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Radio Times 29-4th September 2020

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2 min.
a striking success

WHEN JK ROWLING wrote her first crime thriller, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, she hoped her work would be judged on its literary merit rather than by the Harry Potter baggage she carried around like an overloaded luggage trolley stuck on Platform 9⇠. Some hope! Inevitably, Rowling’s hand was revealed. But her fictional detective Cormoran Strike has gone on to be a huge success – a grown-up hero, fleshed out for an adult audience, first on page and then on screen when the first novel was adapted by the BBC. Now Cormoran Strike is back and on page 8 Tom Burke and his on-screen sidekick Holliday Grainger tell us what it takes to transfer Rowling’s densely written characters and dark tales from page to screen. They also reveal the role she plays…

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this week 3—9 march 2018

WHAT I’M WATCHING… ANITA RANI ‘I May Destroy You was amazing,” says the presenter, who is this week’s columnist. “I’m in awe of Michaela Coel’s talent. I think she’s one of the most brilliant, bright, powerful women who’s changing the agenda of storytelling and television. It was just so unbelievably refreshing to watch, and incredibly moving.’ Viewpoint — page 7 MATTHEW LEWIS ‘I finally got around to watching Chernobyl and it blew me away,” says the actor. “It was absolutely exceptional and a real warning from history in terms of what it was saying about political lies and misinformation. It’s still so topical and relevant today.’ All Creatures Great and Small — page 26 HOLLIDAY GRAINGER ‘I have just finished Normal People and I May Destroy You and I drank them up,” says the Strike star. “I…

3 min.
stop the plastic pandemic!

ONE THING THAT many people couldn’t help noticing in lockdown was the way plastic piled up in our kitchens. We’re all used to filling our recycling boxes with used milk and food containers, but it was astonishing how much we throw away. But what about the stuff we can’t see? Did you know plastic also lurks in places where we don’t expect to find it? Filming for the new instalment of War on Plastic, before the coronavirus crisis hit, we found that having a cup of tea can also involve using hidden plastic that has an impact on the environment. Startling news for me – I’m a Yorkshire girl and I need my tea! – and we’ll reveal just why in the new show. When we began work on War on Plastic…

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from the rt archive… 2—8 september 2000

WHAT WE WATCHED The biggest draw of the new autumn schedules was an old show in disguise: Thunderbirds was 35 years old and had been digitally remastered and buffed up for a new generation to watch on BBC2. Creator Gerry Anderson revealed to Radio Times that the only original puppet he still owned was that of chauffeur Parker and, at that time, he was considering putting him up for auction. Its value had been estimated at £40,000. As for which Tracy brother was his favourite member of the daring International Rescue team, Anderson revealed that Scott felt like an extension of himself, “although far better looking”. WHAT YOU SAID Queen of Mean Anne Robinson had just launched Weakest Link — and Donald Paterson of Bishopmill in Moray was not impressed. “The programme revolves…

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strike a light

Strike: Lethal White Sunday, Monday 9.00pm BBC1 HOLLIDAY GRAINGER remembers clearly the moment she first met Tom Burke. It was at a 2011 screening of the French film The Artist, in London, six years before they found fame together in Strike. “We really got on,” she says. Did she look at the dark and brooding Burke and think – this person is sensational, I must work with him? “That’s exactly what I thought.” Really? “No! But we actually have the same agents, so it was like, ‘We must be two of a kind then. We have the same taste in the people we keep around us.’” We have gathered via Zoom to discuss Lethal White, the fourth series of Strike, the TV drama based on JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike crime novels written…

5 min.
earth song

Planet Earth: a Celebration Monday 8.00pm BBC1 A SEA IGUANA HATCHES from her egg in the desert, alone. She sets off to find her parents at the shoreline, unaware of the racer snakes preparing to kill her… A snow leopard tries to find a mate, but accidentally endangers her cub… An octopus tries to outwit a pyjama shark, in the mostingenious way… We’re with these creatures and others, eye-to-eye, tooth-to-tooth, in a new one-hour compilation drawn from two of the BBC’s greatest ever wildlife series – Human Planet II and Blue Planet II. It was commissioned early in lockdown as a treat for David Attenborough fans, to let nature inspire us in unprecedented times. A new soundtrack dazzles around them, created by award-winning composer Hans Zimmer, famous for his scores for films…