Radio Times magazine: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, David Threlfall, Nicholas Lyndhurst and Tom Stoppard

Plus, Ben Miller transforms into his comedy hero and the stars of Pointless, Eggheads and The News Quiz test their knowledge in our bumper pub quiz

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It’s time to dust off your clever hat for the new issue of Radio Times, which has QI’s Stephen Fry and Alan Davies posing for this week’s cover. The stars of BBC2’s Quite Interesting quiz are back for a new series next week, so we sat down for a chat about knowledge, religion, Michael Gove, the brain and Sherlock Holmes. Meanwhile, QI creator John Lloyd offered us a teaser of what to expect from the new “K”-themed series of the show, before the stars of Eggheads, Pointless and The News Quiz take our bumper pub quiz – but who wins? 

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Also in this week’s magazine: 

Justin Webb looks at the legacy of Jeremy Paxman‘s beard, which made its debut on Newsnight last week, plus New Tricks‘ latest recruit Nicholas Lyndhurst talks about his fears over the show’s future, how acting attracts egotists and why Only Fools and Horses would never be made today. 

Shameless actor David Threalfall talks about his new role in What Remains – the first time he has appeared on our screens since saying goodbye to Frank Gallagher – as well as shunning celebrity and how he’s prepared for his next role playing Tommy Cooper. 

Ben Miller transforms into his hero, Tony Hancock, meanwhile Coast presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff explains why British dolphins need our help. Tom Stoppard tells us how he created his new drama Darkside (starring Bill Nighy and Rufus Sewell) from Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, plus Sarah Millican extolls the virtues of BBC1’s That Puppet Game Show. 

Andrew Collins charts the meteoric rise of British actress Felicity Jones, Alison Graham previews an excellent summer of television, and BBC News economics editor Stephanie Flanders discusses her famous comedy father and her frustration at the attention her dating life receives. 

Plus, we’ve got the latest shortlist for our greatest night of television ever and this week it’s documentaries. From Louis Theroux to Michael Palin to Alan Whicker, it’s your chance to have your say and celebrate Radio Times’s 90th anniversary. 

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