Yes, that really is Benedict Cumberbatch, David Tennant AND Olivia Colman on the cover of this week’s Radio Times. The trio of crime solvers are vying for the coveted Radio Times detective of the year title at the National Television Awards and they’re in good company. Completing this year’s shortlist are Scott & Bailey’s Suranne Jones, Luther Star Idris Elba and crime fighter Bradley Walsh from Law & Order: UK. We’ve profiled all six to help you make your decision and included the full shortlist to this year’s awards taking place at the O2 on Wednesday 22 January and hosted by the lovely Dermot O’Leary.
Also in this week’s magazine, Death in Paradise star Ben Miller is about to wave goodbye to DI Richard Poole but we made sure we caught up with him on location in his tropical idyll of Guadeloupe before he filmed his final scenes. And he wasn’t alone, joined by his replacement Kris Marshall who takes over as new detective Humphrey Goodman, landing what is arguably the best job in television.
The Voice UK has called on Kylie Minogue to take her place in one of those spinning chairs as a new coach – but can she save the struggling BBC talent show? Her best friend Kathy Lette sure thinks so, telling Radio Times her pal will score full marks with viewers and revealing how the Aussie singer drew on her own showbiz background whilst undergoing cancer surgery.
Bake Off is back (thank goodness!) for a Sport Relief special and a new batch of celebrities. We got the lowdown from Kirsty Young, Michael Ball, Helen Skelton and Johnny Vaughan as they reflected on their big moment in the kitchen and revealed how Mary Berry saved the day.
Hostages is the latest slick US drama to arrive on our shores but are Toni Collette and Dean McDermott the new Carrie and Brody? And will the political drama fill the Homeland-shaped hole in our lives? Our beginners guide should help make up your mind… Meanwhile, another crater in the television schedule is about to emerge with the final episode of Sherlock series 3 airing next Sunday. While this latest run has seen mixed reviews, there’s nothing quite like the Sherlock effect, says RT TV editor Alison Graham.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is the toast of Hollywood for his Oscar-tipped portrayal of Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s highly praised biopic, Twelve Years a Slave. He talked to Film 2014’s Danny Leigh about overcoming childhood tragedy, the awards season buzz and his friendship and rivalry with Mandela star Idris Elba.
Plus, Hidden Kingdom’s executive producer Mike Gunton explains the decision to be open about filming in the aftermath of fakery accusations, Justin Webb laments getting mistaken for Evan Davies and John Peel’s son Tom Ravenscroft admits he wouldn’t be a radio presenter if his father was alive.
RT columnist Sarah Millican makes her promises for 2014, John Lloyd explains why Murray is the man to beat at the Australian Open and with the return of Splash!, co-host Gabby Logan explains why she wants Boris and the Beckhams on her diving board.
ALL of that television, film and radio goodness is packed into this week’s Radio Times magazine – on sale from Tuesday 11 January