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Tom Baker, in conversation with The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss, is just one of dozens of good reasons to visit the National Film Theatre's TV2001 this autumn. As the official media partner of TV2001, Radio Times offers you the inside guide to the best of what television has to offer

Why is America the only country producing successful sci-fi these days? How did the second Big Brother defy expectations to match the addictive pull of the first series? Who were the brains behind Bagpuss, everybody's favourite towelling cat? If you have a television mystery you'd love to solve, then TV2001 is the place to do it.

Through a lively mix of screenings and on-stage events, TV2001, the National Film Theatre's fifth television festival, is a unique chance to get behind the scenes of your favourite television programmes and meet some of the creative talent responsible for their success. Whether you're a fan of sci-fi or satire, Friday 28—Sunday 30 September will be an essential weekend in any TV addict's calendar.

Doctor Who is one programme always guaranteed to get people talking. Fitting, then, that the centre of this year's festival features an on-stage interview with Tom Baker—surely one of the programme's most popular Doctors and certainly one of Britain's most celebrated actors. Finding out what makes the Time Lord tick is Mark Gatiss, one of the stars of 215 century cult classic The League of Gentlemen and self-confessed Doctor Who addict (and author on the subject). As well as discussing his days with the Daleks, Baker will also divulge what life was like when he stripped off the scarf in programmes such Sherlock Holmes, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and Medics.

Of course, this isn't just an event for adults — you'll find plenty to occupy younger fans of the small screen, too. Kids can take part in Tweenies workshops, get the chance to win some special Tweenies prizes and also take look at what's involved in the making of The Really Wild Show. And, if all this kick-starts a nostalgia trip for vintage children's TV, everyone will enjoy the new remastered version of The Pogles, being presented by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin — the geniuses behind The Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Bagpuss.

With a look at past and present comedy heroes (from Kenneth Williams to Mark Thomas) completing the line-up, TV2001 really does make for essential viewing.

Caption: A cult combination: former Time Lord Tom Baker talks to Mark Gatiss (near right), aka The League of Gentlemen's Auntie Val (far right)

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