Radio Times 90th anniversary magazine: Strictly, Naomi Campbell, Atlantis and Downton Abbey

Plus, we offer you the chance to become a Radio Times cover star with our special interactive edition before revealing the results of the ultimate night of TV programmes - as voted for by you

On Saturday 28 September Radio Times is a whopping 90 years old, and to celebrate we’ve collected together a smorgasboard of stars in this week’s magazine. But this is no ordinary magazine, oh no… It’s an INTERACTIVE one packed full of hidden treats and treasures, all available for you to access with the help of your smartphone or tablet. 


Have you ever wanted to grace the front of Radio Times? Channel your inner TV starlet and turn yourself into a cover star by downloading Blippar from the Apple app store or Google Play, hold it over the cover and follow these steps – it’s as simple as that. 

We’ve also got behind the scenes videos of our Strictly cover shoot, plus a gallery of all Radio Times’s finest covers over the years. 

Over the past few months we’ve been asking you to vote for the best programmes to make up your ultimate evening in front of the television – make sure you’re sitting comfortable before you read the results… 

You can also celebrate 90 years of the magazine with famous faces recreating some of our iconic covers, from Brian Cox channelling David Attenborough to Kirsty Young posing as her predecessor, Sue Lawley. Meanwhile, social historian, Professor Joe Moran, tells the story of Radio Times – from 1923-2013. 

And in honour of the last 90 years of Radio Times coverage, we’ve commandeered James Burke to predict what’s in store for the next 90 – think 3D holograms, dust-sized nano-computers and Shakespeare’s Globe in your living room… 

But enough about us – we’ve also got a host of features on your favourite shows coming up over the next week. To celebrate the return of Strictly Come Dancing, we caught up with ALL this year’s celebs and their dancing partners, plus we’ve got former BBC chairman Michael Grade explaining why Brucie has no saturation point. Susanna Reid also tells us why her dance moves are being named after Crystal Palace footballers. 

The real-life resident of Downton, the Countess of Carnarvon, recalls how she became lady of the manor and lets slip her favourite Julian Fellowes storyline, plus Naomi Campbell berates the lack of black models in the industry, calling it “insulting”. 

BBC1’s Merlin replacement Atlantis hits screens this week so we asked historian Bettany Hughes to look at how the series is rooted in the real life of the ancients. And we wouldn’t miss out on a chance to sit down for a chat with the show’s rather attractive cast, would we?

Boxer David Haye is returning to the ring to face Tyson Fury – but apparently I’m A Celeb’s Rosemary Shrager was a far more intimidating opponent, plus Barry Norman recounts his career in film.

And finally, Nicholas Parsons celebrates a big birthday of his own, while Ian Hislop tells us about blushing at his own programmes and why Jeremy Paxman’s beard brings a tear to his eye.


It’s ALL in this week’s bumper 180-page edition of Radio Times – out from Tuesday, priced £1.60