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Radio Times 19-25th September 2020

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2 min.
tom’s finest hour

NO ONE PLAYS middle-aged men battling a crisis quite like Tom Hollander. It’s been six years since he last stole the show in Rev as vicar Adam Smallbone, navigating his middle years while juggling a half empty church, demanding parishioners, a marriage to Olivia Colman and the demands of the Almighty. But now he’s back in a new guise – and he has even more on his plate! You wouldn’t blame Hollander’s character in Us for sending up a prayer. Adapted from his bestselling novel by the author David Nicholls, Hollander’s man-in-the-middle-of-a-meltdown performance is, this time, devoted to the character of Douglas Petersen. Douglas wants to take his family on one last holiday before his son leaves home for university. There’s an irresistible urge to relive the halcyon days of summers gone,…

1 min.
this week 19—25 september 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… SANDI TOKSVIG ‘I love the Danish comedy drama Rita, which is on Netflix,” says the presenter and this week’s columnist. “I’ve just finished watching season five, and it’s the single best written and acted television drama I have ever seen.’ Viewpoint — page 7 GRAYSON PERRY ‘The Tour de France is the rhythm of the summer for me – even in the autumn” says the artist and presenter. “Strike is riveting and I also watched I May Destroy You, but my great weakness is for programmes about custom cars on Discovery, like GAS Extreme Customs.’ My American road trip — page 12 ROBBIE COLTRANE ‘I’m really enjoying Line of Duty,” says the actor. “Martin Compston is wonderful. Really good actors have the ability to just draw you in and he’s really got it. I hold…

3 min.
don’t write them off!

MANY YEARS AGO, my grandmother phoned me to say, “Your grandfather’s died in the living room.” Even in my grief I wondered if she knew she had just given one of the classic examples of irony. Dropping dead in the living room. I mean it’s as good as presenting a baking show and not really liking cake. My latest case of the world mocking me is being asked to write a few hundred words about why literacy matters. It is hard to imagine a greater absurdity. Anyone who can already read may be so casual about their literate skill that they can’t imagine life without it, and anyone who struggles to read won’t know I wrote about it in the first place. And now I’ve wasted precious words getting started,…

1 min.
from the rt archive… 22—28 september 1990

WHAT WE WATCHED Star Trek: the Next Generation arrived in the UK, three years after its US debut. And star Patrick Stewart was being asked whether he’d yet encountered his predecessor as captain of the Enterprise. “We’ve met informally. I was having lunch at Paramount one day and so was William Shatner, and we were introduced. Later, a young executive came over and asked me if it was the first time the captains had met. When I said yes, he jumped in the air and shrieked, ‘Oh my God! And I was there!’” Everyone else would have to wait a further four years before Kirk and Picard came face to face in the 1994 movie Star Trek: Generations. WHAT YOU SAID Radio 5 had launched in late August and its inclusion of educational…

8 min.
just the three of us

Us Sunday 9.00pm BBC1 THERE’S A WHOLE generation out there who can plot a path through their lives with David Nicholls’s writing as a guide. Starter for Ten, published in 2003 and made into a film starring James McAvoy, was a comedy about growing up, university and first love. Then One Day, the book that made Nicholls a household name in 2009, mapped a couple’s relationship from graduation onwards, with each chapter visiting them on the same July day every year for two decades. One Day was such a huge hit that Nicholls knew he would forever be known first and foremost as its author. But Us, published five years later in 2014, is in many ways a better book, more thoughtful and profound. And now, just as he did with Starter…

3 min.
a postcard from…

Tom Hollander plays Douglas Petersen “Douglas Petersen is a man trying to save his marriage. He thinks — it’s quite a male thing — that he can stop this happening through his own willpower. But what he thinks is going to be a tragedy, isn’t a tragedy. “It’s a story of hope and renewal. Life goes on. It’s possible for a relationship to end and for it not to be the end of the world. In that sense, it’s a very contemporary story because 30 years ago, if your parents got divorced, that was a terrible stigma. It’s not any more. “Us has been a very ambitious production because we filmed in five countries, even though we didn’t have quite enough money and we didn’t have quite enough time. But all the travel was…