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Radio Times

Radio Times 17-23rd August 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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In this issue

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‘do bally and sedge have the right stuff?’

A COLLEAGUE HAS JUST asked if I can remember where I was when I heard that Lord Mountbatten had been murdered by the IRA in August 1979. To be honest, I don’t remember. I think I might just have left home to start work as a trainee reporter. But I do retain a strong impression of the profound shock at such a dreadful act, when Mountbatten’s boat was blown up during a holiday at the family home in County Sligo, Ireland. Incredibly, the boat was routinely left unattended at night. Two teenagers, Mountbatten’s grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull, and Paul Maxwell, a young crew member, were also killed. The Day Mountbatten Died (Monday BBC2; BBC1 in Northern Ireland) is an excellent film that hears from family members, witnesses and former members of the IRA.…

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this week 17—23 august 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… SUZANNE MOORE I watch a lot of news and I’m ‘really enjoying Newsnight,” says the writer. “Both Emily Maitlis and Emma Barnett are superb. My favourite thing for a long time was Everybody in the Place, a brilliant film in which Jeremy Dellar lectures young people on the history of acid house. It’s fantastic. ’ Why I love Edna O’Brien — page 114 NICHOLAS WITCHELL I have a soft spot for the BBC ‘News at 6pm,” says the BBC’s royal correspondent. “It’s 35 years since Sue Lawley and I presented the first edition. On Radio 4, I like Reflections with Peter Hennessey for its insights from recently retired politicians. And I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue is as fresh as ever. ’ The day Lord Mountbatten died — page 22 WHAT WE’VE LEARNT THIS…

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A BIG CAST FOR THE TALE OF A BIG CAT Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, David Walliams and Tamsin Greig have joined forces to take a tiger to tea. Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to Tea is to be Channel 4’s Christmas treat this year, following on from previous C4 animations The Snowman and The Snowdog and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Cumberbatch plays Daddy, Oyelowo is the greedy Tiger, Walliams narrates and Tamsin Greig plays the ever-patient Mummy of the young heroine Sophie (played by seven-year-old Clara Ross). Says Oyelowo: “Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to play the tiger from The Tiger Who Came to Tea? He’s a big cat of few words but I relished all of the growling, chomping and slurping, which called…

1 min.
cake, anyone?

Sandi Toksvig, pocketwatch in hand, is making sure you won’t be late for a very important date. Next week, The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4, with the QI host again being joined by Noel “Mad Hatter” Fielding — and the King and Queen of tarts themselves, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. This fantastical image was shot on location at Welford Park, the home of Bake Off, before filming began on the new series. “The four of us know each other really well,” Sandi tells RT, adding that the quartet enjoyed drinks after a day’s filming. “We are unbelievably chilled together and we laugh a lot.”…

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come to the english riviera

TWENTY FIVE YEARS ago, when I wasn’t delivering the weather forecasts on the BBC, I was warning people of the effects of climate change: that by 2050, at the current rate of global temperature increase, London’s summer climate would be similar to that of southern France, with average summer temperatures easily exceeding 30° Celsius. I also warned that by 2100 a London summer would be very much like that in Greece, which is nearer 40°C. I made other predictions, including that the Sahara desert would move north into the Mediterranean area, which would force all those living there to migrate across northern Europe. We’re already beginning to see some of these changes, with many parts of Europe, including the UK, having their hottest-ever day in July. If this is repeated year…

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from the rt archive… 19—25 august 1995

WHAT WE WATCHED Patsy Palmer’s Bianca Jackson was getting engaged to Ricky Butcher on EastEnders (BBC1) and RT marked the occasion by asking legendary photographer David Bailey to capture the Walford beauty. His verdict? “She’s a flaming redhead with a flaming personality.” Palmer felt overwhelmed by the shoot (her hair alone took two hours to get right). “I was just really, really nervous,” she said. “It’s such an honour, isn’t it?” But she was put at her ease by Bailey’s young daughter Paloma, who was also starstruck and even asked for Palmer’s autograph. WHAT YOU SAID RT readers were preoccupied by EastEnders on our letters pages, too, with many of you roaring with laughter at the cast’s recent jaunt to Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol. “What a treat to take a break…