Saturday My Country: A Work In Progress 9pm, BBC Two
IT’S debatable whether too many viewers will decide that what they really want to settle down with on a Saturday night is … a bit more Brexit. But at least this comes at it from a different angle. In the days following the Brexit vote, a team from the National Theatre spoke to people nationwide, aged from nine to 97, to hear their views on the UK. Taking these testimonies – angry, emotional, funny, and sometimes even honest – as their blueprint, the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and director Rufus Norris created this short play, in which the figure of Britannia (Penny Layden) calls a meeting to listen to her people, as delivered in dialogue that weaves together the words from those real interviews with some of the speeches from various political leaders who led the debate, or what passed for it. The nation has spoken, but what did it say? The original ensemble from the National Theatre’s stage production gathers again for this special TV performance.