Radio Times 23-29th October 2021

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lost in wonder

THE NUMBERS ARE mind-boggling. Our sun is just one of 400 billion suns in the galaxy and that, Professor Brian Cox tells us in this issue, means the Earth “is just our little island in a vast universe”. Clearly, as television programmes go, the professor’s latest project, Universe, is dealing with a subject that’s as big as it gets. His series is fascinating. Professor Cox is one of life’s natural communicators. It’s impossible to be in his company and not learn something – and equally tricky to leave without wanting to know more, as our columnist Jane Garvey discovered when she went to meet him to talk about this, his first television series for three years. Cox’s previous programmes include Wonders of Life and Wonders of the Solar System and in 2011…

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this week 23—29 october 2021

WHAT I’M WATCHING… PROFESSOR BRIAN COX ‘Only Murders in the Building on Disney+ is really fantastic,” says the scientist and presenter. “It’s basically a whodunnit but Steve Martin and Martin Short are wonderful. I’m also really enjoying Vigil.’ The meaning of life and more — page 10 KIRSTY WARK ‘Succession has brilliant acting and storytelling – and at least three hand-over-my-mouth moments in each episode,” says the presenter. “There’s almost as much drama in the documentary Blair and Brown: the New Labour Revolution.’ Nothing beats a good Reunion — p125 ANN CLEEVES ‘I found the BBC drama Ridley Road fascinating and scary,” says the writer. “I knew nothing at all about the background to the story; it was hard to believe that the level of Jewish persecution was happening in my lifetime and so soon after the war.…

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the bbc’s battle for truth

IN SEPTEMBER 1981 I walked into the BBC Leeds newsroom to start a six-month contract as a researcher. Peering through the clouds of cigarette smoke, slightly deafened by the clatter of typewriters, I quickly realised this was not the most hi-tech of environments. The news crews were still shooting on film, which meant a 40-minute wait for footage to go through the “bath”, as the processing lab was called, before you could start editing, and there wasn’t a computer to be seen. When I arrived in the national TV newsroom 18 months later, things seemed hardly more advanced. Graphics were made of cardboard, the older producers wrote out their scripts in longhand and dictated them to typists, and “Googling” meant a visit to News Information to be handed a folder of…

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from the rt archive… 26 october—1 november 2002

WHAT WE WATCHED Self-styled “Prince of Darkness” Ozzy Osbourne had become an Emmy winner thanks to his reality show The Osbournes, which was making its Channel 4 debut. But the Black Sabbath singer confessed to an uneasy relationship with fame, saying of a recent experience meeting the Queen: “I was freaked out. I don’t think I’m good enough for them, for you, for anyone. I hyperventilate opening a box of chocolates. I’m the most nervous guy in the world.” Despite the anxiety, The Osbournes would continue until 2005 and would be followed by Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour, a history series featuring the singer and his son. WHAT YOU SAID It was a case of crushed velvet rather than Tipping the Velvet, as Alasdair Gale of Northampton wrote in to complain about BBC2’s…

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‘we’re just collections of atoms that can think’

Universe Wednesday 9.00pm BBC2 LEAVE YOUR EARTHLY concerns behind for a moment or two if you possibly can. Let Brian Cox, professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester and ace science communicator, allow you to focus on infinity and way, way beyond. The impossibly youthful 53-year-old from Oldham, who grew up watching wobbly old sci-fi show Blake’s 7, is returning to our screens with a new-five part BBC2 series with the bold title of Universe. Now, pay attention, please, particularly you at the back. Where to begin? On the plus side, there are two trillion galaxies in the observable universe. But you do need to know that on our little rock, Earth, we’re in trouble. Our star – the Sun – is dying, and one day, billions of years from now,…

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the 21 best podcasts to listen to now!

ANYONE WITH AN internet connection, a modicum of knowhow and something to say could launch their own podcast by the end of this week. It’s that simple. That’s why podcasts are the Wild West of media. A lot of the best ones never get anywhere near the charts because they’re not done by famous people and they’re not backed by big organisations. And so, Radio Times is bringing you this list of the podcasters’ favourite podcasts. We asked 21 of Britain’s most prominent and successful podcasters to nominate a single podcast – preferably not done by a mate or anyone they’re associated with – that they listen to for pleasure and think is deserving of wider attention, to tell us why and how it fits into their weekly routine. We’re sure that…