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TV Times 07-Nov-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

in this issue

1 min.
this week in tv times

DRAMA His Dark Materials SUNDAY / BBC1 NEW For all its whizzy effects and temperamental talking animals, it’s the lead performance of Dafne Keen that powers this epic odyssey. We speak to Dafne about the new second series which begins in a city in the sky… See page 6 ENTERTAINMENT Strictly Come Dancing SATURDAY & SUNDAY / BBC1 This year’s competition is already exciting, and the celebrities look to be loving the chance to give us a shimmy. Our cover stars Ranvir Singh (above with dance partner Giovanni Pernice), Caroline Quentin and Maisie Smith reveal what got them on the dance floor. See page 4 FACTUAL The Repair Shop WEDNESDAY / BBC1 NEW There are few things more satisfying than a job well done – but watching someone else do it is a strong contender! We talk to two more of…

5 min.
our strictly stories

STRICTLY COME DANCING SATURDAY & SUNDAY / BBC1 / 7.25PM / ENTERTAINMENT ‘I hope I encourage others to dance’ Actor Caroline, 60, is taking to the floor with Johannes What made you want to trip the light fantastic on Strictly? I’m hoping I’m actually going to learn some proper skills on this show. When you do a musical, as a slightly older person you’ll be taught a few steps, then other dancers make you look good. I’m excited about working one-on-one with a professional dancer and spending every day with someone who’s really good at something. Which dances are you most excited about learning? I’m slightly trepidatious about those dances with the very fiddly feet because I think I’m gonna fall over. I’m really hoping that, having showed off for a living, when I get to do…

4 min.
a whole new world

HIS DARK MATERIALS NEW SUNDAY / BBC1 / 8.10PM / EP 1 of 7 / DRAMA Breathtaking fantasy was effortlessly blended with moving teenage rites of passage when BBC1’s epic drama His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman’s much-loved trilogy of novels, made its debut last year. This Sunday, the series returns for another run, even more action-packed and heart-rending than the first, based on the second novel in the series, The Subtle Knife. As the seven-parter begins, spirited but vulnerable young Lyra (played by Dafne Keen) is still reeling after her father Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) killed her best friend, Roger (Lewin Lloyd), to open up a window into a new world and investigate a strange substance known as Dust. Now, Lyra has travelled through the same portal to the seemingly abandoned city of…

1 min.
who’s new in series two?

Following an early, unexpected glimpse of him last season, Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag, Bond film Spectre) will appear properly later in this run as Will’s enigmatic explorer father, Colonel John Parry. John has been missing for years, but can he reunite with his son and unlock the secrets of a fabled knife? Also listen out for John’s daemon, osprey Sayan Kötör, voiced by Andrew’s Fleabag co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge. ‘So much that’s beautiful about the series is the relationship with the daemons,’ says Andrew, 44. ‘It’s all about friendship and loyalty, and that’s what I feel about Phoebe.’ Movie legend Terence Stamp plays Giacomo Paradisi, the elderly bearer of the subtle knife, who resides in an imposing tower. Meanwhile, Cleaning Up’s Jade Anouka is formidable witch queen Ruta Skadi and Peaky Blinders star Simone Kirby…

1 min.
returning characters

Lyra Silvertongue DAFNE KEEN Grieving for best friend Roger, Lyra passes into a realm where a new destiny and terrible danger await her… Will Parry AMIR WILSON The teenager is on the run under suspicion of murder, and he and Lyra gradually learn more about a strange knife and his absent father, John. Mrs Coulter RUTH WILSON Lyra’s fearsome mother will go to extreme lengths to locate her daughter as she becomes more embroiled with the sinister Magisterium. Lord Boreal ARIYON BAKARE The chilling agent for the Magisterium is determined to find Will, in a quest to learn about his father and his connection to the elusive subtle knife. Lee Scoresby LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA After being separated from Lyra in series one, the caring aeronaut is desperate to track her down and offer his protection. Serafina Pekkala RUTA GEDMINTAS Keen to help Lee save Lyra, the wise witch…

2 min.
‘it was a human jigsaw!’

DIY SOS: CHILDREN IN NEED SPECIAL NEW THURSDAY / BBC1 / 8PM / REAL LIFE Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team never shy away from a challenge. And their latest big project for BBC’s Children in Need is certainly no exception – especially as they also faced unprecedented changes to their way of working because of the coronavirus pandemic. Kick-starting a new four-part series of BBC1’s DIY SOS: The Big Build, the special episode follows Nick and co as they work around the clock to build a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly surf centre for Surfability UK, a charity in the Gower Peninsula in Wales that provides surfing lessons for people with disabilities and learning difficulties. Here, TV Times chats to Nick, 58, about how it all came together… How hard was it to get this project…