Radio Times magazine: Colin Dexter reveals the appeal of Morse and Lewis

Plus Simon Cowell's biographer, BBC Young Musician of the Year, Felicity Kendal, Frances Barber, Brendan Coyle and much more

“Lewis gets a hard deal as the underdog – one reason why viewers are on his side,” says screenwriter Colin Dexter in this week’s issue of Radio Times, explaining the TV detective’s popularity. “And he listens, which is a great thing. Not many people do.”


We’ve tracked the 81-year-old creator of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour down to the Trout pub in Oxford on the eve of Lewis’s sixth season to find out just why audiences love his characters so. And as Dexter explains, it’s a combination of great actors and compelling writing…

But if you’re more interested in reality TV, Simon Cowell’s biographer Tom Bower is on hand to reveal what really makes the mogul tick, this year’s BBC Young Musician of the Year candidates introduce themselves and tell us a little about the pressures of the contest, and we catch up with the children first introduced to the nation 56 years ago on Seven Up!

There’s plenty for drama fans in this week’s issue too: Felicity Kendal recalls her unique education in India, Silk actress Frances Barber holds forth on everything from the London riots to Strictly Come Dancing and Barry Norman recalls his first meeting with a large and scruffy Sean Connery.

Plus, David Butcher appeals to TV bosses for more quality comedy on the telly, we meet a Great Ormand Street surgeon who claims that modern doctors just don’t work hard enough and Downton’s Mr Bates AKA actor Brendan Coyle confesses that he cries at cookery shows.


It’s all in this week’s issue of Radio Times, available now from all good newsagents, priced £1.40.