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Radio Times 5-11th September 2020

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inspired by nadiya

FIVE YEARS AGO Nadiya Hussain won Bake Off and became an instant star – but lately things have been tough for her. In a revealing and frank interview on page 8 she talks about how the recent lockdown affected her mental health and how the simple (or not so simple) act of baking helps with her ongoing problems with anxiety. She also takes daily pride in her mother, who still works in a tough job supporting the NHS, and Nadiya’s dream is to be an inspiration to future generations. But we feel she has already achieved that… From baking to art – we also have an in-depth conversation with art historian Simon Schama about his new BBC2 documentary series on the Romantics. Schama’s brilliant way of making his chosen subject accessible…

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this week 5—11 september 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… LAURA MARLING ‘I’ve been watching lots of TV,” says the musician. “I thought I May Destroy You was extraordinary, and I’ve also watched The Sopranos for the second time in three years. It’s the best thing that has ever been made in the history of anything, possibly. It’s brilliant. So, so brilliant.’ Playing to an empty Albert Hall — page 108 DAVID OLUSOGA ‘I’m watching Once upon a Time in Iraq,” says the historian. “It shows the power of one of the most basic tools of the television documentary, which is the interview – when the right people are selected, when they are given time to speak and tell their own story. It’s going to win every award, and everybody should be watching it.’ The day that changed Britain — page 20 SUSAN CALMAN ‘Last…

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treat us like grown-ups!

STRAIGHT TALKING; PLAIN SPEAKING; to be treated like a grown-up. That is what I crave. The coronavirus will not simply disappear, allowing us to get back to our old way of life. The economy will not simply “bounce back”. We will all have to learn to live in an era of difficult choices and uncomfortable trade-offs. Yet many leaders believe that what we want from them is certainty. Look, they say, at the evidence of what works: simple, memorable slogans like “Make America Great Again”, “Take Back Control” and, yes, “Stay at Home, Save Lives, Protect the NHS”. Look, also, at how anything more nuanced has flopped – “Stay Alert” and, er, what was it again? That’s why we’ve been promised policies to deal with the pandemic that are “world-beating” or “ground-breaking”…

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from the rt archive… 8—14 september 1979

WHAT WE WATCHED BBC2 launched its autumn season with what would come to be regarded as one of the best serials of all time — Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. RT provided a glossary of some of the espionage terms used in the adaptation of John le Carré’s serpentine spy thriller (such as “the circus”, “lamplighters” and “scalphunters”) and also spent time with actor Alec Guinness, who was playing mole-hunter George Smiley. He was feeling “pretty flush” after taking two per cent of the profits from Star Wars and said he’d be “perfectly happy” to play Smiley again. The sequel Smiley’s People, in which George is called out of retirement, followed in 1982. WHAT YOU SAID An industrial dispute at ITV had left screens blank on the commercial channel, and RT readers were disappointed…

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‘i have a dream’

Nadiya Bakes Wednesday 8.30pm BBC2 NADIYA HUSSAIN DOESN’T seem to have an off switch. Minutes before we connect over Zoom to talk about her new TV baking series, she’s busy clearing out her fridge. “I refuse to do a weekly shop when we have odds and ends lying around. I put on a timer to see if I can do it in five minutes – I often do that to test myself.” She’s not boasting about her thriftiness or zeal for housework, but explaining why the kitchen is her happy place. “There’s something about being in the kitchen that is really relaxing because you can focus. You can challenge yourself to use up what you’ve got and that allows you to be creative.” She’s not the only one who’s found solace in the…

6 min.
screen savers

EastEnders Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri BBC1 ITS SECRET AFFAIRS have topped the ratings and its arguments are among the rowdiest on television, but can life at EastEnders ever be the same again on a socially distanced set? That was the question facing the soap’s bosses when filming resumed at BBC Elstree in July following its three-month lockdown suspension. “We wanted to give the audience the EastEnders that they recognised, with all the kissing and fighting that they expect to see,” says executive producer Jon Sen. But how could this be achieved when actors still have to keep each other at arm’s length? Partly, it transpires, thanks to Perspex. Large sheets of the stuff have been deployed to provide a physical barrier between cast members and will, Sen hopes, give the impression that…