Christmas Begins (2016)

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Radio Times Christmas 2016
TV Times Christmas 2016
We’ve all got different prompts for when Christmas celebrations officially begin – is it when the Supermarkets start putting out their Christmas lines?, your first Christmas lunch?, the BBC Christmas ident being seen for the very first time? …or when the Sales start being advertised on TV?

For me, it’s when the Christmas TV Times and Radio Times first go on sale. I think it’s a throwback to my childhood, when Dad used to bring them home after work as a treat. First job back then was frantically searching through the schedules, circling our favourite programmes.

It’s much the same now!

These days both publications are massive (mainly down to the fact that both can show the same information, unlike back in the stone-age where RT listed only the BBC stuff whilst TVT, listed the commercial channel). Add the multi-channel universe that we live in today, and you have them both running into hundreds of pages. Last year, the Radio Times sported 292 pages whilst the TV Times languished in second place with just 196 – exactly the same page-count as in 2014.

This year, the Radio Times again sports 292 pages whilst the TV Times drops two pages and comes in at 194 pages.

So, all that’s left to do now is to plough through them both, and our Christmas TV preparations are sorted!

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