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      09.04.2012 11:15

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      Good, clear, weekly TV guide

      This is the tv magazine that I buy every week as my weekly tv guide. In my opinion it is the best tv magazine around. Although it's not as cheap as some of the other tv guides there is far more content in this one. The first half of the magazine has interviews with tv stars, interesting articles about some programmes coming up, recipes and much more. The second half of the magazine is the actual tv guide. For every day they do a feature page showing the highlights of the day's tv then there are 3 double pages for the actual guide.

      The layout is very clear and it is very easy to see at a glance what is on tv at all times. At the back they have a couple of competitions which are fun to do. They also do a feature on the back page where they look back at someone's tv career which can be very interesting. It costs £1.20 and is available from most retailers selling magazines.

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      08.12.2011 20:15
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      To sum it up: Well worth it! Look out for bumber Xmas issue, they're crackers!

      TV TIMES MAGAZINE

      The TV Times has been trusted for years by many people. I recently discovered the TV Times this year because I didnt buy it for ages and the price went up by 10p! OK the magazine may be £1.20 but it is worth it trust me!
      TV TIMES HISTORY

      The TV Times was launched in 1955 the same years ITV was launched too! TV Times carried ITV listings whilst the RadioTimes carried BBC listings. However, in 1982, the TV Times carried Channel 4 listings aswell as ITV listings making it even better value for money. In 1991, the TV Times and the RadioTimes were to carry all listings e.g. TV Times carried BBC listings aswell as the usual ITV and Channel 4 listings and the same with the RadioTimes which carried the two other channels aswell as BBC. What's on TV and TV Quick were launched in March of that year.
      HOW I DISCOVERED TV TIMES MAGAZINE

      It was the magazine for the 13 - 19 february 2010 (EastEnders 25th birthday week) which was the one I wanted, anyways, all of the magazines had some extra pages (What's on TV, TV Quick and TV choice had some 4 - 6 extra pages) while the TV Times had a staggering 16 extra pages! So instead of the usual TV Quick I picked up the TV Times at £1.10.
      On the 26th July 2011 I went out with my nan to the newsagents and bought the TV Times again, but this time it was £1.20! But I bought it anyway.

      TV TIMES (INSIDE THE MAGAZINE)
      The cover has the TV Times logo in red with the word 'Times' running through the word 'TV'. The week date (27 Aug - 2 Sept 2011) is in the 'T'. In the top left hand corner it states 'great for freeview'. This front cover features Alison King (Carla Connor) of coronation street having an interview with TV Times about her rape storyline this week. Also the front cover features Sally Lindsay in a star interview talking about her ready to be a loose woman. Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is on an on set report talking about Doctor Who and David Jason is also featured on the cover (don't know who he is!). The price is displayed on he scan barcode and the website (www.whatsontv.co.uk).

      When you turn over the page you are greeted with yes the usual, an advert! how typical! Anyway that is the first page! When you go to the second page on the left side you get a guide to the inside of the magazine. On the rest of the page is called My TV Week which is where the editor (Ian Abbott) picks the shows he will be watching for that week.
      When you go to page 4 you get one double page spread of TV Times news which is news about the stars of TV and soaps, this week, it includes Eden Taylor - Draper (Belle Dingle) from Emmerdale, running for charity and incouraging other kids to do it too.

      Page 6 and 7 is the cover story of the magazine and, like I said Alison King (who plays Carla Connor in coronation street) was chatting to TV Times about her rape storyline for this week.
      Pages 8 - 19 feature a TV Times talks to... and a TV Times real life special with really good articles to keep you reading for ages!

      TV TIMES SOAPWEEK
      The TV Times soapweek is written by Alison Slade and she must have a talent because she writes the soapweek well (very well, in fact) and this is how it is layed out...coronation street, EastEnders and emmerdale all have 2 pages dedicated to them plus two stories on each page with the 2 extras on the left page plus the news for that soap, aswell as a little box titled This Weeks Cast and a soap diary for the times they are on. Hollyoaks, Doctors and Neighbours are all put on one page (Home and Away isnt featured because it is taking a break, will be back on our screens on the 5th September) (no soap diary for Hollyoaks or Doctors)

      TV TIMES FILMS
      The films section is a page for everyday (mostly, sometimes 1/2 page somedays) with the day colour-coded and the date is iincluded too. (Their is at least 6 films a day, for 1/2 page, 11 films for a full page, also does freeview and satellite aswell as the 5 terrestrial channels plus other channels too.)

      LISTINGS
      8 listings pages per day (pages 1 and 2 with the highlights, pages 3 and 4 with the 5 terrestrial channels, pages 5 and 6 with the freeview and entertainment channels and finally, on pages 7 and 8, the history channels and the entertainment with the sports on, no radio listings) Each day is colour coded same as the movies so you know what day it is.

      MARKET PLACE
      4 pages of the market place (basically classifieds) with prople trying to sell you stuff. To advertise on Market Place please call 020 3148 2814.

      TV TIMES YOUR LETTERS
      Basically letters from normal people with their views on telly things with some program trying to get you on TV too.

      TV TIMES READER OFFERS
      Same as market place except their is only one thing they try to sell you not ten thousand!

      TV TIMES PUZZLES
      Includes a big prize crossword in which if you can do the crossword and complete the yellow squares you win £100! You can either phone, text or send a postcard to them at...
      PHONE 0901 609 4506
      TEXT TVTCROSSB with your answer, name, door number and postcode 85088
      TEXTS COSTS £1
      POSTCARD Send your answer, name and adress to
      TV Times Crossword week 35,
      PO Box 502, Leics LE94 0AB

      NEXT ISSUE
      Their is a little preview for the next week/issue of TV Times with soaps and TV. It also says when it is next on sale (Tuesday 30 August)

      LAST PAGE
      The last page of the TV Times is a TV or soap star when and what year(s) when their were happy moments in their live(s) on the TV and around family.

      THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE TV TIMES MAGAZINE
      EDITOR:IAN ABBOTT
      SOAP EDITOR:ALISON SLADE
      FILM EDITOR:BOB RICHES, HAYDEN WILLIAMS AND DEREK WINNERT
      FILM WRITER:IAN ROBERTS
      SUMMARY

      In my opinion the TV Times is worth trying even for one time, I think it has great content aswell as brilliant soap write ups and detailed TV listings too. Be aware at christmas it is £2.20! I think it is worth it despite the price but you have to pay something!!
      BUY THE TV TIMES!!
      Thanks for reading my review

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      25.10.2009 14:28
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      Not sure how it survives in today's market

      I haven't bought the TV times for many years, not least because at £1.05 it is way above the cost of most of it's competitors.

      However, having rediscovered the Radio Times a short while ago, and having been glad I did, I thought I would give the TV Times another crack of the whip.

      There are eight pages of listings for every day, including small filler articles about the days highlights. The terrestrial channels, as with most guides get a more detailed cover, followed by the main satellite channels and then just programme titles for the lesser viewed channels.

      The satellite channels clearly show where they can be found eg Freeview 11/Virgin 123/ Top up TV 17 etc; etc.

      Overall the tv program guide is a good one, but to my horror, there was no radio guide- so that alone has ruled out a future purchase.

      Should you not be bothered about radio- I will tell you what else you get for your money- there are 2 news items and a cover story. There are seven articles about stars and /or the programmes. Four articles on soap operas and a films on tv guide. All these articles are enhanced by good photography.

      The magazine ends with readers letters, horoscopes and one star's view of the TV Times. All in all one hundred pages, thankfully not containing too many adverts.

      And if you know your tv, there is £100 up for grabs from their prize crossword, together with a couple of no prize games, just for fun.

      To sum up, I don't think it is worth the extra money- there are tv guides out there from 40p and most weekend papers give you a free guide- so if you are going to compete at this much higher price- you need to try a great deal harder.

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        19.08.2009 21:17
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        Just what you need to get your TV fix!

        TV Times is a television magazine which comes out every week, the main purpose of the magazine is to give the weeks TV listings, but there are other purposes of the magazine also.

        TV Listings
        I like the layout of how the weeks TV listings are shown, The first page gives highlights of what the writers think are points to look out for for the week. The next 2 pages consist of the main TV listings for Channels 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The 2 pages after that give the listings for other sky and freeview channels, and also the sports channels. It is all set out easy and it is easy to understand.On the main channels pages they give quick descriptions of what that show is about or what is happening in it.

        Soap Gossip
        Each week there is a write up on the main stories happening in the soaps that week. This is one of my favourite features in this magazine. They give away gossip but not too much gossip so that you know everything. When there is a main story in a soap they wont give away everything so you are still left wondering what might happen after you have read the write up. It is also written very well, with emotion and humour added in there. There are write ups on all the main soaps. (Even though I would like bigger write ups on Hollyoaks and Neighbours! But we cant all have everything!).

        Interviews
        Throughout the beginning of the magazine they often have interviews with celebrities or soap stars on a variety of topics, either what they are up to now or a show which may be coming in the future. I tend not to read this feature unless Im bored, as sometimes Im not interested in the star or their story, but they can be an enjoyable read. They often have an interview witht the cover star in this section as well.

        Bits and Bobs
        Other features I like in this magazine is the crossword and quizzes page at the back, the star signs at the back (I always read these!). And also the love it or hate it section at the back which is where they give readers the chance to write in and say what things they are liking or disliking on TV at the moment. There is also a small prize money for some of these star letters!

        Overall I think this is a good TV magazine, although what needs to be said is that you can get free TV magazines in newspapers which may just as good, but this is the one we prefer. It is expensive (£1.05) when you think about the free ones you can get in a newspaper, but its a small indulgence which we enjoy!

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        20.06.2009 20:07
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        Good

        Where would I be without my TV Times? I know there's Teletext but you can only go one day ahead on that so it wouldn't be much use if you wanted to plan an evening's viewing a week in advance. There is also the option of the internet of course but you don't get all the extras that you do with a magazine and it's nice and relaxing to sit and have a read for half an hour.

        The TV Times begins with a section called TV Times news where we get all the latest gossip about new programmes coming up, new actors in town including a column called 'what's next for...' where it tells you what your favourite actors are up to next. T

        hen there are normally quite a few pages of features, either a single sheet or a double spread. This is often interviewing soap stars or introducing brand new series of things like Doctor Who or giving us the lowdown on the latest awards ceremony. There is normally a feature on sports too.

        Then we have the soaps pages which dedicates 2 pages to Corrie, 2 to Eastenders, 2 to Emmerdale and one page to Hollyoaks, Neighbours and Home and Away. These cover upcoming events in soapland like murder or weddings and give you a day by day analysis of what's happening.

        Next are the film pages. These tend to be a bit crammed in I find and there often isn't enought space to put sufficient information in there for me to work out whether a film is worth watching or not.

        After that you have the main part of the magazine which is the TV listings. These are colour coded so Saturday is green, Sunday is lilac and so on which makes it easier to find your place. Each day has four double pages. Firstly comes the Highlights page which tells us what they think are the pick of the day. There are certain things which always feature here such as The Apprentice. For each one there is a paragraph telling the reader about the programme and a picture. I find this section quite helpful and have often found that I discover new programmes through these recommendations. On the following two pages are the terrestrial TV listings. This is where TV Times loses out in comparison to Radio Times because they devote three pages to the listings which means you get more details for each programme. The last sets of pages cover the digital channels.

        At the back of the magazine there is a small letters page. I really feel it is a shame they don't devote more space to this section. They also have a horoscope column and a page with a sudoku and crossword to solve. On the back page they open up a star's photo album. This week it is Andrew Sachs's turn.

        In all I do like this magazine. It costs £1.05 which isn't too bad. I only wish they would devote a little more space to their terrestrial listings. Look out for the bumper Christmas issue because that's a cracker!

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        23.03.2001 16:00

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        The times are moving on, and TV is moving along with the times.. so what better magazine to have than TV Times? It's up to date with all the latest gossip and previews, also revealing little snidbits on Eastenders and other soaps... who really shot Phil? Well, in another 3 weeks or so, we'll all find out. The listings are great, it covers all the main channels as well as satellite. You will also find story's on 'regular' people that have had a dramatic twist in thier life and willing to tell the world about it, and also a help colomn for parents, which is interesting reading. Miss it.. Miss out!

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        11.02.2001 04:34
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        upto date - films - tv - radio - satellite - cable - digital listings. I get the tv times everyweek. Well my mum buys it everyweek but it always seems to migrate to my room. It 70p at the moment. A great price for what you get. I would recomend this tv guide to any age really. I like it (18 years old) my mum likes it (better not say age) and my granparents get it too so it must have something for everyone. What you get - Firstly there is the "insider" feature where it has a few pages on gossip , then news. Then it's time for the features (cover stories etc) e.g this week it's a romance special (as it's nearly valentines day) so you can imagine what this weeks features are about (love of course). Next it's time for the soaps "the big stories" some general spoilers for the week ahead on - coronation street , emerdale , neighbours etc. Next it's the films "the week ahead". where it has a main pick of films at the beggining of this section.(sometimes it has a feature about a certain actor of a film - e.g a interview)there are also randon reviews of films throughout the week interspersed on the pages. Next it gives the main films feature of satellite and cable film channels and pay per view . Then the latest releases on video and DVD.Then films that are presently in the cinema or are coming within the next week and some short review.(also a top ten box office movies rundown) They also have a rating scheme for films *****-don't miss ****excellent ***Good in parts **watchable **poor I like this feature of the tv time because it always give me a good idea of what to watch.it also says who the film is suitable for - adults only etc. Next a sports page - telling you the sports listings throughout the week. Basically you find the sport you like then it tells you the days it's on and the channel. I think this is a goo
        d feature . I like tennis and because there isn't that much tennis on tv i always look here and it tells me exactly when it's on without having to hunt through the whole magazine for a tv listing. Now it's for the main point of the magazine the tv listings. Starting with saturday running through to the following saturday. Each day is colour coded which i think is also a good feature (i know other magazines do this too). There is a first page to everyday which is called "pick of the day" which picks the best tv shows on throughout the day with a quick bit of extra info. then the terrestrial tv pages , then satellite and cable . After the tv listings its a page of competitions and star signs.then pages of adverts - travel ads at the moment. Then radio listings for the week with a couple of features picked out. Then a "your letters" page. thats your tv times from cover to cover. as laid out in the 10-16 feb 2001 edition.

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          01.01.2001 21:35
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          The TV Times is a glossy magazine, which usually has an attractive cover of a TV star to tempt you to spend your 69p on it. Of course, you expect TV listings from the magazine and you will find them. They are laid out fairly clearly, although the print is small and it can be quite confusing. There is also a lack of any "at-a-glance" type features which tell you what is on the channels at a particular time. I like the way the TV Times lists most of the actors and actresses in a TV programme though, as I find it useful. I often watch something, wondering what a recognisable actor is called. It is handy to be able to look through the TV listings and knowledgably inform your partner that the bruised and bleeding victim in Casualty used to present Playschool, when you were five ! The radio listings are decidedly poor in comparison though, crammed into only two pages at the back. The best bit of the TV Times has to be the celebrity gossip on the first twenty or so pages. As well as a regular celebrity interview, there are news items on TV shows and their stars, as well as pictures of celebs in various fashions - often along the lines of "Why on Earth did they wear THAT ?" The soap news is also very good, usually spanning three pages. Being a fan of Coronation Street, EastEnders and Brookside, this is usually the section I turn to first. Overall, this is a good magazine, although I do have a few criticisms. Good value for the money.

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          27.11.2000 20:13
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          Once upon a time there was only two tv magazines available. The Radio Times and the TV Times. The Radio Times only had information about the BBC and the TV Times only contained information about ITV and Channel 4. No other magazines were allowed to print the tv listings for the week ahead. Hard to imagine such times I know. Later there was a change in the law that meant that anyone was allowed to print tv listings for the week ahead. So lots of new tv magazines hit he shelves and newpapers started to give away free tv magazines. The TV Times has managed to servive all this and it still presents all the tv news and gossip in an up to date and exciting way. The TV listings are well presented and easy to understand and are also very colourful. There are lots of tv mags on the shelves these days but TV Times is one of the originals and still the best in my opinion.

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            14.10.2000 16:25
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            I used to be of the opinion that the TV and Radio times were good value for money and the best idea for TV listings. But, as time goes on they are stating to show their weekness. I now use an online tv listings page that allows me to customize to my hearts content. What does this cost me, well a few pence if I use the right ISP. The Tv magazines do not allow me to choose only those channels I want, they also only have very limited satalitte viewing. I am now converted to other sources, and if I need a hard copy, well they weekend papers offer listings as goo, and sometimes better than The TV times.

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            09.09.2000 01:15
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            I have bought TV Times for many years now, and have noticed over the past year that they have changed their style somewhat. The articles written in the past have all been very polite but nowadays the articles are fresher, and if the writer doesn't like somehting he/she will state it, often scathingly. The reviews for the programmes - again in the past - were just written to explain what the programme was about, but now there is more than a hint of criticism or sarcasm if they think it's needed. As far as the magazine itself is concerned, I think it is well worth the 69p. I know there are cheaper TV mags out there, and I think I have tried most of the similar ones, but I have found them to be quite tacky, and I have always gone back to TV Times. It has done well to last this long, but that is because it has moved with the times, and long may it continue.

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            19.08.2000 22:46

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            In my house we have been buying the TV times for as long as i can remember. Its a brilliant magazine with full details for all the channels although i do wish that sometimes the satellite section is a little more embellished and the radio section as well. The radio section in particular i think needs more information about its programmes. One part i enjoy is the cartoons that appear on most of the 'pick of the day ' slots. These are brilliantly drawn caricatures. there is a movie section, letters page and many other features. It has the appearence of a glossy magazine rather than a TV listings one.The best TV magazine around

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            18.08.2000 17:23

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            I have tried all of the TV guides including this one. My favorite being TV Quick (read my review on that separatly). This one was cheap, which is good and it had a decent amount of channels (more than Radio Times at least!) However it was so unorganised and unclear that it took you about 10 minutes just find where a channel was! This magazine may be cheap but because it is cheap it is absolute rubbish. With the Radio Times you pay a lot and you get decent stuff for that money. With this magazine you pay pittence and get rubbish. The comprimise of the two is TV Quick, clearer than this and at the same price. TV Quick all the way for me.

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            12.08.2000 18:55
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            TV times is obviously a TV guide. It costs 69p weekly and is available to buy in the shops on a Tuesday. There are two editions, one for HTV and one for ITV. The days range from Saturday to Friday with full listings of what's on. Channels include 1,2,3,4,5 and most sky channels. Radio programs also have a mention at the end of the book so you know what's on and when! Each week there are set things that feature in the magazine. A key thing being the film reviews. Every film that is going to be shown on TV has a small explanation in the actual listing but in the film guide it goes into lots of detail about storylines, actors, actresses and who the film is suitable for. There's a key, adults only, may contain some offensive things for children, all round family fun and suitable for children. Other weekly features include gossip which is packed full of jucey pics and info, news, interviews and letters from readers.

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            20.07.2000 18:12

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            I have been buying TV Times for about five years now. We recently updated our Satellite system to Sky Digital, and I found that the TV Times does not carry such a comprehensive listing of digital programmes. I decided to buy several other magazines over the next few weeks, but have to say that I have now reverted back to the TV Times. I don't just buy a television programme listing for the actual details of what's on. The TV Times also has a variety of interesting articles and snippets, and the magazine is a good read. I shall be sticking to this from now on.

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