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Radio Times

Radio Times 15-21st June 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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‘an important piece of television’

IF THERE IS a finer, more profound, more thoughtful series this year, or even next year, than Years and Years, I will be surprised. The final episode (Tuesday BBC1) isn’t just a blackly funny look at a dystopian future of chaos, fear, violence, intolerance, the rise of the far right and a world disintegrating in the face of a kind of mass selfishness, it’s an important piece of television. Admittedly Russell T Davies’s drama appears to have proved hard to stomach for a mainstream audience, with low viewing figures (though here’s hoping millions of people, right now, are seeking it on iPlayer) but that doesn’t matter. Nothing can dilute a strong central message as Davies begs us to find our humanity again. The quest is personified by Anne Reid who, as…

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this week 15—21 june 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… GEORGE CLOONEY The first two seasons of ‘Narcos were as good as anything you’d see in the cinema,” says the Hollywood star. “I also love documentaries – if I’m flipping through channels, it’s the History Channel I’ll stop on, World War II in Colour, that kind of thing. Otherwise, I am that guy who watches nothing but sports. When basketball’s March Madness ended my wife was like, “It’s over!” And I said, “Yeah, but the Masters golf is on next week…”’ Why I said yes to Catch-22 — page 16 ANGELA RIPPON I have just watched Good ‘Omens and loved it,” says the TV presenter. “Michael Sheen and David Tennant obviously had a ball. Stephen Graham is compelling viewing in Channel 4’s The Virtues. And my real treat is the box set…

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SHUFFLING THE DECK AT ITV All change at ITV entertainment department, where the broadcaster continues its search for a new Saturday-night, shiny-floor hit. Head of entertainment commissioning Siobhan Greene is leaving after seven years, which means that Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of programmes, has lost someone he called his creative “pocket rocket”. Greene’s replacement is head of entertainment commissioning Katie Rawcliffe who co-created Dancing on Ice and has worked on shows including I’m a Celebrity… Lygo will be hoping she’ll stay put for a while. BILL GATES’S FAVOURITE SITCOM Also departing the TV landscape is Silicon Valley. HBO’s sitcom about the tech world (which aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK and is funnier than it sounds) is bowing out with a sixth and final series later this year. Its fans include tech…

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ross returns

Dust off your tricorn hats! The fifth and final series of Poldark is galloping onto BBC1 this summer — but with a twist: Debbie Horsfield’s scripts are the first episodes of the revived drama not directly based on Winston Graham’s 12-novel saga. The action begins in 1800 with villainous George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) devastated at the loss of his beloved Elizabeth, and Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) facing new challenges. Fresh faces include Freddie Wise as Elizabeth’s son Geoffrey Charles who, in the wake of his mother’s death, decides to join the military. New characters include Cecily Hanson (Lily Dodsworth Evans), whose opinions on the abolition of slavery pit her against her well-to-do family, and interracial couple Kitty and Ned Despard (Kerri McLean and Vincent Regan) — a real…

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‘don’t fall for cartoon maggie’

GILLIAN ANDERSON IS the latest of many actresses to take on the role of Margaret Thatcher. She will appear in the next series of The Crown, the moving version of Madame Tussaud’s. Gillian is likely to play the part well. But having closely observed the former prime minister for many years, I can assure you that she ain’t no Margaret Thatcher. Even the marvellous Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady didn’t convince me. It’s hard for producers not to fall for the strident, cartoon version of Maggie. Clutching you by the arm, or putting her hand over yours by way of greeting, made her much more attractive in real life. At times, even with a journalist like me – hardly a close friend – she could be relaxed enough to be…

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from the rt archive… 16—22 june 1979

WHAT WE WATCHED It had been ten years since Monty Python’s Flying Circus premiered on the BBC and we assembled the troupe to reminisce about their first live recording of material conceived, written and performed by John Cleese, Michael Palin et al. “My only memory is just the audience arriving there and people thinking they’d come to see a circus,” Terry Gilliam told us. “And the BBC was calling it a circus so I think it was just a family audience and old age pensioners coming to see the lions and clowns.” Palin compared the feeling of the night to “not exactly jumping off a cliff on a dark night, but certainly being slowly pushed off”. WHAT YOU SAID “Why is the BBC so obsessed with death and disaster?” wondered C Bonning from…