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Radio Times 3-9th October 2020

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2 min.
the personal touch

HAD HE NOT been gunned down in New York in 1980, John Lennon would have turned 80 this week. The fact he was murdered before the birth of so much that we take for granted today, in music, technology and social media, makes his legacy all the more remarkable. Because Lennon, along with the rest of the Beatles, casts a long shadow across modern popular culture, not just in Britain but around the world. Why does his voice still call to us, sounding fresh and raw, across four decades, asks our columnist David Hepworth on page 8. Is it because he remains, in attitude and influence, the epitome of a very modern rock star? To mark what would have been his father’s birthday, Lennon’s son Sean has made a poignant documentary for…

1 min.
this week 3—9 october 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… SUSIE DENT ‘I love Jay Rayner’s brilliant podcast Out to Lunch,” says RT’s words expert. “He invites a guest to a restaurant and they chat about what they’re eating – but it’s also intertwined with wonderful anecdotes. ’ Word of the week — page 141 JIMMY AKINGBOLA ‘I’m watching the HBO drama Lovecraft Country,” says the actor and this week’s columnist. “It gives you history, adventure, ghosts, body swapping and magic – plus it features one of our best actresses, Wunmi Mosaku. It’s so rare and yet refreshing to see a TV drama with a brilliant, diverse cast. ’ Viewpoint — page 7 ROGER LAW ‘I love Frankie Boyle’s New World Order,” says the co-creator of Spitting Image. “I watch him and I think how is he on the BBC? He’s mellowing a bit, but…

3 min.
the end of black and white tv

WE DON’T CALL QI a show about “white” history. Although very few people of colour appear on its panels or within its questions, it’s just a history show. A damn good one. On the other side of the spectrum, shows such as Desmond’s or In the Long Run, of which I’m proud to be a part, are labelled as “black” comedies, even though Only Fools and Horses or The Office are never referred to as “white” ones. In June this year more than 5,000 people from across TV and film called for the industry to tackle systemic racism in an open letter. Shortly after, historian David Olusoga made scathing comments about the same issues, on the back of very similar comments from Michaela Coel, Riz Ahmed and Idris Elba. All echoes of…

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from the rt archive… 5—11 october 1985

WHAT WE WATCHED The makers of Bergerac (BBC1) had considered changing the format for this fourth series by seconding Jim to Interpol. “There was a sort of feeling that conceivably we might be in a slightly claustrophobic area by continuing to write stories about Jersey,” said producer Jonathan Alwyn. “Then you discover that quite honestly what the audience loves is what they’ve got. There are two principal stars: John Nettles and Jersey.” In later series, the crime drama saw Jim deciding to base himself in the south of France and work as a private investigator — but the show’s glory years remain those set on the Channel Islands. WHAT YOU SAID Facial contortionist Phil Cool had been handed his first series, Cool It (BBC2), and RT readers were loving his impressions. “I had…

10 min.
the many facesof john lennon

John Lennon at 80 Sat, Sun 9.00pm Radio 2 JOHN WINSTON LENNON was born on 9 October 1940. German bombs were beginning to fall on Liverpool. This was in an era when it didn’t seem strange to name your children after a wartime prime minister. He was killed in New York on 8 December 1980 in an era when a man incorporating his wife’s name into his own was still a very advanced thing to do. John Winston Ono Lennon saw many changes in his 40 years, a few of which he set in train himself. Forty years after his death, John Lennon is still such a presence that it seems strange to reflect that he died before Aids, personal computers in the home and the fall of the Soviet Union, let alone Black…

8 min.
‘my duty to our children…’

Prince William: A Planet for Us All Monday 9.00pm ITV ONCE WE’D LANDED safely on the runway at Lahore airport, Prince William walked to the back of the plane and joked with the media, “I was flying”. We all burst out laughing, but the relief was palpable. Minutes earlier, we had seen dramatic lightning flashes through the windows and hailstones as big as golf balls pounding the grey wings of the RAF Voyager. At one point the plane lurched and suddenly dropped more than 100 feet, lifting some members of the media from their seats as they desperately clung on to equipment to stop it flying around the cabin. One could only imagine what was going through the minds of William and the Duchess of Cambridge, out of sight at the front…