Radio Times magazine: We three (Shakespearian) kings… and a Sherlock special

Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons on playing classic Shakespeare - plus Lara Pulver and Andrew Scott interviewed

Typical. You wait all year for a Shakespearian king and then three come along at once…

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Yes, in this week’s issue of Radio Times we’ve got exclusive interviews with Jeremy IronsBen Whishaw and Tom Hiddleston who are soon to play Henry IV, Richard II and Henry V respectively in three new BBC adaptations of the Bard’s historical plays.

And with these new films also featuring such stellar names as David Suchet, Julie Walters, David Morrissey, Patrick Stewart, Rory Kinnear, Lindsay Duncanand Maxine Peake, now’s the ideal time to start enthusing about the man from Stratford’s oeuvre all over again.

Also this week:

In a Sherlock special, Lara Pulver AKA the clothing-averse Irene Adler opens up about the reaction to her naked appearance on TV and reveals a little about what she’s got planned for the future. And another of the show’s stars, Andrew Scott (Moriarty), talks about his latest role in Blackout.

We’ve got a preview of the resurrected American soap Dallas, which comes to Channel 5 in September, and a look at the best new TV shows coming our way from across the Pond, including Girls and The Newsroom. 

The daughters of Chariots of Fire’sOlympic heroes Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams meet for the first time, and we’ve got some reminiscences about growing old from John Simpson, Lesley Joseph and Nick Hewer.

Ahead of a new sitcom about grown-up children returning to the family home, we find out about the realities of having to fly back to the nest, and there’s a free Which? guide to buying a new TV for every reader.

And our columnists are back again with their opinionated take on the world of entertainment: Sarah Millican discusses the impact of losing her digi-satellite-box,Alison Graham extols the virtues of traditional family sitcoms and Eddie Mairshares his feelings about the borderline dishonest advertising campaign for the new Top Cat motion picture.

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Plus Danny Leigh talks to Andrew Garfield about his role in The Amazing Spider-Man, we take a look at awe-inspiring magician Dynamo scaling a wall and Irish funny-man Dara O’Briain reveals why CBeebies won’t hire him… It’s all in the new issue of Radio Times, on sale Tuesday priced £1.40.