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TV Times 20-Jun-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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2 min.
tv times my week

REALITY The Great British Sewing Bee WEDNESDAY / BBC1 FINAL I still don’t know my pintucks from my pinking shears, but the sixth series of Sewing Bee has been a joy. Ahead of this week’s grand final, we talk to judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young. See page 4 DRAMA The Luminaries SUNDAY & MONDAY / BBC1 NEW I love a good mystery, so this six-part adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s acclaimed novel is set to be perfect summer viewing. Set in New Zealand during the 1860s gold rush, prepare for an epic story of star-crossed lovers, murder and revenge, as men and women travel across the world to make their fortunes. Stars Eve Hewson and Himesh Patel give us all the details. See page 8 DRAMA Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads TUESDAY, THURSDAY / BBC1 NEW Alan Bennett’s wonderful monologues, originally screened…

4 min.
‘we’ve saved the best to last!’

THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE FINAL WEDNESDAY / BBC1 / 9PM / EP 10 of 10 / REALITY Watching the oh-sew-lovely amateur stitchers making beautiful garments on BBC1’s The Great British Sewing Bee is always a joyful experience. But this bubble of haberdashery niceness has definitely been even more needed lately, with series six proving the perfect TV companion for many of us during lockdown. Sadly, however, all good things must come to an end, and after nine glorious weeks of fabulous fabrics and complicated challenges, this week our super-talented three remaining hopefuls must tackle their final theme – Celebration Wear. In case you’re reading this before you’ve seen the semi-final, we’ve chatted to all four semi-finalists about their time in the famous sewing room (see right). But before that, here, in an exclusive interview, judges…

2 min.
‘terrifying & exciting!’

THE WILD CARD NICOLE, 42, JEWELLERY DESIGNER Nicole’s daring designs and flair for colour have often won her much praise, but will her ad hoc approach be her undoing? ‘Scoring a Garment of the Week hat-trick [in episodes six, seven and eight] has got to be my top highlight so far!’ smiles Nicole. ‘I also loved my flamenco-inspired skirt in week eight. I’d been chomping at the bit to use African wax print fabrics. I’m very experimental. I’ve always preferred to find my own way of doing things!’ THE DARK HORSE LIZ, 37, PRODUCT MANAGER Liz impressively marries traditional patterns with a distinct Goth style. ‘Having Patrick tell me that the fit on my sleepwear was “perfection” in episode five was a really amazing moment,’ says Liz. ‘My favourite make was the tennis outfit in Sportswear Week…

3 min.
look who’s talking…

TALKING HEADS NEW TUE & THU / TIMES VARY / BBC1 / EPS 1-3 of 12 / DRAMA First shown in 1988, and a second series in 1998, Alan Bennett’s BAFTA-winning Talking Heads monologues were brought to life by a distinguished line-up of British acting talent, including Dames Julie Walters, Maggie Smith and Thora Hird. Now, 10 of Alan’s beautifully crafted single-handers have been remade for the small screen, alongside two brand-new ones, during lockdown with an all-new cast list, starting this week with Imelda Staunton, Sarah Lancashire and Dame Harriet Walter. ‘The cast is astonishing, and they all agreed at the first time of asking – I hope this is because they liked the scripts!’ smiles Alan, 86, whose role in the 1988 series is being reprised by Martin Freeman. Here, Sarah and Dame…

2 min.
also in talking heads…

A LADY OF LETTERS Imelda Staunton (Flesh and Blood) plays Irene, who was portrayed by Dame Patricia Routledge in 1988. When Irene’s letters of complaint land her in prison, she takes to it rather well… ‘The only member of the cast I knew a little is Imelda,’ reveals creator Alan Bennett. PLAYING SANDWICHES Lucian Msamati plays Wilfred, who was portrayed by David Haig in 1998. ‘Playing Sandwiches is a very interesting role, and showcases Mr Bennett’s storytelling at its best,’ says Lucian, 44, seen recently in Sky drama Gangs of London. THE OUTSIDE DOG Rochenda Sandall plays Marjory, who was portrayed by Dame Julie Walters in 1998. When Marjory makes a discovery about her brutish husband, she faces a dilemma. ‘Marjory is an obsessive thinker,’ says Line of Duty actor Rochenda. ‘Something is niggling away at her.’ THE HAND OF…

5 min.
love, magic and murder…

“IT’S NOT JUST A PERIOD PIECE – IT’S SO MUCH MORE EVE HEWSON” THE LUMINARIES NEW SUN & MON / BBC1 / 9PM / EPS 1-2 of 6 / DRAMA Himesh Patel has come a long way since his TV debut as the wonderfully deadpan Tamwar Masood in EastEnders, thanks to a string of big-screen roles. But now the actor is really leaving Walford far behind as he heads to the wild west coast of New Zealand for BBC1’s thrilling new period drama The Luminaries, set during the 1860s gold rush. Based on Eleanor Catton’s award-winning 2013 novel, the epic six-part series is a tale of love, murder, magic and revenge, as men and women travel across the world to make their fortunes. The story follows adventurer Anna Wetherell (played by Eve Hewson, daughter of U2…