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Radio Times

Radio Times 20-26th 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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‘daniel radcliffe is reduced to tears’

THERE’S A VERY moving moment in Daniel Radcliffe’s Who Do You Think You Are? (Monday, BBC1) when his auntie, with due reverence, hands him an envelope full of the most precious letters. These are the exchanges between Radcliffe’s great-great uncle Ernie from the Front during the First World War. There are letters from Ernie to his mum, and letters to Ernie from his devoted sweetheart that are full of such tenderness that Radcliffe is reduced to tears. I know there are always weepy moments like this in WDYTYA? But this is genuine and heartfelt, and Radcliffe feels he has come to know great-great uncle Ernie, as, in our small way, do we. It’s an excellent start to a new series, the 16th, that will also feature Kate Winslet (see our interview on page…

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6 ways to get more from your digital rt

1 JUST TAP FOR MORE… Wherever you see a “tap for more” button, on a feature or one of our experts’ Choices, just tap on it for more exclusive content, a picture gallery or a video. 2 WATCH NOW! Just go to Discover TV, tap on any of the week’s best programmes on iPlayer, Netflix and beyond — and start watching. 3 TAKE THE SHORT CUTS… We’ve included digital short cuts so you can zoom between our listings, Choices and features. Look for the RT Choice button. 4 IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS… Radio Times’s TV and radio listings are the most detailed of any available. Only Radio Times gives you cast lists and writer credits for major programmes and primetime films. 5 IT’S NOT CALLED RADIO TIMES FOR NOTHING! Nobody does radio listings better than Radio Times. Tap…

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this week 20—26 july 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… DEBBIE HORSFIELD ‘I absolutely loved Gentleman Jack,” says the creator of Poldark. “I also watched the women’s World Cup (from behind the sofa!), I’m catching up on series two of Big Little Lies, and I’m binge-watching the amazing Chernobyl.’ Meet the real Ross and Demelza — page 14 GEOFF NORCOTT ‘I’ve been gripped by this socio-experiment, I think economic it’s called Love Island,” says the comedian and this week’s columnist. “On radio, Dead Ringers is quietly brilliant every week. And I’ve been enjoying a Star Wars podcast called Rebel Force Radio. As the responsibilities of middle-age bite, it’s nice to spend some time thinking about Wookies.’ Viewpoint — page 9 WHAT WE’VE LEARNT THIS WEEK Hard luck if you are down the pecking order in the complex social structure of the toque macaque…

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DRIVE ON In 2014’s BBC1 drama The Driver, David Morrissey starred as an ordinary man who became a driver for a criminal gang. Now it’s to be reimagined for a US audience. Director Sunu Gonera is developing a remake set in New Orleans for cable giant FX, featuring a predominantly African-American cast. Danny Brocklehurst, who co-wrote the original series with Jeff Poyser, says he has met with Gonera and is thrilled with the idea. “He’s completely re-envisioned it,” Brocklehurst tells me. “It’s the same central story but with a completely different slant.” Different, yes, but the man taking the Morrissey role may be familiar to UK audiences. He is Giancarlo Esposito, fondly remembered by Breaking Bad aficionados for his chilling turn as ruthless drugs kingpin Gus Fring. BACK TO HALIFAX Last Tango in…

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material glories

Twelve years after a movie adaptation, The Golden Compass, failed to wow audiences, Philip Pullman’s acclaimed and much-loved His Dark Materials novels are returning to the screen, this time on BBC1. Just don’t call this tale of spirit animals, parallel worlds, talking bears and witches a magic story… “We’ve tried to avoid the feeling of fantasy,” production designer Joel Collins said, speaking to RT on set. “It needs to be a plausible world, built on science — even if that science is different to ours.” Accordingly, all the strange machines and gadgets in the series, to be shown later this year — including the compass-like alethiometer, which allows lead character Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen, right) to read the future — are built to seem like they could actually work. Meanwhile, the daemons — the…

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‘the bbc must be class blind’

I HAD A VERY pushy mother. One day, we had a garage sale to raise money for a Blue Peter charity appeal. My mum not only got us in touch with the Beeb, but also an audience with the programme editor, the great Biddy Baxter herself. I still remember Biddy gamely managing to look impressed at the modest £7.50 we’d raised. That experience gave me an early sense that the BBC could also be for people like me. However, the Corporation has a challenge in that, for many working class people, there is a sense of it being a plaything for the middle classes. The recent controversy over social justice themes being crowbarred into Doctor Who had many wondering if output can be hijacked to pursue political agendas. Call me chippy, but…