Radio Times magazine: 10-16 December 2011

Tulisa Contostavlos on her journey from tortured teen to star of The X Factor

“I feel like I’m being judged more than I’m being a judge…”


This year’s X Factor competition has been an emotional rollercoaster for everyone, but none more so than Tulisa Contostavlos. In the new edition of Radio Times, the N-Dubz singer who became a household name overnight opens up about her incredible life journey.

Watch behind-the-scenes video of our cover shoot with Tulisa

Also this week:

RT’s big cake off! Rick Stein, the Hairy Bikers and Raymond Blanc battle it out with traditional festive recipes as we ask: who makes the best cake for Christmas?

Michael Bublé might seem like a cool, confident guy, but in an exclusive RT interview he reveals his sensitive side

We find out what celebrities, including Graham Norton, Sir David Jason and Tess Daly, really want for Christmas

Eddie Izzard ran 43 marathons and mastered stand-up in German – so spending five months on one leg for Treasure Island was a cinch

As This Is England ’88 hits your screens, star Vicky McClure thanks RT for her Bafta

Stuart Hall gives his verdict on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year contenders

Superscrimpers’ Mrs Moneypenny shares tips and tricks to help you save money at Christmas

What happened when Rosie Millard cut her children’s TV programmes?

Eddie Mair reveals why he recently felt a bit like the Queen

And comedian Sarah Millican on “food porn” and why she’s hot for Gok Wan

Next week in RT…it’s the legendary Christmas double issue, featuring Matt Smith, Darcey Bussell, Richard Hammond, Julian Fellowes, Rob Brydon, Jennifer Saunders, Katherine Kelly, Nancy Dell’Olio, David Jason, Claire Tomalin, Julia Donaldson, Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner, Brian Cox and the kids from Outnumbered. NOTE: on sale from Saturday 3 December (nationwide Wednesday 7 December).


Radio Times festive on-sale dates:

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)