Radio Times magazine: your complete guide to the Paralympics

Plus win a weekend at the Games, Charlie Brooker skewers crime drama clichés, Jenny Eclair on her relationship with food, an exclusive interview with Elton John and much more

We’re gearing up for a week and a half of top-notch athleticism at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in this week’s Radio Times with a whole host of sporting features.


BBC and Channel 4 sports presenter Clare Balding’s on hand to explain why the Paralympics will make perfect viewing for anyone missing the Olympic Games, we profile 10 amazing Team GB athletes who’ll be going for gold in the competition, one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson reveals which sports she’ll be watching and we’ve got an exclusive interview with South African sprinting sensation Oscar Pistorius.

Plus, we’re also giving you the chance to win a weekend at the Games on the 8th and 9th of September, complete with bed and breakfast at a London hotel, courtesy of Channel 4!

Also this week:

Elton John holds forth on Amy Winehouse, Paul McCartney and Madonna, and reveals why he’s so chuffed to have landed a job DJing on Radio 2, while comedienne Jenny Eclair discusses her love/hate relationship with food.

We find out the true power behind the success of New Tricks, Charlie Brooker joins us to expose the clichés and conventions of detective dramas ahead of his Sky1 spoof A Touch of Cloth, and Karl Hinett, who made news as the burning soldier of Basra, explains how, with Prince Harry’s help, he’s pushed his body to the limit for a new TV show.

Plus our regular columnists are all here as usual with their weekly blasts of opinion, analysis and anecdote. Sarah Millican reveals why she’s obsessed with midwifery on TV, Alison Graham explains that she’s been bowled over by the raw power of a new crime drama, Eddie Mair discusses deputising on Newsnight, and Andrew Collins examines the astonishing story of a Frenchman who impersonated the lost child of an American family.


It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, out Tuesday priced £1.40. And you’ll want to check back again next week for our free Dalek wall-chart!