Costume drama returns to BBC1 this Sunday night with the new second series of Upstairs Downstairs. We talk to stars Ed Stoppard and Jean Marsh in the latest issue of RT and find out how the show managed to escape the shadow of Downton Abbey.
Plus don’t miss the first of our collectable pull-out-and-keep TV Walks supplements free in this week’s magazine. Packed with pictures, information and maps, this guide gives you the ultimate lowdown on TV locations from Pride and Prejudice and Doctor Who to Inspector Morse and Cranford.
Also this week:
The Sisters of St John the Divine explain their love of Call the Midwife – after all, it’s their story
We chart the whirlwind rise to stardom of Grammy-award-winning and Brit Award nominee Adele, the south-London lass with the golden voice
Melvyn Bragg debates the class system, anger, hairstyles – and man hugs
We meet Damian Lewis, the British star of Barack Obama’s favourite TV show, Homeland, which is being hailed as the new 24
Jenni Murray meets Watson & Oliver, the comedy duo with a difference – they’re women
We speak to a group of venerable actors, including Judi Dench and Bill Nighy, to find out the secret of acting your age
Former nurse and lads’ mag pin-up Abi Titmuss is going straight – and guest-starring in Casualty
Eddie Mair’s celebrating the leap year by drinking special Chinese tea
Alison Graham lays out the plans for her fantasy TV channel
And Robert Webb describes the TV shows that make him ill – and embarrassed for Britain
Next week in RT… Don’t miss part two of our guide to TV locations…and Ronnie Wood on becoming a TV star – aged 64… On sale Tuesday 21 February