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Radio Times 22-28th August 2020

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2 min.
piper calls the tune

Billie Piper knows well the perils of fame. As a teenage pop star, she was top of the charts at 15 and adorning the front covers of glossy magazines long before she was old enough to vote. When the lure of music faded, she turned to acting and quickly found herself starring opposite David Tennant in Doctor Who, where she became known to a whole new generation as Rose, the companion who was everyone’s idea of the girl next door. Then she decided to shake up her wholesome image by playing a sex worker on primetime ITV, to some critical success. In between times she married – and divorced – one of Britain’s most famous broadcasters, before marrying, and having children with, the scion of a great British acting dynasty (who…

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this week 22—28 august 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… HARRY HILL ‘I’ve probably been watching what everyone else has been in lockdown. I saw Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness (Netflix). I’ve heard I May Destroy You was very good, so I’m going to catch up on that.’ Harry’s back! — page 20 PAUL WHITEHOUSE & BOB MORTIMER PAUL ‘I’ve really enjoyed the Match of the Day: Top 10s, though it was slightly shocking to hear Shearer saying the f-word. And I’ve now watched every episode of Schitt’s Creek. I was initially put off by the title, which is awful. But the show is very good indeed.’ BOB ‘I’ve got well into The Real Housewives; I’ve completed Beverly Hills and Orange County and I’m now on to season seven of New York City. Paul doesn’t know what I’m talking about because it’s…

3 min.
going for a song?

AUGUST, THE TURNING point of the year; warmth still hanging on, and the nights drawing in a little. Fields parched and yellowing. And the summer hush of the birds. While there’s still plenty of calling chatter in the bird world, the song season is pretty much over: the blackbird’s seductive melodies gone for the year, robins in quiet recovery from moult before singing for their autumn territories. On the other hand, the roar of the human machine is back, as our roads fill with daytrippers and holiday-makers desperate for air and green space in the nervous easing of lockdown restrictions. Get it while you can. ‘Quiet streets sound beautiful with simple birdsong’ How different from that first six-week period, when there was the strange contrast between a menacing pandemic and an overwhelming sense…

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from the rt archive… 20—26 august 2005

WHAT WE WATCHED UK stars were being reborn in the USA, but Hugh Laurie was self-effacing about his big success in House: “I don’t watch the show, or read reviews, nor meet many people I’m not working with. I hear, vaguely, we’re doing all right [at that time, 16 million viewers in the US], but I don’t know enough to be embarrassed, or proud. I get on with it. It’s, ummm, very exciting.” Others being singled out thanks to their Stateside success included Parminder Nagra (whose role in Bend It like Beckham had caught the eye of ER bosses) and Dominic Monaghan, who’d gone from assisting Hetty Wainthropp to dealing with island life on Lost. WHAT YOU SAID Sunday-night favourite Born and Bred had come to an end, but its downbeat final episode…

7 min.
‘i know myself now’

I Hate Suzie Thursday 9.00pm, 9.45pm Sky Atlantic IN BILLIE PIPER’S new series she plays a woman who shot to fame as a 15-year-old pop star before becoming an actor, moving to the country and having a baby, while never quite giving up her partying ways. After marital problems and reinventing herself as a theatre performer, the eponymous protagonist of I Hate Suzie certainly sounds familiar. Yet Piper says she’d be horrified if viewers took the eight-part series – which she co-created with Succession writer and best friend Lucy Prebble – too literally. “There are lots of moments I really wouldn’t want people to think were autobiographical,” she snorts with laughter. It’s certainly bold. The story begins with Suzie’s iCloud being hacked and a photo of her in flagrante with her lover being…

8 min.
great tv on its way

‘In my 20s, a lot of my stress was buried’BILLIE PIPER 1 I HATE SUZIE Billie Piper plays a celebrity whose explicit photos are leaked after her iCloud is hacked. The drama explores the impact that growing up in the spotlight can have on mental health. With echoes of Billie’s own life, it’s a brave story — told with no holds barred! 2 STRIKE BBC1 30 August Tom Burke returns as private detective Cormoran Strike, alongside partner Robin Ellacott, played by Holliday Grainger (right with Burke), in the fourth instalment of JK Rowling’s novels (written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith). After a disturbed young man breaks into their offices, the pair are hired by a prominent MP being blackmailed — the two cases appear to be connected, but how? The detective duo set out on…