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Radio Times 20-26th June 2020

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2 min.
classic tv reborn

WHEN LOCKDOWN BEGAN, some of us wondered what it would mean for television. With actors, writers and producers unable to work, the well of new TV dramas would soon run dry. As it turns out, lockdown looks as though it could see TV drama change for good, as TV editor Alison Graham points out on p39. If stripped-back dramas are suddenly the order of the day, there’s no more perfect example of drama laid bare than Alan Bennett’s television masterpiece Talking Heads. First broadcast in 1987 and starring such giants of the small screen as Maggie Smith and Julie Walters, the ground-breaking monologues helped define TV at the end of the last century. Now they have been remade with some of today’s biggest stars, including Jodie Comer and Lesley Manville, who play…

1 min.
this week 20—26 june 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… LESLEY MANVILLE ‘I really loved Normal People. The two actors, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, are quite astonishing. Just somebody talking to me with an Irish accent kind of does it.’ NICHOLAS HYTNER ‘The thing that really gave me a lot of pleasure is a Mexican Netflix series called Casa de las Flores. It’s gorgeous, funny, queer and sexy. It’s like a high-class telenovela. I absolutely love it.’ Lesley Manville stars in Bed among the Lentils, directed by Nicholas Hytner — see page 12 JODIE COMER ‘I’ve just completed season three of Ozark. I didn’t think I was going to like the series, but I finished it last night and I’m completely still reeling…’ JOSIE ROURKE ‘I watched The Americans. It’s set in the 80s, so I was pretending slightly that it was homework. And I’m…

3 min.
together we can overcome

WHEN I WAS asked to contribute to the BBC’s output during lockdown by presenting five minutes of exercise every day, my ambition was to help people keep fit but also help them find a sense of control. I wanted to highlight how it’s the small, attainable goals we make for ourselves that really matter. No one can run 5km immediately, you begin by running between one lamppost and another, then two lampposts. You might only be able to do five press-ups at first, then ten and continue in small increments until you reach your final goal. For some people, the first victory is simply getting out of the chair. Surviving lockdown is about being positive, but we have also been learning about what really matters. We can do without haircuts or those…

1 min.
from the rt archive… 19–25 june 2004

WHAT WE WATCHED Former tennis “superbrat” John McEnroe lambasted the new generation of stars we’d be watching over Wimbledon fortnight. “Robotic,” he criticised. “They’re Darth Vader types to me. OK, so they’re great athletes. But where’s the passion? The feeling? It seems to me that even if you, the audience, dislike the guy on the court, it’s better to feel that than to feel nothing.” Tennis fan Angus Deayton countered by saying, “We’ll look back on these days and wonder why we didn’t appreciate it more.” Roger Federer went on to successfully defend his title against Andy Roddick in the men’s singles final. WHAT YOU SAID Alan Titchmarsh had taken a dislike to wind farms in a recent issue, but Marcus Rand of the British Wind Association was now going full tilt to…

8 min.
my life laid bare

Talking Heads Tue 9pm, 9.30pm, Thu 7.30pm BBC1 (7.25pm BBC2 in Wales) All 12 episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday 9.30pm ‘I forgot my words… I never entirely recovered my nerve and thereafter lost any desire to act’ TALKING HEADS HAVE been a part of my life now for more than 30 years, the first series written in 1987, the second ten years later. They have been regularly performed on the professional and amateur stage, with a production playing at Watford having to close, alas, at the time of lockdown. Having performed one of the monologues myself (A Chip in the Sugar), I’ve never been under any illusion about the skill and stamina involved. One is asking a good deal of the actor. Some of the monologues are nearly three-quarters-of-an-hour…

1 min.
who are the new talking heads?

Imelda Staunton A LADY OF LETTERS Directed by Jonathan Kent Tuesday 9.00pm BBC1 Performed in 1988 by Patricia Routledge Lucian Msamati PLAYING SANDWICHES Directed by Jeremy Herrin Performed in 1998 by David Haig Lesley Manville BED AMONG THE LENTILS Directed by Nicholas Hytner Performed in 1988 by Maggie Smith See interview page 12 Martin Freeman A CHIP IN THE SUGAR Directed by Jeremy Herrin Performed in 1988 by Alan Bennett Sarah Lancashire AN ORDINARY WOMAN Directed by Nicholas Hytner Tuesday 9.30pm BBC1 Written by Alan Bennett in 2019 and previously unseen on screen Jodie Comer HER BIG CHANCE Directed by Josie Rourke Performed in 1988 by Julie Walters See interview page 14 Maxine Peake MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET Directed by Sarah Frankcom Performed in 1998 by Patricia Routledge Rochenda Sandall THE OUTSIDE DOG Directed by Nadia Fall Performed in 1998 by Julie Walters Harriet Walter SOLDIERING ON Directed by Marianne Elliott Thu 7.30pm BBC1 (7.25pm BBC2 in Wales) Performed in 1988 by Stephanie Cole Monica Dolan THE SHRINE Directed by Nicholas Hytner Written…