What's On TV Magazine
Throughout my entire childhood I can consistently remember a What's On TV Magazine being on the coffee table in front of the TV. My mum was obsessed with buying the weekly magazine and I have to say I always enjoy having a good read through it myself.
The magazine is produced by the British company IPC Media which is a subsidiary of Time Inc. which both publish numerous famous magazines such as Time, The People and The Sun. I have never bought this magazine for its factual or remarkable interesting content, it is a simple pleasure and very useful for TV channel listings.
The magazine costs only 52p (current RRP) and keeps its costs down this low by not having particularly glossy covers and inserts included in it. It is available in all well stocked newspaper shops, supermarkets and garages and is a long running TV guide/magazine. The TV magazine is published weekly and starts from a Saturday through to Friday, which I think is a good turnaround time as you can nip out on a Saturday afternoon and pick up your next mag so that you don't miss out on crucial TV shows.
The front cover of the magazine has a huge main picture of that week's main soap scandals character surrounded by smaller images of TV shows and their stars in action. The chief purpose of this magazine is to tell you What's On TV, as the name says! And so you get seven days of full TV listings featured in the centre of the magazine. On these pages you get the typical main TV stations featured most heavily, being the BBCs, ITV, 4 and 5, which suit me perfectly as I tend to watch these the most out of my array of Freeview channels as I am sure the majority of people do.
As well as a time organised list of shows for the entire day you also get a selection of films and programmes which are highlighted on each days page within a more descriptive and illustrated section. In addition to the 'normal' channels the magazine also lists all of the Freeview channels and SKY shows divided into sections such as Film, Sport and Documentary. The magazine carefully puts all of these into different pages and sections and arranges them so that they are user friendly to the eye, as it can be quite a lot to take in at one time!
In addition to being a simple TV guide, the What's On TV magazine has main page spreads of what is going on in all the nations favourite soaps. I have to admit that I do enjoy my soaps and I also like reading what dramatic event is going to unfold during the week. It can include spoilers and so people who like to be left in suspense should avoid these pages! The magazine has soap gossip and interviews with current cast members for a bit of insight into their everyday lives, again quite nonsense reading but I enjoy it.
As well as the main soaps the magazine also does stories and features on new programmes and top TV shows being aired during that particular week. Movies are also highlighted in a number of pages, with pictures and good descriptions to help you decide what films you would like to see that week. There are always a number of movie premieres and classic films that I miss out on because I haven't done my research into what is going to be on TV. When I have this magazine however I more often than not see an article or it written in the guide and can then make a conscious effort to watch it.
If you want to really get the most of your 52 pennies there are also a load of pages with puzzles, competitions and adverts for some very random goods at the back of the magazine. You really would struggle to find a more comprehensive and light reading, soap orientated TV guide on the shelves.
Overall I really enjoy What's On TV as a form of gossip and an easy to read TV guide. I don't go out of my way to buy it every week but purchase it every now and then for ease and forward planning, as I have mentioned my Mum is a huge avid fan! Good cheap tittle tattle.
Oh dear, I am admitting my failings now and telling you what a television addict I am.
On a Tuesday, each and every Tuesday, I stop off on my way to work to buy the latest addition of What's on TV - my favourite television listing magazine.
For the grand sum of 52p, my tea break and lunch break are sorted, all I need is a cuppa!
Can you remember years back when you had to buy The TV Times and Radio Times? One for BBC Channels and the other for ITV and later Channel 4? For some reason these magazines were not allowed to list every TV channel, so you had to buy both.... what a twaddly waste of money!
Anyway in 1991 the rules changed and various TV magazines came onto the market, which covered all channels...
I think it must have been about 1991 that I started buying What's on TV. I liked the format then and have probably bought it every week since!
You can buy it on a Tuesday, but it covers listings for the following Saturday, through to the next Friday.. the magazine has articles about new TV programmes, current programmes and story lines, interviews with current, relevant TV stars and spoilers for next weeks episodes.
It covers all the man channels and most of the satellite ones, it has a £500 prize crossword, a horoscope page, if you believe that kind of thing! It has Sudoko competition and a readers questions and answers page...
52p for 87 pages, although some of the pages are full page adverts..
Personally though, I like a spot of escapism, I like to have a quiet cuppa and catch up on the soaps - what has happened, what is going to happen etc..
Sad I know, but we all need a spot of escapism!
Up until a few months ago we had been buying the Radio Times every week but as the price was creeping up we have gone back to What's on TV.
If you are not familiar with it, although I expect you are, WOTV is a weekly TV listings guide/magazine. It runs from Saturday through to Friday and shows listings for both the main channels and a wide selection of freeview channels. The cost of the magazine is 50p which on a weekly basis is not a bank breaker. In addition to the TV listings the magazine also has a comprehensive guide to what's going on in all the soaps, film reviews, and write ups about documentaries. Dotted about the magazine are a couple crosswords, spot the shot, and soduku. There is also a small sports listing section.
I actually think I prefer this magazine to the Radio Times despite it costing a lot less. It's down to earth, informative about most aspects of TV and the listings are clear. It's the kind of magazine you can dip in and out of and you can easily find the information you want.
The only complaints I have are that it is a bit of a garish and cheap looking publication, but then again it is cheap and this doesn't really matter. If I were at all interested in sports I probably wouldn't be very impressed by the sports section as it's not even half a page. As it is this doesn't bother me, but it is something that might annoy others.
Overall this is a good, cheap weekly publication that covers exactly what I need it for.
***What's on TV***
This magazine currently retails at 49p (the picture has 40p).
I buy this magazine every week and have been buying for at least 3years. It comes out on a Tuesday and has the TV listings for the following Saturday-Friday.
Why buy this when you can get one free in a newspaper. Well whenever I have forgotton to buy this magazine and relied on a guide from a paper I often find that they have spaces in some of their listings saying something like 'yet to be announced' or sometimes I have waited to watch something and it hasn't come on. With the What's on TV magazine I have always found it to be consistant and reliable with its listings.
For each day the listing has the main TV stations on the first page then four more pages of many of the digital/ satellite channels. There is a seperate headings/listings for Freeview channels, Movies, Kids and Sport. It also has Whats on Radio1-5.
There is a weekly film guide that rates with a number of stars the films a bit like dooyoo. 5stars for a exellent film down to 1 star for a poor film.
The magazine has features of what is coming on the following week sometimes it is what the program is about or an interview with a star or guest featured on the show. This often helps me choose what to watch or if the program isn't for me.
The magazine has a double spread on all the soaps plots called Soap Diary. A short breakdown or titbit of what is happening that week. Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Neighbours and Home and Away all feature and if your like me I always want to know what is going on in Eastenders and Corrie you would enjoy this bit.
The front cover nearly always has an Eastender Character on very rarely any one from other soaps and never from other programs.
There is also a Have Your Say letters page that has what readers thought of recent programs and also a small section where they answer 2 questions such as When is that program coming on again, What was the music in that advert called? or The program has disappered mid series will it come back on our screens again?
I like this magazine as it is cleaner (no print rubbing on fingers) than looking in a newspaper and more reliable than the free TV guides in Saturday and Sunday papers. I would reccomend to a friend as it has most of what you need for in a TV guide and is a good price. As there is so many TV stations it is probably unrealistic to expect detailed listings of every channel but it has more than the free ones in newspapers.
What's on tv is a firm favourite in our house. My nan used to buy it when I was younger. She would always go down to the newsagents on a Tuesday morning to buy it. Then my mum and dad started and now I buy it for my own home. I buy it every week and think its a great tv magazine. I have tried others but none of them seem as good or if they are they are a little on the expensive side for a tv magazine. What's on tv is good value for money, as buying a weekly magazine can add up.
The front cover gives you a sneak preview of some of the main stories coming up in soapland that week that feature in the magazine and usually something else that is to be shown in the coming week. Soaps are a huge part of our national viewing so they are always on the front cover. One of the major storylines has the character involved as the face of the cover.
To beginning with we have 'Hot tv moments' giving us a look ahead at some of the other big shows coming up. Often they are in brief and follow up further on in the magazine.
Then its onto the soaps which is over 4 pages covering mainly the big soaps Eastenders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale and their big storyline that week. There is also small pieces on the others Home and Away, Neighbours and Hollyoaks. Following this there is a double spread soap diary covering a brief description of what is going on in the soaplands each day. As someone who doesn't get time to watch soaps that often I keep pretty up to date with story lines reading their soap pages. You do get quite a bit of detail from these pages.
The next few pages are of over programmes coming up from hospital dramas to comedys and documentaries. I often find myself watching something from these pages that I probably wouldn't have known was on if I didn't read the magazine weekly.
There is a film section that gives details on some of the films coming up that week on our channels and sky/freeview. Each film is rated by a possible number of 5 stars and they have a small sentence to sum up the film.
Then it is the tv listings each day has a double spread of terrestrail, sky/freeview channels and then moveis and sport. For the terrestrail most of the programmes have a brief description of what is going on.
Towards the back of the magazine is puzzles, horoscopes and letters from readers.
So as you can gather I am a fan of this magazine and would rate it as the best tv magazine for me. It is fairly priced and has enough articles to read. I love sitting down with a cup of tea every tuesday to read it just like nan.
We get What's on TV for our household and I must say it is quite good.
On the cover of What's on TV is a soap character and headline (always Eastenders, but recently there have been quite a lot of Corrie ones, what with Tony Gordon and Carla) and smaller photographs and headlines from other soaps. There are also a few dramas and documentaries on the cover, too.
On the third page is a show chosen by the editor and on the next two pages are 'Hot TV Moments' which are highlighter programmes for the week. There are also four pages of soap plots and a soap diary so you can track what's going on in Soapland throughout the week. There then will be about twelve pages of the other shows, then movie listings and the actual TV guide! At the end of the magazine is a 'Have Your Say' section where readers write in and express their views, plus there is also a crossword and horoscopes (if you complete the crossword and send it in, you could win £500!). The only bad thing about this magazine is the adverts for bad clothing and garden items that they cram in at the end. No-one's really interested!
What's on TV's value has changed over the years, but it is now 50p which is good value.
We have buying what's on TV as our weekly tellv magazine for years. I'll be honest, our reason for choosing it is the price. Although the price does change from time to time it's always around the 40p mark, which makes it one of the cheapest TV mags around.
I'm not really into magazine much, I prefer books. The reason being, if I were to buy a magzine I would read it from cover to cover within about an hour and then throw it away or recycle it. I consider this a bit of waste of money when although a book costs more, it lasts a lot longer and I think they are much better value for money. Having said all of this I do still need a weekly TV magazine and so this one is perfect.
What's on TV comes out each week around Tuesday or Wednesday and starts it's programmes listings each week on a Saturday. Having it available earlier in the week like this gives readers the opportunity to browse through and see what's coming up during the week ahead.
At the front of the magazine are articles about new series and one off dramas or documentaries. Having all laid out in front of you with a short description of what the show is about helps me to decide what I will watch or avoid.
Then you have the soaps section where you get all the biggest stories for the week ahead and a day by day overview of what will be happening. This is great if you miss an episode or just can't wait to find out what happens next. There is also a very short suggestion about what will happen the following week, but this can very vague.
Next you will find the movies section. This is detailed view of all of the films on terrestrial, cable and sky. There are reviews and cast listings and they rate each film out of 5 stars which is very helpful, although I find I don't always agree!
After the films, in the middle you will find your weeks TV listings. The listings are separated into days, chanels and time slots and most programmes have a very short description or the series and episode number. You also get a key showing you if it is a repeat or new and if it's subtitled or in black and white.
At the back the of magazine is what I would call a bit of a fun zone for readers. There are puzzles, horoscopes, a letters page, viewers opinions on a show each week and advertisements. You will also find a page showing what's coming up next week.
I think that this a great little TV magazine for the price and continues to buy it ever week. The listings are in a sensible format that is easy to read and follow. The only I would say is that some of the script could perhaps be a little bigger. I don't find this a problem but know several people who do.
Overall I think that this is the best value tv mag around and look forward to reading it each week.
I give it a rating of 5 out of 5 for value and content.
This is our household tv guide, ever since I can remember we have only ever had this version. In the past when this hasn't been available we have purchased another version similar in price, however it feels very uncomfortable reading something other than this product. I supose it's because you are out of your comfort zone and you get used to were everything is in your regular magazine.
This costs 49p, and ever since I can remember it has always been around a similar price, I'm sure over the years the price has fluctuated, however I think it's very reasonable for the contents within. They do have a christmas edition with an extension of two weeks to cover the christmas and new year period; and this is still reasonable at around 80p I think.
The magazine isn't as glossy as your big name celebrity magazine, however it has a nice sheen to it. It has 90 pages, with 13 of these double sided pages being jam packed with the latest selections of featured shows for the week ahead; and their are 4 double sided pages also of films. The rest of the magazine runs you through from Saturday to Friday, with the new next weeks addition availble ever Tuesday, so it gives you plenty of time to purchase before the Saturday when you need your new guide. The back pages contains letters which users have wrote in, a sneek peak of some of the contents to the next weeks edition and a horoscopes page.
*** TV Guide
You get a guide starting from Saturday - Friday, it consists of 3 pages per day all together. First page gives you the listings for that day with all terestial tv, BBC 1, Itv, channel 4 ect. The second page consists of the most 'common' Sky and freeview channels such as: Sky1, BBC 3, E4 ect. On this page also their is a nice feature of displaying all the 'freeview' channels in one section in the middle, so it allows you at a glance to see what shows you can watch. The final page for the specific day displays the sports, kids, radio and movie channels.
Their is around 2 odd pages of advertising at the back of the magazine, and you can also complete a few competitions and puzzles which is you send off you could have the option to win prizes.
Hope this helps
I buy a TV magazine every week and I just usually buy what ever one catches my eye as I think they are all alike. I never pay more than £1 though!
One of the magazines that I buy quite often is the 'What's on TV' magazine. I have just bought this two days ago and it is the Christmas issue which is a double issue so it says on the front of the magazine. I paid 85 pence for the magazine, this price is printed on the front cover.
The Christmas one runs for 19 December till 1 January 2010 but the magazine usually only gives a week worth of telly programmes.
The magazine is easy to follow and has a nice layout that I can follow. There is a section at the front of the magazine that gives little articles for some of the programmes that are going to be shown in the next week. This means I can see what the programmes will be about and I like that I can decide if it is my cup of tea before I sit down to watch it.
There is also a section that is similar to this one but it is only for soap operas which is my favourite part of the magazine as I follow all of the soaps so I like to see what story line is going to be showing over the next week.
The next section is for films that are going to be shown over the week and I like this part of the magazine cos it lists the films in a way that is easy to follow. The name of the film appears and underneath this it tells me what time and what TV channel it will be shown on. Then there is a part telling me what the film story is about and there is even a star rating so I can see if the opinion is that the film is a good or a bad film. If the film is a premiere then this is shown in a dark strip so that it makes it eye catching and easy to notice. This is very easy to follow and I can see quickly what time and what channel the film is going to be shown.
The next pages on the magazine are listed for each day so I can look up what the day is and then each channel is listed eg BBC 1 and then the times and TV programmes are shown and under this is a small listing so I know what the programme is about. This makes it easy to look up in advance and see what TV programmes are going to be on. I always do this mid week for a Saturday night so I know if the telly is going to be rubbish at the weekend and then I can order a DVD to hire!
The magazine is very easy to use and it is one of the ones that I will keep buying because of this. I think it is good value for money as it is under £1 for a weeks listings and they do give quite a lot of detail in this mag which I am pleased about.
Would suggest giving it a try if you like to follow soaps especially because this magazine is the best for the soap gossips.
A few months ago I was an avid soap watcher so religiously every Tuesday I would go out and buy my copy of What's On TV for the following week just so I could read up on the soap but in recent months I have stopped watching the soaps as they have gone very stupid and depressing. I still do buy my TV book just to keep a little following of what is going on and why is being murdered this week but I have actually stared using the guide to find out what is on the TV which I never did before. It may seem like a waste of money to some as I do have a good TV planner and guide on my Sky TV but never seem to use it.
The front cover of the book always features soap character with a shock or exclusive of what is going to be happening. The What's on TV name is shoved into the top corner and the rest of the cover has small pictures and headlines of usually soaps or new shows which are going to be on. The back cover of the book always has an advert on.
Upon opening the book then the first page gives a very brief look at what they call the hot TV for the week. Here you usually find an old favourite which is returning or a new show altogether. It also gives a colourful index showing what pages you can find things on. After this the next double page is also designated to their hot TV moments and at the moment I am enjoying this as the Merlin series is usually featured in it. We don't have a specific category for shows here they are all just random ones which can be found on a whole variety of channels.
We then come to the good bit which is the Soapweek feature. There are 4 full pages which give us the low down of all the events which will be happening in all of out soaps. Also included in this are the smaller shows and less known ones such as Doctors and Hollyoaks. I have noticed over recent years how the smaller soaps have been given less and less writing space to make way for extra room for the major ones such as Eastenders, Corrie and Emmerdale. When this section has finished and after you pas the pages of adverts then you will find a soap diary which gives a day to day account of the best bits which will be shown in that nights episode. I really do find this is unnecessary as we have already had the opportunity of reading about them and think this is just to give the book some padding. Saying that I usually find the time to read it!
After reading and finding out about all of the soaps we come to the 9 page spread of the new shows which are starting and I like how they are so mixed and not just for specific channels. We do get some good info here and I like reading about what the actors think of their show. What I do find interesting in this part of the book is the 'Look Who's Back' page as they show old actors and actresses who are making a comeback to the screen.
Sometime after this there may be a sneak look at what will be coming up n the soaps in the next few months but in the book which I currently have we have a sneak peak at what ewe are going to be subjected to over the Christmas period.. Personally there is not one show I am looking forward to seeing out of what they have listed! The book then does finally make way for a quick glance at what films are on the TV over the week and they do give then rating but there is never usually any good ones featured. They do give a digital and Sky premier listing and guide, also cinema releases and new DVD's do get a very small mention.
Finally if you have managed to plough through all of the above then you will come to the main reason for buying the book which is the actually TV listings. Each day of the week is give 3 double pages. The first page has the 5 main channels and the next has the Sky and Free view channels which are sectioned off according to the choice of shows. The third double page is dedicated to the days sky movie films, spots and kids channels. There is also a very small radio show guide. Somehow they have managed to pick three of the best shows of the day and do give them a small mention down the side of the page.
When you come to the end of the TV listing there is a competition page which always has a crossword and Sudoku puzzle, there is also a competition entry form at the bottom of the page. There is a horoscope page after this giving your star signs for the week and here they usually feature an actor who is going to be celebrating their Birthday in this week.
Finally the back page of the book (this is the one I actually go to first!) has letters which the viewers have sent in, they are always about the shows which have been on over the previous few weeks. Some of them may be complementing a good actor or actress or more times than not they are letters of complaint about a certain show. There is also a small question and answer section.
Throughout the magazine you will find loads of pages which are just for adverts and for me they are always useless and never informative or of any use to me. This annoys me and is just a complete waste of paper. Also when I pick this up from the shelf in the shop I am horrified at the amount of leaflet and junk which falls out. I cannot believe they are still allowed to produce this junk as it is such a waste of trees. There really should be a law bought in over this.
The TV guide is widely available and comes in at 47p. I do find this quite reasonable as it keeps me up to speed on my soaps without me having to sit and watch them all., I also find that there can be some interesting articles inside showing documentaries which are to be on. I would say that this is one of the better TV guides which I have bought and do recommend it to all, especially soap fans.
There seem to be absolutley loads of tv guides and amagazines on the shelf these days and they are all pretty much the same and contain the same information but this is the one that I seem to read every week so it seemed logical to review it :)
So What Does "Whats On TV" Contain?:
Whats On Tv has all the gossip about our favourite soaps including the upcoming storylines in each particular soap. The soaps they write about are:
Home & Away
So whatever your favourite soap is, your sure to find some gossip on your favourite(s).
It also has little mini stories on any upcoming shows or series that are due on tv within the next week/fortnight.
It has a week long tv guide for channels 1-5 and even contains more information for those of you who have sky or freeview channels, whats more it has a small insert just before the tv guide telling you what films are on that week and what channels you will find them on.
Why Do I Like This Magazine?:
I am a big lover of pretty much all the soaps on tv so this is a perfect way for me to have a catch up should I have missed any or maybe even find out a few storylines that I can look forward to!! The magazine has a great layout so its easy to find exactly what your looking for and all the stories are bright and eye catching which can really pull your attention if your just flicking through. Its also I think the cheapest tv mag out there so if your looking to hange your usual for a less expensive version that still has all the great facts and gossip then this is for you! Highly Recommended By Me!! :D
You can get this magazine from most supermarkets, news agents or even your local shop fro 47p so very cheap!
www.whatsontv.co.uk <<== Should You Want Any More Information.
There are many available options for TV magazines many more expensive and not as good. But this is a simple easy to read and interesting TV magazine.
What's on TV gives you everything you need to know about the soaps and documentary's. You get a huge soap section with 1 page for each soap and tells you what's going to happen and most of the time focuses on a character. Sometimes it has spoilers which you want to know but you don't its nice to have to have the odd spoiler.
It also has a soap planner and gives you the basic info of what's going to happen on the day of each soap. Its nice to know so if you read the information page on the weekend you pretty much forget it by the time the programmes on so its not really spoilt.
I would recommend this to anyone as you get a lot of information in it. And the layout of the times and programme is nice. Its also quite cheap at 47p many others are way above that but you will often find they are sold out from the supermarket.
There are loads of tv listenings magazines on the market but this is the one we use.
Which TV listings book is it ?
It is called 'What's on TV'
Good title !
Well, it kind of does what it says on the tin.
You know exactly what you are going to get for your money.
And how much money is that ?
It costs 47p per weekly book, which is one of the cheapest around. We used to have TVTimes but that is a ridiculous price now and this gives you exactly the same information.
So, it tells you whats on the tv?
Yes, all the regular channels on what we call in our house 'normal telly'. Also included are the details for freeview and satelite, and radio programmes.
Each day is very clearly set out in easy to read print and the use of pictures to aid the programme details are a nice touch.
A brief but very useful 'plot' of each prgramme is easy to understand.
Okay, so you know whats on the telly. Is there more to it ?
Oh yes, this really is a magazine. Also included are ...
interviews with actors from that weeks programme scedule
special features on new series
where are they now ? finding what happened to actors of past years
a brilliant soap update - for all the soaps on tv
a coming next week page
a film guide
So why pick this tv listings magazine ?
It is a good size (approx A4), so it is easy to handle, it costs 47p, which is a fraction of other books, it is easy to understand and find the info you want quickly, the information of the programmes is always accurate, you get a magazine with interviews, and quizzes too.
All in all, I would give this tv listing magazine 9 out of 10.
It lost 1 mark because it is a little heavy on the 'soaps'.
What's on Tv is a popular Television guide that I buy each week. It's main purpose is to provide the televsion schedules for the forthcoming week. It does this very well, the main terrestial channels are given the most space but cable and satelite channels are also given their own pages, and this seperation is handy to distinguish the different sets of channels from each other.
In the front of the magazine there is always information about the latest story lines from the national soaps as well as previews of that weeks documentaries, drama's and so on. The front section also includes a crossword with the clues and asnwers based around television (of course).
In the back of the magazine there is a letters page where people can discuss recent tv programmes as well as a horoscope section. The What's on TV guide is reasonably priced at 47p and a lot easier than using your TV's programme guide.
Even though you can view whats on, on most televisions and get it on the internet it is nice to be able to read it. The mag not only has a day by day guide it also has information about each all the top shows on that week and information about all the soaps. With a soap diary included. Information about what is coming the next week is also included about both the soaps and top shows. They include interviews with the actors and actresses in the top stories of the week and their views on the characters and storylines which is excellent in finding out what they think the characters they play feel and why they react.
They include crosswords to do about all of the TV shows and actors and actresses who act in them.
For 47p a week personally I think its an excellent price for anybody interested in television and what to see an excellent over view of the best shows that week.
The only dispute I have about the magazine is that they focus to much on Eastenders. It is always the leading story even when there is nothing going on. Personally it annoys me when Coronation Street and Emmerdale have equally if not better storylines some weeks. I think a bit more variety of the cover story would make the magazine better. Despite being an Eastenders fan I do not think it is always the best soap around.