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benriggers781 posts since 19 Sep 2005
Meridian (South) Oxford
Can Anyone help me? A few years back I bought some ITV Schools term guides on ebay, and I've only recently realised that these were from TV Times. Did the BBC do the same in Radio Times or were they only available in the Annual Programme booklet?
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I remember the schools used to have booklets from BBC, about the each term but of course that would be early 90s.
Channel 831 posts since 27 Jul 2008
Central (East) East Midlands Today
Back in the 70's and probably 80's at the start of each terms school broadcasts TVTimes used to devote a double page spread to preview that terms schools programmes. Of course schools were sent a more detailed 'Annual Programme Guide' early in the year for teachers to plan what programmes to use and to order accompanying support materials.
Si-Co2,234 posts since 2 Oct 2003
Tyne Tees Look North (North East)
The TV Times printed the two-page listing spread at the beginning of each term, as already stated. This stopped around the time Channel Four took over responsibility for schools programmes in 1993. The Radio Times never included a similar feature as far as I can recall.

Both the BBC and ITV (and later Channel Four) produced Annual Programme Booklets, sent to schools and educational establishment. but also available free of charge to the general public. These listed the yearly schedule and also had a feature and synopsis/module guide for each individual programme. BBC produced a separate booklet for Primary. Secondary and Radio Programmes, but the ITV version incorporated all programmes.

ITV also produced a termly wallchart listing the schedule and each episode individually (later this was changed to bi-annually and not termly). They also produced a Primary and Middle School 'Topics' wallchart, and separate leaflets for each Secondary School department summarising programmes of particular interest to them.

The TV Times articles, Annual Programme Booklets. and termly wallcharts were all locally branded and dispatched from the relevant ITV company's Education Office. Around the early 90s this was changed to just four different editions, one for each nation, due to the reduction in regional variations, and I believe they started to be dispatched by a centralised office known as the 'Educational Television Company' in Warwckshire. The 'Topics' wallchart and Secondary School leaflets weren't regionalised, and regional programmes/variations were indicated within them.

As far as I know, the BBC booklets weren't regionalised at all (I assume any variations in the Nations were included).
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NorthTonight567 posts since 29 Jul 2008
STV North Reporting Scotland
In the Radio Times they used to have a four page feature highlighting both schools and adult education programmes of interest at the start of each session ( it may have been termly, I can't quite remember! )

On the subject of schools / education, when did the BBC start / stop broadcasting Sunday evening ten minute educational programmes before Songs of Praise? Anyone remember any titles? - I remember Play It Safe, Looking Good Feeling Great, Mind How You Go! and That's Your Limit
Steve Williams2,922 posts since 1 Aug 2008
In the Radio Times they used to have a four page feature highlighting both schools and adult education programmes of interest at the start of each session ( it may have been termly, I can't quite remember! )

On the subject of schools / education, when did the BBC start / stop broadcasting Sunday evening ten minute educational programmes before Songs of Praise? Anyone remember any titles? - I remember Play It Safe, Looking Good Feeling Great, Mind How You Go! and That's Your Limit


Yes, the RT did run features on the launch of the school terms but nothing as formal as the TV Times double page spreads, it was for a far more general audience and consisted of little features rather than a straightforward timetable and listing of programmes. They used to do it for the OU as well, I have all the RTs for the first half of 1974 and they have to apologise that they can't do the feature at the start of term because of the three day week which had limited the RT to 32 pages (this was great, for a couple of weeks they had two pages of previews on pages 2-3, the listings began on page four and there was a double page spread for telly and a double page spread for radio for each day, with the listings finishing on the inside back cover), and they eventually did it in mid-February.

I'm pretty sure the Beeb stopped doing the Sunday teatime shows at the end of 1992 when the God slot was abolished and Songs of Praise started shifting around the schedules. Among the others were Weather Watch on meteorology, A Way With Numbers and something about communication and improving confidence called OK2 Talk Feelings which I remember people complaining about on Points of View because it was considered completely unintelligble.