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Radio Times 21-27th September 2019

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‘it’s a festival of poise and panache’

THE WORLD TURNS, and the great glitzy mirror-ball of Strictly Come Dancing turns with it. A new season of pro-celebrity hoofing begins this week (Saturday BBC1), just as that other great festival of poise and panache, the Rugby World Cup (ITV from Saturday), also gets up to speed. Of course, many of the players competing in Japan are built like Sontaran heavies (remember that warrior race in Doctor Who?), but I’d be surprised if at least one of them doesn’t end up dancing on a future Strictly. Who wouldn’t want to see Billy Vunipola do the rumba? I’ve been loving the current series of Peaky Blinders, which concludes this Sunday on BBC1. Although if I’m honest, I haven’t loved it quite as much as previous series. It’s still a powerhouse of…

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this week 21—27 september 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… MARK POUGATCH ‘I watch Gardeners’ World,” says the presenter of ITV’s rugby World Cup coverage. “Growing your own veg is a great pleasure and in my next life I want to be Monty Don. I also saw bread week in The Great British Bake Off – I make my own sourdough with fluctuating success. I’ve downloaded Succession for when I’m in Japan. Everyone is raving about it and I missed series one.’ Jonny Wilkinson interview — page 12 MARK LAWSON ‘The Capture on BBC1 is a visually innovative conspiracy thriller that leaves viewers paranoid about what we may have missed or misunderstood,” says this week’s columnist. “And The Andrew Neil Show on BBC2 is the perfect guide to the real-life paranoid conspiracy thriller of Brexit Britain – and it really ought to…

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ITV’S “BIG CAMP FEST” ITV has a new entertainment series lined up for next year. Originally an American series (itself adapted from a South Korean format), The Masked Singer involves 12 celebs singing while hiding their identity behind a mask: they only show their faces when they leave the show. It sounds odd and, if the international versions are anything to go by, it probably will be. But ITV boss Kevin Lygo has other concerns. “The Masked Singer will be a big camp fest,” he told the Edinburgh Television Festival with typical candour. “The challenge for the production company is that, when the big reveal comes, you don’t go, who the heck is that? [The US version] got Donny Osmond and La Toya Jackson, we’ll probably have Su Pollard and Christopher…

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feel good factor

Canadian comedian Mae Martin looks set to boost her public profile in the UK with her new autobiographical comedy, Feel Good, in which she stars alongside Friends star Lisa Kudrow and Call the Midwife alumna, Charlotte Ritchie. It’s been commissioned by E4/Netflix, who promise it will depict “the modern-day fluid landscape of gender and sexuality”. Kudrow plays Mae’s Canada-based mother, who impacts her daughter’s life from afar, while Ritchie is her girlfriend (“both the balm to Mae’s anxiety and the cause”), Adrian Lukis is her English father, and Sophie Thompson is a friend and confidante. “It’s sweet and very funny and awkward and well observed,” says Kudrow. Meanwhile, Martin says she can’t wait for the show to air (next spring). “If anyone wants to come to my house to watch it, you’re…

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‘soaps need to calm down’

SOAPS HAVE ALWAYS suffered snobbery within the industry, and from critics. Which is why the makers try to popularise “continuing drama” as an alternative to the term “soap”. I have never shared this prejudice, having watched every episode of Brookside (Channel 4, 1982-2003), experienced long periods of addiction to EastEnders, and regularly visited Coronation Street and Emmerdale as a reviewer. But now I fear that shows once seemingly set to be broadcasting immortals – the 59-year-old Coronation Street, Emmerdale, 47, and EastEnders, 34 – face a potentially fatal crisis. It’s not just the vertiginous decline in ratings – Corrie and ’Enders, which once commanded up to 30 million viewers (for Christmas episodes), now peak at around a fifth of that – but a fundamental creative problem. They risk becoming impossible to…

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from the rt archive… 22—28 september 1984

WHAT WE WATCHED Landmark BBC2 drama Threads imagined the unthinkable — a full-scale nuclear assault on the UK, as part of a global Armageddon which sees billions of people wiped out. The drama focused on two Sheffield families, the Kemps and the Becketts, and took us painfully and unsparingly through the initial impact and subsequent struggles to survive in a horrific, freezing twilight world of nuclear winter — effectively, the end of modern civilisation. Writer Barry Hines told us that even watching the filming sent a “shiver up my spine, tears in my eyes”. Viewers felt the same. WHAT YOU SAID RT had a redesign which introduced full colour, and our postbag was packed with praise — and one or two complaints, of course, mainly about what Mrs Dorothy Worth from Grimsby called…