Vintage TV guides of yesteryear

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Christmas Eve dawns on us tomorrow and so does all the Christmas TV. Who will die in Eastenders this year? Will the Doctor give me my Tardis back? Will the Queen’s speech dictate when we can eat our Christmas dinner? All very important questions that need to be answered. But where shall we find the answers I hear you ask. The Christmas TV guide of course!

This year Radio Times seems to have dominated the Christmas TV magazine with clever CGI render of Santa, Shaun the Sheep and reindeers which gives me nostalgic feelings to the good old days when Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave debuted on Christmas Eve 1995. Such a classic and it is often animation films that remind me most of cozy Christmas evenings with the family all together. But now there is so much TV on at once that it takes careful planning to make sure you don’t miss out on any of it – whether you watch it live or record it, your TV guide will be highlighted, circled and actually read for once.

To mark the occasion of this nostalgic cover I thought I’d take a walk down TV lane and look at the Christmas TV guides of yesteryear! Vintage and editorial design are something that don’t always go hand-in-hand with one another but the simplicity of these old designs is really warming. Rather than having your big soaps or a Dalek on the cover, these old magazines have a more illustration that make them so precious to the magazine culture. Something like this wouldn’t sell on the stands today as a TV guide. We want to have a shocking headline to draw us in as opposed to the simplicity of someone’s interpretation of Christmas away from what is on screen.

So without further-a-do, I give to you, vintage editorial design in the form of Christmas TV magazine covers.

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