Radio Times magazine: Call the Midwife’s Miranda Hart and Jessica Raine drop in for tea

Plus Mary Berry on fashion, Julia Bradbury prepares for Comic Relief, Julian Fellowes roots out country house scandal, and much, much more...


With a new series of Call the Midwife just around the corner (Sunday, 8:00pm, BBC1), we’ve tracked down two of the BBC drama’s stars, Miranda Hart and Jessica Raine, for exclusive interviews.


In this week’s Radio Times, Jessica opens up about being the nation’s favourite midwife and tells us about on her new life on the A list, while Miranda explains why she thinks politicians could learn a lot from midwives.

Plus, we’ve also got a free pull-out-and-keep selection of the original true stories which inspired Call the Midwife for every reader!

Also this week:

Queen of Cakes Mary Berry discusses being a fashionista for the over-70s and, sticking with the baking theme, we catch up with Kirsty Wark, Jo Brand, Julia Bradbury and Ellie Simmonds as they get ready for their appearances on The Great Comic Relief Bake-Off.

The team who made David Attenborough’s documentary series Africa share some of their astonishing stories from filming the show, and long-time Attenborough cameraman Charlie Hamilton James reveals how the veteran naturalist inspired his life behind the lens.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes tracks down a country house scandal worthy of his ever-popular ITV period drama, we look at the seven secrets behind Channel 4’s dark new drama Utopia, and rugby-loving poet Owen Sheers recalls Gareth Edwards’ try for the Barbarians against New Zealand in 1973.

And all our regular columnists are on hand again with their weekly doses of opinion and analysis.  Sarah Millican discusses watching TV with her cat, Alison Graham reckons that there’s too much period drama on TV at the moment, Barry Norman applauds Spielberg’s epic film Saving Private Ryan and Eddie Mair airs his frustration with Britain’s banks.


It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, on sale now priced £1.60.