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Radio Times

Radio Times

15-21st February 2020

Get the same great content you know and love, from the UK’s biggest selling quality magazine. Every week: -> News and Views from broadcasting’s biggest names, best writers and brightest stars. -> Find unmissable entertainment with our roundup of the Best of the Week -> Stunning photo-shoots, red carpet reportage and exclusive behind-the-scenes pics. -> Guides to the best TV, film and radio each day. -> Film reviews from the film team including writer Andrew Collins. -> The best of iPlayer, Netflix and other catch-up and on-demand services. -> Comprehensive listings so you’ll never miss a show, and with handy links so you can jump to your desired day of the week. -> Puzzles, including crosswords, Egg Heads and Only Connect.

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laughing in the face of the unthinkable

JUST AS THERE are some sights you can never un-see, there are some sounds you can never un-hear, like the Holocaust denier in David Baddiel’s fine documentary Confronting Holocaust Denial (Monday BBC2) who picks up a guitar and sings a chirpy song about the Holocaust. Baddiel is admirably restrained (he’s sat through this man banging on about how “Auschwitz had a swimming pool and bakeries”) despite telling the camera beforehand: “I’m not Louis Theroux… to some extent I just want to punch this guy in the face.” It’s a thoughtful, personal and intelligent look at an unspeakable phenomenon that finds oxygen with every Holocaust anniversary and which thrives in that playground of the bitter and the deluded, the internet. From the deadly serious to the funny… Monday sees the return of This Country…

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this week 15—21 february 2020

WHAT I’M WATCHING… SUE PERKINS ‘I watched Servant on Apple+ and really enjoyed it,” says the comedian and presenter. “It’s very gothic, about the enemy within and witchcraft. Rupert Grint is great and it’s nice to see him in a different role. I also loved Dracula – Mark Gatiss is wonderful and I think something as brash as that, a new version of the classics, is always going to have its detractors, but so many of the choices they made are fabulous.’ Sue Perkins — page 24 SUSAN CALMAN ‘My binge-watch at the moment is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” says the comedian and Radio 4 regular. “There are 21 series to enjoy, so it’s a fabulous long-term project. I’m also loving Vera – it’s brilliant Sunday-night TV. ’ My inspiration — Victoria Wood: page…

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MORE TRUE CRIME FROM ITV It’s not been long since Martin Clunes dazzled us in ITV’s Manhunt, where he played Colin Sutton, the taciturn copper who caught killer Levi Bellfield. And last week saw the final episode of White House Farm, a forensic account of the Jeremy Bamber case. Now ITV has started work on The Pembrokeshire Murders, a three-part mini-series about the pursuit of serial killer John Cooper for a brutal double murder in 1985 and another in 1989. Luke Evans (left) plays investigating officer Steve Wilkins, who relied on a cult piece of British TV to catch his man: Cooper was a contestant on the Jim Bowen game show Bullseye in 1989 and footage was used in evidence against him. In fact, Wilkins’s book upon which the drama is…

1 min.
nesbitt’s home

One of the most eagerly anticipated TV events of the year is BBC1’s new crime drama Bloodlands, which comes from super-producer Jed Mercurio, whose hits include Line of Duty and Bodyguard, and stars one of our best-loved actors, James Nesbitt. The series, by Co Down writer Chris Brandon, and from new production company Hat Trick Mercurio Television Ltd, is currently being filmed in Nesbitt’s native Northern Ireland and this image is the very first glimpse of the lead actor in character as a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detective, Tom Brannick, out on location at the Harland and Wolff shipyard. The drama begins with a car being pulled from Strangford Lough, setting Brannick on the hunt for a notorious assassin. Harland and Wolff — whose giant cranes are still a Belfast…

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who would want this job?

YOU WILL BE paid almost half a million pounds a year, be in charge of Strictly Come Dancing and The Archers, and get to meet any star you choose. That is on offer this spring, as BBC Chair, Sir David Clementi, searches for a new director-general to replace Tony Hall, but strong candidates may refuse, on the grounds that what was once a dream job has become a nightmare. The shape and attitude of the BBC result from being a rare business with an annual income (now £3.7 billion) guaranteed by the licence fee. However, with the government having just launched a consultation on decriminalising evasion of the licence fee, and further threatening reduction or axing of a yearly payment soon rising to £157.50, this income seems sure to diminish, with…

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from the rt archive… 17—23 february 1979

WHAT WE WATCHED The second, much anticipated series of Fawlty Towers was coming back three years after the first (a hiatus caused by many things, including the break-up of the marriage between writers John Cleese and Connie Booth). We met the main cast, including Andrew Sachs, who played the put-upon waiter Manuel. He revealed that a scene where his jacket caught fire in series one went wrong, ending up with him burning his shoulders. “In the summer it’s the bit that doesn’t get brown,” he told us. “It looks as if my wings have fallen off. It still itches.” He did, however, get £700 compensation from the BBC, he said. WHAT YOU SAID You were rather divided by Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills, his moving and powerful play about a group of children…