Radio Times magazine – Matt LeBlanc: “I didn’t want to end Friends”

Plus Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan on Episodes, Patrick Moore, Planet Earth Live, the best ever TV finales and Michael Vaughan

“I was not one of those who voted to end Friends. It was fun, it was easy. I worked about 20 hours a week and made a lot of money…”


So says Matt LeBlanc, who joins us in this week’s issue of Radio Times to discuss his life, career and the new run of the Golden Globe-winning BBC comedy series Episodes, in which he plays an exaggerated version of himself. 

“Everyone assumed that money meant nothing to me [and] I thought it might be fun to do something with that. I’ve enjoyed poking fun at the stereotypes,” he says, explaining the impact of public perception on his latest TV role in our exclusive interview. 

Plus find out how LeBlanc and his Episodes co-stars, Tamsin Greig and Stephen Mangan, rate life on both sides of the Atlantic.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we’ve got a whole host of adorable animal images from the new BBC wildlife series Planet Earth Live, with commentary from the people who made the programme, Patrick Moore discussing his lost love and, in honour of Homeland’s last episode, a look back at the best ever TV finales.

We’ve also got a double-whammy for sports fans as former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan discusses life after sporting glory and footballers John Barnes and Pat Nevin rate this year’s FA Cup finalists. 

And there’s food for thought for political junkies, too, as journalist Jonathan Meades wonders just how rationally the French will behave at the polling stations for this year’s presidential election.

Add the fact that we’ve got a free pair of giant clematis flowers for every reader and DJ legend Tony Blackburn on hand discussing the number of notches on his bedpost, and you should have plenty to be going on with until next week. 

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