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TV Times 27-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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1 min.
tv times my week

DRAMA Talking Heads MONDAY-THURSDAY / BBC1 I can’t wait to see more of TV’s biggest stars perform Alan Bennett’s superb monologues. On this week’s bill are Jodie Comer, Lucian Msamati, Rochenda Sandall, Lesley Manville, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas and Martin Freeman, who’s taking on the role that Alan played in the original 1988 series – no pressure there, then! The super six reveal what we can expect from their stories… See page 8 SOAP Coronation Street MON, WED, FRI / ITV Tyrone and Fiz, two of my favourite Weatherfield residents, are often embroiled in high drama. So it’s nice to see them in a light-hearted storyline this week: Fiz thinks they’re turning into Vera and Jack Duckworth! In our exclusive interview, stars Alan Halsall (Ty) and Jennie McAlpine (Fiz) chat about following in the footsteps of soap…

4 min.
‘we’re not we’re just us!’ jack & vera –

CORONATION STREET MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY / ITV / 7.30PM / SOAP You meet your partner and at first it’s all romance and mystery. And then a few years in, conversations revolve around the kids or what’s for tea, and getting dirty means doing the washing-up. Over at No.9 Coronation Street this week, as Fiz looks at Tyrone, asleep on the sofa in his vest, she reaches a shock conclusion – they have turned into Jack and Vera! But is that necessarily a bad thing? We chatted to stars Jennie McAlpine, 36, and Alan Halsall, 37… You’re finally back filming after the lockdown. How does it feel? ALAN: When my first script came through, I was so excited. Tisha [Alan’s partner Tisha Merry, who played Steph Britton] will have to cut my hair again. She’s done it…

6 min.
nights to remember…

THE BRITISH SOAP AWARDS CELEBRATE 21 YEARS NEW SUNDAY / ITV / 9PM / ENTERTAINMENT A round this time of year, our favourite soap stars would normally be ditching their characters’ costumes and putting on the glitz for the annual British Soap Awards. But the coronavirus pandemic means the event has, sadly, had to be cancelled. It’s not all bad news, though, because ITV is taking a trip down memory lane this week with the one-off special The British Soap Awards Celebrate 21 Years. Narrated by Phillip Schofield – who has hosted the bash since 2006 – it’s a chance to revisit some golden moments. ‘The great thing about the Soap Awards is they’re always brilliant with their montages,’ says Phillip, ‘and this special has brought that skill to the fore. It’s funny, compelling…

5 min.
‘nothing’s what it seems’

TALKING HEADS MONDAY-THURSDAY / BBC1 / TIMES VARY / EPS 4-9 of 12 / DRAMA MONDAY Playing Sandwiches LUCIAN MSAMATI Gangs of London star Lucian, 44, plays Wilfred, a man with a dark secret… David Haig originally portrayed the character in 1998. How did you feel when you were asked to take on the part? It was an honour to be asked, and I had no reservations. The affection and esteem for [show writer] Alan Bennett and his work are in no doubt. The challenge was to engage with the material without history or expectations. What can you tell us about your character Wilfred’s monologue? Like all of Mr Bennett’s characters, Wilfred is the best teller of his own tale, so you’d best listen to him… It’s a very interesting ride and it showcases Mr Bennett’s storytelling at its…

5 min.
‘you’re only as good as your last dish…’

CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF NEW WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY / BBC1 / TIMES VARY / EPS 1-3 of 15 / COOKERY Spatulas at the ready! Celebrity MasterChef returns to BBC1 for a 15th series this week, with a fresh batch of 20 famous faces hoping their culinary skills impress straight-talking judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace. Stepping into the famous kitchen for the first heat are former England footballer John Barnes, Death in Paradise star Shyko Amos, comedian Judi Love, The Apprentice 2019 fan favourite Thomas Skinner and singer Myles Stephenson, who won The X Factor in 2017 with boy band Rak-Su. Here, in an exclusive interview, John, 56, tells TV Times about his food influences and reveals that he has something in common with Monica from Friends… Why did you want to take part in Celebrity MasterChef? I…

4 min.
comedy royalty!

“IN FAIRNESS, PULLING THE TROUSERS DOWN WAS MY IDEA!” THE OTHER ONE FRIDAY / BBC1 / 9PM (TIMES VARY) / EP 5 of 7 / COMEDY Caroline Quentin became a household name playing outspoken Dorothy in hit 1990s sitcom Men Behaving Badly. But recent years have seen the Surrey-born star busy with dramatic roles, on screen and stage, as well as forging a successful presenting career. So it’s even more delightful to see Caroline back in the world of comedy this week as she joins the cast of BBC1’s The Other One. She plays eternally optimistic Dawn, who throws herself wholeheartedly into the celebrations at a glampingthemed hen party for her niece Cathy (played by Ellie White). TV Times called Caroline, 59, at home in Devon to find out more… Aunt Dawn is a great character…