Radio Times at the Cheltenham Literature Festival

Meet the people who make your favourite TV shows, courtesy of Radio Times

Radio Times has joined forces with the Cheltenham Literature Festival to bring you a fascinating series of television and radio-themed events.


From Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, to brilliant new TV chef Lorraine Pascale, writers, stars and programme-makers will be joined by Radio Times experts to share tales from behind the scenes of many of your favourite programmes in a series of interviews, talks and Q&A sessions.

The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival runs from 7 to 16 October, and with more than 500 events and 600 speakers over ten days it’s a must for anyone interested in the people behind the most compelling books, ideas and television programmes today.

All events take place in the festival’s tented literary village in the heart of the beautiful Regency town of Cheltenham, where there’s also a festival bookshop, delicious cafés and bistros, and quiet corners to relax with a book, catch up with friends or enjoy a series of free events in addition to the big-ticket talks.

Here’s the timetable…

Saturday 8 October 4—5pm £8 Secrets of the TV Critics

Radio Times’s TV editor Alison Graham joins fellow TV critics Andrew Billen (The Times) and Grace Dent (The Guardian) and BBC Head of Drama Series and Serials Kate Harwood to discuss what it’s like to watch television for a living. Chaired by Kirsty Lang, presenter of Radio 4’s Front Row.

Sunday 9 October 6.30—7:45pm £17 Downton Abbey

Meet the creators and stars of the drama series that has captured the nation’s imagination. With writer Julian Fellowes, producer Gareth Neame and actor Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley.

Saturday 15 October 4—5pm £12 Strictly Come Dancing

Hear Arlene Phillips and dance stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova explain the transformative power of dance.

Sunday 16 October 11am—12 noon £10 Countryfile

Cotswold farmer Adam Henson shares fascinating insights and tales of country life.

Sunday 16 October 6—7:15pm £12 The Archers

What’s the extraordinary appeal of the world’s longest-running soap? Archers editor Vanessa Whitburn explores Ambridge’s secrets with Charles Collingwood (Brian Aldridge), Felicity Finch (Ruth Archer) and Tim Bentinck (David Archer). Chaired by Radio Times columnist and PM presenter Eddie Mair.

During the event make sure you pay a visit to the Radio Times tent to meet some of our in-house TV, radio and film experts.


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