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23-29th November 2019

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this week 23—29 november 2019

WHAT I’M WATCHING… MIKE BUSHELL ‘The only thing that I’ve watched recently is David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet, which is amazing,” says the BBC Breakfast sports presenter and Strictly contestant. “Mind you, I’ve only seen the first episode because I haven’t had any spare time to watch any television – apart from a bit of Strictly on catch-up and checking up on what everyone is saying on It Takes Two! ’ Viewpoint — page 7 KIRSTY LANG ‘I’m utterly gripped by the brilliant, epic adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials on BBC1,” says the writer and broadcaster. “And as an art lover, I’m loving Radio 3’s new podcast The Way I See It, in which celebrities choose a work of art from the Museum of Modern Art in New York and talk about…

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‘don’t tell me i can’t dance’

STRICTLY COME DANCING was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done – but it’s been life-affirming and life-changing in so many ways and my head is spinning with so many wonderful memories. And while I’m sorry I couldn’t get to dance in Blackpool, I’m not going to stop dancing. It was hard work as well. Katya’s been an amazing teacher but she hasn’t taken it easy on me and I have lost a stone and a half, which is fantastic for me personally. But I learnt that the more you put in, the more rewarding something is. I just look back at the whole experience with so much fondness. It was such an alien way of moving for a middle-aged guy in his 50s, and although I’ve tried hundreds of different…

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a welcome return!

12 GRANTCHESTER ITV The tearstained departure of James Norton’s much-loved vicar in series four could have spelled the end for this popular drama. But after Sidney Chambers headed off into the sunset for a new life beyond the confines of Grantchester, his similarly photogenic replacement, Reverend Will Davenport (Tom Brittney), motorcycled into the Cambridgeshire village and swiftly took on the still-warm mantle as DI Geordie Keating’s (Robson Green) crime-fighting partner. Described by ITV as “a man of God, but with the Devil inside of him”, the leatherclad Will looks set to get pulses racing as the fifth series, set in 1956, follows him and Geordie as they strive to maintain law and order. 13 SILENT WITNESS BBC1 Despite a dramatic series 22 finale that saw the Lyell Centre’s existence come under threat, a 23rd series of…

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daytime favourites

19 FATHER BROWN BBC1 EARLY 2020 Mark Williams (right) is back as the eponymous priest-turned-sleuth for an eighth series, with upcoming episodes set to see him investigating the murder of an eccentric beekeeper, questioning a fortune teller’s sinister predictions, and trying to save wayward aristocrat Bunty from the hangman’s noose when she’s tried for murder. 20 SHAKESPEARE AND HATHAWAY: PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS BBC1 EARLY 2020 More oddball cases for Mark Benton and Jo Joyner, which find them dealing with an ageing heavy metal star who has a pact with the devil, a Shakespeare museum full of deadly secrets and a King Lear-style story set in… a carpet warehouse.…

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my role model

My Grandparents’ War Wednesday 9.00pm C4 THE CHRISTMAS DAY massacre at St Stephen’s College in Hong Kong was not the worst atrocity of the Second World War, but it remains one of the most shocking. When Japanese soldiers overran the temporary hospital on 25 December 1941, they murdered and mutilated two doctors, raped the nurses, murdering three, and bayoneted to death numerous wounded British and Commonwealth soldiers in their beds. Mark Rylance was 18 when he discovered that his grandfather, Osmond Skinner, had been in the hospital that day. “He was elderly by then and needed help in the bath,” Rylance says. “I was washing him when I saw the [bullet] entry and exit scars in his stomach and in his side.” Osmond, or Os as Rylance calls him, was one of the…

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‘i don’t want to look back with rose-tinted spectacles’

Elton John: Uncensored Thursday 9.00pm BBC1 I DIDN’T WANT to write an autobiography. Or at least I thought I didn’t. It was nothing to do with the presence of skeletons in my closet, or things I was terrified of people finding out about me. You could accuse me of many things, but being unnecessarily reserved and reticent really isn’t one of them: if an interviewer asks me a question, I’ve always had a fatal habit of just answering it. There are times when keeping my mouth shut would definitely have been the better option, but you can’t change the way you’re wired. Maybe it’s got something to do with growing up in the 50s, when Britain seemed a very repressed, fearful place: a land of twitching net curtains and “What will…