Radio Times magazine: David Walliams, Chris Packham, That Puppet Game Show and our new Mr Darcy

David Walliams revisits his schooldays, plus we meet the stars of BBC1's new puppet game show and RT has tea with the Test Match Special team

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“Borderline”, “disappointing” and “very poor”. You’d never guess it, but these are the words David Walliams‘ teachers used to describe the comedy success aged 15 and 3/4. If only they’d known how far he’d go, eh? They probably wouldn’t have recommended he take a more “serious approach”…

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We delve back into Walliams’ educational past in this week’s issue of Radio Times, as the star tells us all about his new BBC1 sitcom Big School.

Also in this week’s Radio Times:  

We meet the stars of BBC1’s new Saturday night entertainment offering That Puppet Game Show and – you guessed it – they’re puppets. Funnily enough, the stuffed characters had a lot to say for themselves…

Springwatch’s Chris Packham goes down the rabbit hole, while Matthew Rhys chats to us about his new role as Mr Darcy and his feelings about following in Colin Firth‘s wet-shirted footsteps.

Before the Test Match kicks off this weekend, we sit down with the presenting team and find out that the boys don’t just know their cricket, they’re pretty clued up when it comes to cake, too.

Rosie Millard looks into the One Direction-effect, Sarah Millican explains why she wasn’t impressed with The Returned finale, Alison Graham berates vox pops and Natasha Kaplinsky talks holding back the tears during the news. Plus our quest for the greatest TV night ever has taken us to the world of entertainment. Who should make it onto our dream schedule? You decide…

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It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, available from Tuesday, priced £1.60.