yes he is… etc).

Apparently Tom has been sharing his awesome whistling skills with the audience (sadly tonight’s panto is sold out).

The pic above has no whistling in it but here’s a short video from the panto in 2011, that’s some skill he has! Remarkable high notes.

On to Festive fun from Tom Hollander (part two) for upcoming television and radio appearances…



The Highway Rat on BBC1 this Christmas (with Tom Hollander as the Squirrel)


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Highway Rat

We’ll be hearing Tom Hollander’s voice, as the Squirrel, in the animated adaptation of ‘The Highway Rat’ (by Julia Donaldson [author] and Alex Scheffler [illustrator] – the same team behind The Gruffalo) screening over Christmas on BBC1 in a few weeks. [Date and time will be added here when I know it – possibly it’s Christmas Day]

David Tennant heads the cast, voicing the Rat with a sweet tooth who “craves buns, biscuits and all sweet things” and who rides out in search of sugary treats to steal… but meets a sticky end. Apparently, according to Radio Times which has rated this as one of the Top 12 must-see festive programme, he tries to steal Tom’s nuts 🙂

Don’t miss – live performance…
Londoners, particularly those with small children, might also like to get one of the last few tickets for Tom’s appearance at The Print Room (in Notting Hill) on Tuesday 12th December where he’ll be reading some Roald Dahl stories at 6pm: Winter’s Tales with Tom Hollander – Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl.

Further reading
David Tennant leads an all-star cast in The Highway Rat, coming to BBC One this Christmas (BBC Media Centre, 11 October 2017)

The 12 best shows to watch on TV this Christmas (RadioTimes, 1 December 2017)


Tom Hollander has a new film “A Private War”


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A Private War will tell the story of journalist Marie Colvin (based on a Vanity Fair article about her) who died while reporting in Syria. Tom will star alongside Rosamund Pike (both were in Pride and Prejudice in 2005) and Jamie Dornan.

See Variety, Deadline or Hollywood Reporter for more on this story and keep an eye on the film’s IMDb page 🙂

The film is directed by Matthew Heineman, and Charlize Theron is one of the producers.

See Tom next…


[London] #WinterTales – Tom Hollander reads Roald Dahl @the_printroom in Notting Hill, 12 Dec


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Tom Hollander will read Roald Dahl’s classic family tale The Twits at the Print Room at the Coronet on Tuesday 12 December at 6pm, it’s in Notting Hill. Travel information is below.

[More information about the event, and a mini bio of Tom Hollander]

Tickets for adults are £15.50 and £12.50 for children or concessions. Why not buy one or two for your small children or for the Tom Hollander fan in your life 🙂

Print Room at the Coronet
103 Notting Hill Gate
W11 3LB

Tube: Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle & District Lines) – 1 minute walk away
Buses: 27, 28, 31, 52, 94, 148, 328, 452

Over 5s and their families, and fans of Tom Hollander of any age, will certainly enjoy hearing Tom Hollander reading Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl. Tom is brilliant at bringing characters to life and has been a big hit with the CBeebies audience for his readings of Captain Wag and the Polar Bears, and Cantankerous King Colin (you can watch the videos here). For older audiences he’s recently done a fantastic reading of the new John le Carré novel / audiobook (A Legacy of Spies). Further down this page are a few tweets from people who’ve enjoyed his voice work.


Tom starred in his own TV series (Rev.) and Doctor Thorne, and has recently been seen in The Night Manager (for which he won a BAFTA for best supporting actor) and Taboo. He’s also appeared in two of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Pride & Prejudice and – most recently – Breathe. Click the picture below to see some other things Tom’s been in.



(yes, he writes too!)

This is part of a series of Winter Tales events for families with different readers appearing over different nights – also on the lineup are Mel Giedroyc, Penelope Wilton, Emeli Sandé, Ben Okri, Toby Stephens, Shappi Khorsandi and Jamie Glover.

Where to see @BreatheMov in the UK


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MV5BMTg5OTcyODA1N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTQzNDY3MjI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,675,1000_AL_Breathe is the story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) who, after contracting polio and requiring a respirator to breathe, became a disability rights’ activist seeking to end the practice of hiding people with disabilities away from normal life. Despite serious challenges he lived life to the full thanks to the incredible support of his wife Diana (Claire Foy) – who refused to give up on him or let him give up on himself – and the film is incredibly uplifting, while not shying away from the reality of his situation. Jonathan Cavendish (Robin and Diana’s real life son) is the film’s producer and Andy Serkis directed it.

There’s a great supporting cast with Hugh Bonneville playing a slightly eccentric but brilliant inventor who comes up with a wheelchair respirator that means Robin is no longer restricted to lying in bed. Stephen Mangan plays a warm-hearted doctor who wants his patients to have a better quality of life, beyond simply keeping people alive.

Tom Hollander plays Diana’s twin brothers (Bloggs and David Blacker) and he brings lots of humour to the roles and to the film. The brothers bicker constantly, but affectionately, but Tom also has some great reaction shots to the slightly odd things happening on the screen (no spoilers). You should go and see if it you can!

(We’re on Instagram and Twitter too)

There’s a nice article on the depiction of twins in film which includes Tom’s roles: Double Duty. “Playing against himself “required extraordinary technique from Tom, who really is a virtuoso actor,” notes Serkis.

If you’re in the UK here’s how to find a screening near you…

IMDb helpfully now includes showtimes on the film’s main page which I assume are linked to your location (I see showtimes for London). If the film’s not yet released where you are (you can check the various release dates for different locations) then you might not see this information yet. You can select a different country location and post / ZIP code though.

The LondonNet website also lists both the alphabeticised ‘A-Z of films showing in London‘ and ‘A-Z of films showing in the UK and Irish cinemas‘. Here’s the London page for Breathe (regular screenings, see other options below).

At 7pm on Monday 30th October there’s a screening plus Q&A at The Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise.

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There are a variety of other types of screenings, look out for these. There was also an autism-friendly screening in Woking on Friday 27th October (the day of the film’s release in the UK and I believe the US too) but I don’t know of any others at the moment.

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