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      31.05.2011 19:40
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      recommend you give it a chance

      I have always been a What's on TV girl ever since I picked up a copy at my nanas to read. It has got all you need to know about the weeks TV and a big section on the soaps and another plus point the price. It isn't the cheapest but by far not the most expensive. So what made me have a change to the radio times, Christmas! Last Christmas I decided to try something different I no longer watch all the soaps I had become fed up of them all and prefer to watch something a bit different like documentaries and different dramas. I felt What's on TV had too bigger section on soaps and I wanted something that gave me a broader section of programmes coming up so I chose the Radio times.

      The Radio Times is quite a thick TV magazine and covers a broad range. The current magazine I am looking at has a total of 146 pages. The actual TV guide runs from the Saturday to the following Friday. It is a weekly magazine and costs £1.20 so is at the top end of the TV guide price range but you certainly get plenty for your money. This magazine is more than just a guide.

      The first double page spread is the pick of the week section which has a selection of programmes, films and radio they think you shouldn't miss. Each day is in a column and has a couple of programmes they believe are worth watches followed by a film or two to watch. I find this extremely handy when I am planning my Sky Plus for the week; I never like to miss out on some of the up and coming dramas and one off documentaries.

      Following this are some great articles on some of the programmes coming up that week. These articles seem to give you a bit more of a read than you find in the other TV guides. Radio Times seems to concentrate more on quality then quantity. The articles are long and informative and are extremely interesting to read. Reading some of the articles in this magazine has certainly made me decide to watch programmes I may have over looked before.

      There is a small section for the coming sport and the soaps. If you are a big soap fan and you are looking for big articles on the latest news then this magazine may not be for you. Soapland is covered by one page and the majority of this is often given up to an actually article about soaps in generally and topics that are hitting the headlines. The current one I am reading is about soaps needing to be careful to not go too dark when broadcasted after the water shed. For the actual up and coming storylines for the week there is only a small section down the right hand side of the page and they only cover the three main soaps generally, Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Eastenders.

      The next section is films that are broadcasted for that week. This section is more detailed and some interesting write ups. Each day has a number of film reviews and a film of the day review which contains a little more in its review and stands out on the page. I am not a great film fan but I have found it helps with picking a film out if you decide you want to watch one.

      After the films we move onto the fantastic guide Radio Times provides. You will never be short of things to watch with this brilliant guide. This is the part I love to look through. I have found it more extensive than any other TV guides I have had in the past. Each day is covered over five double spreads so there is certainly a lot to look over. I would guess this would put a fair few people off but for me it adds to the enjoyment.

      The first double spread of each day covers the Radio Times choices. There are several choices for that day ranging from dramas, art, documentary, History, sports, children and radio. This is great for reminding you about some of the big programmes on that day. Each choice has a small bit about the programme and what they think. It is extremely handy and I have chosen many programmes to watch from this section.

      The next four double page spreads cover the actual guide. The first is the main five channels. Down the left hand side is the five channels listings from 6am to late afternoon then the main section has the channels in columns and ranges from tea time till into the night. The programme information is more extensive in this part. Down the right hand side is a small column with regional variations. The next double page spread is the freeview channels listings like BBC3, ITV4, More 4 Dave etc. The programme descriptions are quite good for these channels and I was impressed with them. Following this is the Satellite and cable channels like Sky 1, Sky Living, Discovery, Watch etc. There are 27 different channels on the double spread so as you can imagine there is little room for programme descriptions. Included in the 27 channels there are CBeebies, CBBC and CITV. The last double page spread is Film and sport channels. The films do take up more room then the sports but there is still room for the major sport channels.

      As you would expect from the title it is also a radio magazine, so following the TV listings is the radio section. There are a couple of articles relating to the radio and then you are straight into the radio listings. There is a double page spread of listings for each day and the radio stations they cover are BBC radio 1, BBC radio 2, BBC radio 3, BBC radio 4, Classic FM and a few more. I will admit I don't look at this section really.

      The magazine finishes with a puzzle page, a couple of advertising pages, a feedback page with letters from readers, a missed it section with programmes you can catch up with online and an interview with a celeb on the last page.

      So as you can see this magazine is a little bit more and is worth the full price. Will I stick with Radio Times? Well I do really enjoy the magazine and I do get my money's worth but at £1.20 a week I may have to stop myself from buying it every week. If your after a quick guide to TV I would stick with the likes of What's on TV but if you're after something to actually read and get more from then I certainly recommend giving this magazine a go from time to time.


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        25.01.2010 00:38
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        I wouldn't be without it.

        Call me old fashioned if you will, but I like my Radio Times and I don't envisage swapping to any other TV guide magazine. (I've tried a few and they don't come close.) I remember my Mum buying Radio Times when I was just a child and it's the only TV guide I contemplated buying as an adult. It seems to me that it was the original TV listings magazine and all the other are just pretenders to the throne.

        The Radio Times is more that just that though. If offers informed opinions on TV programmes, and there are at least three or four full length articles each week related to all things telly as well as behind the scenes looks at up and coming TV programmes. It lists all films seperately with a breif synopsis of their storyline. There's a page each week devoted to the topic of Sport, Music, Soaps. On each day of the week there are four double page spreads that list all the major TV channels and numerous satellite ones. Then in the second half of the magazine is all the Radio stuff (which I admit is the only stuff I don't look at.)

        The Radio Times comes out on a Tuesday for telly that starts the forthcoming Saturday, so you get plenty of warning of when your favourite programmes start. At the beginning of each day is a page on RT Choice, which picks out the best of the days telly for you and also throws in extra background info on how the programmes were made, or a particular actor.

        I read it almost cover to cover every week. And all this for only £1.10 an issue.

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        14.12.2009 21:54
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        We don't usually bother buying a TV guide, it's not that i don't watch TV but i tend to know when the programs i like are on, and my partner has a built in soap guide, but it's Christmas! so we have spent £2.20 on a 2 week Christmas issue of the radio times.

        The magazine
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        This is one big bumper Christmas issue containing 274 pages, unfortunately there are 56 full pages worth of adverts in amongst the TV listings so only 218 pages of fantastic Christmas TV entertainment.
        Dr who and Santa Claus himself adorn the front cover, you also get a red flash across the front of the magazine inforning you of a "Free book - The snowman" but i can't see any information about this inside, open the magazine and your given a list of features for this issue, these include Strictly come dancing, Doctor who, Top gear, The Royle Family, Poirot, Wallace & Gromit and a few more programs that are going be on our small screens this Christmas.
        Then you get 4 pages running a day by day mini feature list of the very best of TV & film over the 2 weeks covered, and after a few more adverts 26 pages reviewing all the BBC/ITV/CHAN 4/5 movies and highlights from the other channels.
        Then comes the daily TV listings, approx 9 pages per days listing, starting off with the main channels and digital TV then breaking off into more specific sections like entertainment, sport, Factual/documentary and children's channels, most of the main TV channels have information about each program but by the time you get to the less popular channels it's more a list of program names and times with very little if any information.
        It is not called Radio times for nothing, when you get past the TV listings to page 238! then you get the radio listings, 2 pages per day featuring all the major BBC radio stations including a few small features on most pages, radio 1 is just a list of DJ names and times but most of the other channels have some information on each program.

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        To much information! To much information! i don't think i will pick this magazine up again until i am throwing in in the bin next year (Next year!!) there are just to many pages of listing and it goes on and on forever! when i sit down to watch TV i will have a flick through the channels or a quick look at the daily planner and find something i want to see, if i miss a program i really wanted to see then big deal! i got Iplayer/4OD and it's not like they wont repeat everything anyway.
        Save our trees and your money get your listings onscreen/on line or get a cheaper TV mag.
        I will give it 2 stars as it does what it says on the front.

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        13.10.2009 18:36
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        The best if somewhat expensive

        Are TV listings guides viable today when the net gives you free access to the same information and also the digital television service give you a comprehensive EPG?

        Well yeah. It kind of depends on what you want and expect from this sort of magazine. You can argue that price wise this is one of the aspiring leaders of the listings race. It currently weighs in at a hefty £1.10 which on average is double the usual tatty alternatives. Tatty alternatives? No, I am not being biased. I simply believe that the Radio Times offers better quality content in terms of writing and presentation than its rivals.

        Generally the content includes the usual freeview and some satellite channels, a number of special features and contributions from guest writers. In terms of layout the front of the listings has a quick reference guide to the weeks programs and films followed by the full daily listings. There is a regular review of the weeks best film and a section by Barry Norman on a classic due to be shown.

        Letters from readers and a celebrity interview bring up the rear with the usual puzzles and competitions.

        Channels covered:

        BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, C4, Five, BBC3, BBC4, ITV2, ITV3, E4, More4, ITV4, Film4, Dave, Five USA, Fiver, Gold, BBC HD, Virgin 1, Sky 1, Sky 2, Sky 3, Quest, Watch, Bravo, Hallmark, Alibi, Sci-fi, Sky Arts 1, Sky Arts 2, Living, Living 2, Discovery Real Time, Comedy Central, Home, FX, Really, Good Food, Yesterday, BBC Parliament, History, Discovery, Bio, Blighty, National Geographic, Eden, Animal Planet, CBeebies, CBBC, CITV, Modern Greats, Drama, Sky Premiere, Sky Sci-fi/Horror, Sky Comedy, Sky Classics, Sky Indie, Sky Action/Thriller, Sky Family, Sky Screen 1, Sky Screen 2, TCM, Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2, Sky Sports 3, British Eurosport, Sky Sports Xtra, ESPN, British Eurosport 2.

        Thats a pretty good selection!

        Radio:

        BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, Planet Rock, Classic FM, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 7, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 5 Live, Talksport, Asian Network, Absolute Radio.

        But why this over something cheaper?

        Well for me it is well written. Thats means I can look at the schedule, choose a program, say Casualty and read all about it. So what? Most of the cheap ones give you the full lowdown so its not actually worth watching the episode as you know the full story! Please, that is just common sense.

        There are several informative articles in each issue with comprehensive detail and quality photography. These are especially good for wildlife programs and period dramas.

        The variety of contributors means I am not reading the same thing over and over and the style of the writing is different too. This makes it much more engaging. I often just read through the short film reviews even though I have no intention of watching them. They tell me the stars, director, rating and the year.

        Yeah but it's still obsolete. Isn't it?

        Hell no. I pick up the book and flick to the page I want. Why do I want to wait for my PC or laptop to boot, open the browser and navigate to the relevant site? Not mentioning the delay as wi-fi connects. The digital EPG's are comprehensive but cumbersome and slow. The good old printed word still has value. Don't get me wrong, I like the alternatives and I do sometimes use them but the magazine is simply quickest and most convenient.

        Summary:

        Comprehensive guide to most Freeview and digital channels including Sky and HD. Quality looking and well designed. Yes it's £1.10 but you get that little bit more than the usual TV magazine. I subscribe as it's cheaper too. It's a winner.

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        10.09.2009 12:35

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        Only buy it if you really need the extra detail.

        I seem to watch the television 5 out of 7 nights roughly. It is a great way to relax an unwind after a hard week at work. The radio times (as the name might suggest is a TV and Radio magazine around the weeks listings. The radio times was started before TV was around, hence the name, but has now expanded to cover both mediums.

        The radio times costs just over a pound and has approx 135-145 pages in it. It consists of the TV and radio listings (in the most thorough sense), critic reviews, interviews with cast members, articles about big upcoming events in the world of soaps etc. It covers a wide variety to suit all tastes from political to trashy tv. If you are only after a specific medium then this is not for you.

        The great plus points of the radio times is how well covered it is, if its not in the radio times you wont be able to find it anywhere on TV or radio. I would only recommend buying it for avid fans of the TV or the viewers looking for something more detailed, as for me the free versions you get in the papers are more than enough.

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        10.09.2009 12:28
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        Give it go - if you don't want soaps news on every page

        I normally get my tv guide free with the Saturday Guardian - it is small and compact and is full of info on the arts- I really like it.

        If I have been away for the weekend and have missed The Guardian, I just buy the cheapest guide on the shelf, they are usually packed with stories on the soaps and their casts- all of which I just ignore and use the mag just to see what is on the tv on any given evening.

        This weekend, knowing that I still hadn't finished last week's Guardian, I decided not to bother to buy one and opted to return for the first time in years to my childhood tv guide, the Radio Times. The Radio Times was the tv mag of choice for my parents for as long as I can remember, but suffice to denote the timespan , we are talking back to black and white.

        Now the tv guide mag I would normally have opted to buy, would be about 40p-45p and so spending £1.10 is a significant difference. But it really was a price worth paying. I would normally get nothing but a very brief programme guide and quite frankly nothing else I cared to read about. With the Radio Times I got a very detailed TV and radio guide and a great many articles I was interested to read - all adding up to 156 pages.

        There are the regular features on:-

        Readers' letters
        Industry News
        Nigel Slater's knowledge
        Music
        Sport
        Soaps
        Puzzles
        Celebrity interview
        A Celebrity's viewing week
        TV Film Guide
        TV Guide
        Radio Guide
        TV - discussion
        Radio- discussion

        In addition the edition I bought had 10 in depth programme related articles/interviews.

        The journalism was excellent and in the issue I am looking at the contributors included Rory Bremner, Nigel Slater and Stephen Fry. The magazine photography was at a high standard with the exception of the ridiculous habit of airbrushing- why do they do it?

        As an added bonus the side of the mag is colour coded for each day of the tv/radio guide, the first page giving you the colour guide as well as the page number- clever idea.

        Each day in addition to the brief descriptions in the programme guide, and the Film Guides you get a further write up on Today's Choices- tv, film, sport and radio. I really felt able to make an informed choice.

        They also have a quick glance section near the front of the magazine, telling you what in their opinion are the not to be missed tv shows, radio broadcasts and films of the week. As these are day by day listings I personally found this really useful. To be honest because of the format of the Radio times I have found programmes that I am so glad to have listened to/watched, that I would have been oblivious to before.

        There is also a couple of magazine readers offers, for example , a mattress topper, ballerina slippers, amplifier and a watch.

        I like to have a Saturday paper and so I will continue to buy the paper and get my TV guide with that. I cannot afford to pay a separate £1.10 on top of the £1.60 for my paper- but on the occasions I miss the weekend press- I will definitely not be buying the cheap guides again - the Radio Times will be on top of my shopping list.

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          24.06.2009 12:45
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          Once my brother has finished reading this I pinch it off of him every Tuesday when it arrives through the post. My reasoning for this-

          1) I get it for free
          2)It means I get to spend a good hour or so doing puzzles, reading interviews and looking at what is going to be on the telly and radio in the next week.

          You can subscribe by going to the website - http://www.radiotimes.com/ for the cost of £28.60, this will give you 26 issues. When you first sign up to this way of buying it you will get 8 issues for £1.

          I believe at the moment to get it from a shop you will be paying £1.10 so you may save some money if you subscribe. However you can only do this by direct debit.

          The actual magazine contains

          *A brief behind the scenes of what TV programme is being filmed. In the past this has featured Doctor Who, Robin Hood and Larkrise to Candleford.

          *Interviews with actors/ actresses/directors etc.

          *Television reviews from Alison Graham-usually she is very decisive over what she likes and dislikes. This is only her opinion and sometimes she is overly harsh.

          *TV and Radio listings

          *A puzzles page

          *Letters

          The average amount of pages are usually between 145-159 I find. But lately it has been the lesser amount.

          The covers are also something to talk about. When it's come to Doctor Who and also Ashes to Ashes they made more than one style so it was like a pick your favourite type situation.

          Personally I favour this magazine above all others because it's got a good mixture of qualities. They always have interviews with relevant people rather than anyone who was available.

          Radio Times have a way of doing a good ratio between text and photos. I believe that if there was too much writing it wouldn't make it as an enjoyable read.

          Sadly the bits I spend the most time over are the telly listings, especially on Thursdays and the puzzle pages. At the moment they have a quiz, featuring 12 questions put to you by the the Eggheads (clever side on the TV programme) This is my favourite and I am always very pleased with myself if I get 6 or more correct. Doesn't happen all that often!

          Radio Times is a great magazine to read if you don't want to know about all the gossip and 'celebrity melt downs' etc. It's something anybody can get into as it has a bit for everybody.

          Despite the price increase it is still worth buying, even if it's just for the more interesting programmes which are coming up.

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          10.06.2009 15:50
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          As good today as it was in years gone by!

          You can tell by the name of this magazine that it has been around for a long, long time, it is essentially a TV mag but it has been produced since before TV`s were around and thus it keeps the name of the radio times.

          These days it covers both TV and radio equally well and if you need to know when something is on either you are sure to find out in here. The magazine is so very well put together it makes a great read.

          As well as just the simple TV and radio guides there is also lots of very interesting TV, radio and celebrity articles to browse through and the writing of the magazine is very grown up rather than the usual juvenile attempts by most TV magazines.

          I have been buying this magazine for longer than I care to remember and I will certainly continue to so and would recommend others do too. It now costs £1.05 and is published on Tuesdays.

          It is about ten times more expensive now than when I remember first buying it but it is still great value for money in this day and age when most decent magazines would cost you twice that much.

          As well as all the articles and TV guides and such you also get some fun puzzles pages and even the chance to win the odd prize or two so there really is something for everyone in here and you might find yourselves fighting over it!

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          Worth a good look

          I recently was passed a copy of the Radio Times and spent a good while completely engaged buy it.

          Formerly I had only glanced through this publication at Christmas when my parents assured me that it was an essential festive purchase for planning.

          I dismissed them as only a child can.

          I was wrong. This magazine currently has over 400 listing for television, radio and satelite. WOW. That is quite and under taking.

          Having recently moved and become the new owner of Sky Plus - I have found it really difficult to see whats on as there is just so much information and the television planner just can't show it all at the same time.

          The Radio Times is my problem solved. For just 1.10 per week I can see it all, note out the things I want to see or record and I am not missing anything.

          Not only that the articles and interviews are really good too. Current, engaging and asking the sort of questions I want the answers to - (having recently just read the Sir Alan Sugar Interview)

          Go on have a look - it may surprise you

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          A magazine that lasts the years

          The Radio Times is a weekly magazine designed to bring the week's television, film and radio news to your door. These pages, moreover, cover a wide spectrum of channels - I believe that it advertises itself as covering over 400 channels, which is no small feat!

          So, the Radio Times contains the week's TV guide, together with recommended shows and the occasional feature article on said shows; radio listings; and films, including some reviews. In addition, further articles are embedded, covering various subject areas (usually TV-related) and are often written by a celebrity, e.g. Sandi Toksvig. These features can equally be focused upon actor/actress interviews. These articles can be interesting and I think help make the magazine more than the run-of-the-mill TV guide. Moreover, many of these areas are split into categories, such as sport, film, soaps and television, so if you wanted to ignore/look at certain types you can easily pinpoint your topic.

          As well as these guides for the week, this magazine also contains plenty of adverts, from places to visit to products, a puzzle section designed to cater to a wide variety of taste (Suduko, cross words etc.) and an area for customers' letters.


          The advantages:
          * Packed full of information on the week's shows, so you don't need to miss out on anything.
          * They tend to have excellent covers that immediately identify it as Radio Times.
          * Costs £1.10, which, considering the size of the magazine, could be argued as reasonable.
          * Considering the competition (TV guides provided through Sky and Freeview, for instance, on the television) I think Radio Times has done a pretty good job to diversify within the constraints of what is essentially a TV mag.

          The disadvantages:
          * Packed full of information. This makes some pages appear chaotic and difficult to read; the size of font is ridiculously small in places as a result. The magazine is also thick and relatively heavy because of it being jammed packed.
          * Adverts are annoying. I don't mind one or two, but too much of the magazine has been padded out to fill in the gaps.
          * Paper is quite fragile; I find it easy to get paper cuts and it's easily ripped.


          Would I recommend it?
          Despite these disadvantages, I would happily pick up a copy of the Radio Times to look at - although it is cheaper just to access the TV guide online or via the television. On the whole, the company has done a good job to try and compete against the cheaper (more accessible?) versions through Sky and Freeview.

          I think the decision essentially comes down to one thing: do you simply want to find out what's on TV or do you want something a bit extra, like an interview with an actor? If it's the former, I'd stick with the guides on TV, but for the latter, the Radio Times is worth picking up.

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            Well worth the weekly outlay

            The Radio Times is the only magazine I read every week. Despite its name, the mag focuses more on TV than radio which I'm sure is the bigger market.

            Radio Times includes many features about programmes that are to be shown in the coming weeks, including behind the scenes information and exclusive previews. It also details the week's sporting events and recommends the best movies for you to watch.

            The main part of the magazine is the daily TV listings, which highlights the day's best programmes on both terrestrial TV as well as the channels available on satellite, cable, Freeview and Freesat.

            Some people may think that a TV listings mag is not required nowadays what with the Electronic Promgramme Guides (EPG) that are available on digital TV - however I'd beg to differ. Your EPG won't tell you when a new series of your favourite programme is starting, or recommend films to watch. It is these recommendations that sets Radio Times apart in my mind - they generally know about and recommend the best shows on TV, including US imports such as The Shield and Dexter.

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            16.05.2009 11:02
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            You get what you pay for

            This one is the business in broadcasting reviews. It's also the most expensive, and the price goes up regularly - it's now £1.10, but there are various subscription deals available that can save you a fair amount and get it delivered free.

            There are comprehensive listings for all the terrestrial channels, as well as several pages per day on digital and satellite. Listings are normally complemented by descdriptions of the programmes, and with cast lists. Every day, a few programes are expecially highlighted in the "Choice" section, with more detailed reviews and previews. These are well written and informative. They are expecially interesting when the writer has not seen the programme but raises inventive speculations about what might happen in it.

            Interviews are well researched and of high quality. It's not a sensationalist magazine, like so many of the 30p TV guides, and although there is a fair and gently humourous recognition of soaps, Radio Times just gives one page for all of them, amusingly referring to Soapland, and pointing out the many quirks of the programmes. If there is a particularly strong episode, then that appears in Choice.

            There's a good letters page, and a quick-fire interview at the back, also a puzzles page, including some tricky crosswords, word games, and Sudoku-type problems.

            All of this is good, but the real jewel in the crown is the radio listings for the BBC channels. This, of course, is what the magazine set out to do when it started, in the first half of the 20th century. Here you have concert programmes, fine drama, searching documentary, great light and popular music and jazz, top sport and professional journalism, all listed on a double page for every day, leaving enough room agian for programme descriptions.

            This is a national treasure of a magazine - and we look forward to every Tuesday when it comes out.

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              The best TV guide

              The Radio Times has been my television guide of choice for as long as I can remember and I feel lost without it. Occasionally I have been forced to try other TV guides due to the unavailability of RT, and each time I have found them severely lacking in comparison. Other guides tend to have articles solely on the soap operas, combined with cramped and difficult to read listings pages. RT, thankfully, is a different kettle of fish.

              RT costs £1.10 and is available every week, with a special two-week edition available at Christmas. There are slightly different editions for each ITV region so you need to check at the top right hand corner of the front cover that you are buying the correct magazine for your region.

              It is produced on decent quality paper and has around 145 pages, so you are getting quite a lot for your money. There is a lot to read in the magazine. The first half of the magazine usually contains interviews with famous actors or presenters, behind-the-scenes looks at new programmes, and articles on sport and music. Then there is a set of reviews of all the films on terrestrial TV during the week, plus a selection of those on Sky. This is followed by all the TV listings for the 5 terrestrial channels, plus the Freeview channels and most of the Sky channels. After this come the radio listings, and then the magazine finishes with letters, puzzles and a final interview.

              I find the magazine really well laid out, particularly the listings. Each day's TV programming is spread over 5 double pages: one for the terrestrial channels during the day, one for the terrestrial channels during the evening, and then three for the Sky and Freeview channels. This is so much better than other guides which crush all the listings onto one double spread and so are unable to contain much information about each programme.

              Even though RT is more than twice the price of many TV guides, I shall keep buying it because it is easy to look at and is good to read. You can buy it at most supermarkets, newsagents or general stores.

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                A very good publication

                There are millions of people who buy Britian's best known Tv guide, Radio Times every week to plan their viewing and there's also a handful of people like me who but it just once a year, for the bumper two week christmas edition.

                The rest of the year I make do with flicking through teletext of looking in the paper as I don't have much time for watching TV, or even reading a TV guide. At christmas though I like to indulge in a good bit of lazy tele watching. (though the choice of what to watch is more often than not the cause of the christmas family bust up!) for this reason I like to know what's going to be on and when so I don't miss all those christmas specials and film premieres. So buying the Christmas Radio Times has become as much of a tradition as putting up the tree or turkey and stuffing.

                There are many many TV magazines out there, and they all pull out the stops with bumper christmas editions. The Radio Times is the most expensive (over £2 for the festive 2 week guide), but also the most thorough and informative. Also as the name suggests contains all the radio listings which most don't nowadays.

                It's clearly laid out, with articles about the big programmes on, a full film guides, including star ratings and certificate, aswell as the television and radio listings. The Radio times is a chunky magazine, no trying to save space in here, the font is a good size and in dark type, I think this is why a lot of the older generation choose the Radio Times above other publications.

                I alos like the little attention to details you get, that you don't in other guides. The day time listing are more compact, though still thorough and the prime time evening viewing is given more room, with little additions such as cast lists for films and television programmes included in the summary.

                Overall, an informative publication, user friendly but I would not buy it all year round, if I bought a television guide as I think it is a little expensive at over £1 for a weekly guide when you can get other guides for 30p.

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                  30.09.2008 13:26
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                  Great magazine for TV and radio

                  The Radio Times is one of those British traditions that is steepd in a lot of people's family history. Originally published first in 1920, there was no TV at the time, not until 1936, and it catered for radio listeners, hence the name. It was such a popular publication that on the arrival of TV, the name stuck, and has done to this day.

                  The Radio Times is something that my family had while I was growing up, so I am used to the layout of the magazine and the articles and TV and radio listing it contains. Each copy has a topical cover, with this week's one featuring a photo of the new BBC1 drama 'Merlin'. The magazine is about 140 pages long, and mainly features TV and radio listing for the week, starting on Saturday and finishing on Friday, thus making it a weekly publication.

                  Each day has 10 pages of TV attributed to it, and then the radio listings are separate afterwards. There are always interesting articles at the front of the magazine, and topical and food related articles after the listings, along with a quiz page which tends to be a bit trickier than your average quix page in your average magazine.

                  The layout of the magazine is always very claming for me. The colours are soft, and tradition has dictated that they don't change the layout much at all. This may be soothing for me because it is something that reminds me of my childhood. We don't tend to get the Radio Times much now, but my mum and dad still buy it regularly every week. It costs £1.05 and is definitely the best TV and radio guide available, giving plenty of detail about most programmes on all channels. My wife and I always buy the Christmas and New Year edition, which stretches across 2 weeks, so with that looming on the horizon, we're looking forward to it!

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