Network DVD – My Collection (So Far!)

I have a passion for archive TV, as the pictures below may hint…

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You can’t have too much Benny Hill…

All of the releases on this shelf are released by Network, take a look at their full catalogue at http://www.networkdvd.net – seriously, when you take a look at their full catalogue, there is something for everyone (see my wish list at the bottom of the article, there’s still loads I want off Father Christmas!)

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From Hale and Pace, to On The Buses – there’s something for everyone…

Benny Hill

http://networkonair.com/shop/303-benny-hill-the-benny-hill-annuals-1970-79.html – alphabetically, this is the first in my collection.  12 discs, 33 episodes!  Benny Hill’s Thames Television shows recorded between 1969 and 1979.  Not likely to ever be repeated on television these days, there are so many funny sketches in this boxset.  Also includes a silent TV comedy called ‘Eddie in August’ starring Hill, which is pretty good.

http://networkonair.com/shop/1249-benny-hill-the-benny-hill-annuals-1980-89.html – another 9 discs of Benny Hill, taking us up to 1989, when the powers that be at ITV decided that Benny Hill was to be axed… Hill died in 1992.

http://networkonair.com/shop/2328-best-of-benny-hill-the-5027626423742.html – this is The Best of Benny Hill, which was released in cinemas in 1974!  Basically, it’s clips of Hill’s Thames shows between 1969 and 1974 along with a couple of bits specially filmed for this release.  It’s the only Benny Hill you tend to see on TV these days, ITV3 occasionally show this.

A Bit of A Do

http://networkonair.com/shop/343-bit-of-a-do-a-the-complete-series.html

Lasting for two series, and repeated recently on Drama, this was probably one of the last ITV drama series that was studio based.  David Jason, Gwen Taylor and Nicola Pagett star; it really is a charming series.  The boxset has a couple of ITV archive interviews as extras too.

Cannon and Ball

http://networkonair.com/shop/search?doit=search&orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=cannon+and+ball

I don’t think these shows have ever been repeated on TV!  Network have released the first seven series of Cannon and Ball’s LWT work – including Christmas and Easter specials along the way!  The shows are still funny, and from when the LWT logo appears, you feel transported back to when Saturday night television actually used to be more than Casualty and repeats of Mrs Brown’s Boys.  I watched the Cannon and Ball at Drury Lane episode from 1982 recently and it was brilliant.

An Audience with Dudley Moore

http://networkonair.com/shop/621-an-audience-with-dudley-moore.html

This is the classic ‘Audience With’ show from Boxing Day 1981, plus Dudley Moore on ‘The South Bank Show’.  There are minor edits to each programme but this DVD is still a joy.  And with Rolf Harris appearing in the ‘Audience With’ show, it’s never going to be on TV again.  So, treat yourself – it’s brilliant.

The Goodies

This is a boxset, with four DVD’s – three of them feature selected episodes from the trio’s BBC series, and the fourth is the complete LWT series from the early 1980’s.  The LWT series has some extras, the BBC releases used to have extras, but we repackaged and sadly don’t feature the bonus material now.  Let’s hope Network release the full BBC series soon – as there’s many episodes still to be seen and sadly no TV series repeats the show here in the UK these days.

George and the Dragon

Sid James, Peggy Mount, John Le Mesurier – what more could you want?  26 episodes of vintage ATV comedy.  I don’t think Sid James did anything bad, did he?  This is a forgotten classic.

Hale and Pace

http://networkonair.com/shop/1588-hale-and-pace-the-complete-series-2.html

Network have released the first four series of Gareth Hale and Norman Pace’s LWT sketch shows. I grew up watching these with my family and was in hysterics every Sunday night.  I had bought Series 1 and 2, on more recently discovered Series 3 in Poundland!  Yes, the packaging is different, but the content is exactly the same as the original Network release – so I picked it up to add to my collection!

Jokers’ Wild

This is a brilliant panel show hosted by Barry Cryer.  Basically, Cryer pulls out a card… each card having different subjects for the comedians to tell a joke about.  Les Dawson loved this format and is one of the regulars.

Kenneth Williams

This is ‘An Audience with Kenneth Williams’ – originally confined to Channel Four on it’s first transmission on December 23rd 1983, my 2nd birthday.  The show deserved much better than a late night showing on the new fourth channel – why did ITV not show it?  One can only wonder.  It was made by LWT – why did they shun it?  It’s brilliant – still funny today – Williams a perfect raconteur.

Les Dawson at ITV

Featuring numerous specials from the comedians work at ITV – this is a great addition to Network’s releases of Dawson – it’s just a shame his BBC work hasn’t been released in the same manner.  BBC Store – come on, make them available!  I also have ‘Dawsons Weekly’ -a series Dawson made at Yorkshire Television in 1974 and 1975 and written by Galton and Simpson.

Morecambe and Wise

I have two Morecambe and Wise releases – Two of a Kind Series 1 (which is brilliant and the earliest surviving example of Eric and Ernie’s television work) and Volume 1 of The Thames Years.  Morecambe and Wise switched from BBC to ITV in 1978 – and this release features their work up to 1980.  The BBC work is more fondly remembered but there’s some classic bits in this release – I love the routine with Eric, Ernie and Leonard Rossiter as the Andrews Sisters.

Odd Man Out

If you haven’t heard of this – then this is a John Inman sitcom vehicle, made by Thames which lasted just one series.  Full of innuendos, I love it – and has Peter Butterworth among the supporting cast.

On The Buses

I have the complete boxset of this series. Yes, the series is repeated regularly on ITV3 at the moment, but for some reason ITV3 start the repeats from Series 3, missing out the first two monochrome series.  74 episodes were made in total, and this boxset also includes the follow-up ‘Don’t Drink the Water’, where Blakey moves to Spain!  And, it also includes all three films that were made… incidentally the first ‘On The Buses’ movie was popular at the cinema than the James Bond movie ‘Diamonds are Forever’!

Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson 

As with Hale and Pace Series 3, I also found Series 1 of this 90’s comedy on the Poundland shelves. If you want both series, then there is a full Network release (see link), but for a pound, I’ll be able to watch something I unfortunately missed at the time it was first shown.

The Persuaders

If you haven’t heard of this series, then you really need to buy this. Starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis, it ran for just one series, but it’s so much fun.  Interesting bit of trivia – my mate Craig Whitfield has hosted two ‘Persuaders Nights’, and on both occasions I have tweeted Sir Roger Moore, asking him to pick three episodes for us to watch.  For both evenings, Sir Roger replied and picked us three episodes to watch – Sir Roger, thank you – we hope to have a ‘Persuaders Night III’ very soon!

September Song

I remember watching this as a teenager on Granada back in the 1990’s. I loved watching Russ Abbot in his comedy sketch series, and this was his first serious dramatic role.  It also starred the late Michael Williams and together, the show really worked.  Like many of the shows I’ve mentioned here, I’m not sure why this hasn’t been repeated?  We always see the same programmes repeated in a cycle on channels such as ITV3, and True Entertainment.

Sez Les

Les Dawson’s sketch show series for ITV. On this series, you’ll see John Cleese, who regularly appeared in sketches with Dawson.  I also have the Network release ‘Les Dawson at ITV’ which features several specials he recorded throughout his career, a fascinating release.  I have Volume 1 which features the complete Series 3 and 4.

The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club

This was a show that was repeated on Granada Plus back in 1996; and even then, the episodes were edited to fit into 30 minute slots. If you’ve never heard of the show – let me try and describe it.  Bernard Manning was the compere, introducing music and variety acts – some famous, some not so famous.  Colin Crompton played the chairman of this fictional establishment – the set was perfectly made to look like a working men’s club, with the audience drinking and smoking as if they were indeed at their local watering hole.  Variety is trying to make a comeback at the moment, with shows such as ‘Tonight at the Palladium’; I love watching the Wheeltappers – a like we will never see again!

The makers of the Wheeltappers also did a one-off special called ‘Summer Night Out’ which I remember seeing on Granada Plus, but sadly isn’t available on DVD at present. It’s a great episode – come on Network, get it released!

Whicker’s World

Network have, to date released three DVD’s, each with classic episodes from Alan Whicker’s time working for ITV. A great selection of episodes – but as I write, Network have announced they are to release the ITV Whicker back catalogue in full!  There will be a full review of these new DVD’s right here – come back for further updates!  There is no presenter like Whicker, Clive James for me got closest, Palin also close too.  But no-one ever got close to Whicker.

My Wish List

So, Network if you read this – what would I still like in my collection?  Feel free to send any spares 😉

Maigret – starring Michael Gambon.  Watched four episodes recently on Now TV, but with a newborn etc… I didn’t get round to watching the other eight episodes before the show went off catch up!

Watching – loved this growing up, the complete series is available from Network.  Again, a show that deserves a repeat airing.

Children’s Ward – Before Series 2, I had an audition to be on the show.  It wasn’t to be!  But it was a superb show, no other kids show was like it at the time for realism.

The Saint – classic Roger Moore series which yes, ITV4 repeat, but they only repeat the colour episodes and the majority of this series remains in the archive, not repeated on TV because the episodes are in monochrome!

Indoor League – Network have released two volumes of this cult series hosted by Fred Trueman.

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Bernard Manning and Alan Whicker sat side by side…

 

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Sport on Freeview W/C April 23rd 2016

Hello – welcome to this week’s blog – take a look at the BT Showcase article I’ve posted too, and don’t forget about my BT Showcase page as well!

Please note – Viewers can also watch live uninterrupted coverage of both tables at the Crucible via the BBC Sport website and connected TV. Dedicated streams will be on hand until Thursday, 28 April, when the tournament goes down to a single table. Eurosport also has extensive coverage of the World Snooker Championships – with full coverage on Eurosport Player.

All times BST

Saturday Snooker at a Glance (Day 8)

05:55 – 07:55            BBC Two – Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry 1992.

10:00 – 12:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

12:00 – 13:30            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:30 – 14:30            BBC One and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

14:30 – 16:30            BBC One coverage (1 table on Freeview)

16:30 – 19:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

19:00 – 20:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

20:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

23:15 – 00:05            BBC Two – Highlights

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

00:20 – 03:20            BBC One – Snooker Extra

03:20 – 05:20            BBC One – Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry 1994.

 

Sunday Snooker at a Glance (Day 9)

10:00 – 12:15            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

19:00 – 20:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

20:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Monday Snooker at a Glance (Day 10)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

19:00 – 20:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

 

Wednesday Snooker at a Glance (Day 12)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

19:00 – 20:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

23:15 – 00:05            BBC Two – Highlights

00:30 – 02:35            BBC One – John Higgins v Judd Trump from 2011.

 

Thursday Snooker at a Glance (Day 13)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two coverage (1 table – Semi Final)

19:00 – 21:00            BBC Two coverage (1 table – Semi Final)

21:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table – Semi Final)

Highlights/Late Night Programming

00:05 – 00:55            BBC Two – Highlights

 

Friday Snooker at a Glance (Day 14)

10:00 – 12:00            BBC Two coverage (1 table – Semi Final)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two coverage (1 table – Semi Final)

19:00 – 21:00            BBC Two coverage (1 table – Semi Final)

21:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table – Semi Final)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

00:05 – 00:55            BBC Two – Highlights

01:25 – 03:30             BBC One – Ronnie O’ Sullivan v Barry Hawkins (2013)

 

Sunday Snooker at a Glance (Day 16)

14:00 – 18:00             BBC Two – The Final LIVE (1st session)

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Two – The Final LIVE

 

Monday Snooker at a Glance (Day 17)

14:00 – 18:05             BBC Two – The Final LIVE

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Two – The Final LIVE (Final session)

 

Saturday 23/04/2016 00:05 – 00:55 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 7 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  01:30 – 04:35 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 7 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  05:55 – 07:55 BBC2 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry from 1992.
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:00 – 14:30 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  12:10 – 13:00 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker
  13:00 – 13:30 BBC1 Athletics London Marathon – A Million Reasons to Run Documentary
  13:30 – 16:30 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  14:00 – 16:30 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing LIVE From Sandown, Ripon and Haydock
  14:00 – 16:30 ITV4 General Formula E LIVE From Paris.
  14:30 – 16:30 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football Updates
  16:30 – 17:15 BBC1 Football Final Score Football Updates
  16:30 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  16:50 – 19:15 BBC1 Football Match of the Day FA Cup LIVE Everton v Man Utd LIVE – Semi Final
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship – Football League Tonight Including Derby v Sheff Weds
  22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush – Football League Tonight League One and Two action
  22:35 – 23:35 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Aston Villa v Southampton
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Sunday 24/04/2016 00:20 – 03:20 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  03:20 – 05:20 BBC2 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry from 1994.
  08:30 – 13:30 BBC1 Athletics London Marathon LIVE
  08:50 – 12:30 BBC Red Button Athletics London Marathon LIVE Elite Races coverage
  09:25 – 10:20 ITV4 General Formula E Highlights From Paris.
  10:00 – 12:15 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 9 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  12:15 – 13:15 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman
  13:00 – 14:30 BBC Red Button Athletics Triathlon LIVE Cape Town action from the Women’s Elite Race
  13:30 – 14:30 BBC2 Athletics London Marathon LIVE
  14:30 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 9 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  14:30 – 15:30 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 9 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  15:30 – 17:00 BBC Red Button Athletics Triathlon LIVE Cape Town action from the Men’s Elite Race
  17:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 9 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  18:00 – 19:00 BBC2 Athletics London Marathon Highlights
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 9 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  22:30 – 23:40 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Premier League highlights
  23:40 – 00:10 BBC1 Football Match of the Day FA Cup Highlights – Crystal Palace v Watford.
  23:45 – 00:35 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 9 highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Monday

25/04/2016

13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 10 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 10 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 10 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General Moto GP Highlights From Spain
  23:10 – 00:10 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights
Tuesday

26/04/2016

10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 11 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 11 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
Wednesday

27/04/2016

10:00 – 11:30 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 12 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 12 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 12 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  19:00 – 22:30 BT Showcase Football UEFA Champions League LIVE Athletic Bilbao v Bayern Munich
  19:30 – 22:05 ITV4 Football FA Youth Cup LIVE 2nd leg of the final – Chelsea v Man City
  22:40 – 23:45 ITV Football Champions League Semi final highlights.
Thursday

28/04/2016

13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 13 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 13 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  20:00 – 22:00 BT Showcase Football UEFA Europa League LIVE Shaktar Donetsk v Sevilla
  22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football Europa League Highlights from the Semi Finals.
Friday 29/04/2016 00:30 – 02:35 BBC1 Snooker Crucible Classics John Higgins v Judd Trump from 2011.
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 14 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  11:45 – 17:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour de Yorkshire LIVE Day 1 – Beverley to Settle
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 14 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  19:00 – 21:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 14 LIVE of the World Snooker   Championships
  19:00 – 20:00 ITV4 Cycling Tour de Yorkshire Highlights Day 1 – Beverley to Settle
  00:05 – 00:55 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Highlights from Day 14.
Saturday 30/04/2016 01:25 – 03:30 BBC1 Snooker Crucible Classics Ronnie O’ Sullivan v Barry Hawkins from 2013.

BT Showcase to screen Champions League Semi Final

Hello all I can confirm that BT Showcase on Freeview channel 59 will screen Athletico Madrid v Bayern Munich on Wednesday April 27 with coverage starting at 7pm. This is the first leg of the tie.

Shakhtar Donetsk v Sevilla will be the Europa League tie shown on Thursday, from 8pm – again this is a semi final tie.  So, Manchester City and Liverpool are for subscribers…

Exeter Chiefs v Wasps will also be live on May 1st on BT Showcase, transmission time to be confirmed.

Chris

Sport on Freeview W/C April 16th 2016

Hello all, welcome to this week’s blog.

First of all, take a look at our Ebay auctions – happy Record Store Day!  http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/bens_rach/m.html?item=121958311591&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562 is the link, several vinyls on there to take a look at…

There is a separate article I’ve published which details all of the BBC’s Snooker coverage for the World Championships – please take a look!  Look out for the classic matches hidden away in the early hours!

Saturday 16/04/2016 06:00 – 06:50 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights
  06:50 – 07:20 ITV4 Rugby Union World Rugby 7’s Series
  07:20 – 07:55 ITV4 General Formula E – Sound of the Future
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 1 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
10:00 – 13:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 1 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker.
12:30 – 14:00 Channel 4 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying Highlights
12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
13:00 – 16:30 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker Day 1 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
14:00 – 16:30 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing LIVE From Ayr and Newbury.
15:00 – 17:15 BT Showcase Rugby Union Premiership LIVE Saracens v Harlequins.
16:30 – 17:10 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates.  Coverage starts at 14:30 on Red Button
16:30 – 17:30 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 2 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
16:30 – 23:30 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 1 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 1 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship: Football League Tonight Including Birmingham City v Burnley.
22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush: Football League Tonight Including Burton Albion v Barnsley
22:25 – 23:45 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Norwich v Sunderland.
  23:10 – 00:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 1 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Sunday 17/04/2016 00:20 – 03:20 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 1 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  03:20 – 05:20 BBC1 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Steve Davis v Kirk Stevens from 1982.
  10:00 – 12:15 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 2 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:00 – 13:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 2 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:30 – 18:15 ITV4 General British Touring Car Championship LIVE Round 2 from Donnington Park
  12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra With Mark Chapman
13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 2 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  14:00 – 16:00 Quest General World Rallycross Championship LIVE 1st stage of the season, free on Quest!
  14:40 – 16:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 2 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  18:15 – 18:30 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest George Best
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 2 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Highlights
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge General TNA Impact Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:40 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Including Bournemouth v Liverpool
  23:30 – 00:20 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 2 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Monday 18/04/2016 00:20 – 03:20 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 2 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  03:05 – 05:05 BBC1 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Ray Reardon v Alex Higgins from 1982.
  06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Hat Trick Heroes
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 3 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:00 – 18:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 3 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 3 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 3 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  23:05 – 00:05 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights
  23:25 – 00:15 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 3 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Tuesday 19/04/2016 00:15 – 03:15 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 3 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  03:15 – 05:20 BBC1 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Steve Davis v Jimmy White from 1984.
  06:00 – 06:15 ITV4 Football Hat Trick Heroes II
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 4 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:00 – 18:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 4 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 4 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 4 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General World Superbike Highlights From Spain
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 4 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Wednesday 20/04/2016 00:05 – 00:50 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Weekly highlights.
  00:15 – 03:15 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 4 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  01:05 – 01:30 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
  01:30 – 02:00 Channel 4 General Gillette World Sport
  03:15 – 05:20 BBC1 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor from 1985.
  06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest Bobby Moore
  10:00 – 11:20 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 5 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:00 – 18:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 5 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 5 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 5 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 5 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Thursday 21/04/2016 00:15 – 03:15 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 5 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  03:15 – 05:20 BBC1 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Steve Davis v Joe Johnson from 1986.
  06:00 – 06:05 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 6 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 6 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 6 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 6 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  22:00 – 23:05 ITV4 Darts The Darts Mavericks New documentary.
  23:15 – 00:05 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 6 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
Friday 22/04/2016 00:40 – 02:40 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 6 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  02:40 – 04:35 BBC1 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry from 1988.
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 7 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:00 – 18:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 7 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:00 – 18:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 7 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:10 – 15:10 Channel 4 Horse Racing Racing Live Four races from Sandown Park
  19:00 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 7 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
Saturday 23/04/2016 00:05 – 00:55 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 7 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  01:30 – 04:35 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker – Snooker Extra Day 7 Highlights of the World Snooker Championships
  05:55 – 07:55 BBC2 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry from 1992.
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  10:00 – 14:30 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  13:30 – 16:30 BBC1 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  16:30 – 23:00 BBC Red Button Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
  19:00 – 20:00 BBC2 Snooker World Snooker Day 8 LIVE of the World Snooker Championships
Sunday 24/04/2016 03:20 – 05:20 BBC2 Snooker Classic Crucible Matches Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry from 1994.

Snooker World Championship on the BBC (Week 1)

Hello all, here’s what I hope will be a useful guide to the BBC’s World Snooker Championship coverage starting on Saturday.  This covers Week 1 of coverage, Week 2 will be added to the blog soon.

Please note – Viewers can also watch live uninterrupted coverage of both tables at the Crucible via the BBC Sport website and connected TV. Dedicated streams will be on hand until Thursday, 28 April, when the tournament goes down to a single table. Eurosport also has extensive coverage of the World Snooker Championships – with full coverage on Eurosport Player.

All times BST

Saturday Snooker at a Glance

10:00 – 12:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

12:00 – 13:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:00 – 16:30            BBC One coverage (1 table on Freeview)

16:30 – 17:30            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

17:30 – 19:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

19:00 – 20:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

20:00 – 23:30            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

23:10 – 00:00            BBC Two – Day 1 Highlights

00:20 – 03:20            BBC One – Snooker Extra

03:20 – 05:20            BBC One – Steve Davis v Tony Knowles 1982.

 

Sunday Snooker at a Glance

10:00 – 12:15            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

12:15 – 13:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:00 – 14:40            BBC Two coverage (1 table on Freeview)

14:40 – 16:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

16:00 – 18:00            BBC Two coverage (1 table on Freeview)

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

23:30 – 00:20            BBC Two – Day 2 Highlights

00:05 – 03:05            BBC One – Snooker Extra

03:05 – 05:05            BBC One – Ray Reardon v Alex Higgins 1982.

 

Monday Snooker at a Glance

10:00 – 12:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

12:00 – 13:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

23:25 – 00:15            BBC Two – Day 3 Highlights

00:15 – 03:15            BBC One – Snooker Extra

03:15 – 05:20            BBC One – Steve Davis v Jimmy White 1984.

 

Tuesday Snooker at a Glance

10:00 – 12:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

12:00 – 13:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

Highlights/Late Night Programming

23:15 – 00:05            BBC Two – Day 4 Highlights

00:15 – 03:15            BBC One – Snooker Extra

03:15 – 05:20            BBC One – Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor 1985.

 

Wednesday Snooker at a Glance

10:00 – 11:20            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

11:20 – 13:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

23:15 – 00:05            BBC Two – Day 5 Highlights

00:15 – 03:15            BBC One – Snooker Extra

03:15 – 05:20            BBC One – Steve Davis v Joe Johnson 1986.

 

Thursday Snooker at a Glance

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

23:15 – 00:05            BBC Two – Day 6 Highlights

00:40 – 02:40            BBC One – Snooker Extra

02:40 – 04:35            BBC One – Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry 1988.

 

Friday Snooker at a Glance

10:00 – 12:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

12:00 – 13:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:00 – 18:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

19:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

00:05 – 00:55            BBC Two – Day 7 Highlights

01:30 – 04:35            BBC One – Snooker Extra

 

Saturday Snooker at a Glance (Day 8)

05:55 – 07:55            BBC Two – Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry 1992.

10:00 – 12:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

12:00 – 13:30            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

13:30 – 14:30            BBC One and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

14:30 – 16:30            BBC One coverage (1 table on Freeview)

16:30 – 19:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

19:00 – 20:00            BBC Two and BBC Red Button coverage (2 tables on Freeview)

20:00 – 23:00            BBC Red Button coverage (1 table on Freeview)

 

Highlights/Late Night Programming

03:20 – 05:20            BBC One – Jimmy White v Stephen Hendry 1994.

BT Showcase This Week!

Hello, this has been announced very last minute!

Tonight on BT Showcase Freeview Channel 59 –

7pm – 10:30pm

Real Madrid v Wolfsburg in the Champions League Quarter Final second leg.  Madrid are 2-0 down from the 1st leg, should be a good tie, and it’s FREE!  Note that BT have to show 12 Champions League games for Free, this is game number 11 – so I don’t think we’ll see a semi final game as they have to show the final for free.

Thursday on BT Showcase Freeview Channel 59 –

8pm – 10:00pm

Sparta Prague v Villarreal in the Europa League Quarter Final second leg.  Villarreal 2-1 up from the 1st leg.

Saturday

3pm – 5:15pm

Aviva Premiership Rugby Union Live – Saracens v Harlequins

Don’t forget to check out my BT Showcase page at the top of the site, to see what’s been on the channel so far.

Chris

 

BT Showcase Monday

Hello all,

BT Showcase have scheduled some programming for Monday (April 11th)- so thought I’d let you know.

8pm – UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Highlights – including an interview with Man Utd target Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

8:30pm – BT Sport Films – Rio Ferdinand and Robbie Savage travel to India

9pm – Fear the Walking Dead – Series 2 premiere.

10pm – BT Sport Films – Tom Watt travels across Europe to find out what has happened to the unlikely giants of European Football.

Chris

 

Sport on Freeview Week Commencing April 9th 2016

Hello all, welcome to this week’s blog.  A little quiet on the Sport this week – the Golf Masters is the highlights, with live coverage on the BBC this weekend.

Saturday 09/04/2016 00:30 – 02:30 BBC Red Button General Triathlon Live from the Gold Coast
  03:30 – 05:30 BBC Red Button General Triathlon Live from the Gold Coast, full replay at 6am
  06:00 – 06:10 ITV4 Football Football’s Greatest
  07:05 – 07:30 Channel 4 General Freeride World Tour
  08:35 – 09:05 ITV4 General Formula E – Sound of the Future Long Beach E Prix
  09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Grand National build up
  09:05 – 10:05 ITV4 General World Superbike Highlights
  10:00 – 11:00 BBC Red Button Golf The Masters Day 2 Highlights.
  11:00 – 14:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Weekend Brunch from the Grand National
  12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus
  12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
  13:30 – 14:30 BBC1 Golf The Masters Day 2 Highlights.
  14:00 – 18:30 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Grand National LIVE Main race at 17:15.
  14:30 – 16:00 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football updates
  16:00 – 17:20 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates
  16:00 – 00:00 BBC Red Button Golf The Masters Live coverage of Day 3.
  18:35 – 20:25 More 4 Horse Racing Film – Dark Horse The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance
  19:30 – 00:00 BBC2 Golf The Masters Live coverage of Day 3.
  21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship – Football League Tonight
  22:00 – 22:30 Channel 5 Football Goal Rush – Football League Tonight League One and Two action.
  22:20 – 23:45 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including West Ham v Arsenal.
Sunday 10/04/2016 12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra
  13:00 – 14:50 BBC2 General Triathlon Highlights ITU World Triathlon Series event in Queensland
  14:50 – 17:00 BBC2 General Gymnastics – British Championships Live coverage
  15:15 – 00:00 BBC Red Button Golf The Masters Live coverage of Day 4.
  18:30 – 00:00 BBC2 Golf The Masters Live coverage of the 4th and final day.
  21:00 – 23:00 Challenge Wrestling TNA Wrestling
  22:30 – 23:40 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Including Sunderland v Leicester City.
Monday 11/04/2016 20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General Moto GP Highlights From Texas – the Grand Prix of the Americas
  23:20 – 00:20 ITV4 Football German Football Highlights
Tuesday 12/04/2016 13:30 – 14:15 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Recent highlights.
  18:30 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football 5 Live Final Score Football updates.
Wednesday 13/04/2016 01:10 – 01:35 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
  01:35 – 02:05 Channel 4 General World Sport
  01:35 – 02:30 ITV4 General The Motorsport Mavericks Documentary
  19:00 – 21:00 BBC1 Football FA Cup 6th Round LIVE West Ham v Manchester United in a replay.
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General British Superbike Highlights Action from Silverstone
  22:40 – 23:45 ITV Football UEFA Champions League Highlights
  22:45 – 23:15 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With Jamie Heaslip
  23:15 – 23:45 BBC2 Athletics Kelly Holmes – My Marathon Story Documentary
  23:45 – 01:00 ITV General British Touring Car Championship Highlights Action from Round 1 at Brands Hatch
Thursday 14/04/2016 20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General The Big Fish Off
  22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 Boxing The Boxing Mavericks New documentary.
  22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football Europa League Highlights Quarter Final action.
Friday 15/04/2016 19:30 – 20:00 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With Jamie Heaslip

Sport on Freeview Week Commencing April 2nd 2016

Hello all, welcome to this week’s Sport on Freeview guide.  Couple of things worth mentioning – two European games on BT Showcase (Tuesday and Thursday), and also note that the Masters Golf highlights are shown nine hours earlier on Friday, if you tune into the Red Button at 9:15am, rather than wait for them to be shown on BBC2 in the evening!  Chris

Saturday 02/04/2016 09:00 – 10:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing The Morning Line Racing preview.
  10:00 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General World Figure Skating Championships
  12:10 – 12:50 BBC1 Football Football Focus With Dan Walker
  12:50 – 13:00 BBC1 General Saturday Sportsday
  12:55 – 14:05 Channel 4 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix LIVE Practice Three.
  14:05 – 15:00 Channel 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing Coverage switches to More4 at 3pm.
  14:30 – 17:20 BBC Red Button Football Final Score Football updates.
  15:00 – 17:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix LIVE Qualifying.
  15:00 – 16:45 More 4 Horse Racing Channel 4 Racing Further coverage, moved due to the Formula 1.
  16:00 – 17:20 BBC1 Football Final Score Football updates.
  17:40 – 21:20 BBC Red Button General World Figure Skating Championships
  21:00 – 22:00 Channel 5 Football The Championship – Football League Tonight Including Hull City v Bristol City.
  22:25 – 23:55 BBC1 Football Match of the Day Including Liverpool v Spurs
  23:45 – 04:25 BBC Red Button General World Figure Skating Championships Live coverage from Boston
Sunday 03/04/2016 09:00 – 12:00 BBC Red Button General World Figure Skating Championships Highlights from Boston.
  09:10 – 10:15 ITV4 General BRDC Formula 3 Championship Highlights
  10:15 – 18:15 ITV4 General British Touring Car Championship Round 1 LIVE from Brands Hatch
  12:15 – 13:00 BBC2 Football MOTD2 Extra
  15:00 – 18:30 Channel 4 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix LIVE 2nd race of the season.
  15:30 – 17:00 BBC2 General Figure Skating World Championships Highlights
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 Rugby Union Premiership Rugby Union Highlights Repeated at midnight on ITV.
  22:30 – 23:35 BBC1 Football Match of the Day 2 Including Leicester City v Southampton.
  23:00 – 00:00 Channel 4 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Highlights 2nd race of the season.
Monday 04/04/2016 00:00 – 00:55 Channel 5 Football Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final Barnsley v Oxford United Highlights
  07:00 – 21:00 BBC Red Button General Figure Skating World Championships Highlights
  19:30 – 22:00 ITV4 Football FA Youth Cup LIVE Arsenal v Man City (Semi Final 2nd Leg).
  22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 General Moto GP Highlights Grand Prix of Argentina.   Repeated 6pm Tuesday ITV4.
  23:00 – 00:00 ITV4 Football German Football Latest highlights.
Tuesday 05/04/2016 12:30 – 13:15 BBC2 Rugby League The Super League Show Latest Super League highlights
  13:15 – 14:15 BBC2 Golf Masters 2015 Review
  19:00 – 22:30 BT Showcase Football UEFA Champions League LIVE Barcelona v Athletico Madrid
  19:00 – 22:30 BBC Red Button Football 5 Live Final Score Football updates
  20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General World Superbike Highlights 3rd race of the season
Wednesday 06/04/2016 01:05 – 01:30 Channel 4 Boxing KOTV Boxing Weekly
  01:30 – 01:55 Channel 4 General World Sport
  22:45 – 23:15 BBC1 General A Question of Sport With guest Anyika Onuora
  22:45 – 23:45 ITV Football UEFA Champions League Highlights Quarter Final action.
  23:15 – 23:45 BBC2 Golf Masters Preview
Thursday 07/04/2016 20:00 – 21:00 ITV4 General The Big Fish Off New series – Bobby Davro v Ricky Groves
  20:00 – 22:00 BT Showcase Football UEFA Europa League LIVE Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla
  22:00 – 23:00 ITV4 General The Motorsport Mavericks New documentary.
  22:40 – 23:40 ITV Football UEFA Europa League Highlights Quarter Final action.
  23:00 – 01:15 ITV4 General Film – Senna Documentary (2010).
Friday 08/04/2016 01:15 – 02:05 ITV4 Football Sports Life Stories Andy Cole.
  09:15 – 10:15 BBC Red Button Golf Masters Highlights Day 1 from Georgia
  18:30 – 19:30 BBC2 Golf Masters Highlights Day 1 from Georgia
  19:30 – 22:00 BBC2 Football Women’s Euro 2017 Qualifier England v Belgium LIVE
  19:30 – 22:00 ITV4 Football FA Youth Cup LIVE Chelsea v Blackburn Rovers (Semi Final 2nd Leg).

BT Showcase – Next Fixtures Announced

Hello all, please see the press release BT kindly sent to me this week – regarding latest European football fixtures and an Aviva Rugby Union match too.  Don’t forget to check out my BT Showcase page at the top, which shows everything which has been on the channel so far!  Again, an absence of British teams in the games being broadcast on Freeview.  Chris

BARCELONA V ATLETICO MADRID TO BE BROADCAST ON BT SPORT SHOWCASE

UEFA Europa League quarter final and Aviva Premiership Rugby also set to be broadcast on BT’s Freeview channel

 Footballing supremos Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez will be on show on BT Sport Showcase in April as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid battle it out for a place in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

     The two top sides in Spain’s La Liga will be broadcast live on BT Sport Showcase on Tuesday 5 April. The first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final takes place at the iconic Camp Nou in Barcelona with a 7:45pm kick off.

     BT Sport Showcase will also show the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg between Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla, the winners of the competition in each of the last two years. The match will take place at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao and kicks off at 8:05pm on April 7.

     The following week will see Aviva Premiership Rugby on BT Sport Showcase as Saracens attempt to win the title. The match against Harlequins at the Allianz Arena kicks off at 3pm on Saturday 16 April.

     Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: “Once again Freeview viewers can see some of the best players in the world compete in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League on BT Sport Showcase. Both competitions are nearing the end with teams fiercely competing to lift a trophy at the end of the season. In addition to football, Aviva Premiership Rugby will be broadcast on BT Sport Showcase with Saracens hoping to cement their place in the end of season playoffs for the title. It’s great to be able to give Freeview viewers the opportunity to experience BT Sport’s exclusively live coverage on BT Sport Showcase.”

     BT Sport is the only place to watch all of the 351 exclusively live UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches. At least 12 UEFA Champions League matches and 14 UEFA Europa League ties will also be shown live on BT Sport Showcase during the season.

     Additionally BT Sport channels broadcast 69 Aviva Premiership Rugby games exclusively across the season.

 

 

Barcelona v Atletico Madrid

7.45pm

Tuesday, April 5

BT Sport Showcase & BT Sport Europe

Athletic Bilbao v Sevilla

8.05pm

Thursday, April 7

BT Sport Showcase & BT Sport Extra 2

Saracens v Harlequins

3pm

Saturday, April 16

BT Sport Showcase & BT Sport 1