Radio Times magazine: 10-16 March 2012

We celebrate television's greatest heroines - from Scott & Bailey to Sarah Lund

ITV’s premier female detective duo, Scott & Bailey, are back on the beat from next Monday, so this week we’ve tracked down stars Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp and Amelia Bullmore to explain the show’s “casserole effect” and why they won’t be reaching for the Botox any time soon.


Plus, in response to Scott & Bailey’s return, a selection of TV’s leading personalities, including Upstairs Downstairs star Claire Foy, newsreader Mishal Husain and Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton reveal the on-screen heroines who have inspired them – and TV editor Alison Graham leads the call for more real women on the box…

Also this week:

MasterChef’s Gregg Wallace and John Torode dish up some tough advice for the finalists of this year’s competition – discover which of the amateur chefs “just refuses to listen…”

Ahead of her new Channel 4 series, we find out why retail guru Mary Portas has turned to making underwear and allowed the cameras to catch her crying

David Frost, the inquisitor who tamed Richard Nixon, says “prayer and meditation” have been key to his success after 50 years in broadcasting

Jarvis Cocker, Cerys Matthews, Stuart Maconie and more celebrate BBC 6 Music’s tenth birthday

Downton Abbey’s footman Rob James-Collier on being a reluctant working-class heart-throb

Historian Niall Ferguson warns that China’s astonishing economic rise could spell disaster for the world

British athlete Jessica Ennis lets us in on her preparations for the Olympics and why she refuses to taste defeat

BBC business editor and football fan Robert Peston is standing in for Eddie Mair this week and insists he’s a Gooner, not a Spud

Allan Little celebrates the vital role played by the BBC World Service in supposedly hostile territories

David Butcher is keen to trim the fat when it comes to the recent trend for TV shows about obesity

And CSI lead Ted Danson confesses his guilty pleasure and why he’d like to appear in Downton Abbey


Next week in RTLord Sugar is guest-editing the magazine…Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button rev up for Formula One…Miranda Hart heads to Uganda for this year’s Sport Relief…and get your RT Sport Relief envelope… On sale Tuesday 13 March.