The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is set to broadcast a special half-hour episode of “The Assembly” on both its television network and iPlayer platform, coinciding with Autism Acceptance Week in April 2024.

Renowned actor and director Michael Sheen will take centre stage in this unique production, facing a rigorous interrogation from an eclectic group of interviewers. No topic will be off-limits, promising a blend of chaos, insight, and unexpected revelations.

Michael Sheen says: “I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest on The Assembly. It’s such a fresh and exciting idea and I can’t wait for what I’m sure is going to be a surprising and challenging experience. I really don’t know what to expect, which is both exhilarating and a little bit terrifying.”

The format of “The Assembly” is inspired by the French programme “Les Rencontres Du Papotin” (The A Talks), which premiered on France 2 in 2022 and quickly gained popularity as the network’s most-watched unscripted show of the year. This format has since been adapted in several other countries, including Spain, Denmark, and Poland. Notable figures such as Emmanuel Macron and Camille Cottin have faced probing questions from neurodivergent journalists, eschewing conventional celebrity interviews for more candid and thought-provoking discussions.

The programme is produced by Rockerdale Studios, helmed by Michelle Singer and Stu Richards, known for their commitment to creating content that empowers disabled individuals. Richards, co-creator of the BBC Three comedy “Jerk,” and Singer, best known for Channel 4’s “Mission: Accessible,” have collaborated with both national and local autistic and neurodivergent organisations to ensure the show authentically represents these communities.

Kalpna Patel-Knight, BBC’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning says: ”The BBC is delighted to introduce viewers to The Assembly. It’s a feel-good stand-out entertainment show unlike anything viewers have seen before. Big thank you to Michael Sheen, for being game on to have a no-holds-barred interview with the superb interviewers who bring the show to life.”

Executive Producers, Stu Richards and Michelle Singer say: “The Assembly has been the most remarkable project that most of us have ever worked on. And sure, it’s a brilliant representation of a part of society we rarely see given agency on our screens but, far more than that, it’s also mischievous, funny, profound, and can turn from one to the other in a heartbeat.” Stu added, “when we saw the French version of the show it blew my head off, and it’s quite a large, cumbersome head so it really takes something impressive.”

“The Assembly” (1 x 30’) is a Rockerdale Studios production commissioned by the BBC for both BBC One and iPlayer platforms. It is led by Clodagh O’Donoghue as Commissioning Editor.