Jeremy Paxman wants YOU. Yes, you, as he graces the cover of this week’s special World War I edition of Radio Times. Marking 100 years since war first broke out in 1914, we’ve got the most comprehensive guide you’ll find to everything coming to your box to mark the centenary. That’s over four years and 2,500 hours of programming on the BBC – the biggest broadcasting season ever attempted – and it all begins next week.
First up, we spoke to the man himself. Paxman, photographed exclusively for Radio Times at the Guards Memorial in St James’s Park, tells us about the forthcoming WW1 anniversary, why he feels in awe of his parents’ generation and the reasons behind his decision not to resign in the wake of the Savile/McAlpine affair.
We’ve also got the man behind the coverage, Great War Centenary Controller, Adrian Van Klaveren, explaining just why the BBC has chosen to devote 2,500 hours of air-time and almost five years to mark the global conflict. Plus, there’s Kate Adie on why the war changed women’s lives forever AND a round-up of all the documentaries, drama, music and live events winging their way to you in the near (and not-so-near) future.
Fast-forward forty-odd years and over in Poplar, actor Stephen McGann is delivering bundles of joy on a weekly basis as Dr Patrick Turner on BBC1 drama Call the Midwife. He talks to Radio Times about not wanting his son to follow him into the family profession and why he doesn’t mind his fans labelling him “the human disaster”.
Speaking of disasters, Channel 4 is gearing up for the launch of their winter Olympics-inspired celebrity sports contest, The Jump which sees various (desperate?) personalities hurl themselves down mountain sides and brave the likes of the luge. Intrigued? Yes, so were we, so we got tips from former Olympic ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards on how best to hurl yourself down said mountain.
Meanwhile, presenter and historian Bettany Hughes tell us why current debates about immigration aren’t just a modern concern and TV chef and former model Lorraine Pascale states that The Face and America’s Next Top Model would have put her off a career in the industry.
The Outnumbered little ‘uns are about to hit our TV screens for a fifth and final time – as you’ll soon discover, they’re not so little any more, but they did have plenty to say ahead of the new series. And talking of young stars, Luke Treadaway – the Olivier Award-winning lead in the stage production of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night – talks to RT about the role that put him on Angelina Jolie’s radar.
And along with inches from our regular columnists Sarah Millican, Alison Graham and Eddie Mair, we’ve got Michael Mosley’s top tips on how to get fit – fast!
It’s ALL in this week’s Radio Times – the one with Jeremy Paxman pointing his finger – available from Tuesday 21 January, priced £1.80.