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Radio Times 17-23rd October 2020

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in this issue

2 min.
welcome back, hugh

HUGH LAURIE WAS last seen on the BBC playing an arms dealer in The Night Manager, a chilling turn that was a million miles from the light capers of his youth. But we have playwright David Hare to thank for Laurie going straight. As Hare tells us in this issue, the actor who was once best known for playing Bertie Wooster had only really embraced comedy before he turned in a cameo in Hare’s film Strapless. “At the end of the scene,” Hare tells our writer Ginny Dougary, “I took him aside and said, ‘Hugh, you know you really should take this acting business seriously.’” Thank goodness he did. Because without those words of advice perhaps we wouldn’t have encountered Laurie’s misanthropic American doctor Gregory House. And now Laurie has returned…

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this week 17—23 october 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… DAVID HARE ‘I’ve been watching The Romantics and Us with Simon Schama,” says the writer and dramatist. “In three episodes Schama taught me everything Cambridge University failed to teach me in three years.’ Roadkill — page 8 NICOLA ADAMS ‘I’m obsessed with The Handmaid’s Tale,” says the former boxer and Strictly contestant. “I rattled through the first two series and I’m now watching the third. Its dark and brutal themes make it particularly fascinating with everything that’s going on in the world right now.’ Rolling with the punches — page 14 advertisement feature Minority Report Wednesday 21 October This new TV adaptation of Spielberg’s 2002 classic may be set in 2065, but it’s a timeless story of connection: two lost souls, Dash and Vega, who find friendship, purpose and redemption in each other. THIS AUTUMN ON FOX Available on…

3 min.
i’m missing jenni already

ONCE A WOMAN’S childbearing and childrearing years are behind her, what is she actually for? Certainly not for broadcasting, it seems, where older women are as rare as hen’s teeth. And now with Jane Garvey leaving Woman’s Hour at Christmas aged 56 and Jenni Murray already gone, aged 70, radio, I fear, is losing two of its all too few older women. Jenni left two weeks ago, when I was a guest on her final show, but I’m missing her already. Goodness knows we need women like her across society right now. But, as Libby Purves pointed out in these pages recently, there’s always been a stigma about older women in broadcasting. As men grow older, their greater experience is acknowledged. They are something different, something more mature. But somehow the…

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from the rt archive… 17—23 october 1981

WHAT WE WATCHED Thirty-nine years ago Peter Davison was the busiest man on television. He was back as the clumsy Brian in sitcom Sink or Swim, a return as Tristan in All Creatures Great and Small was just around the corner, while his Doctor Who debut was a few months away. “I’m getting my fair share of work — I’m very lucky. But these things are never permanent,” he admitted. “Straight after my first TV part [in The Tomorrow People], I was out of work for 18 months.” However, in the decades since, the work has been constant for Davison — he’s been seen most recently in BBC1’s Life and has a guest role in this year’s Call the Midwife Christmas special. WHAT YOU SAID There was a debate raging as to whether…

10 min.
the death of disgrace

Roadkill Sunday 9.00pm BBC1 ‘Peter Laurence is not Boris Johnson. He’s not born of privilege and entitlement. He’s not a narcissist or outrageous’DAVID HARE DAVID HARE HAS been busy in lockdown – but then, when is he not? At 73, the esteemed play-wright and screenwriter shows no sign of slowing down. His monologue Beat the Devil, performed by Ralph Fiennes and written as a response to Hare’s experience of contracting Covid-19 early in the pandemic, re-opened London’s Bridge Theatre in late August, and now there is Roadkill, a fast-paced political thriller starring Hugh Laurie as Conservative MP Peter Laurence. The four-part BBC1 drama opens with Laurence winning a court action against a newspaper that had accused him of inappropriate conduct after its investigative reporter Charmian Pepper (Sarah Greene) withdraws her story. The enjoyment…

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political players

PETER LAURENCE Hugh Laurie stars as a Conservative MP who wants to further his political career — but can he keep his past hidden? DUNCAN KNOCK Laurence’s wily special advisor (Us star Iain De Caestecker) rarely leaves his boss’s side. Can the MP really trust him? CHARMIAN PEPPER The newspaper journalist (Normal People’s Sarah Greene) is willing to lay everything on the line to prove Laurence is a liar. ROCHELLE MADELEY The barrister (Harlots actor Pippa Bennett-Warner) is offered damning evidence against Laurence. DAWN ELLISON Helen McCrory plays the hard-nosed Prime Minister who asks MI5 to do a background report on Laurence. JULIA BLYTHE The PM’s dependable advisor (Apple Tree Yard actor Olivia Vinall) is Ellison’s eyes and ears. JOE LAPIDUS The newspaper editor (Poldark’s Pip Torrens) fires Pepper when his paper is successfully sued for libel by Laurence. MADELEINE HALLE Laurence’s secret lover (Sidse…