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31-6th August 2021

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great escapes

GROWING UP IN Swaziland in the 1960s, Richard E Grant hardly watched television. Mainly because there was nothing on. As he tells us in an uproarious interview on page 8 of this issue, his escape from reality came from reading books. This week the Oscar-nominated Hollywood star – to many of us forever indistinguishable from the irrepressible life force that is Withnail – joins BBC4 to escort us on a literary tour of some of Europe’s loveliest spots. From southern Spain to the Cote D’Azur, via the Bay of Naples, Grant traces the footsteps of, among others, Hemingway, Dickens and F Scott Fitzgerald, as they tripped round Europe collecting colour and experience with which to pepper their novels. It’s a timely reminder of the joys of reading, writing – and…

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this week 31 july—6 august 2021

WHAT I’M WATCHING… MICHAEL MORPURGO ‘I’m watching the French drama Spiral, which I find horrible and good at the same time,” says the writer. “Plus, I’m neurotically drawn to Would I Lie to You?. The people are so clever and funny, they have lifted my spirits throughout the pandemic.’ Proms special — centre pages ANITA RANI ‘I’ve just watched the Channel 4 sitcom, We Are Lady Parts, about a female Muslim punk band,” says the presenter. “I was so excited about it because it’s still really unusual to see brown faces in an entertainment show. We’re just not there with that yet.’ The Right Sort of Girl — page 138 ADAM BUXTON ‘I’ve been watching the Jimmy McGovern drama Time,” says the comedian and presenter. “It was very good and a little bit like being in prison –…

3 min
men, please shut up!

YOU HAVE NO authority here, Jackie Weaver!” Who can forget the Handforth Parish Council Zoom meeting that became an internet sensation earlier this year, as raging men were shut down at the click of a mouse by a preternaturally calm woman? If only it were that easy to silence shouty men in real life, or to stop them indulging in what I call “conversational manspreading”. Not all men behave like this, but on average, men will take up three-quarters of the talking time in a meeting, even if they make up only half the people in the room. American educationalist David Sadker tells me, “It starts very early. Boys get more attention than girls. We looked at all teacher reactions, and girls come up short on all of them. Girls become too…

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from the rt archive… 30 july—5 august 1977

WHAT WE WATCHED Festival 77 on BBC2 compiled some of the best bits of television from the past 25 years, and RT was catching up with familiar faces. Continuity announcer Sylvia Peters had retired from the BBC in 1958, but still watched a lot of TV. “The pictures are now so beautiful. It makes our old black and white seem quite dull,” she commented. Richard Hearne, meanwhile, revealed why he and his character “Mr Pastry” had left showbusiness behind: “I retired because of the dirt in my profession. Mr Pastry and dirt never went together. If Mr Pastry saw a pretty girl’s legs and chuckled, it was not like a dirty old man, but like a silly old uncle.” WHAT YOU SAID Presenter Michael Barratt had left BBC1’s Nationwide but readers weren’t impressed…

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‘am i a lucky bugger to have got this? yes!’

Write around the World with Richard E Grant Tuesday 9.00pm BBC4 ‘I don’t know what I am. I was born a white African, but my mothership is England’ I’VE BEEN A BOOKWORM since I could breathe,” says Richard E Grant, born in British-ruled Swaziland on 5 May 1957. “When I grew up in Africa there was no television. There was one cinema that played a movie from Monday to Wednesday, then another one Thursday to Saturday. That was it. Books were my way out into the outside world.” Many decades later, and a long way from Swaziland, books are still his way out. Grant is speaking from the Gloucestershire cottage he shares with his wife, dialect coach Joan Washington, but while the rest of us have been living at home full-time, he’s been travelling…

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10 must-see moments

Olympics Daily on BBC1, BBC2, Eurosport, iPlayer, Radio 5 Live DINA ASHER-SMITH IS a special talent, of the kind never seen before in this country. For decades, it has been considered a feat for a British female sprinter just to reach an Olympic final – since 1984 only RT pundit Jeanette Kwayke has made it through – yet Asher-Smith has arrived in Tokyo as a genuine gold medal contender. And the Games could provide a platform for the 25-year-old from Kent to amplify a voice that is already resounding in British culture. In Qatar in 2019, Asher-Smith became the first British woman to win sprinting medals of any colour at the World Championships when she took gold in the 200m and silver in the 100m. By then, her impact off the track…