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Radio Times 27-3rd July 2020

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2 min.
playing to win

MORE THAN TEN years ago, one of RT’s current editors was sent to interview Britain’s best bet to lift the Wimbledon men’s singles title since Fred Perry. It was 2009 and Andy Murray was at the BBC to film a trailer for its Wimbledon coverage. “I don’t play tennis for money, it’s purely to beat the best players,” said the 22-year-old Murray. “I got a lot of that from having an older brother [Jamie]. He was bigger and stronger and I got used to competing with him, which was tough.” Murray learnt his schoolboy lessons well, scrambling around on the other side of the net from Jamie, because as we all know he went on to lift the Wimbledon singles title twice, along with another Grand Slam crown, the US Open. A…

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this week 27 june—3 july 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… HELEN MACDONALD ‘I’ve just binge-watched Alex Garland’s sci-fi series Devs on BBC2,” says the writer, “and it completely blew me away. Eerie, scary, marvellously troubling and absurdly beautiful.’ Viewpoint — page 7 ALISON GRAHAM ‘When I need to get away from working at my kitchen table, if only in my own head,” says RT’s TV editor, “I escape with the delightful The Architecture the Railways Built on Yesterday, and I’m obsessed by daily repeats of ancient Antiques Road Trip episodes on Really.’ 25 years of TV gold — page 38 ANNABEL CROFT ‘I don’t usually watch a lot of TV,” says the tennis player and commentator, “but one of the best things I’ve watched is the Netflix drama Unorthodox, which was amazing. I had no idea about many of the Hassidic traditions portrayed in it,…

3 min.
hare today, gone tomorrow?

I MET AN OLD farmer in Leicestershire a few years ago who told me that when he was a boy, his favourite game was to sit on the wall outside his house and write down passing car number plates. The best, he told me, was when he got five in a single day. Until a few months ago his story seemed a memory of a long-lost past, a vanished age when the loudest sounds in rural air were birdsong. Then lockdown happened, and suddenly townie and country-dweller alike were transported back to the car-free lanes of the farmer’s youth. As soon as lockdown was imposed, I stopped driving except for a weekly trip to my supermarket. The emptiness of the roads was eerie. It disturbed me partly because it made me…

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from the rt archive… 26 june–2 july 1999

WHAT WE WATCHED Lucy Gannon’s new drama, the school-set Hope and Glory on BBC1, was centred around “superhead” Ian George, the personification of then-education secretary David Blunkett’s controversial plan to shake up the teaching profession with performance-related pay and fast-track promotion. Star Lenny Henry, though, had found inspiration in his own childhood experiences at Dudley’s Bluecoat secondary: “My science teacher was very warm and ironic and witty and he knew how to get the best out of us — he was the one who encouraged me to mess around with the tape machine at the back of the science lab doing voices and making silly tapes.” WHAT YOU SAID Channel 4 docusoap Soldier Town was meeting with resistance, due to its depiction of Colchester’s women as being obsessed with squaddies. Resident Mary Fawcett…

9 min.
back on court

Battle of the Brits 23—28 June Amazon Prime ELITE TENNIS IS a serious business. Jamie and Andy Murray should know, having both won the greatest prizes in the game on multiple occasions, with two Wimbledon titles apiece among their haul, each a former world number one – Jamie in doubles, of course, and Andy in singles. So it’s really very serious indeed… until RT asks them to look one another in the eye for a face-to-face picture. “That was it – they dissolved instantly into laughter,” reports our photographer Mark Harrison with a smile. “At that moment, they weren’t superachievers. They were just two typical brothers, unable to keep a straight face with each other.” In the world we used to know, the Murrays’ gaze at this time of year would be fixed…

2 min.
who you gonna call? the murrays!

If you want anything from British tennis, don’t bother talking to the people who run the sport, no matter how many millions they get from Wimbledon. Just wait for a small family from a small town in Scotland to do the job. They’ll deliver all right. Wimbledon titles? The Murrays have four between them, two in singles and two in doubles. Grand-slam titles? They have three singles and seven doubles. Davis Cup? The Murrays pretty well won the damn thing on their own in 2015. In the final, against Belgium, Andy won his two singles matches and teamed up with Jamie to win the doubles. Olympic medals? Two golds and one silver. The Murrays have never bothered to wait for British tennis to do anything for them. If they had, they’d still…