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This project has been made possible with a grant from the Shiers Trust in 2008.
Official BBC Television Services started in 1936 and the Radio Times was keen to feature and promote the service from the beginning. There was a special edition of the magazine, the Television Number, complete with highly collectable cover designed by Eric Fraser, and in a fraction of the London area editions, a free Television Supplement was included.

Complete sets of these are quite rare, especially in good condition, so a project was devised to source and digitise all 28 pre-war Television Supplements, the Television launch edition, and articles and schedule listings from the Radio Times itself until the service closed down at the outbreak of World War II.

The following Television Pages from the Radio Times have been divided into bitesized chunks for ease of downloading.

  Television Number
Television Pages 1936
Television pages for 1937 whilst the Television Supplement was being published
Television Pages 1937 post Television Supplement
Television Pages 1938
Television Pages 1939 including thsoe planned after outbreak of WWII
1937 (Part 1)
1937 (Part 2)

A grant was made by the Shiers Trust to carry out the work, and the results from the project are around 600 digitised pages in PDF form, with the original text embedded for easy searching.

All are available to download on this page. A searchable database of articles and listings is being constructed.

To search for keywords, open the files in Acrobat and use the search box (ctrl-f).


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