Christmas TV (2017)

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Radio Times Christmas Cover 2017
292 pages/£4.50

TV Times Christmas Cover 2017
196 pages/£3.50 (+50p)

We’ve all got different prompts for when Christmas celebrations officially begin – is it when the Supermarkets start putting out their Christmas lines?, the 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 – except we use a highlighter pen!

Actually, we were a bit late this year getting ours (as we were away on holiday in Spain) but David did the honours and tracked down a copy of each.

These days, both publications are massive, mainly down to the fact that they both list (more-or-less) the same information, unlike back in the stone-age where RT listed only the BBC stuff whilst TVT, only listed the commercial channels. Add the multi-channel universe that we live in today, and you have them both running into hundreds of pages.

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

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