Advantages Informative and entertaining.
Disadvantages My husband hogs it!
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The Radio Times is really the only magazine I read from cover to cover every week. When you consider that I only watch the television for a couple of hours maximum a week, it seems a bit odd. It does say a lot for the way the magazine is put together though.
It is called the Radio Times because when it was originally published there was no TV. It now covers both comprehensively. Apparently at it's inception in 1923 it cost 2p and refused to cover tv listing as the tvwas seen as a serious competitor to radio.
I find it a very interesting read. There is always at least one article in there that grabs my attention. It is laid out imaginatively and attractively with a good balance of pictures and text.
The listings pages are logically and clearly displayed with a colour code to the days on the side of the pages. The print is readable and the quality of the paper it is printed on is high.
The advertisement scattered through the magazine are unobtrusive and take only a small percentage of the space. (Thank God!)
It costs £1.40 per copy and it is very good value. The Cristmas double edition costs £2.50 and is leapt upon as it comes through the letterbox. The weekly version has about 140 pages and the front cover tells you what the main stories are going to be about. This week's cover shows scenes from "Call the Midwife" and points up the article inside.
The covers are always eye catching and well laid out. (It makes them easier for me to find, but not alas, for my husband. I will talk about that later!) I particularly like the drama of the Doctor Who themed covers. The photography and artwork is of a consistently high standard.
~~~A typical contents list looks like this. ~~~
Picks of the week from TV, Radio and Films. Articles and comments and bits of gossip on particular shows and previews of what's to come.
Very interesting pieces about various tv shows, how they were made, background information, interviews with the actors, producers etc.
Film reviews. Barry Norman's excellent crit's of what he has been watching. A 'pay per view' guide. A sometimes very funny guide to all the films that are on the box that week. The reviewers don't pull any punches.
The actual listings of what's on the TV including the five main terrestrial channels and at least 25 other channels.
Radio listings covering all the main BBC stations and some none BBC. There is a fairly comprehensive guide to local radio too. In this section you will find articles looking behind the scenes of radio programmes.
Articles, reviews, letters to the Editor, puzzles, special offers, (at the moment you can get 4 issues for £1.00 delivered to your door.)
~~To finish the issue.~~
' One Final Question.' An interview with a celebrity or Sports personality. It is always interesting to read and often amusing too.
My favourite parts are the puzzle pages although I can't quite get the hang of the rules for the new Mandali puzzle.
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|Value for money||Excellent|
|Quantity of advertising||High|
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