Radio Times magazine: Louis Smith and Victoria Pendleton are going for gold on Strictly

Plus Benedict Cumberbatch at the BBC, Chris Tarrant on life as a millionaire, Mitchell & Webb talk romance, and much, much more...


“Unlike other sportsmen, Louis doesn’t push himself – he needs someone to do it for him. I thought with his background he would be focused, disciplined and happy to train for eight hours a day, but he has difficulty concentrating. I feel like his mum…”


So says Strictly Come Dancing professional Flavia Cacace of her dance partner, the Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, who we’re profiling in this week’s Radio Times.

In fact we’re catching up with both Smith and his fellow Strictly Olympian Victoria Pendleton, finding out how they’re coping with the stresses of training and quizzing them on what they’ll be up to after they hang up their dancing shoes.

Also this week:

Michael Buerk grills former home secretary Jacqui Smith about her thoughts on cannabis law, art critic Waldemar Januszczak explores the impact of the barbarians on culture in the dark ages, we meet up with Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch at Broadcasting House, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire host Chris Tarrant opens up about his megabucks lifestyle.

Consultant neurologist Dr. Kirstie Anderson shares her tips for getting a good night’s sleep, Peep Show stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb discuss romance both on-screen and off ahead of the sitcom’s eighth series, and reporter Fergal Keane re-visits the two struggling farming families he last profiled in 2000.


Plus our regular columnists are back with their weekly doses of news and views: Sarah Millican laments the fact that she can’t act, Alison Graham heralds the arrival of a truly loveable elderly screen couple, Andrew Collins meets actor Jeremy Irvine, and Eddie Mair speculates about how the BBC would broadcast news of the end of the world. It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, on sale Tuesday priced £1.40.