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A Christmas tradition
Member Name: magenta23
Advantages: Clear, informative, thorough
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.
Summary: A very good publication