The Secretary star joined me in central London to discuss The Honourable Woman - her most challenging role - as well as London life and future plans with her actor husband, Peter Sarsgaard.
The horrifying reality of domestic abuse is that it happens in the home, often over a period of time in which abuse may escalate into severe violence. However because of the ongoing nature of this sort of crime, it becomes inexcusable that there is a deficiency in effective intervention and prevention.
For a World Cup to exist in the memory long after the event and maybe even get a slot in a future BBC3 nostalgia show hosted by Olly Murs... it'll be those other moments which define its status as a great tournament.
Last week millions tuned in to watch the BBC's Tigers About the House, featuring British born Giles Clark, a zoo keeper from Australia Zoo in Queensland. Mass 'awws', 'ooohs' and smiles filled the nation as tiger cubs Spot and Stripe playfully and rather adorably fed from the hands of their carer at home.
Last week it was announced that four sad people with no sense of humour, no discernable social skills, no life, no experience and no self-awareness had complained to the BBC about the lovely Samantha...
The BBC needs to be fully autonomous, with a truly independent management and executive team that is free from the temper tantrums of governmental talking heads.
I love Danger Mouse. Well, I loved it when I was eight. I'd probably love it again now if I was still eight. But the announcement that Danger Mouse was being remade by the BBC was a bit of a shock. Is it really the best children's TV the BBC can do today? Are there really no talented British animation houses with original stories to tell?
I read Robert Peston's critique - rant might be a more appropriate word - against my industry. And in truth, I thought for a few moments that it was a spoof. That no senior journalist could possibly write such a venomous, ill-judged diatribe.
We are two women, BBC radio presenters, who have just won the Bronze award in the Best Entertainment category at the UK Radio Academy Awards. We were the only women duo in the Radio Academy Awards, and the only female nominees in our category. We present, produce, write and edit the show, and get all our own guests.
While the PM was busy pressing for his vision of European reform at a tasteful and elegant dinner in Brussels, someone had to pound the streets of Middle England to sell the idea that staying in Europe is the only sane and patriotic course of action to a fed up, disgruntled, and frankly wet electorate. Last week that someone was me.
Immigration is good. There, I've said it. Now I wait to be struck down by a thunder bolt. A country that attracts immigrants is a healthy country. It boasts a growing economy, a stable society, and offers a safe environment for children to grow up in. Its people live under the rule of law, with freedom of speech and of religion. It's a country of which I'm immeasurably proud to be a citizen. Without immigrants, Britain would be a much poorer place. It would be hungrier, dirtier and less healthy. It's immigrants who pick and pack the food that we eat, immigrants who clean our offices and streets, immigrants who keep the NHS going and care for the elderly in their homes and nursing homes.
Recently, there have been some elections. I say this just in case you've been living under a rock or have - like those people who hate their own birthdays - been on a long holiday to a closed monastery. These elections have made some people very upset. And that includes staff at the BBC.
So Radio 1's Big Weekend, Glasgow 2014, is almost upon us. Nearly two years in the planning and everything is very well poised.
As long as Andros can string a few sentences together in front of a camera, his recent involvement with the squad means he's surely going to be the most interesting voice when it comes to England, and, for millions, that's really all it comes to.
For the first time in 30 years, Alan Titchmarsh, the BBC presenter, is designing and building a show feature. From the Moors to the Sea will celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the UK's biggest community gardening campaign - RHS Britain in Bloom, as well as Alan's own 50 years in horticulture.
For the good of British politics there needs to be a conscientious shift away from this nonsense. We may not be to blame for the actions of politicians but those who govern will only ever stand a chance of being held accountable when we stop treating them like graduates of the Big Brother academy and start scrutinising their service to the public.