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What's On TV
Member Name: jade22green
What's On TV
Advantages: cheap, lots of extras
Disadvantages: writing can be a little small on listings
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.
Summary: great for tv listings and more