Radio Times magazine: Brendan Coyle reveals how Downton Abbey changed his life

Plus Christina Hendricks on the benefits of red hair, Sarah Millican talks about watching Nigellissima in the bath, Michael Palin discusses his Brazilian adventures, and much more...

Brendan Coyle AKA Downton Abbey’s John Bates joins us in this week’s issue of Radio Times to discuss stardom, politics, snobbery – and how the ITV period drama changed his life.


Plus, we’ve got a handy downstairs Downton relationships map to help you keep track of all the love, lust, envy and revenge at Highclere Castle.

Also this week:

Michael Palin is on hand to chat about his new travel series, which sees the former Monty Python man exploring Brazil. Dawn Porter gives her verdict on Girls, the Sky Atlantic comedy-drama that’s being touted as Sex and the City for a new generation, Sarah Parish talks about her role as a long-suffering wife in US miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, and Victoria Pendleton reveals what’s been going on this week in the world of Strictly.

Professor Alice Roberts explains how she juggles science, TV and raising her family, while Christina Hendricks talks about the benefits of being one of Hollywood’s few redheads. Jamie Oliver unveils his latest quick-fire culinary crusade, Derren Brown explains how he changed a man’s life, and we share the recipe which won our Great British Bake Off competition and impressed Paul Hollywood.


Plus Alison Graham reveals which TV programmes she’d put in a time capsule, Sarah Millican discusses watching Nigellissima in the bath and Eddie Mair holds forth about his on-going feud with Robert Peston. It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, on sale Tuesday priced £1.40.