Radio Times magazine: Julian Fellowes sets the scene for Downton Abbey series three

Plus Matt Smith on playing a cowboy in Doctor Who, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell take us dancing, Gareth Malone on his latest choir and much more

“The war has altered these people. The Crawleys are no longer the autumatons they were before the fighting began…”


Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes joins us this week to set the scene for series three of the ITV period drama, putting the show into historical context and revealing that the 1920s will see life both above and below stairs in the Crawley household change beyond recognition…

Also this week:

We go waltzing, twisting, lindy hopping and, erm, Charleston-ing with Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell, choirmaster Gareth Malone outlines his latest mission: to get hospital staff singing, and Doctor Who star Matt Smith is on hand to tell us how much fun he had riding horses and “playing cowboy” in Spain while shooting the episode A Town Called Mercy.

Great British Bake-Off judge Mary Berry shares her mouthwatering recipe for the queen of puddings, Tim Dowling investigates the return of the UK’s premier shepherding show (and wishes his own dogs were as well behaved!) and The Antiques Roadshow’s Fiona Bruce tells us that she’ll never forget 9/11 – or a  hole she saw in Cherie Blair’s pyjamas.

Plus our regular columnists weigh in with their weekly doses of wit and wisdom. Sarah Millican fantasises about being a downstairs maid in Downton, Andrew Collins explores the rocky career of Micky Rourke, Alison Graham salutes Great British Bake-Off host Paul Hollywood and Eddie Mair discusses his relationship with the Sony Radio Academy Awards.


It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, available now priced £1.40.