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Best places to look for archived television guides>

  • 02-03-2021 7:09pm
    Registered Users Posts: 28 JackoWacko18

    Anyone have any suggestions on where there are good places to look for past television guides, mainly looking for RTÉ 1, RTÉ 2, BBC 1, BBC 2 & UTV. The only source I can think of is the Irish Independent, but any other suggestions would be helpful


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,427 ✭✭✭ Hangdogroad

    Theres a facebook page that posts old RTE Guides, from someone's collection of old issues. It's quite random but very interesting.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,778 ✭✭✭ iseegirls

    Few ways to see them, but depends on how far back you want to go, and if you want to pay.

    Pay for: - Irish Times Newspaper archive. Goes back to the very start. Only small downside is that it doesn't upload the weekly TV guide that's published on a Saturday during the mid 00's. No access to Sunday Times, as that's a different paper. Get your first month a euro, and then it's 12euro a month after that. - Good site, has Indo, Herald, Examiner as their main national papers along with loads of local ones. And it goes back a long time as well. 150euro a year or 29e a month

    Free: - Ok, so you would have to pay for it to see all the Irish papers, but there is way around it to see ones like The Irish Mail, RTE Guide and The Irish Mirror. Get yourself a library number (can register for one quickly and easily online), and then sign in under a library. RTE Guides are there from 2007-2010 and then from 2018 to present time, Mail has issues from 2012 to present, and The Mirror from 2017. - can trawl through this, but can be tough to find the right details, and some saved pages are sporadic. Try,,, for any listings that were saved.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,737 ✭✭✭ Hurrache

    This account publishes TV guide pages for the UK stations daily,

  • Registered Users Posts: 161 ✭✭ Conqueror

    The BBC Genome project includes all BBC TV and radio listings in the Radio Times from 1923 to 2009. You can also read the actual magazines from 1923 to 1959 - it stops there because the BBC hasn't copyright for a lot of the images used in later issues.

    The Television and Radio Database covers from 1923 to 1999, but I think is largely confined to the BBC and the London ITV companies.

    I miss the old TV Room Plus. That was a great resource.