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Radio Times

Radio Times 13-19th 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 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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‘i’m feeling a bit wistful this week…’

ONE OF MY career highlights was at the Radio Times/BFI Television Festival two years ago when I chaired a Poldark panel discussion. Aidan Turner was one of the participants and I knew it would be unlike anything I had ever done before when we got out of the car at the venue and hordes of women were screaming “AIDAN! AIDAN!” Once inside the gigantic Imax cinema, the atmosphere bristled with anticipation. When we went on stage, the whole place erupted. The Imax is an almost vertiginously lofty place and I could only gaze in wonder at a wall of hundreds upon hundreds of yelling women. It was great, even at the end, when I had to send in security after Turner disappeared under a welter of happy admirers who all wanted…

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this week 13—19 july 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… MELVYN BRAGG ‘World news is a spectacular drama at the moment – Hong Kong, the Middle East, Europe – whenever you turn on,” says the broadcaster. “I listen to the news on Radio 4 at 7.00am and at midnight and anything else I can catch in between. I’m also enjoying the cricket World Cup.’ Viewpoint — page 9 REGGIE YATES ‘I watch programmes on iPlayer more than I watch on traditional TV,” says the presenter. “I love two US series – Atlanta and Snowfall, with British actor Damson Idris, who’s a fantastic performer. And of course I love Line of Duty – Stephen Graham is one of my favourite actors.’ Reggie goes to Hollywood — page 14 WHAT WE’VE LEARNT THIS WEEK Like the Queen, employees of the social network giant Facebook have two birthdays…

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REMEMBERING PAUL FOOT Have I Got News for You captain and Private Eye editor Ian Hislop was on good form presenting the Paul Foot Award for Investigative and Campaigning Journalism to Buzzfeed’s Emily Dugan recently. Paying tribute to Paul Foot, the crusading journalist in whose memory the awards are held, Hislop recalled Foot’s dogged campaign for justice for the Bridgewater Four (which led to the overturning of their convictions for the 1978 murder of paperboy Carl Bridgewater). Hislop revealed that he and Foot had watched the 1993 BBC dramatisation of the case, Bad Company, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Ken Stott — and was astonished to see that Foot was played by Hislop’s erstwhile colleague Angus Deayton, former chair of Have I Got News for You! THE RACE IS ON — AGAIN I’ve…

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suburban heroes

Prepare to head to northern suburbia next month for Sky 1’s new comedy, Brassic, about a group of working-class mates. “Brassic is about what’s happened over the last 20 years,” explains its writer, Danny Brocklehurst. “These people have been left behind — they haven’t moved to the big city, but they don’t see themselves as victims. They are just getting on with life and finding ways to survive.” Much of the show is based on the life of This Is England star Joe Gilgun, who plays Vinnie. Like Joe, Vinnie has bipolar disorder, but it doesn’t stop him trying to make his way — he’s full of ebullience, even if his wallet isn’t always full of cash. “Joe’s stories are hilarious,” says Brocklehurst. “He has a such a brilliant view of the world.” But…

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‘don’t deplete the bbc’

THE ARTS HAVE been increasingly successful every year since 1945. They’ve been key to the development of war-damaged cities such as Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. When choirs and orchestras were introduced into primary schools and comprehensives, the discipline in those schools and academic results in every area increased because the students actively wanted to be part of groups of performers, and the results were startling. Look at Andria Zafirakou in Alperton Community School in north London, where, through intense concentration on the arts, she transformed a failing disregarded school without hope into a place full of ambition, confidence and optimism. And this is happening elsewhere. ‘What is to stop us becoming the dynamic centre of world culture?’ More than ever before we need to build on our strengths. The arts are one of…

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from the rt archive… 8—14 july 1989

WHAT WE WATCHED Liberté, egalité et fraternité! Long live the French Revolution, said RT, marking its 200th anniversary with a Gallicthemed issue — and who better to reflect on the occasion than René from BBC1 sitcom ’Allo ’Allo. “The net result was that so many aristos escaped to England that it took many years for us to find people we could dislike,” René wrote (via his “agent provocateur”, the writer Jeremy Lloyd). “Fortunately, fate came to our rescue in the shape of English tourists… if there is another revolution in France, it will be, of course, to get rid of the English.” How times, er, change… WHAT YOU SAID RT had just published a “green issue” extolling environmentalism and it was welcomed by Andy Powley from Edinburgh, but he commented that “to say…