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Radio Times 4-10th July 2020

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alpha women

WHEN WE SPOKE to Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett, locked down in her Sussex home, for this week’s issue, we talked about her new BBC2 drama, but we also ended up reflecting on so much more. Called Mrs America, the series tells the story, unfamiliar to most British viewers, of Phyllis Schlafly, the Republican housewife who took on the women’s rights movement in America in the 1970s. This may be recent history but the styling of this lavish drama means it also feels like a period piece. Yet, as Blanchett tells us, Schlafly was an alpha woman and so many of the issues of four decades ago are still live today – so much so that she says watching it now feels, in parts, like Groundhog Day. Judge for yourself on page…

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this week 4—10 july 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… ISA GUHA ‘I like anything that challenges our perception of reality and Westworld does that beautifully,” says the cricket commentator. “The dialogue, settings and cast are amazing. I’m fascinated by team environments, having been part of one myself, so I loved The Last Dance, the documentary about Michael Jordan and the great Chicago Bulls basketball team of the 90s.’ Cricket is back — page 24 GERMAINE GREER ‘My favourite TV show right now is the The Repair Shop,” says the writer and academic. “The sight of so many dexterous people totally absorbed in making and mending fills my heart with gladness.’ The fight for gender equality in 70s USA — page 11 SUZIE FLETCHER ‘I recently caught up on Fleabag and Doctor Foster,” says The Repair Shop’s expert. “I also watch a lot of the…

3 min.
my covid composer

BEETHOVEN DIED IN 1827, yet he seems more alive than ever. When the 29 Brexit MEPs led by Nigel Farage turned their backs on a performance of the Ode to Joy last year at the European Parliament, it had the unintended effect of affirming the potential of Beethoven’s music to connect people. No one would bother to make such a dispiriting gesture for a less significant piece of music. So why, on this 250th anniversary of his birth, does Beethoven still matter so much to us? As first violinist of the Takacs Quartet, I’ve been playing Beethoven’s string quartets for three decades and appreciate the potency of his music more than ever. It’s affected me in surprising ways. Once, at the end of a Beethoven string quartet, my own emotions almost derailed…

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from the rt archive… 4—10 july 1987

WHAT WE WATCHED Genre-blending spacefaring show Star Cops launched its first (and only) series on BBC2 with creator and Blake’s 7 writer Chris Boucher anxious to “get away from the gee-whiz elements of space opera, and back to nuts and bolts with an intelligent detective series set in an alien environment”. David Calder, who played Nathan Spring, head of the International Space Police Force, added: “We’ve made what we think is the most realistic science-fiction series ever.” Despite cancellation after that initial run of episodes, Star Cops remained a cult favourite and was revived in 2018 for a new batch of audio adventures, with Calder again in the lead. WHAT YOU SAID Views were aired about supposed BBC bias during coverage of Election 87, with Mrs ME Perl of Southsea, Hampshire, stating, “We…

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meet mrs america

Mrs America Wednesday 9.00pm, 9.45pm BBC2 THE FIRST TIME Phyllis Schlafly came to my attention,” says Cate Blanchett, “was when this little old lady in her 90s was literally wheeled out to endorse Trump at one of his rallies. There was a standing ovation for her. And then Trump was at her funeral [in 2016] and I was thinking, ‘Why?’ “Then this project came along, so it’s been an absolutely fascinating journey for me.” The impassioned worlds of feminism and American politics collide in Blanchett’s new series, Mrs America. Inspired by true events in the 1970s, the BBC2 drama features an international cast portraying an array of feminist titans from the era, including Tracey Ullman as Betty Friedan and Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem. Blanchett tackles the role of Phyllis Schlafly,…

3 min.
‘she was the smiling cover-girl for perfect housekeeping’

Has Mrs America caught the atmosphere of the US during the turbulent years of the late 1960s and early 70s? It was the era of the shooting of students at Kent State, yippies disrupting the Democratic convention of 1968, the feminist campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment to the constitution (ERA) and, for me, marching to the Pentagon to protest against the Vietnam War. I have my own memories of America at that time and the events that are portrayed in this series. I knew or encountered many of the people who feature, including Phyllis Schlafly, the conservative campaigner from Missouri who stopped the pro-ERA movement dead in its tracks. Schlafly believed that ERA would make women vulnerable to conscription, but instead of campaigning against conscription, she campaigned against ERA. She feared,…