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TV Times 10-Oct-2020

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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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2 min.
tv times my week

REALITY The Chop THURSDAY / SKY HISTORY NEW Lee Mack being on hosting duties for this carpentry contest has me intrigued! In a fun interview, the star of Would I Lie to You? and Not Going Out explains why his role is more about telling jokes than advising hopefuls on the finer points of joinery! See page 17 ENTERTAINMENT Britain’s Got Talent SATURDAY / ITV LIVE FINAL Series 14 has been the year of top-notch comics and super-slick magicians plus a disco-loving dinosaur called Dario! Now, it’s time to crown the 2020 champion in what is set to be an exceptional, and closely fought, final. We chat to all five acts chosen by the judges for the final… See page 8 FACTUAL John Bishop’s Great Whale Rescue MONDAY & TUESDAY / ITV NEW I’m expecting this two-parter to be a fascinating…

4 min.
9 dramas filming now!

All these dramas are being filmed adhering strictly to current guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 1 Finding Alice ITV Production on this six-part contemporary drama starring TV Times favourites Keeley Hawes, Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers originally began in January, but came to a halt because of lockdown. Filming has recently resumed, taking place predominantly in a studio. Created by Keeley herself, The Durrells director Roger Goldby and writer Simon Nye, the plot follows a woman, Alice (played by Keeley), as she tries to cope in the aftermath of her husband’s death. ‘I am absolutely delighted to be working with the brilliant Simon and the hugely talented Roger on a project that means so much to all of us,’ says Keeley. 2 Line of Duty BBC1 After resuming production at the start of September,…

5 min.
for the love of todd!

“EILEEN JUST DESPAIRS AT THIS ADULT WITH NO SENSE OF MORALITY OR MATURITY”SUE CLEAVER CORONATION STREET MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY / ITV / TIMES VARY / SOAP Eileen Grimshaw has had a quiet year so far, but that’s all about to change following the return of younger son Todd. The former golden child-turned-cobbles schemer is back on home soil following three years on the run after assaulting a police officer. It’s a new chapter in more ways than one, for Welsh actor Gareth Pierce – until now best known for playing villain Lenny Mack in Sky One comedy drama Stella, and currently playing builder Gavin Moss in BBC Radio 4 soap The Archers – takes over the role from Bruno Langley, who played troublesome Todd between 2001 and 2017. We caught up with Gareth, 39, and…

4 min.
‘it’ll be spectacular!’

BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT LIVE FINAL SAT / ITV / 7.30PM / ENTERTAINMENT After five weeks of entertaining, nail-biting and heartwarming semi-final performances, the stage is now set for the grand finale of Britain’s Got Talent 2020. This Saturday evening, hosts Ant and Dec will oversee proceedings as the top 10 acts battle it out – live – for the chance to win a coveted slot at this year’s Royal Variety Performance and a £250,000 cash prize. The line-up comprises five acts voted for by the public (one act chosen from each semi-final and they will be revealed this Saturday), plus five contenders who have already been picked by the judges. They are comedy pianist – and Ant and Dec’s Golden Buzzer choice – Jon Courtenay, dance duo Aaron and Jasmine, comedian – and judge Alesha…

1 min.
the judges’ choices

NABIL ABDULRASHID COMEDIAN ‘Getting the judges’ vote at the semis was a big vindication,’ says Nabil. ‘It felt amazing and shows my Golden Buzzer wasn’t a fluke, to anyone who doubted me, and proves I am still good at what I do, most importantly to myself. To have performed without an audience, too, feels even more of an achievement for me, and I can’t wait to perform in the final.’ JON COURTENAY COMEDY PIANIST ‘This whole journey has been another level of crazy during an already crazy time,’ says Jon. ‘The realisation now that I have a one in 10 chance of appearing at the Royal Variety Performance is so incredible, especially when no one knows how or when live theatre will continue. We need entertainment more than ever and that’s what’s inspired my final…

5 min.
‘i was knocked sideways!’

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? NEW MONDAY / BBC1 / 9PM / EP 1 of 4 / FACTUAL Jodie Whittaker adored her larger-than-life paternal grandmother, pub landlady Greta Whittaker, née Bedford. So when the Doctor Who and Broadchurch star was approached by the makers of BBC1’s popular genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are?, which returns this week for a 17th series, she jumped at the chance to delve into Greta’s history. But as Jodie investigated the World War One experiences of Greta’s half-brother, Walter Clements, she discovered tragedy and surprises. Meanwhile, on her maternal line, there were more shocks as she unearthed the truth about her ancestors the Aucklands, who were coal-mine owners and controversially kept their Yorkshire mine open during the industrial strikes of the 1920s. TV Times caught up with…