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TV Times 05-Sep-2020

Published by TI Media Limited TV Times delivers unique and exclusive access to the UK's favourite TV personalities and shows. The magazine goes behind the scenes to bring you great features, exclusive photos, soap news and story updates. Includes a guide to the week's top films and seven days of easy-to-read TV listings plus two pages of TV highlights per day. ENGLAND edition.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

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2 min.
tv times my week

ENTERTAINMENT Britain’s Got Talent SATURDAY / ITV NEW For the first time in BGT history, the semi-finals aren’t live and will take place without a studio audience or judge Simon Cowell, who recently broke his back. But I’m certain hosts Ant and Dec, judges Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams plus Simon’s stand-in, Ashley Banjo, will pull out all the stops to make sure the show still shines brightly. See page 4 LIFESTYLE Love Your Weekend SUNDAY / ITV NEW Alan Titchmarsh’s lockdown-inspired series Grow Your Own at Home was an informative and enjoyable watch. So I’m pleased he’s back with a brand-new show that combines his two great loves: the British countryside and chatting to people! We talk to Alan to find out more… See page 6 COOKERY Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts WEDNESDAY / BBC2 NEW With many of…

4 min.
the show must go on!

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT NEW SATURDAY / ITV / 8PM / ENTERTAINMENT Lockdown meant that the live semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent, planned for spring, had to be postponed – and there were fears that they might not happen at all. But, as the old showbiz saying tells us, the show must go on and that’s exactly what it does this Saturday when ITV screens the first of those delayed semi-finals. Ant and Dec are back to host proceedings, as the best 40 acts from the auditions, including the five Golden Buzzer choices, take to the stage again. ‘What we’ve had this year more than the last few series is people just giving it a go; it’s like we’ve gone old-school Britain’s Got Talent,’ says Ant, 44. ‘It’s like people are just walking in from…

1 min.
golden wonders!

Ant & Dec’s act Jon Courtenay (comedy pianist) ‘Jon did this song about his life which, on paper, feels like it shouldn’t work, but it was an amazing audition,’ says David of the hosts’ choice. ‘I’m really intrigued to see what Jon does next…’ Simon’s act Fayth Ifil (singer) ‘I can’t wait to see what Fayth is going to perform,’ says Simon. ‘I think she’s amazing. I hope she’s used this extra time wisely.’ David’s act Sign Along With Us (choir) ‘They make you feel optimistic. They may capture this moment where, as a nation, we’ve all been looking out for each other,’ says David. ‘If they get their performance right they’re a real contender to win.’ Amanda’s act Honey & Sammy (mother-daughter singing duo) ‘They’ll have been together throughout lockdown, which means they’ve had more time to perfect their performance,’…

5 min.
‘practicality is underrated!’

LOVE YOUR WEEKEND NEW SUN / ITV / 9.25AM / EP 1 of 10 / LIFESTYLE Alan Titchmarsh is definitely not letting the grass grow under his feet during lockdown. After sharing his insider tricks for making the most of our green spaces in Grow Your Own at Home, the much-loved gardening expert and presenter is now taking over Sunday mornings with his brand-new ITV chat show, Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh. The 10-part series is filmed on location in a repurposed barn at postcard-perfect nature reserve Manor Farm in Hampshire. Each two-hour episode sees Alan chatting to celebrity guests as well as wildlife, craft and sustainability experts to celebrate all that is great about the British countryside. Also look out for Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph’s regular segment, Tree of…

5 min.
‘we all need a hug in a pan’

MARY BERRY’S SIMPLE COMFORTS NEW WEDNESDAY / BBC2 / 8PM / EP 1 of 6 / COOKERY At 85 years young, Mary Berry shows no signs of slowing down. Last autumn, the ‘queen of cakes’ and former judge of The Great British Bake Off set off on a whirlwind culinary odyssey that involved her sampling new dishes and trying out a host of exciting activities. From making crêpes at a Parisian street stall to acting as coxswain for a rowing team on the River Thames, Mary proved more than ready and willing to embrace different experiences, often in very inclement weather! Her adventures in the UK and abroad, along with the fuss-free, heart-warming dishes they inspired, are at the heart of her brand-new six-part series, Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts, which starts on BBC2 this…

4 min.
simply delicious

AINSLEY’S FOOD WE LOVE NEW SATURDAY / ITV / 11.35AM / EP 1 of 10 / COOKERY Many of us have been craving comfort food during lockdown – more banana bread, anyone?! So who better than perennially cheerful chef Ainsley Harriott to help us rustle up delicious dishes that evoke fond memories of gentler times? In Ainsley’s Food We Love, a fun new show for Saturday mornings on ITV, the 63-year-old will be adding his own twists to much-loved recipes from decades gone by. Each week, fellow chefs including Aldo Zilli, Brian Turner and Bake Off 2016 champion Candice Brown also share quintessential cuisine from their own kitchens. Meanwhile, a celebrity guest will join Ainsley in the studio – while maintaining social distancing, of course – to chat about their favourite food and make…