Sat­ur­day My Coun­try: A Work In Progress 9pm, BBC Two

Sunday Herald Life - - TELEVISION & RADIO -

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.

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