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Radio Times 3-9th August 2019

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‘whitehall farce of a family tree’

JACK WHITEHALL MOCK-SIGHS during Who Do You Think You Are? (Monday BBC1) as he says to his dad Michael – this is a two-for-the-price-of-one WDYTYA? – “Every story needs a villain.” The “villain” in question isn’t a wrong ’un in the accepted sense, but a pillar of the Monmouthshire community in the 19th century, Jack’s four times great-grandfather Thomas Jones Phillips. It’s a smashing episode because, thanks to the deadpanning Whitehall junior, it’s so funny – not a word that can usually be applied to the venerable genealogical series. But young Jack’s withering contempt for his forebear’s insistence on crushing the Chartist movement (which wanted votes for all) in his neck of the woods is a hoot. Blow upon blow rains down upon Jack Whitehall’s dreams of having a gritty ancestor with…

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this week 3—9 august 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… LIBBY PURVES ‘Things I’ve been enjoying… the schedules were saturated in Moon shows but nothing was better than BBC2’s Eight Days: to the Moon and Back. And turning to the inner space of the brain, I was riveted by Claudia Hammond’s D for Diagnosis. Proper, thoughtful Radio 4.’ Libby Purves’s point of view — page 9 ANDREW COLLINS In our house, we’ve watched the ‘first season of Succession (Friday Sky Atlantic) three times to tide us over until season two,” says RT’s film editor. “There’s always a Celebrity Chase (ITV) or the ultimate standby, that mighty space opera Battlestar Galactica. Andrew Collins on The Red Shoes — page’ 31 WHAT WE’VE LEARNT THIS WEEK Gene Kelly’s Singin’ in the Rain routine as he splashes with delight through a puddle-strewn street is probably cinema’s best-loved…

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ITV PLUMS RIPE FOR PLUCKING? Netflix could be considering making a move for the jewel in British commercial TV’s crown — ITV. The US streaming giant has been experiencing a slight wobble of late as a result of slower than anticipated growth in subscribers, competition from rival services and the prospect of some big shows (such as the American version of The Office and the perennially popular Friends) being removed from its platform by the rights holders. So Netflix needs more top-quality content. One possible response, say analysts and insiders, is to buy ITV, which is rumoured to have been considering potential purchasers for a number of years. If Netflix did make a grab for the UK broadcaster, it would give it an important foothold with the highly respected production outfit…

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python at 50!

And now for something completely… familiar, as Monty Python prepares to turn 50 with a cavalcade of craziness. The golden anniversary of the ground-breaking Flying Circus TV series prompted a dive into the RT archive, which unearthed these amazing unpublished photographs from script meetings and rehearsals. A selection of the images will appear at a free exhibition at the BFI Southbank in London, which accompanies a month-long season of screenings through September — all 45 episodes of Flying Circus, the feature films, plus post-Python TV (including Fawlty Towers and Ripping Yarns) and movies (such as A Fish Called Wanda and Time Bandits). BBC2 will also have a specially curated celebration, while Michael Palin has executive-produced a five-part Radio 4 series featuring rare sound archive. Most exciting of all, these images — along with…

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‘we need a new play for today’

YOU COULD SAY that TV drama, fed by our apparently inexhaustible supply of fabulous actors, is on a roll. Whether a particular show is to your taste, there are plenty: police procedurals, spy stories, dystopian imaginings, reworked classic novels, second-series revivals, often (like The Handmaid’s Tale and Killing Eve) risking a new writer. Choose sleek visions from America, or UK domestic dramas involving middle-aged women with good hair in aspirational kitchens, sturdy troubled policewomen and Jodie Comer as an ironic psychopath in couture. But there’s one thing TV is running scared of: the single play. Either because of Netflix or mere timidity, commissioners want “box sets”. Which for most of us are not in a box to keep for ever, but held in a cloud or hub, shimmering pixels dependent on…

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from the rt archive… 1–7 august 1998

WHAT WE WATCHED Angus Deayton was about to front The Temptation Game, a BBC show that profiled an array of people who had been subjected to extreme temptation — testing some out by means of secret cameras. The Have I Got News for You host later proved himself no stranger to the subject, as lurid newspaper stories eventually were to show. And with typical RT foresight we put Deayton to the test with a series of moral dilemmas. “Conscience, guilt and fear of discovery usually stop us acting on animal instinct,” he told us. “The best we can hope for is the odd isolated moment of madness.” Indeed. WHAT YOU SAID There was a sporty flavour to RTÕs postbag this week, with Carol Griffin from Leamington Spa lamenting Channel 4’s athletics output, which…