Mary Portas joins star-studded Radio Times Festival line-up

Author John Lanchester, actress Lesley Sharp and award-winning screenwriter Peter Bowker will also be appearing at the four-day festival at The Green at Hampton Court Palace to discuss the forthcoming BBC adaptation of the hit novel Capital

Mary Portas is the latest TV star to join the line-up at the inaugural Radio Times Festival in September.


The businesswoman – who recently released a memoir, Shop Girl – will be reflecting on her journey from John Lewis worker to government consultant to undisputed queen of the high street thanks to programmes like Mary Queen of Shops.

There’ll also be the opportunity to get the inside scoop on one of the BBC’s upcoming dramas: the adaptation of John Lanchester’s bestselling novel Capital. Lanchester will appear alongside actress Lesley Sharp (Scott and Bailey, The Full Monty) and the Bafta-winning writer of Marvellous, Peter Bowker, to discuss the challenges of adapting a book for the small screen.

Award-winning documentary-makers Sue Bourne, Simon Ford, Brian Woods and Ruth Pitt will also be in attendance for a session on the ethical dilemmas of factual film-making. They’ll be discussing their own experiences of uncovering secrets, breaking taboos and documenting injustice, and the ethical and practical challenges involved in capturing it all on camera.


These new additions to the four-day festival at The Green at Hampton Court Palace join a line-up of TV favourites including David Attenborough, Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat, Russell T Davies, Cillian Murphy, Sir Bruce Forsyth and Andrew Marr.

Mary Portas and documentary filmmakers Sue Bourne, Simon Ford, Brian Wood and Ruth Pitt will be at Radio Times Festival on Friday 25th September.

John Lancaster, Lesley Sharp and Peter Bowker will be appearing on Sunday 27th September. You can buy tickets to all events here.