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TV Choice
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 – 2 January 2023 72p £1.50
3 January 2023 – 1 December 2023 75p
2 December 2023 – present 79p £1.60

Christmas and New Year issues

A special Christmas & New Year double-issue was originally priced at £1, double the normal price. As of 2 December 2023, the seasonal issue will be priced at £1.60, twice the price of the regular 79p weekly issues.

Issue # Date range Released
1 18 – 31 December 1999 7 December 1999
2 23 December 2000 – 5 January 2001 12 December 2000
3 22 December 2001 – 4 January 2002 11 December 2001
4 21 December 2002 – 3 January 2003 10 December 2002
5 20 December 2003 – 2 January 2004 9 December 2003
6 18 – 31 December 2004 7 December 2004
7 17 – 30 December 2005 6 December 2005
8 23 December 2006 – 5 January 2007 12 December 2006
9 22 December 2007 – 4 January 2008 11 December 2007
10 20 December 2008 – 2 January 2009 9 December 2008
11 19 December 2009 – 1 January 2010 8 December 2009
12 18 – 31 December 2010 7 December 2010
13 17 – 30 December 2011 6 December 2011
14 22 December 2012 – 4 January 2013 11 December 2012
15 21 December 2013 – 3 January 2014 10 December 2013
16 20 December 2014 – 2 January 2015 9 December 2014
17 19 December 2015 – 1 January 2016 8 December 2015
18 17 – 30 December 2016 6 December 2016
19 23 December 2017 – 5 January 2018 12 December 2017
20 22 December 2018 – 4 January 2019 11 December 2018
21 21 December 2019 – 3 January 2020 10 December 2019
22 19 December 2020 – 1 January 2021 8 December 2020
23 18 – 31 December 2021 7 December 2021
24 24 December 2022 – 6 January 2023 13 December 2022
25 23 December 2023 – 5 January 2024 12 December 2023

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 Celebrity guest Known for
1 23 February 2022 44 minutes Sanjeev Bhaskar The Kumars at No. 42, Goodness Gracious Me and Unforgotten
2 2 March 2022[note 1] 43 minutes Kirstie Allsopp Presenter of Location, Location, Location and Love It or List It
3 9 March 2022 44 minutes Hugh Dennis Outnumbered, Mock The Week and Not Going Out
4 16 March 2022 40 minutes Sally Ann Matthews Coronation Street's Jenny Connor
5 23 March 2022 45 minutes Adjoa Andoh Star of BBC's Doctor Who, Casualty and EastEnders, and Netflix's Bridgerton
6 30 March 2022 37 minutes Jon Richardson Comedian
7 6 April 2022 34 minutes Morgana Robinson Impressionist, comedian, writer and actress extraordinaire
8 13 April 2022 42 minutes Alex Horne Taskmaster creator and co-host

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
This Morning
The Chase
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

Notes

  1. ^ In light of recent events related to the ongoing conflict crisis in Ukraine, this episode was prerecorded in the first week of February 2022.

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.