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Radio Times 8-14th August 2020

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2 min.
tanya’s dream job

IT’S THE STUFF that dreams are made of. A friend calls and asks you to audition for a part in a TV drama that you have never heard of – an adaptation of a famous novel that you’ve never read, working alongside major film stars that you’ve never dreamt of bumping into, let alone rubbing shoulders with, for broadcast on Sunday nights on the BBC. What would you do? Carry on getting up at 5am every morning to slog into the city to do a desk job you hate? Or snatch the opportunity to escape the monotony of the 9 to 5 to carve a new life for yourself as an actor? Funnily enough, Tanya Maniktala (below) the 22-year-old star of A Suitable Boy, who wrote marketing messages for food advertisements…

1 min.
this week 8—14 august 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… ANDREW COLLINS ‘Although it’s captivating, I May Destroy You makes me glad that I’m not in my 20s,” says RT’s film editor, who this week also introduces our poll to find the country’s favourite film theme. “I’m also enjoying the revived Perry Mason with Matthew Rhys on Sky Atlantic, which is purest TV noir.’ What’s your favourite film theme? — page 12 LORD BRAGG ‘I’m currently addicted to the greatest stories being told on the news,” says the arts commentator and presenter, “coronavirus, China and Trump.’ Viewpoint — page 7 DR MAGGIE ADERIN-POCOCK ‘My favourite TV show is Law and Order, the original American series,” says the Sky at Night presenter. “I love the moral dilemmas it poses, and I spend time considering what I would do if I was on the jury. It gets…

3 min.
tv must save british culture

TELEVISION IS THE greatest cultivator and promoter of the arts. It is also the most democratic medium of our time. It’s a major breakthrough, then, that Sky Arts has announced that, from September, like the BBC, it will be free to view! Sky Arts’ vast output will now be available to everyone. In effect it has become a public service channel. This is good news for the arts at a bleak time. Most galleries, music venues and theatres are closed and, in some cases, face a very real danger of not reopening. The channel and its director Philip Edgar-Jones deserve much credit for spotting a terrible danger to the arts in our country and moving in to help avoid what could still have catastrophic consequences. This is no exaggeration. Many involved in…

1 min.
from the rt archive… 10–16 august 1996

WHAT WE WATCHED Canadian crime drama Due South had proved more of a hit in the UK than the US, something that actor Paul Gross (Mountie Benton Fraser) attributed to its quirky sense of humour. “It owes more to Monty Python than it does, say, to Married with Children,” he observed. Consequently, there had been pressure to turn the series into something more easily pigeonholed. “The American networks want to beef it up with NYPD Blue levels of nudity, violence and profanity. But we fight it,” revealed co-star David Marciano (Detective Ray Vecchio). Due South would run for another three years, with later series actually co-financed by the BBC. WHAT YOU SAID America’s first lady of song, Ella Fitzgerald, had died in June, but an evening devoted to her music hadn’t gone down…

7 min.
the most suitable girl

A Suitable Boy Sunday 9.00pm BBC1 TANYA MANIKTALA WAS just another young Indian woman living in Delhi and doing a job she tolerated, but didn’t love. “I would wake every morning at five,” she tells me from her home in the capital city. “I’d get ready, get on the bus and not reach my office till eight, and then it would be a monotonous day working as a copywriter trying to think up ideas about the food and beverage industry.” Maniktala, who is 22, had studied literature at university, where she’d joined the drama society but never imagined acting could be more than a hobby. It was while she was at work in her advertising job that a friend called to ask if she was interested in reading for a television role.…

5 min.
‘this is my raunchiest role yet’

BORN TABASSUM FATIMA HASHMI to a Hyderabadi Muslim family 49 years ago, Tabu is best known to western audiences for her roles in The Namesake and The Life of Pi. But in India she has been a huge star for more than 30 years, with upwards of 100 screen credits to her name. Speaking from her home in Mumbai, where she’s currently holed up during the lockdown, she tells me, “I had heard about the book, but I hadn’t read it.” She didn’t read the 1,300-plus pages of it even after agreeing to star in the adaptation. The reason she agreed to sign on for the project was “the fact that Mira Nair [with whom she worked on The Namesake 15 years before] was making it. I knew it would be…