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

Inside this week’s Radio Times…


– 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


The new issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale now in the shops and on Newsstand for iPad or iPhone