Radio Times magazine: 3–9 December 2011

A sneak preview of Christmas TV as some of the biggest names in television reveal the treats to come...


As festive cheer mounts up, everyone’s looking forward to the televisual treats of this year’s Christmas specials.

In the new edition of Radio Times, we hear Doctor Who secrets from Matt Smith, there’s a Downton Abbey teaser from Julian Fellowes and Jennifer Saunders talks Ab Fab – plus more season’s greetings from actors Stephen Graham and Robert Webb.

Also this week:

In an exclusive article for RT, national treasure David Attenborough urges us – as well as world leaders – to start taking climate change seriously, or our Frozen Planet will soon thaw

Tan-tastic! See Strictly’s Robbie Savage as you’ve never seen him before…

Founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg is a multibillionaire at 27, but what sort of person does that make him? Emily Maitlis finds out

Neverland’s sexiest pirate Anna Friel talks love, gossip and her special “purple juice”

What happened when Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud decided to build his own houses?

Funny feminists Fay Weldon and Caitlin Moran talk women, men, boys and girls

Charlie Brooker considers the power of Twitter

Find out why Eddie Mair thinks Nicholas Parsons is a hero for our age

And Rev star Olivia Colman on her “house porn” addiction and the secrets of comedy…

Next week in RT…Rick Stein, Raymond Blanc and the Hairy Bikers share their tips on Christmas baking…Eddie Izzard on fairy tales and Treasure Island…and the real star of The X Factor, Tulisa. NOTE: on sale Thursday 1 December.


Radio Times festive on-sale dates:

26 November–2 December 2011 (week 48) – on sale from Tuesday 22 November to Monday 28 November

3–9 December 2011 (week 49) – on sale from Saturday 26 November to Monday 5 December

10–16 December 2011 (week 50) – on sale from Thursday 1 December to Monday 12 December

Christmas double issue, 17–30 December 2011 (weeks 51–52) – on sale from Saturday 3 December (nationwide by Wednesday 7 December) to Monday 26 December

31 December 2011–6 January 2012 (week 1) – on sale Friday 23 December 2011 to Monday 2 January 2012


7–13 January 2012 (week 2) – on sale Tuesday 3 January 2012 (as normal)