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Radio Times 6-12th June 2020

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2 min.
great escapes

THESE DAYS, WHEN a new drama turns up in the schedules it’s something to be celebrated, as we can never be certain when the next one will come along. This week we welcome something to BBC1 that’s new and also bit special. We talk to the extraordinarily talented Michaela Coel, who has turned a traumatic personal experience into a no-holds-barred drama. I May Destroy You is brave, funny and a tough watch at times, but it’s a story she had to tell. Read more on page 8. Luckily, filming was completed on Coel’s drama before lockdown descended. But what about other programmes that have been postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19? On page 12 we ask the heads of drama commissioning at the BBC and ITV what they think the future…

1 min.
this week 6—12 june 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… BETTANY HUGHES ‘I’ve spent lockdown devouring the shows I’ve missed over the last 20 years,” says the historian and presenter. “My new favourites include Succession, which is the epitome of class drama – Dickensian in the truest sense. The New Anatomy of Melancholy on Radio 4 reminds us how connected we are across time and space. And Life Drawing Live on BBC4 is unmissable – the drama, the tension, the barbs!’ In the footsteps of Odysseus — page 136 TOM BRADBY ‘I always watch the news obsessively, and now more than ever,” says the News at Ten presenter, “but I have also been ploughing through a lot of box sets. The Morning Show on Apple TV+ was sublime, and Trying was light but fun. You can’t go wrong with Julian Fellowes and…

3 min.
the power of art is priceless

MAKING TELEVISION ABOUT art is, at one level, downright weird. All my life I have haunted art galleries and got a huge emotional kick from great paintings. But it has taught me that you really have to see them in the flesh. There is something about being in the presence of a great work of art that clever reproduction, on the page or on the screen, however crisp, can’t rival. My new Channel 5 series, The World’s Greatest Paintings, tells stories behind ten of the best-known, best-loved paintings in the world. For me, the thrill was very much about spending hours, almost alone, with Leonardo’s Mona Lisa, Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, Monet’s Water Lilies, Constable’s The Hay Wain, and many more, face to face, just looking and thinking. It takes a…

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from the rt archive… 4—10 june 1977

WHAT WE WATCHED Silver Jubilee week was marked with revelry, pageantry, fireworks — and a souvenir issue of Radio Times. A newly knighted Norman Hartnell, who designed the Queen’s Coronation gown, was reminiscing about the decade in which the monarch came to the throne: “I look back to the 50s as the last of those days When London Was Lovely — a good title for my next memoirs.” That wistfulness seemed due to the impact of inflation on his workroom, where the number of embroiderers had dwindled from 85 to just five. But he continued designing for both the Queen and the Queen Mother until his death two years later, in 1979. WHAT YOU SAID David Frost’s interview with Richard Nixon made history thanks to his extraction of an apology from the former…

12 min.
‘from one victim, survivor to another’

I May Destroy You Mon, Tue 10.45pm BBC1 (Mon 11.15pm N Ireland & Wales; Tue 11.45pm N Ireland) MICHAELA COEL ZOOMS into view on my laptop, all sunshine cheerfulness and boundless enthusiasm with, in the foreground, a bucket-sized beaker of green juice. It pretty much fills the screen. “It’s almost as if I wanted you to notice it!” is her playful rejoinder when I ask what it is. Apologising, the actor/writer/director says it was blending this health-giving smoothie that made her a notch late for our lunchtime interview. “Why did I do this?” she ponders. “Because it’s quick and I haven’t eaten yet.” Coel first came to our attention in 2015 as the creator and star of the double-Bafta-winning E4 comedy Chewing Gum; now she’s here to talk about her latest, very different,…

7 min.
dramatic pause…

MICHAELA COEL’S I May Destroy You, just like recent hit Normal People, represents a lost pre-Covid-19 time, when the main questions a drama commissioner had to answer were whether they liked a project and which slot to put it in. Some pundits have made much of both Normal People and I May Destroy You running on BBC1, despite being quirkier than the network’s traditional hits. But with so much demand for content watched on many different platforms, does channel branding matter less? “I do think that,” says Piers Wenger, controller of BBC drama commissioning. “Although that’s my personal view, not wider BBC policy. Will Normal People be remembered as a BBC1 show, a BBC3 show or an iPlayer show? People just want to be able to watch great shows at the time…