The Sunday Times: Critics Choice
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Pas de deux

Living The Dream (Sky Arts 1, 8pm)

Dame Monica Mason recently retired from the Royal Ballet after 54 years there, and the principal dancer turned director is paired with Derek Jacobi for this week’s star-to-star chat. Jacobi doesn’t get his half of the limelight though, as Mason expertly turns the conversation to herself. The actor’s thumbs twitch in what could be irritation, but he is a gracious conversationalist whose genuine curiosity in others makes him extremely likeable. Both have corking anecdotes, but Jacobi’s comic timing makes his more vivid, particularly personal stories involving Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton.