In Conversation: Joss Whedon

Fri Jul 5, 8.30-9pm, Sky Arts 1

Series two, episode one
Joss Whedon is a man of many hyphens: you might describe him as a scriptwriter-director-producer-songwriter-author-blogger, but that leaves out the fact that he’s also a witty and passionate speaker, both about his own work and that of others.

So confining him to a 30-minute interview slot – minus ad breaks and clips – doesn’t really work. Of course, a little bit of Whedon is better than none at all, but this does feel like a breathless sprint through his best bits, from ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Buffy’ to ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Whedon is, as ever, insightful and charming, but every time he begins to warm to his subject we’re whisked onto the next phase of his glittering career.