TV stars recreate vintage magazine covers; Radio Times launches first interactive issue and app giving fans chance to star on front cover.

Brian Cox and Kirsty Young help mark 90 years of Radio Times

Professor Brian Cox and Kirsty Young have joined in Radio Times’ 90th birthday celebrations by recreating classic covers featuring their broadcasting predecessors, Sir David Attenborough and Sue Lawley.

Radio Times celebrated the milestone birthday on Saturday, September 28th. It is the world’s longest running TV and radio listings magazine. It marked the occasion with the release of its first ever interactive issue.

Brian Cox posed with a live armadillo to re-create Sir David Attenborough’s first ever Radio Times cover from 1959, while Desert Island Discis presenter Kirsty Young stepped in her predecessor’s shoes to recreate the 1992 cover of Sue Lawley. (See the covers below.)

Kirsty Young said: "I’m not sure how Sue got her leg so high and managed to look so graceful."

Cox meanwhile expressed similar dismay: "It’s starting to scratch – and I’m worried about dropping it."

Adding to the celebrations, Radio Times readers can pay tribute to their favourite stars or appear on the Radio Times front cover in the first ever interactive issue of the magazine.

By downloading the free Blippar app, fans can create personalised covers from the 1960s onwards. They can then share it online for a chance to join the TV stars who have featured on the magazine’s cover throughout 2013 at the Cover Party in 2014.

The app also allows readers to unlock additional content including video footage, interviews and a gallery of classic Radio Times covers.

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