Call the Midwife, Mr Selfridge and The Musketeers in this week’s Radio Times

Plus, Julie Hesmondhalgh explains why Hayley had to die, Ruth Jones reveals plans to reunite with James Corden and Carey Mulligan on owing her career to Julian Fellowes

It’s well and truly January. The nights are still long, the skies are still drizzling and Christmas is…well…a LOT of days away. What could possibly cheer you up amid all this doom and gloom? We’ll give you a clue – RED CARDIGANS.


Yes, after an all-too-brief Christmas taster, the Call the Midwife ladies are returning to our screens for a full series beginning next Sunday and to celebrate we’ve got Jessica Raine and Miranda Hart on our cover. And now Chummy is a Mummy, we’ve got her adorable six-month-old son joining them. Let the cooing over babies commence… Oh, and we’ve also got Heidi Thomas and Miranda Hart telling us all about the creation of the hit show and what to expect from series three.

Another period drama welcomed back to our screens this month is Mr Selfridge and to greet us is Jeremy Piven, broad smile and large hand gestures still firmly intact. It’s been five years since Harry Selfridge first opened the doors to his Oxford Street store and his luxurious shop floor’s certainly changed in that time – catch up with our behind-the-scenes tour of the set and hear what the stars have to say about their glamorous counters.

Going up against Mr Selfridge are the Musketeers who kick off their swashbuckling adventures this Sunday – Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles, Tom Burke and Santiago Cabrera play the quartet of young bucks trying on John Wayne and Oliver Reed’s boots, joined by new Doctor Peter Capaldi as the deliciously devious Cardinal Richelieu. There have been over 50 adaptations of Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale, so what makes this one so special? Well, you’ll have to read our interviews to find out…

While we say hello to three top dramas, this week also marks a farewell to Julie Hemsmondhalgh – she’s saying goodbye to Coronation Street and Hayley, a character she’s played for 16 years. But before she closed the door on her time on the cobbles, the lady herself recalls her time on the show and explains why Mrs Roy Cropper had to die.

Also this week, Carey Mulligan’s career has gone stratospheric with roles in Drive and The Great Gatsby, but according to the young British starlet, she owes all her Hollywood success to Julian Fellowes. Plus, Stella star Ruth Jones reveals plans to reunite with James Corden and Everything but the Girl’s Tracey Thorn revisits Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch – the book that changed her life.

Historian Kate Williams applauds the BBC’s decision to broadcast Oh! What a Lovely War but calls for the return of Blackadder Goes Forth, Justin Rowlatt recalls his travels across Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics and speedy skier Chemmy Alcott explains why she attended glamorous red carpet events once UK Sport withdrew her funding.

And of course, we’ve got inches from our regulars – Sarah Millican tells us why she’ll be turning the TV on during her holidays, Alison Graham breaks down the National Television Award nominations and Eddie Mair asks why we’re all glued to our mobile phones?

ALL that is packaged up into a Radio Times-shaped bundle for your reading pleasure – available from Tuesday 14 January, priced £1.80.