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When does the Radio Times 2021 Christmas double issue go on sale?

Highlighters at the ready... It wouldn't be Christmas without Radio Times.

The 2021 Radio Times Christmas Cover
Published: Thursday, 2nd December 2021 at 12:38 pm

We know that for many of you, nothing says Christmas has arrived more than getting your copy of the Radio Times double issue!

The 2021 Radio Times Christmas cover has been revealed (see it come to life in our animated video further down this page)! There’s plenty of must-see programming to look forward to this season, and, as ever, our Christmas double issue is packed full of festive features, reviews and recommendations, and all the best Christmas television, streaming, films and radio across its 292 pages.


This year's star-studded edition includes our comprehensive 14-day guide to what's on, and features interviews with Julie Walters, David Tennant, Billy Connolly, Lin Manuel Miranda, Michael Sheen and the stars of Strictly! Plus, a five-star glamorous photoshoot - and top Christmas dinner tips - with television's finest chefs Monica Galetti, John Torode, Marcus Waring and Gregg Wallace.

There's also the opportunity to claim a copy of an RT exclusive Superworm Puzzle & Activity Book (just pay P&P), if you send off the coupon inside the Christmas edition. Find out more here.

So get your highlighter(s?) ready, treat yourself to a mince pie and a warm drink, and sit poised, ready to circle all those unmissable Christmas TV moments!

This year’s Christmas double issue will be on sale nationwide on Tuesday 7 December 2021, or earlier in some areas.


You'll be able to buy a copy in the usual places, and including shopping online with your favourite retailers: you can buy the double issue online with Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.


  • Listings dates: 18th - 31st December
  • Two weeks of Christmas TV, film and radio listings
  • Reviews and recommendations of the best festive viewing
  • 140 pages of TV choices and listings; 10 pages of Streaming previews; 14 pages of film reviews; 30 pages of radio
  • Packed full of exclusive features and interviews with the stars!
  • Christmas quiz, crossword and puzzles

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Radio Times - on sale nationwide on Tuesday 7 December 2021

See this year's cover come to life here...



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