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TV Choice
TV Choice (magazine) cover.jpg
Editor-in-ChiefJon Peake
CategoriesTV magazines
FrequencyWeekly (except Christmas Specials)
Circulation1,219,107 (September 1999 – present)[1]
Print and digital editions.
PublisherBauer
Founded1999
First issue14 September 1999
CountryUnited Kingdom
Based inLondon
LanguageEnglish
WebsiteTVChoiceMagazine.co.uk
ISSN2044-7337

TV Choice is a British weekly TV listings magazine published by H. Bauer Publishing, the UK subsidiary of family-run German company Bauer Media Group.[2] It features weekly TV broadcast programming listings, running from Saturday to Friday, and goes on sale every Tuesday.[3] A double issue is released to cover the Christmas & New Year period at a higher price.

Overview

Regular issues

Launched on 14 September 1999, the magazine includes features on UK TV shows, including the British soap operas, and films, as well as puzzles, crosswords, a letters page and prize competitions.

Prices

The following prices have been effective.

Date Price Special issue price
14 September 1999 – 22 February 2012 42p £1
29 February 2012 – 2 March 2013 45p
9 March 2013 38p N/A
16 March 2013 – 6 July 2013 20p[4]
13 July 2013 – 16 December 2013 38p
23 December 2013 – 23 April 2015 45p £1
30 April 2015 – 1 January 2016 50p
8 January 2016 – 1 January 2017 52p
8 January 2017 – 1 January 2018 55p £1.10
8 January 2018 – 15 March 2019 57p
22 March 2019 – 30 November 2019 62p N/A
5 December 2019 – 2 December 2020 65p £1.30
3 December 2020 – 1 December 2021 69p £1.40
2 December 2021 – present 72p £1.50

Christmas and New Year issues

A special Christmas & New Year double-issue was originally priced at £1, double the normal price. As of December 2021, the seasonal issue is priced at £1.50, twice the price of the regular 72p weekly issues. It was revealed in March 2021 that the 2021 seasonal issues would have two separate magazines - the Christmas one released on 7 December and the New Year one on 28 December.

Issue # Date range Released
1 18 – 31 December 1999 7 December 1999
2 1 — 7 January 2000 28 December 1999
3 23 Dec 2000 – 5 Jan 2001 12 December 2000
4 22 Dec 2001 – 4 Jan 2002 11 December 2001
5 21 Dec 2002 – 3 Jan 2003 10 December 2002
6 20 Dec 2003 – 2 Jan 2004 9 December 2003
7 18 – 31 December 2004 7 December 2004
8 1 – 7 January 2005 28 December 2004
9 17 – 30 December 2005 6 December 2005
10 31 Dec 2005 – 6 Jan 2006 27 December 2005
11 23 Dec 2006 – 5 Jan 2007 12 December 2006
12 22 Dec 2007 – 4 Jan 2008 11 December 2007
13 20 Dec 2008 – 2 Jan 2009 9 December 2008
14 19 Dec 2009 – 1 Jan 2010 8 December 2009
15 18 – 31 December 2010 7 December 2010
16 1 – 7 January 2011 28 December 2010
17 17 – 30 December 2011 6 December 2011
18 31 Dec 2011 – 6 Jan 2012 27 December 2011
19 22 Dec 2012 – 4 Jan 2013 11 December 2012
20 21 Dec 2013 – 3 Jan 2014 10 December 2013
21 20 Dec 2014 – 2 Jan 2015 9 December 2014
22 19 Dec 2015 – 1 Jan 2016 8 December 2015
23 17 – 30 December 2016 6 December 2016
24 31 Dec 2016 – 6 Jan 2017 27 December 2016
25 23 Dec 2017 – 5 Jan 2018 12 December 2017
26 22 Dec 2018 – 4 Jan 2019 11 December 2018
27 21 Dec 2019 – 3 Jan 2020 10 December 2019
28 19 Dec 2020 – 1 Jan 2021 8 December 2020
29 18 – 31 December 2021 7 December 2021
30 1 – 7 January 2022 28 December 2021

Podcast

In February 2022, it was announced that TV Choice would release its first ever podcast entitled My TV Years, with television presenter and radio DJ Mel Giedroyc hosting. The podcast ran for eight weeks, on a Wednesday, with the first airing 23 February 2022, and the final episode on 13 April 2022.

Episodes

No. Broadcast date Runtime Title Episode details
1 23 February 2022 44 minutes Sanjeev Bhaskar Sanjeev Bhaskar, star of The Kumars at No. 42, Goodness Gracious Me and Unforgotten is the guest on this episode of My TV Years from TV Choice. Why could Sanjeev never miss an episode of Star Trek? How did he & his family respond to depictions of Indian characters on TV in the 1970s? And which TV star did Sanjeev embarrass himself in front of as a teenager, so much so that he still cringes at it to this day?
2 2 March 2022 43 minutes Kirstie Allsopp In light of recent events related to the ongoing conflict crisis in Ukraine, this episode was prerecorded in the first week of February 2022.

Kirstie Allsopp, co-host of various property shows like Location, Location, Location and Love It or List It, is the guest on this episode of My TV Years from TV Choice. What historic event caused Kirstie’s family television to explode? What TV show made Kirstie consider changing her name? Which long-time regional news presenter’s recent retirement saddened Kirstie?

3 9 March 2022 44 minutes Hugh Dennis Hugh Dennis, star of Outnumbered, Mock The Week, Not Going Out, and so much more, is the guest on this episode of My TV Years From TV Choice. What happened when Hugh forgot his lines during his first major TV appearance? What ridiculous outfit did Hugh have to wear during one of his early performances? And what’s Hugh’s favourite TV show of all time?
4 16 March 2022 40 minutes Sally Ann Matthews Sally Ann Matthews, Coronation Street’s Jenny Connor (nee Bradley), joins Mel for this episode of My TV Years From TV Choice. What snacks did Sally like to buy from the shops before settling down in front of the TV? How did she land a role in Corrie aged just 15? And what classic kids TV show from the 1970s still stresses her out today?
5 23 March 2022 45 minutes Adjoa Andoh Adjoa Andoh, star of stage, film & some of the nation’s favourite TV shows including Doctor Who, Casualty, Eastenders and Bridgerton as Lady Danbury, is the guest on this episode of My TV Years From TV Choice. What TV show inspired Adjoa’s adventures as a little girl growing up in the Cotswolds? Which TV show did her parents love that nearly sent her to sleep? And how did Adjoa help create an iconic Eastenders family?
6 30 March 2022 37 minutes Jon Richardson Jon Richardson, one of the nation’s favourite comedians, is the guest on this episode of My TV Years from TV Choice. Which children’s TV show is Jon so obsessed with that he will happily watch it by himself? What was his ritual for watching Eurotrash on a weekend with his mate Lee? And which moment in a cooking programme is Jon’s favourite TV moment of all time?
7 6 April 2022 34 minutes Morgana Robinson Morgana Robinson, impressionist, comedian, writer and actress extraordinaire, is the guest on this episode of My TV Years from TV Choice. Which comedian did Morgana grow up watching on TV who she’s now starring alongside? What’s the key to doing a good impression of Mel? And how did Morgana meet her agent whilst working in a restaurant?

Morgana's brand new comedy, Newark, Newark is now available on Gold, as well as a boxset on Sky UK and Virgin Media.

8 13 April 2022 42 minutes Alex Horne Alex Horne, the brains behind the BAFTA award-winning TV series Taskmaster, is the guest on this episode of My TV Years from TV Choice. Which show did Alex work on that had a big influence on Taskmaster? Which celebrity is top of Alex’s wish-list for Taskmaster? And how did he use Countdown to celebrate getting a new word in the dictionary?

Circulation

In February 2008, TV Choice became the biggest selling (actively purchased) magazine of all categories in the UK, a position it has held ever since.[5] It sells over 1.2 million copies a week and has an adult readership of 1.8 million. It has a target market among C1 C2 young, mass market adults.[6]

Awards

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TV Choice also has its own annual awards ceremony, the TV Choice Awards originally called the TV Quick Award, awarded on the basis of a public vote by readers of TV Choice. The following categories and winners are shown from the 2009 awards to the present day.

Category Winners
Best Reality Show The Apprentice
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Best Actor Philip Glenister
Jack O'Connell
David Tennant
Benedict Cumberbatch
Tom Hiddleston
Cillian Murphy
Adrian Dunbar
and more
Best Game Show Deal or No Deal
Total Wipeout
The Cube
and more
Best Talent Show Britain's Got Talent
The Great British Bake Off
Strictly Come Dancing
and more
Best Comedy Show The Inbetweeners
Gavin & Stacey
Mrs Brown's Boys
Benidorm
Birds of a Feather
Peter Kay's Car Share
After Life
and more
Best Soap Actress Katherine Kelly
Michelle Keegan
Alison King
Lacey Turner
Jessie Wallace
Lindsay Coulson
Charlotte Bellamy
Emma Atkins
and more
Best Daytime Show Loose Women
The Jeremy Kyle Show
and This Morning
Best Soap Actor Simon Gregson
Danny Miller
Shane Richie
Danny Dyer
Ryan Hawley
and more
Best Entertainment Show Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
Alan Carr: Chatty Man
Celebrity Juice
The Graham Norton Show
Best Soap Newcomer: Actresses Lauren Crace
Paula Lane
Kirsty-Leigh Porter
Sally Dexter
Kara-Leah Fernandes
Best Soap Newcomer: Actors Adam Thomas
Tony Discipline
David Witts
Davood Ghadami
Shayne Ward
Ned Porteous
Outstanding Contribution Ant & Dec
Coronation Street
Emmerdale
Doctor Who
EastEnders
Barbara Windsor
Mary Berry
Best Soap Storyline Danielle and Ronnie's Story in EastEnders
Aaron's gay self-loathing in Emmerdale
Hayley Cropper's Cancer, Coronation Street
Best Family Drama Waterloo Road
Doctor Who
Call the Midwife
Best Soap EastEnders[7]
Coronation Street
Emmerdale
Best Drama Series Ashes to Ashes
Being Human
Sherlock
Doctor Who
Broadchurch
Downton Abbey
Best New Drama Merlin
Glee
Sherlock
Call the Midwife
Broadchurch
Happy Valley
Poldark
Doctor Foster
Little Boy Blue
Liar
Bodyguard
Best Actress Sheridan Smith
Sarah Lancashire
Olivia Colman
Michelle Keegan
Jodie Comer
Soap Moment of the Year Coronation Street's 50th Anniversary Tram Crash scene
Emmerdale Live Episode
Best International Show The Big Bang Theory
Game of Thrones
Best Food Show Gordon Ramsay's F Word
Jamie's 30 Minute Meals
The Hairy Bikers' Bakeation
Jamie's 15-Minute Meals
Gordon Ramsay's Home Cooking
Saturday Kitchen
Sunday Brunch
Gino's Italian Escape: Hidden Italy
Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip
Best Factual Entertainment & Lifestyle Show Top Gear
Come Dine with Me
Supersize vs. Superskinny
Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
Educating Yorkshire
Gogglebox
DIY SOS: The Big Build
Blue Planet II

References

  1. ^ "ABC Certificates and Reports: TV Choice". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  2. ^ – TV Choice information Media UK
  3. ^ TV Choice Bauer Media
  4. ^ Roy Greenslade (12 March 2013). "TV listings magazines in price war". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  5. ^ Luft, Oliver. "Magazine ABCs: TV Choice tops 100 actively purchased". Press Gazette, 11 February 2010. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013.
  6. ^ "TV Choice – Key Facts". H Bauer Publishing. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013.
  7. ^ "TV Choice Awards: Ant and Dec take home three awards - BBC Newsbeat". BBC Newsbeat. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2018.