Here at RadioTimes.com we spend our week devouring all the TV there is on offer and share our recommendations with you, our wonderful readers.
But what did YOU, the viewing public, have to say about this week’s biggest TV news stories and shows?
From exciting news about Jodie Whittaker’s first full Doctor Who episode to a major new role for former Doctor Matt Smith, a big Grange Hill birthday, a blossoming Call The Midwife baby bump, and a Black Panther, here’s what got you talking over the past seven days.
News of Jodie Whittaker’s extra-long first Doctor Who episode was well received
We're getting even more Doctor Who than we expected!
It’s not set to be the longest Who debut in history, but fans won’t say no to more time with Thirteen!
- Get the full story: Jodie Whittaker’s first Doctor Who episode will be over an hour long
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The internet exploded with joy when Courtney Act won Celebrity Big Brother
Fans of the show were thrilled to see Shane Jenek crowned the winner after a series of controversial showdowns in the Celebrity Big Brother House.
- Get the full story: Courtney Act / Shane Jenek wins Celebrity Big Brother
- If you like this you’ll love: Courtney Act on life after winning Celebrity Big Brother 2018
Call The Midwife fans enjoyed the show’s attempts to conceal Helen George’s baby bump
Have you noticed Nurse Trixie Franklin’s sudden desire to wear baggy capes, carry a clipboard everywhere and stand directly behind large desk lamps?
Actress Helen (who plays Trixie Franklin) was pregnant during filming for the latest series, so the crew had to come up with clever ways of hiding her growing baby bump.
— Cupie Doll (@cupie_doll) February 4, 2018
“It has been very interesting to see all the costume and prop adjustments, along with very careful camera angles,” Sheila Chamberlain-Hyett commented on Facebook.
- Get the full story: Viewers spot inventive ways Call the Midwife is hiding Helen George’s baby bump
- If you like this you’ll love: Here’s how Helen George disguised her baby bump in Call the Midwife
- But wait, there’s more! Call the Midwife’s Helen George on pregnancy, childbirth and women being shamed for choosing to have C-sections
Shaun Evans’ Endeavour Morse seemed a little different…
Do you think the late great John Thaw would be a fan of Shaun Evans' performance?
Viewers felt as though they were beginning to see shades of the late great John Thaw’s Inspector Morse in his performance – and they absolutely loved the subtle way in which he’d transformed.
Is the once 'apprentice' Shaun Evans starting to out 'Morse' the late great John Thaw?!? Loved the new episode of #Endeavour last night.
— Darren Laurie (@DarrenLaurie13) February 5, 2018
“The quiet isolation he portrays is a clue to the character the fabulous John Thaw created,” wrote Helen Clayton of Evans’ performance. “He’s doing a brilliant job, prickly, clever yet vulnerable.”
“A brilliant performance by Shaun Evans, as was the portrayal of the world-weary Friday by the wonderful Roger Allam,” Diana Blake added. “They work so well together I’m really looking forward to next Sundays episode”
- Get the full story: Endeavour fans think Shaun Evans is becoming more like John Thaw’s Morse in series five
- If you like this you’ll love: Meet Endeavour writer Russell Lewis: a real man of mystery
Matt Smith landed a major new role
Charlie Says casts Matt Smith as cult leader and murderer Charles Manson
Smith’s next role couldn’t take him further away from The Crown. He’ll play cult leader Charles Manson, who formed the Manson Family and ordered its members to carry out brutal killings..
Fans are a little concerned about the fact that he’ll be playing a murderer, and some aren’t sure he’s the right height…
- Get the full story: The Crown star Matt Smith confirmed to play cult killer Charles Manson
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BBC Breakfast’s all-female line-up celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage
100 years ago today, British women won the right to vote
An all-female line-up took over the studio, with Louise Minchin and Steph McGovern hosting the programme and welcoming a roster of female guests.
“Girl power!” wrote Matthew Ward on Facebook. “Women should have always had the vote not just since 1918.”
- Get the full story: BBC Breakfast had an all-female line-up as it celebrated the centenary of women’s suffrage
- If you like this you’ll love: Why Derry Girls challenges the “very violent and very male” image of Northern Ireland during The Troubles
New Marvel movie Black Panther got glowing reviews and fans can’t wait to see it!
We’re at the #BlackPanther European Premiere in London. How excited are you to see this movie?!? ??? . . . #movie #premiere #marvel #marvelmovie #marvelmovies #marvelheroes #mcu #chadwickboseman #michaelbjordan #ryancoogler #lupitanyongo #danielkaluuya #andyserkis #martinfreeman #entertainment #film #comics #marvelcomics
From John Boyega to Stormzy and Michaela Coel, London’s Hammersith Apollo was bursting at the seams with famous fans on Thursday night. They just couldn’t wait to get a first look at the film about T’Challa, the king of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, who returned home to claim his throne after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
You can read the full Radio Times review here, and check out a selection of the smashing reviews from around the internet too.
- Get the full story: John Boyega, Stormzy… and Liam from Bake Off – the Black Panther UK premiere guest list was amazing
- If you like this you’ll love: Black Panther review: “a franchise film with a distinct individual identity”
- Plus: Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis on being the only white guys in Black Panther: “this is what black actors feel like all the time”
Grange Hill’s 40th Birthday was cause for celebration
As we took a trip down memory lane to the BBC’s most famous comprehensive school, fans shared their own memories of the classic children’s series.
“I loved Grange Hill – so much so that I’m dedicating my hospital radio show on Radio Wey to the memories of it on Sunday,” wrote Lara McNamee, who praised the show’s fearless approach to tough topics. “I think no matter how gritty the subject matter, Grange Hill did not shy away from it,” she added. “I remember being SO shocked when Zammo took drugs and you saw him lying on the floor. I don’t think I was very aware of drugs and that was a real eye-opener!”
- Get the full story: A Grange Hill history lesson: the school drama’s most important moments
- If you like this you’ll love: Grange Hill fans share memories of Tucker and special teas on the show’s 40th anniversary
- Plus: Grange Hill’s Lee ‘Zammo’ MacDonald: “I gave Nancy Reagan a copy of Just Say No. She threw it under her chair”
Fans jumped at the chance to meet Billie Piper for £1
Who wouldn’t want to win VIP tickets to see her in Yerma on Broadway?!?
Get the full story: Here’s your chance to meet Billie Piper in New York for £1!
If you like this you’ll love: Former Doctor Who stars John Simm and Billie Piper collide in new trailer for BBC drama Collateral
And a very powerful Derry Girls finale brought fans to tears
We NEED to talk about THAT Derry Girls ending – so we asked Lisa McGee to explain it to us.What did you think of the final episode?
Channel 4’s smash hit comedy came to an action-packed and rather poignant end in episode six, as Clare made the brave decision to come out to her friends and a fatal bombing rocked the Quinn household to its core.
It was all too much for fans to handle, and when The Cranberries’ Dreams began playing, the tears began to flow.
Hats off to the writer of #derrygirls that final scene perfectly captured the sickening horror of when the violence of the troubles crashed into normal life in NI. Really hammered home why we must do all we can to protect our fragile peace.
— Danny Donnelly (@DannyDonnelly1) February 8, 2018
Well that’s the way to end a series. So brilliant, so moving. Congratulations to everyone involved #DerryGirls
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) February 8, 2018
- Get the full story: Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee explains THAT ending and Clare’s brave revelation
- If you like this you’ll love: Fans moved to tears by powerful ending of Derry Girls finale
- Plus: What’s going to happen in Derry Girls series two?