10 reasons to spend your Saturday at the Radio Times Festival

From Cillian Murphy to Call the Midwife, Paul Hollywood to Rebecca Front, check out what's in store at the Radio Times Festival in the grounds of Hampton Court

The September sun is out, the Radio Times Festival is in full swing, and some of the biggest names in TV and radio are pitching up at Hampton Court for the weekend.


But just in case you need any more encouragement to make your way down, check out some of the highlights in store this Saturday 26th September.

Fancy asking Paul Hollywood all your burning baking questions? How about finding out what’s going to happen in Call the Midwife series five? Or maybe you’re just hoping to have a drink with EastEnders’ Danny Dyer and Gogglebox’s Steph and Dom?

All this and much more awaits at the Radio Times Festival this Saturday.

1. Doff your cap to Cillian Murphy

The Peaky Blinders star joins drama creator Steven Knight to discuss the Birmingham gangster epic and much, much more as Saturday night at the Radio Times Festival takes a deadly turn.

There’ll be plenty of chances to put your questions to Murphy himself during the event, starting at 8.30pm. Hats off to a serious acting star and a super BBC series.

Book tickets: Peaky Blinders, 8.30pm

2. Read a bedtime story with Rebecca Front and Kevin Eldon

Crackanory is a gem of a comedy series that proves that storytime is not just for kids. Over the years we’ve heard tales of murder and mayhem from the likes of Hugh Dennis, Richard Hammond, Sue Perkins and many more.

Comedian Ben Miller will meet actors and storyteller Rebecca Front and Kevin Eldon to chat about what makes a great story. There will also be a sneak preview of Crackanory series three, featuring Back to the Future Doc Brown aka actor Christopher Lloyd.

Book tickets: Crackanory, 7.30pm

3. Ask Paul Hollywood all your baking questions

The Bake Off judge will take time out of his busy schedule tearing into amateur bakes to offer expert advice on how to perfect your home baking.

From bread to babas, gateaux to ganache, Paul Hollywood has endless baking tricks up his sleeve. Bakers’ Question Time anyone?

Book tickets: Paul Hollywood Unbaked, 4.30pm

4. Talk for just a minute with Gyles Brandreth

The Radio 4 raconteur says he’s planning plenty of audience participation when he takes the stage at 11.30am. Wordplay and wits are the order of the day from the former Tory MP who believes that Language is Power.

Book tickets: Gyles Brandreth, 11.30am

5. Find out how to watch TV… for a living!

Radio Times’s TV editor Alison Graham and her deputy David Butcher reveal the secrets of the critic’s art. No need to book, just head to the Blue Stage from 11am for some communal chin-stroking.

Spoiler Alert! How to watch TV for a living, 11am

6. See the bigger picture with Simon Schama

Simon Schama has combined two of his greatest passions for his latest series: British history and art. The historian has reframed our island’s history by looking back through some of the nation’s favourite portraits. A brush with our past from one of the great TV historians.

Book tickets: Simon Schama: A History of the Nation through its Portraits, 2.30pm

7. Pop a cork with Steph and Dom

Gogglebox’s posh couple offer their irreverent guide to modern life and manners in a raucous hour fuelled by champagne, canapes and cutting charisma. 

Steph and Dom will also be entering their top five faux pax into the inaugural Radio Times Vault of Shame. Nothing to do with Room 101, promise…

Book tickets: Steph & Dom’s Guide to Life, 6pm

8. Have a bundle of joy with Call the Midwife

Want to know what’s going to happen in the next series of Call The Midwife? Stars Jenny Agutter and Emerald Fennel will be delivering the goods with writer Heidi Thomas and producer Pippa Harris.

Fresh from the set of series five, the actors and writers will reveal exactly what it takes to give birth to a drama classic.

Book tickets: Call the Midwife, 6.30pm

9. Dish the dirt with Danny Dyer

The Queen Vic’s landlord himself is toasting 30 years of EastEnders with executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins and actress Natalie Cassidy. 

Hampton Court might be in leafy-south west London, but that won’t stop the East End banter flowing on the main stage from 2.30pm.

Book tickets: EastEnders at 30, 2.30pm


10. Watch England v Wales on the big screen

Worried about missing the Rugby World Cup? Don’t be! Twickenham is only a stone’s throw away, and ITV will be relaying all their coverage throughout the day on the big screen. Who knows, you might even spot a couple of stars gathering for the action.