Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Alastair Mckay's TV Choice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Alastair Mckay's TV Choice

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Byline: ALASTAIR MCKAY

WHEN TEENAGE MEETS OLD AGE 9PM, BBC2 Second episode of the series in which teenagers move in with the residents of Whiteley retirement village in Surrey. This week, the teens and the OAPs go on holiday to Cornwall, where the oldsters demonstrate the value of staying at the table until everyone has finished eating their pasties. Sixty-nine-year-old Trevor, who had to give up his motorbike when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's, is encouraged to try go-kart racing.

THE STORY OF VARIETY WITH MICHAEL GRADE 9PM, BBC4 One of the subjects under discussion in this genial reminiscence about Britain's post-war variety theatre is the importance of getting your name high on the bill, a lesson not lost on former variety agent (and television executive) Michael Grade. But Grade clearly knows the subject backwards, and it's a slight regret that he didn't author the film more heavily, relying instead on anecdotes from the likes of Roy Hudd, Val Doonican and Bruce Forsyth (who recalls touring in a caravan, and sharing a dressing room with some performing collies). …

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