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Radio Times 26-2nd October 2020

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2 min.
don’t give up hope

OTHER THAN THE Queen, no one has appeared on the cover of Radio Times more often than Sir David Attenborough. Which is no surprise given that he has spent seven decades working in British broadcasting. At 94, he is older than the medium itself. For much of that long life, Sir David has been the public face of natural history programme-making, helping the BBC establish a reputation for being among the best when it comes to broadcasting the wonders of the natural world. And since he has also been synonymous with the BBC, he has long matched the corporation’s expectations of studied detachment when it comes to revealing his personal views. Today, though, it appears that those reservations have begun to recede – at least when the subject is the future of…

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this week 26 sept—2 oct 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… MIKE BARTLETT ‘I’ve finally managed to see the new HBO drama Watchmen,” says the screenwriter. “It’s such confident storytelling, in both visuals and dialogue, and is a masterclass in using genre to speak to the most important political issues of the moment.’ Mike Bartlett’s new drama, Life — page 16 LIBBY PURVES ‘I have become addicted to streaming repeats of the Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner,” says the writer, critic and this week’s columnist. ‘Otherwise, I’m a Coronation Street addict.’ Viewpoint — page 7 BEN MACINTYRE ‘I’m watching Succession – for the second time,” says the author. “It’s an astonishing achievement – and even though there is not one single redeeming character, I love it.’ The story of Agent Sonya — page 110…

3 min.
why must we look younger?

SUE BARKER HAS been binned from A Question of Sport after 23 years. She is 64. More willingly, Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey depart from Woman’s Hour, aged 70 and 56. They are replaced by Emma Barnett, a mere 35. What is this? Does the BBC have a problem with older women? Are we written off as old trouts while men become revered elders, sacred patriarchs, silver foxes? Melvyn Bragg is 80, David Attenborough over 90, John Humphrys was scaring ministers until he was 76. James Naughtie is 70 next year, as is Ken Bruce. At 71, Andrew Neil is having his on-air profile raised again. Andrew Marr, Gary Lineker, Steve Wright and Tom Sutcliffe have all tipped – or are just about to tip – into their seventh decade.…

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from the rt archive… 25 september—1 october 1999

WHAT WE WATCHED The Royle Family had made the jump from BBC2 to BBC1, but star Caroline Aherne also had eyes on America, where she and Craig Cash had recently been hoping to sell the format of her hit comedy. “We were introduced by this guy from the William Morris Agency as Britain’s premier comedy-writing team. Then me and Craig kept arguing when we tried to explain what The Royle Family was all about,” she said. “I think they thought we were so bonkers that we must be geniuses.” In the end, a US version was made in 2001, though The Kennedys (featuring Randy Quaid as dad Jim) didn’t make it past a pilot episode. WHAT YOU SAID The first appearance of the Daleks on Doctor Who had recently been voted the most…

6 min.
honour bound

Honour Monday, Tuesday 9.00pm ITV IN 2006, 20-YEAR-OLD Banaz Mahmod was strangled in her family home in south London. Afterwards, her body was forced into a zip-up suitcase, driven to the West Midlands and buried in a backyard beneath an abandoned freezer. Her horrific murder was made all the more terrible because Banaz, a member of the Iraqi-Kurdish community, was killed by her own family. The murder was committed by her cousins Mohammed Saleh Ali and Omar Hussain, with the assistance of their friend Mohammed Hama, and on the orders of her father Mahmod Mahmod and uncle Ari Mahmod. “I couldn’t get it out of my head,” says Keeley Hawes, who plays Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode in Honour, a new two-part ITV drama based on the case, written by…

4 min.
‘i felt every kind of emotion’

The murder of Banaz Mahmod, ordered by her father and uncle, was the most important investigation of Caroline Goode’s career. “It took years to investigate,” says the retired former detective chief inspector. “It was life-defining, really.” Goode would eventually be awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her part in solving a case that began, simply enough, with a call from a colleague to her office at London’s Serious Crime Command in January 2006. “It was one of our local detective inspectors saying he thought a missing woman was at risk,” she says. “We believed she was still alive so went full-out trying to find her. Nobody went home, people were sleeping in the exhibits cupboard and under the desks. We’d run across the road and buy new knickers and shirts in…