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Martin Sheen grilled by disabled audience for new BBC show

Martin Sheen

Michael Sheen is in the hot seat for a one-off BBC special where the acclaimed actor faces tough, uncomfortable questions from an audience formed of members with autism, learning disabilities and neurodivergent.

Marking this year’s World Autism Acceptance Week - running from 2nd - 8th April, BBC One airs The Assembly - where Sheen is grilled like a MP on Question Time!

The audience doesn't hold back, one member asks the Welsh actor: "How does it feel to be dating someone who's only five years older than your daughter?"

Mind you, not all the questions are such direct, Sheen is asked about a range of topics, such as if he likes birds and his opinion on Tom Jones.

But the awkward ones are always just round the corner, what are his views on the Royal Family? What makes him cry? 

The show is based on Les Rencontres Du Papotin, a popular TV series in France, so don’t be surprised if we see more celebrities facing a grilling in the future if this week’s programme is a success.

Asked why he agreed to take part in the first place, Sheen told Radio Times: "Because it was just such an extraordinary and interesting idea.

"Then reading about the original French series, it just sounded so extraordinary, different and potentially a very revealing way to approach the tried and tested interview process, but obviously it is a lot more than just being an interview."

He added: "I think being able to be involved in a project like this could maybe break down some of those barriers."

[ The Assembly is on BBC One, Friday 5th April at 10.40pm available afterwards on BBC iPlayer ]

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