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08-May-2021
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Published by TI Media Limited TV Times delivers unique and exclusive access to the UK's favourite TV personalities and shows. The magazine goes behind the scenes to bring you great features, exclusive photos, soap news and story updates. Includes a guide to the week's top films and seven days of easy-to-read TV listings plus two pages of TV highlights per day. ENGLAND edition.

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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
this week in tv times

DRAMA The Pursuit of Love SUNDAY / BBC1 NEW Yes, there’s the usual grand house, shouty posh people and exquisite clothes, but there’s also a dark comic undertow to this disarming period drama, an adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s classic 1945 novel starring Lily James and Dominic West. The cast tell us more about what we can expect on page 6. SOAP Coronation Street MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY / ITV As Rita’s foster daughter Sharon Bentley, Tracie Bennett ignites every scene she’s in, and offscreen she’s just as sparky. Tracie tells us how she set Broadway ablaze, conquered her mum’s washing-up, and has plans to leave Corrie fans fuming… See page 10 DRAMA Call the Midwife SUNDAY / BBC1 It’s been 55 years since, and a long time coming to this evergreen drama, so it’s only right we celebrate England’s 1966 World…

2 min.
buckle up for world cup fever!

CALL THE MIDWIFE SUNDAY / BBC1 / 8PM / EP 4 of 7 / DRAMA There’s a glorious carnival atmosphere in BBC1’s Call the Midwife this week, as Poplar’s finest get together to celebrate the 1966 World Cup final, which saw England triumph over West Germany. Handyman-turned-newsagent Fred Buckle (Cliff Parisi), along with his wife Vi (Annabelle Apsion) and their ward Reggie (Daniel Laurie), are at the heart of the festivities. But while everyone’s getting into the spirit with a sweepstake, Fred’s taking a big gamble of his own! Here, in an exclusive interview, Cliff, 60, chats to TV Times about the beautiful game, his own memories of the 1966 match and why he loves being part of the Buckle team… What’s Fred up to during the World Cup? He and Reggie have had the shop…

1 min.
‘we love team buckle!’

Filming the World Cup episode was a real treat for actor Daniel Laurie, who plays Reggie, and he’s full of admiration for how the show’s production team re-created the spirit of 1966 on set. ‘Everything is how it was back in the day. This was such an important game for England, so it was exciting to film,’ he says. ‘Fred and Reggie are in matching England waistcoats, which I loved! ‘Claire Lynch, who does the costumes, always makes them special,’ adds Daniel, 25, who has adored working with Cliff Parisi (Fred) and Annabelle Apsion (Vi) since joining the cast in 2017. ‘I love “Team Buckle” because Cliff and Annabelle are great fun – we sing silly songs and do funny dances. If I didn’t have such a beautiful family in real life, I’d…

1 min.
meet the new midwife!

You make your debut as student midwife Nancy Corrigan this week – what’s she like? When her grandmother passed away years ago, Nancy ended up in an orphanage run by nuns. When she arrives at Nonnatus House, it’s like she sees this as an opportunity to become more of the person she wants to be. Nancy is a bit ditzy, like myself, and fairly erratic but she’s got a big heart, she’s very warm and she’ll chat to anyone… though she doesn’t think before she speaks, which can make people nervous! Can you give us any teasers about what’s coming up for her? We learn there’s a lot more to Nancy bubbling under the surface and she goes on quite a journey. Nancy finds herself in some tough situations, but she handles it…

4 min.
‘a rare and special bond’

THE PURSUIT OF LOVE NEW SUNDAY / BBC1 / 9PM / EP 1 of 3 / DRAMA Vivacious Linda Radlett and her sensible cousin Fanny Logan are two of literature’s most endearing heroines, having enchanted readers since the publication of Nancy Mitford’s classic 1945 novel, The Pursuit of Love. Set in Europe between the two World Wars, the touching but barbed tale charts the best friends’ search for romance and the perfect husband, and now BBC1 is giving the story a modern twist in a star-spangled three-part adaptation with Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Emily Beecham (The Village) playing Linda and Fanny. Written and directed by actor and screenwriter Emily Mortimer (Mary Poppins Returns), who costars as Fanny’s disreputable mother known as ‘The Bolter’, the saga sees the girls fall for a range of…

2 min.
‘it’s sexy, not stuffy!’

Dominic, you play Linda’s brusque father Matthew Radlett, while Andrew, you are cast as their flamboyant neighbour, Lord Merlin. Tell us about them… DOMINIC Matthew’s based on author Nancy Mitford’s father. He’s a frightening patriarchal figure. Every scene, I’m shouting at someone! He regards everything foreign as unspeakable, but has a warm heart. ANDREW Lord Merlin’s funny, inspiring, brave and free with his attitude towards love, life, sex and art. What appealed to you most about playing your character? DOMINIC Matthew’s outrageous and politically incorrect. I couldn’t resist him; he’s such fun! He’s a belligerent stick-in-the-mud, yet there’s endearing comedy about him. My mother-in-law sternly told me she loved the books [The Pursuit of Love is the first in a trilogy of novels] and not to mess it up! ANDREW We need people like Merlin.…