Radio Times magazine: Dominic West, Helena Bonham Carter, Tony Hall and a royal baby

Plus, Frank Bruno on his bipolar disorder, Daniel Barenboim on Hitler's taste for Wagner, Nigel Havers on why cads run in the family and Julie Hesmondhalgh on her Corrie departure

The nation is abuzz with royal baby fever so, to celebrate, we’ve looked at the creation of music fit for every royal occasion. From babies and birthdays to surely the most romantic music in royal history – Albert, Prince Consort’s engagement gift to Queen Victoria – take a trip through musical history with David Starkey in the new edition of Radio Times


Also this week:

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West take on fiery former spouses Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a new BBC4 drama but how did the latter recreate Burton’s mellifluous voice? “When I drank and smoked all night, it worked pretty well but I didn’t have the stamina to keep it up,” West recalls.

Radio Times editor Ben Preston meets the new director-general of the BBC, Tony Hall, to ask your questions. From illegible squashed credits and licence fee rises to the future of BBC2 and BBC4, we’ve got the answers… He also tells the nation’s actors they need to speak more clearly. 

Kirstie Allsop talks about reading The Guardian, voting Tory and her army of staff, meanwhile former boxer Frank Bruno discusses his bipolar disorder, being sectioned three times and his relationship with his youngest daughter, Rachel.

TV charmer Nigel Havers chats about playing cads and how he discovered it’s a trait that runs in the family on Who Do You Think You Are? plus Long Live Britain’s Dr Phil Hammond gives the lowdown on the three diseases that kill 200,000 people in the UK each year.

Conductor Daniel Barenboim explains why Wagner’s greatest misfortune was becoming Hitler’s favourite composer, Colin Murray laments change at the 142nd Open Championship, Andrew Collins reflects on the renaissance of Woody Allen and Corrie’s Julie Hesmondhalgh chats about her forthcoming departure.


It’s all in this week’s Radio Times, available from Tuesday, priced £1.60.