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Radio Times

Radio Times 29-5th July 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 reviews from the film team including writer 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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‘it’s like love island with bombs…’

THERE ARE TWO (possibly more, I haven’t combed the schedule of every single channel) new documentary series on television this week the titles of which start with the word “Inside” – Inside the Ritz Hotel (Wednesday ITV) and Inside the Bank of England (Tuesday BBC2). Hey, people who think up titles – enough, eh? Use a bit more imagination. But don’t let the dull title put you off Inside the Bank of England, a series charting turbulent 2018, as the bank drew up its worst-case scenarios for a no-deal Brexit before Theresa May fought, and failed, to get her deal through Parliament. Cameras were given “unprecedented access” (is access EVER “precedented”?) to follow its governor Mark Carney and his team as they hoped for the best, but prepared for the worst. There…

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this week 29 june—5 july 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… WILL SELF ‘I don’t really watch TV,” says the writer. “I care not for Fleabag or Killing Eve. Line of Duty leaves me cold. TV winds me up, rather than relaxes me. I like radio though, and while I wouldn’t necessarily want to be physically intimate with him, Melvyn Bragg’s dulcet tones, as he coddles assorted eggheads on In Our Time, is usually the last thing I hear as I fall asleep each night.’ In search of British eccentrics — page 114 JON CULSHAW ‘I love The Repair Shop – especially the fantastic skills of those brilliant craftspeople and the warmth of their teamwork,” says the comedian and impressionist. “I’m also watching The Planets, which is epic and, thanks to Professor Brian Cox, understandable.’ My favourite voices — page 117 WHAT WE’VE LEARNT THIS…

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AT HOME WITH THE WINDSORS We haven’t seen The Windsors, Channel 4’s royal family sitcom, since last year’s royal wedding special, but it will be back for a third series. Wills (Hugh Skinner) and Harry (Richard Goulding, above, with Katherine Dysdale as Meghan and Morgana Robinson as Pippa) are now feuding and things will come to a head as they try to get their Duke of Edinburgh gold awards. Elsewhere, Camilla (Haydn Gwynne) goes the full Princess Margaret, leaving Charles (Harry Enfield) time to dally with the manageress of the Highgrove gift shop. LIFE DURING WARTIME More quality drama is coming this year to ITV in the form of The Singapore Grip. The lavish six-parter stars David Morrissey, Charles Dance and Jane Horrocks and centres on the lives of Brits living in the…

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austen’s back…

Jane Austen’s six novels have inspired many adaptations, and now screenwriter Andrew Davies has turned her unfinished work, Sanditon, into an eight-part drama, coming later this year on ITV. The novel was left incomplete when the writer died in 1817, but ITV’s head of programmes, Kevin Lygo, says the story could run and run. “This is gold dust to TV,” he says, adding that it’s clear it would be “a returning thing”. Sanditon stars Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood, who moves to the fashionable Sussex seaside village of Sanditon, with Theo James as love interest Sidney Parker and Anne Reid as the deliciously direct Lady Denham. Davies says he’s thrilled by Sanditon’s combination of “a spirited young heroine, a couple of entrepreneurial brothers, dodgy financial dealings, a West Indian heiress and quite…

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‘we are all doomed!’

PERHAPS THE ONLY certainty in the Brexit debate is, whatever side you are on, the BBC have got it wrong. Brexiteers suspect that BBC journalists are (with the exception of John Humphrys) Metropolitan Remainers, while Remainers think that Auntie has gone too far in its efforts to appear impartial. Is it fair to give the economic forecasts of the Governor of the Bank of England the same weight as those of Nigel Farage? I couldn’t possibly comment. But if you really want to nail the BBC for influencing the nation’s state of mind about Brexit, you might look at how often Dad’s Army has been shown on BBC2. A conservative estimate suggests that each episode has been shown a dozen times – it has been a Saturday-night favourite ever since it…

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from the rt archive… 2—8 july 1994

WHAT WE WATCHED This week champion sprinter Linford Christie was encouraging RT readers to ditch the puddings, don the lycra and break sweat in order to get a physique like his. Ahead of a BBC1 documentary called The Contenders — about the increasing importance of science in sport — he and hurdler Colin Jackson were demonstrating their workout routines. Which will have been helpful to food-loving RT readers. This same issue included a recipe from celebrity chef Gary Rhodes for a chocolate flan containing 12oz of plain chocolate and designed to be served with clotted cream! WHAT YOU SAID An edition of ITV’s The Cook Report about the mistreatment of animals by the Spanish bullfighting authorities angered many of you. Doreen Cronin from Somerset was “shaking with fury” about the “appalling cruelty” she witnessed,…