Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and David Attenborough in this week’s Radio Times

Jamie Oliver, Reece Shearsmith, Mark Strong, Dynamo, David Baddiel and Eddie Izzard also feature in the latest edition

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Inside this week’s Radio Times…

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– Together Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini make The X Factor sing – but what do they really think of each other? 

– Simon Barnes talks to David Attenborough about Radio 4’s birdsong showcase Tweet of the Day going international

– Eddie Izzard tells jokes, acts and wears dresses – but could he really be the next Mayor of London?

– Jamie Oliver on his favourite comfort food – Grandad’s porridge, Nan’s tinned pineapples and a one-pan breakfast

– Mark Strong on acting tough, the downside of fame – and being mates with Benedict Cumberbatch

– Reece Shearsmith’s journey from cult comedy The League of Gentlemen to playing a slightly autistic cop in Chasing Shadows

– Dynamo won over the world with his magic – so why is he ready to quit TV? 

– Introducing… new BBC1 drama Our Zoo – Call the Midwife meets Wild at Heart with a dash of Dr Dolittle

– Comedian Shazia Mirza visits the East End school that has invited cameras into the classroom for the follow up to Educating Yorkshire

– David Baddiel on bringing Jews and Arabs closer through jokes

– Radio 5 Live reporter Ian Dennis on the drama of transfer deadline day

– ITV’s royal expert Tim Ewart salutes Prince Harry as he turns 30

– Kevin McCloud on why he’s got no time for celebrity – unless it’s Mel and Sue

Plus, plenty of exciting bonus content on our Newsstand issue including… 

– An animated cover and gallery from our exclusive X Factor photo shoot with Simon and Cheryl

– A 1964 interview with Dalek creator Terry Nation plus a gallery of rare and unseen images from Radio Times’ archives

– galleries from our exclusive photo shoots with Mark Strong and Dynamo

– Episode preview gallery for Our Zoo

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