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Radio TimesRadio Times

Radio Times

14-20th December 2019

Get the same great content you know and love, from the UK’s biggest selling quality magazine. Every week: -> News and Views from broadcasting’s biggest names, best writers and brightest stars. -> Find unmissable entertainment with our roundup of the Best of the Week -> Stunning photo-shoots, red carpet reportage and exclusive behind-the-scenes pics. -> Guides to the best TV, film and radio each day. -> Film review from the Radio Times’ Film team, including Barry Norman and Andrew Collins. -> The best of iPlayer, Netflix and other catch-up and on-demand services. -> Comprehensive listings so you’ll never miss a show, and with handy links so you can jump to your desired day of the week. -> Puzzles, including crosswords, Egg Heads and Only Connect.

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‘i watched through my fingers…’

I HESITATE TO RECOMMEND to anyone a drama that will doubtless make them feel actively, physically excruciatingly uncomfortable, but if you dive into Sticks and Stones (Monday–Wednesday ITV) then you’ll be wriggling. I have a particularly low embarrassment threshold, much more on behalf of other people than myself, so I squirmed and watched through my fingers… and, yes, I’m aware I’m not selling Mike Doctor Foster Bartlett’s new drama very well. However, it’s undoubtedly one of the big dramas of the week, so prepare yourselves for a modern fable about business and bullying with Ken Nwosu as Thomas, who works in sales, something to do with finding office space for businesses. He’s a nice chap, the kind of bloke that you’d think would be the cornerstone of every workplace. But Thomas’s career…

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this week 14—20 december 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… JOHN SIMPSON ‘My 13-year-old son and I are enjoying The War of the Worlds on BBC1,” says this week’s columnist, “although he (and I) are freaked out by the thought of giant Martian ants. But I won’t be watching The Crown because I don’t think the script can be trusted to tell us the truth. I like listening to diverse podcasts for different moods: Gregory Porter’s The Hang, for relaxation with a top jazz musician; and old episodes of Desert Island Discs are endlessly enjoyable, especially for Sue Lawley’s interviewing techniques.’ Viewpoint — page 9 GABBY LOGAN ‘Succession is one of the darkest, funniest dramas I have ever watched,” says the BBC sports presenter. “I also liked Guilt, a thriller with a comedic underbelly. And my kids love The Young Offenders, which…

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THOSE CRAZY ROMANS If you have been enjoying series two of Britannia, Jez Butterworth’s tale of Roman Britain, I have good news. I’m told that, though not official (Sky will only say it is “developing another run”), it’s only a matter of time before a third series is commissioned. Series two, in which the battles between General Aulus Plautius (played by David Morrissey) and the Druids are linked with the fact that the sinister Roman was at Golgotha when Jesus was crucified, is nothing if not ambitious. What can possibly come next? TALES FROM THE RIVERBANK More good recommissioning news — Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse are returning for a third series of their exquisitely tender and very funny Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing. Expect new locations and new fish next year. YOUR FAVOURITE…

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my family meal

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, as Jamie Oliver unveils his “foolproof masterplan” to getting things right in the kitchen on the big day. Jamie’s Easy Christmas Countdown (8.00pm Sunday C4) sees him demonstrating a stress-free guide to making the perfect festive feast, with the help of his youngest children — from left: Buddy Bear, aged nine, Petal Blossom, ten, and River Rocket, three. “My masterplan,” Jamie tells us, “is to get organised and do the heavy lifting at least one day ahead. That way you get to spend as much time with friends and family as possible. Let’s make this the best Christmas yet!” Jamie’s celebratory menu kicks off with a luxurious smoked salmon pâté. After that, he shows us how to make pork stuffing with leeks and roasted…

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‘it’s no time to go easy’

LYING HAS BECOME much more common in politics. Evasion, too. How should the broadcasters react? Answer: they must grit their teeth and refuse to accept it. And the other morning as I heard Justin Webb on Radio 4’s Today giving the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, a really hard time for dodging his question, I realised it was happening. Once upon a time, journalists were expected to know their place. There’s a depressing bit of film from 1956, in which a television reporter outside 10 Downing Street asks the prime minister, Sir Anthony Eden, if he has anything to tell the nation about the disastrous Suez crisis. “No, I don’t think so,” says Eden, and stalks off. In those days politicians felt they were answerable only to Parliament, not to characters with…

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from the rt archive… 16—22 december 1967

WHAT WE WATCHED It’s Friday and it’s time for… the Crackerjack Christmas party. Presenter Leslie Crowther was on hand with pages of party tips, from recipes to games such as Consequences and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey. “The most successful children’s parties are a series of brilliantly executed military manoeuvres,” he enthused in our pages. Crackerjack was already 12 years old, and had a long way to go before it ended in 1984. It’s being brought back next year, with Sam & Mark following in the footsteps of Crowther and Peter Glaze, Ed “Stewpot” Stewart and Stu Francis. Ooh, I could crush a grape. WHAT YOU SAID Lots of letters about the arts this week, with Rosemary Tawney from Plymouth insisting that “English folk dancing deserves a break on television” while noting…