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Radio Times 7-13th September 2019

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‘it makes my old heart sing’

I KNOW IT’S DESPERATELY ageing to admit you remember re-enacting Monty Python sketches in the school playground with your pals the day after the show went out. I vividly recall us singing “anyTHING goes in, anyTHING goes out, fish, bananas, old pyjamas, mutton, beef and trout” from one of the later series. I haven’t cheated and looked up those lyrics online, they are just there, in my head, waiting to pounce at moments like this. Gawd, why is stuff like that still cluttering up my brain, shouldn’t it have been put into some kind of cerebral attic to make room for getting to grips with something considerably more important, like “prorogation”? But a cultural phenomenon such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus is like that, it just IS, and it’s celebrating 50…

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this week 7—13 september 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… NAGA MUNCHETTY ‘I’m watching Brassic at the moment,” says the BBC Breakfast presenter. “It’s just so laugh-out-loud funny, and I love the fact it’s so raw and unapologetic – and that Sky has made all the episodes available at once!’ Naga meets Motsi Mabuse — page 26 JEFFREY ARCHER ‘I’ve been glued to Fosse/Verdon on BBC2 like a chain smoker who can’t wait to get off an aeroplane,” says the writer. “However, my don’t-miss series of the year was Das Boot, the story of a group of submariners during the Second World War. If you haven’t seen the series, dig it up, because those Germans know a thing or two about film-making.’ Viewpoint — page 9 WHAT WE’VE LEARNT THIS WEEK The celebrated 40,000-year-old Lion Man figure, carved from a single piece of mammoth ivory,…

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news

WHAT’S NEXT FOR MOFFAT? Sherlock and Doctor Who svengali Steven Moffat isn’t taking his foot off the pedal. His new drama Dracula (written with Mark Gatiss) is coming (soonish) to BBC1, and we’re hearing he now has his own standalone drama in the works, also for BBC1. Inside Man is a four-parter about a prisoner on death row who crosses paths with a woman trapped in a cellar under an English vicarage. BBC drama controller Piers Wenger says the thriller, sent on spec, was “commissioned instantly”, adding, “The script is a page-turner and grips you from the outset.” Production starts at the end of next year. HUGH TURNS POLITICAL Also returning to BBC1 for the first time since The Night Manager is Hugh Laurie (below). His new role sees him playing a “self-made,…

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bar fly…

Martin Compston is back on the investigative trail — but not as we know him. The man behind Line of Duty’s waistcoat-wearing DS Steve Arnott is one of the stars of Traces, a new Dundee-set forensic science thriller based on an original idea by Val McDermid (near right) and written by Amelia Bullmore. But his character, Daniel McAfee, isn’t a copper. He’s the love interest of the drama’s main character, Emma (Molly Windsor, far right), and is suspected of being embroiled in a nightclub fire. Joining the cast are Laura Fraser and Jennifer Spence as two professors working for the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, while Poldark’s Vincent Regan plays Compston’s father. Traces will air in six parts on Alibi in December. “With strong female characters, this is Happy Valley…

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give us the ashes back

DO YOU KNOW about the crown jewels?” he asked. “Only what I recall from my schooldays,” I replied. “They’re kept in the Tower of London, are priceless, owned by the Queen, and following her death will automatically be passed on to the next monarch…” “No, not them,” he said. “I meant the sporting crown jewels…” The young man who asked me this question some 25 years ago explained that he worked for the BBC and it was his job to inform the House of Lords what might happen to our television viewing if we didn’t make a stand. And an excellent job he did, because he managed to hold up the inevitable for some considerable time. British television is rich in sporting crown jewels: the Olympics, the football and rugby world cups, the…

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from the rt archive… 5—11 september 1981

WHAT WE WATCHED The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic 1951 novel, was set to start life as a six-part BBC1 TV series this week, with John Duttine and Emma Relph starring as Bill and Josella, the chief adversaries of the deadly plants. In our profile of the story’s creator, we discovered that Wyndham was inspired to create the Triffids by that most lovely of autumn arrivals, the blackberry, which he saw silhouetted against the sky during a night-time walk. “By Jove,” he said to his wife, Grace, “if those things could walk and think they’d be very dangerous.” And so a nightmare was born. WHAT YOU SAID You were very exercised by a Panorama about disabled babies and the right-to-die issue. “How dare any man, doctor or not, decide that a…

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