Radio Times, December 2010

A lot of people seem to be agreeing with us on the whole “Mark Thompson hacking off the BBC’s minority interest limbs” affair, going by the way the blog’s hit counter has gone up over the last few days. That’s a bit of a shame in a way, because we’ve completely changed our minds now. Like many of you, we’d assumed that closing BBC 6 Music and the BBC Asian Network in order to get a few more hours of drama on Sunday nights was a daft move. That was before we saw a leaked copy of the Christmas Radio Times for December 2010. The things that the BBC have in store for us are so special, they just couldn’t wait to tell us all about it, apparently.

Well, that and it looks like the Radio Times may have been flogged to another publisher by then, and if News International or Associated Newspapers get their paws on it, the listings for the BBC channels each day will be accompanied by a stock photograph of a big steaming poo. So they wanted an honest listings guide at the printers as soon as possible.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s a scan of the Christmas Day listings, coming just nine and a half months from now. (Click for a bigger, more readable version. And don’t tell us about any spelling mistakes, it took ages.)

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Ah, bet you thought you’d never see another lame attempt to copy TV Go Home, didn’t you? How very wrong you were.

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