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Radio Times 15-21st August 2020

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a duty to remember

HOW MANY MORE anniversaries will there be like this? This week the BBC marks 75 years since the Second World War finally ended, with the defeat of Japan. On page 10 the BBC correspondent Fergal Keane, who will be presenting an act of remembrance from the Memorial Arboretum on Saturday morning, recalls the deeds and extraordinary suffering of the men who fought a rampant Japanese army in the Far East. He tells us the story of the million British, Indian, African and other empire soldiers who made up Lt Gen William “Bill” Slim’s 14th army, tasked by the Allies with holding up the Japanese advance near India’s north-east frontier. Before slowly, grimly but surely, pushing them back to Burma and beyond. Fergal not only reminds us of what has been called the…

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this week 15—21 august 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… FERGAL KEANE ‘I’ve been watching Once Upon a Time in Iraq on BBC2 – a wonderful piece of film-making. I was there in 2003, so the series evokes strong memories. This is exactly the kind of landmark TV the BBC should be doing. The best answer to partisan and fake versions of history.’ VJ Day 75 — page 10 KIRSTY WARK ‘Lockdown has provided some unalloyed TV heaven, from Call My Agent! to Escape to the Château: Make Do and Mend. But for pure joy, Schitt’s Creek is unbeatable: the writing, the performances and the gift of the character of Moira, played by Catherine O’Hara… its pure genius.’ Kirsty Wark’s Reunions — page 22 CAPTAIN SIR TOM MOORE ‘I am watching quite a lot of TV at the moment, especially the channels without adverts. The…

3 min.
it all began in africa

TWO THOUSAND YEARS ago Roman historian Pliny the Elder wrote, “Africa always brings us something new.” In the 21st century, that sentiment has never been more true. The African continent is home to nothing less remarkable than the very emergence of our species, and has been witness to the ancient history of global religions, all the while innovating, expressing and creating mesmerising art. The stories we set out to tell in a new BBC4 series, African Renaissance, explore this visual history as well as the thriving contemporary art scene in Ethiopia, Senegal and Kenya. In Ethiopia, I gazed at the 2,000-year-old ruins of Axum – a city still believed by many to be home to the Ark of the Covenant. The religious devotion that stems from this proud Christian history – a…

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from the rt archive… 13—19 august 1988

WHAT WE WATCHED Thrice-weekly chat show Wogan was, at this point, still a staple part of the BBC1 schedules and old Tel was giving RT readers tips on getting a toehold in television. His top advice? Bribery. “I spent years repairing Jimmy Young’s mobile commode, free, gratis and for nothing, but it paid off in the end,” he wrote. And then there was the tip to dress to impress: “You must look immaculate. Have you seen Bob Monkhouse’s dress suits? On the other hand, have you seen Derek Jameson’s?” Wogan would end up running until July 1992, at which point it was short-sightedly dropped for new soap Eldorado. And we all know how that ended… WHAT YOU SAID Tessa Marshall of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire wrote in response to a letter that had…

7 min.
witnesses to a forgotten war

VJ Day 75 Saturday 9.30am, 8.30pm BBC1 WHEN THE WAR ended he did not know where he belonged. Dennis Wykes had left home a boy and come home a man. But his mother still wanted him to sit by the fire reading the Beano, to be her happy and carefree son again. After Kohima there could be no going back to innocent days. Many of the men who fought against Japan reached home long after the fighting in Europe had ended. The returning warriors from the Far East were survivors of a distant struggle. The Japanese had not presented an existential threat to Britain as Nazi Germany had. The people of Britain were busy rebuilding. Already there was talk of the soldiers who had fought Japan as the “Forgotten Army”. Dennis Wykes was…

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‘i wasn’t very scared…’

FOR CAPTAIN TOM, Army officer, businessman, Guinness World Record-breaking fundraiser, honorary colonel and knight of the realm, the 75th anniversary of VJ Day has huge significance. He’d served in the sweltering jungles of Burma as a dispatch rider with the 145th and 146th Regiment Royal Armoured Corps. The conditions were horrendous. He contracted dengue fever, and danger from enemy soldiers was ever-present. Was he frightened? “Well, we were fully aware that the Japanese were rather… unpleasant soldiers because they would rather kill themselves than be taken prisoner.” How about being taken prisoner himself? “I wasn’t very scared. Not really. At one stage we were given a pill that, well, it did you in completely. That was to swallow in case we were captured and forced to give up information.” What became of…