Don’t miss your complete guide to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in this week’s Radio Times

Clare Balding is our in-house expert on all things wintery, plus Dominic Cooper, Keeley Hawes, Jennifer Garner and Pixie Lott in the special issue magazine

Let the games… begin! As the world’s elite athletes gather for Sochi 2014, this week’s Radio Times has everything you need to watch the Winter Olympics from the warmth of your sofa. That’s right, while skiers, skaters, snowboarders and the Jamaican bobsleigh team brave the chilly climes of Russia, you can curl up in front of the box with our 16-day comprehensive guide to the very best competitions.


And in addition to our daily highlights, we’ve got individual profiles of athletes to watch, explanations of different events and a crack team of experts – including Clare Balding, Jonathan Edwards and Hazel Irvine – on hand to guide you through what they’ll be tuning into. Plenty of material for a Winter Olympics newbie (or seasoned pro) to get their teeth sunk into… 

But here at Radio Times HQ we do like to spoil you, so on top of your pull-out-and-keep guide, we chatted to 1984 gold medalists Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean about why they wouldn’t get to Sochi now and women’s skeleton world champion Shelly Rudman on the pressures to bring home gold. Plus, Colin Murray takes a look at who he believes will be the Usain Bolt (or Eddie the Eagle) of the Winter Olympics… 

Also in this week’s magazine: 

Go behind the scenes at this year’s Radio Times Covers’ Party, which took place last week at Claridges and attracted the likes of Olivia Colman, Mary Berry and the Bake Off girls, Gareth Malone, Tess Daly and Amanda Holden. We’ve got pages packed full of exclusive snaps and snippets from the star-studded event for you to pore over. 

Line of Duty star Keeley Hawes tells RT about her third big police role playing Detective Inspector Lindsay Duncan, while Dominic Cooper discusses channelling James Bond and his prolific creator, Ian Fleming. 

House of Cards series two is about to drop on Netflix so we’ve got original author, Lord Michael Dobbs, talking Kevin Spacey and accusations the show has brought politics into disrepute. And over on the box, Suspects actress Fay Ripley confirms Cold Feet won’t be returning and explains why she enjoyed improvising on set for her new series. 

Channel 4’s Benefits Street has been generating plenty of column inches of late but Claire Short, former MP for Ladywood, is highly critical of the show’s portrayal of the local residents, plus David Bailey recalls meeting Nelson Mandela and reveals Ronnie Kray was the only person he was ever nervous of taking a picture of.

Pixie Lott pops up in next week’s Inspector George Gently so she stopped by for a chat about her taste for Embarrassing Bodies and fancying Aaron Carter, plus Hollywood megastar Jennifer Garner talks babies, Ben Affleck and being back in the spotlight in Dallas Buyers Club. 

And, in addition to our regulars Alison Graham, Sarah Millican and Eddie Mair, we’ve got Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall telling RT all about his penchant for Scandi cuisine – and Abba!

Yes, we really did cram ALL that into this week’s special issue of Radio Times – and, good news, it’s on sale from today. Enjoy…