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“They shot a lot in my kids’ school hol­i­days, so they came out for a month, which was great. And the rest of the time I com­muted. It would be a week shoot­ing and then I would just come back and then go back out a few weeks later.”

Laz, who is sin­gle-minded in her mis­sion to reach Mars, was a com­plex char­ac­ter for McEl­hone to get her teeth into. It’s ob­vi­ous from the first episode just how driven she is. But she also comes across as rather cold, as she doesn’t have the best in­ter­per­sonal skills.

“She is quite in­scrutable on some level

best value for money so that they can put the cash they’ve saved to­wards Christ­mas. Alexis Con­ran com­pares ice-cream from fast-food chains, while Smart Shop­pers Kelly, Jo and Leisa are in Lin­colnshire for an­other su­per­mar­ket dash to slash a fam­ily’s weekly food bill. Plus, as the Christ­mas count­down con­tin­ues, Andy Webb checks out more high-street deals.

Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 (BBC1, 9pm)

On Novem­ber 14, Prince Charles will turn 70, and the BBC is start­ing the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions early as it brings us this doc­u­men­tary. Over the course of 12 months, film­maker John Brid­cut has had ex­clu­sive ac­cess to the royal, ob­serv­ing him at work and

Natascha McEl­hone as Laz In­gram, with Sean Penn as Tom Hagerty and Oded Fehr as Ei­tan Hafri, in The First

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