Radio Times magazine: 26 November-2 December 2011

Russell Grant on how Strictly Come Dancing turned his life around...

He may have been given the boot this past weekend, but Russell Grant’s still full of beans and he owes it all to Strictly Come Dancing


In the new edition of Radio Times, the veteran astrologer offers his verdict on the show that saved his life – plus, Alex Jones writes her final diary entry for RT and you can win tickets to the Strictly Live Tour!

Also this week:

Christmas preview: Alison Graham picks out a dozen seasonal TV treats you can’t afford to miss

My Week with Marilyn star Judi Dench is the queen of costume drama – so isn’t it time she got a call from Julian Fellowes?

Jamie Oliver serves up a delicious burger recipe and we take a look at the great American diner

The inside story of the Great Escape by the men who were there

Will the stars of a new reality series, Desperate Scousewives, put Liverpool on the map?

TV mogul Charles Allen quits his £50m home for life on the streets in The Secret Millionaire

How pocket-sized pigs bred in Devon took the celebrity world by storm

Eddie Mair reveals the real reason why he’ll never retire


And Adrian Edmondson on how he’s mad for the Muppets but down on Downton…

Next week in RT… Discover what the Doctor’s delivering this Christmas…Anna Friel finds love on the set of Neverland…and David Attenborough has a message from the poles…plus don’t miss our guide to the 25 best festive films ever made. NOTE: on sale Saturday 26 November.


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Christmas double issue, 17–30 December 2011
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