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TV Times 28-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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Future Publishing Ltd
51 Issues

in this issue

8 min.
the top 27 shows this christmas!

1 Call the Midwife BBC1 Roll up, roll up! The circus arrives in Poplar as the action moves to December 1965 for this year’s 90-minute Christmas edition. Former Doctor Who and Life star Peter Davison plays ringmaster Mr Percival, but amid all the fun and festivities, there’s worrying news for our favourite midwives and nuns as Sister Monica Joan is rushed to hospital. Meanwhile, Shelagh has a reunion and Nurse Crane goes on an adventure! 2 Blankety Blank BBC1 Cheeky, chirpy Bradley Walsh revives the classic game show for a fun-filled special where six celebrities must try to help fill in the blanks. Terry Wogan, Les Dawson, Paul O’Grady and David Walliams have played host in the past, and we’re crossing our fingers that this festive reboot will lead to a full series. 3…

5 min.
‘it’s silly, fun escapism!’

THE IDEA CAME TO ME IN THE BATH! MICHAEL McINTYRE’S THE WHEEL NEW SAT / BBC1 / 8.30PM / EP 1 of 10 / ENTERTAINMENT Michael McIntyre is no stranger to sending celebrities into a spin. After all, on his Big Show he has taken command of their phones to send scandalous messages to everyone in their contacts list, and loudly woken them up in their own homes for the ‘Midnight Gameshow’ segment. However, in BBC1’s new 10-part quiz The Wheel, he’s taking that idea more literally. The titular Wheel will be packed with celebs who each represent a specialist field of knowledge, and the show’s contestants spin The Wheel, hoping to select the best possible star to help them win lots of money. It was Michael, 44, who came up with the concept, so…

3 min.
7 things strictly has taught me

THIS JOURNEY HAS MADE ME A BETTER PERSON STRICTLY COME DANCING SAT & SUN / BBC1 / TIMES VARY / ENTERTAINMENT 1 STRICTLY UK IS STRICTER! ‘I’ve worked on both the UK and South Africa versions of Strictly, and the production values on the UK show are on a different scale. In South Africa, we create an amazing show but here, Strictly is bigger – and much shinier! I do love a bit of sparkle! That’s actually how I got into dancing – a sparkly jacket caught my eye. The judges are stricter here, too. You look at the dance CV of someone like Shirley Ballas and you understand that you’re dealing with the crème de la crème of the ballroom world and they are always on point in their critique.’ 2 CAROLINE’S INSPIRATIONAL ‘Caroline Quentin is…

4 min.
‘i’m so thrilled, thank you!’

CORONATION STREET MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY / ITV / 7.30PM & 8.30PM / SOAP Back in the autumn, we asked you to cast your votes for the annual TV Times Awards. As we prepare for the unveiling next week, we couldn’t resist giving you a sneak preview and paying tribute to one particularly worthy winner. We’re thrilled to reveal that you have chosen Shelley King as your Favourite Soap Star for her moving performance as Yasmeen Metcalfe in Coronation Street’s coercive-control storyline – one of the most powerful plots of recent years. We caught up with Shelley, 65, during a break from filming, to talk about her win. Congratulations – how do you feel? I’m so thrilled, thank you! I wish my mum and dad were alive, because they’d have loved it. This is my 43rd year…

5 min.
‘the adults are flawed’

HIS DARK MATERIALS SUNDAY / BBC1 / 8.10PM / EP 4 of 7 / DRAMA Andrew Scott has proved himself to be one of the most compelling actors out there with his BAFTA-winning performance as supervillain Moriarty in Sherlock and his scene-stealing role as Fleabag’s ‘hot priest’. Now, the Dublin-born star is set to cause a similar stir in BBC1’s Sunday-night fantasy epic His Dark Materials, based on the bestselling trilogy by Philip Pullman. Following an early, unexpected glimpse of him in last year’s first season, this week’s episode sees Andrew join the show properly as enigmatic explorer John Parry, the father of troubled youngster Will, played by rising star Amir Wilson, whose career is also on the ascent with roles in 2020 film The Secret Garden and Netflix’s The Letter for the King. John…

3 min.
‘it’s a living museum!’

ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU SUNDAY / C4 / 8PM / EP 3 of 6 / FACTUAL ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU: DIY NEW MON-FRI / C4 / 4PM / EPS 1-5 of 10 / FACTUAL The coronavirus pandemic has meant that Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s 45-room French chateau, a popular wedding and events venue, has temporarily closed its doors to guests. But the irrepressible couple, along with their kids, Arthur, seven, and six-year-old Dorothy, have still been super-busy behind the scenes, as fans are discovering in the latest series of Escape to the Chateau, which continues on C4 this week. Here, Dick, 61, and Angel, 42 – whose weekday afternoon spinoff Escape to the Chateau: DIY also returns for a new series this week – take time out from filming to tell TV Times how their 19th-century…