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TV Times 05-Dec-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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51 Issues

in this issue

9 min.
and your winners are…

DAVID TENNANT FAVOURITE ACTOR Long-time TV Times favourite David has been busier than ever this year, starring in C4 thriller Deadwater Fell plus BBC comedies Staged and There She Goes. But it was his performance as reallife serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ITV's factual drama Des that secured him your votes as our Favourite Actor. David was thrilled to accept his award while filming in Romania for BBC1's Around the World in 80 Days, due next year, in which he plays the adventurer Phileas Fogg. ‘Thank you, TV Times,’ says David. ‘I am very honoured by this. I worked on Des with so many incredible people, and over such a long time. It’s not an easy story to tell – I am so pleased and proud that it connected with the audience. Thank you.’ YOUR…

4 min.
‘it’s a very dangerous situation…’

CORRIE 60 th SPECIAL Only in TV Times CORONATION STREET MON, WED, FRI / ITV / 7.30PM / SOAP Having spent months trying to persuade gran Yasmeen that her ‘loving’ husband Geoff was an evil bully, the soap’s coercive-control storyline reaches a crescendo in Coronation Street’s 60th-anniversary week, with Alya Nazir in the thick of the action. Not only is the businesswoman viciously attacked by Geoff, she’s involved in a dramatic showdown with the twisted magician on the roof of No.6! Here, Sair Khan, 32, who plays Alya, tells us more… As Yasmeen’s trial draws to a close, how confident is Alya that her gran will be freed? She definitely doesn’t think it’s a sure bet; everything is up in the air. Geoff is very cocksure and convinced that things are going to go his way, and sometimes…

5 min.
love, death and battleaxes!

CORRIE 60 th SPECIAL Coronation Street has been the backdrop for stories of love, loss, betrayal, revenge, despair and hope – and TV Times has been there to capture every step of its journey. We asked Sally Dynevor – better known as former Weatherfield mayor Sally Metcalfe – to join us for a trip into the TV Times archives to reflect on some memorable moments from Tony Warren’s masterpiece, which was originally commissioned for just 13 weeks and has gone on to become the world’s longestrunning soap opera… Th e 60s Iconic Elsie (APRIL 1961) ‘Elsie was the glamour puss of the Street, and her feisty spirit matched the colour of her hair. She brought star quality to the show, but at the same time, people could really relate to her. Elsie was always picking…

3 min.
‘get your glad rags on!’

GARY BARLOW’S NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM NEW SUNDAY / ITV / 9PM / ENTERTAINMENT Gary Barlow has been there, done that and got the BRIT Awards when it comes to playing gigs at iconic music venues across the world, both with boy band Take That and as a solo artist. So the award-winning singer and songwriter is understandably excited about adding a new backdrop to his list – London’s Natural History Museum – for his brand-new music special on ITV. Recorded in November, Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum sees him lay on a spectacular evening of entertainment with a host of his famous friends, including crooner Michael Bublé, popping by. Gary will also be performing some classic hits plus songs from his new solo album, Music Played by Humans, with the backing of an…

4 min.
‘there might be sequins!’

ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE NEW TUESDAY / ITV / 8PM / ENTERTAINMENT Comedy pianist Jon Courtenay won the heart of the nation and made Britain’s Got Talent history back in October when he became the first Golden Buzzer act to win the ITV juggernaut. After being crowned the champion of series 14, Jon walked away with a £250,000 prize plus a coveted place on the bill of the Royal Variety Performance, which airs on ITV this week. Comedian and actor Jason Manford hosts the event from Blackpool’s Opera House Theatre, where a star-studded line-up including Michael Ball, Gary Barlow and Sheridan Smith will perform for a virtual audience watching at home. Having been on the circuit for some 30 years now, Jon has always held a special place in his heart for the Royal Variety Performance. Here,…

2 min.
‘it’s such an honour’

How did you react when you were asked to present this year’s event? It’s such an honour to do it. It’s always the best variety show going, so I was chuff ed to bits. I’ve performed at the Royal Variety three times now, so to actually get to host it has always been my dream – it’s like a comedian’s cup final. After the difficult year everybody’s had, the Royal Variety Performance is a couple of hours where we can all just forget about our worries and struggles and have a laugh. The show is coming from Blackpool’s Opera House Theatre. Does that venue hold special memories for you? I’ve performed there many times over the years, in musical and theatre shows, and my own stand-up as well, so to go back and…