I wouldn’t dream of buying a television guide at any other time of the year. But Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a copy of the Radio Times. Fact.
Back in the olden days when I was growing up we only had four channels and didn’t even have a video recorder until I was in my teens. You also had to buy the Radio Times for the BBC channels (all two of them) and the TV Times for ITV and Channel 4. My big sister and I would have a different coloured highlighter each and we would go through them marking what we wanted to watch when. Of course, any clashes in our viewing plans couldn’t be remedied by Sky+, we didn’t even have a remote control let alone fancypants digital recording facilities. Oh no. We would normally (literally) fight it out until my Mother broke it up.
I don’t remember when the Radio Times started to list all of the television channels and not just the BBC channels but I know that for years and years my Mother still used to buy both the Radio Times and TV Times. In fact I think she still does. Bonkers really. But only as bonkers as the fact that I still buy the Radio Times myself now of course. With the TV guide only a click of a button away now and the old highlighter pen being replaced by the Sky+ planner, I definitely don’t need the Radio Times. But I’m not sure I could imagine a Christmas without it. How about you?