Dev explores what makes Star Wars one of the most loved, successful and hyped franchises of all time, and interviews new stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams.
What is the secret of Star Wars? For nearly 40 years it has broken box office records, inspired devotion amongst millions of fans worldwide, and created unprecedented levels of hype in the lead-up to each new film. What is the reason for the franchise’s appeal, even amongst young people who may never have seen one of the previous six films?
In the week of release of the latest Star Wars Episode 7, Dev talks to the stars and director of ‘The Force Awakens’, industry experts, and a real-life Jedi to discover what makes Star Wars such a cultural phenomenon.
How does Star Wars’ simple good versus evil storyline echo ancient mythology to connect with people of all ages? How have the films pushed back the boundaries of scale and technical achievement in cinema? How has the series stayed at the forefront of popular culture despite no new film for 10 years and a mixed audience reaction to the more recent ‘prequel’ films? What is it about ‘The Force’ and Jedis that intrigue audiences at such a profound level, even inspiring some people to adopt Jedi-ism as their religion?
In an effort to get closer to ‘The Force’, Dev tries his hand at lightsaber combat training and attempts to experience the power of Jedi mind-tricks with magician Chris Cox. To help him understand the meaning of ‘The Force’ and the religious philosophies of Jedi-ism, Dev spends time with a 23 year old student who lives his life as a Jedi.
Featuring interviews with new young British stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and director J.J. Abrams and some fascinating footage from the BBC Archive.
John Boyega Finn - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Behind the scenes - How to film Star Wars Original Trilogy
Daisy Ridley Rey - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Interview Clip Daisy Ridley Rey - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Kylo Ren - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: Heroes & Villains (Part 1)
Star Wars: Heroes
A fresh look at the most heroic characters from the biggest film series of all time - including faces from the forthcoming Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Introduced by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), who knows them personally.
Star Wars: Villains
Infamous aliens, treacherous bounty hunters and the masters of the dark side of the Force - they’re all here in this special programme to celebrate the release of Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Introduced by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO)
Star Wars: Heroes & Villains (Part 2)
Harrison Ford as Han Solo - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: Heroes & Villains (Part 3)
Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa - Star Wars: The Force Awakens