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When I really felt in the firing line... at the premiere of my first film

Tom Bradby has been shot during riots in Indonesia, he has reported from Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles, and he has unwittingly triggered the biggest crisis in the British media for a generation. But the ITV News Political Editor has found a new terror – attending film premieres as a guest of honour.

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ITV's rising star Tom Bradby tells Ian Burrell about his new political chat show, his relationship with the royal princes – and his other life as a movie writer

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