Radio and Telly News Archive 2005

Radio and Telly has been covering UK TV and Radio news since 2002. Here’s our look back at the stories we covered in 2005. For the latest news, see our site’s news section.


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ITV News ceases

December 20th, 2005

ITV News Channel (Freeview ch.81) is set to stop broadcasting 23 Dec 2005.

Freeview EPG renumbered

October 20th, 2005

Freeview’s EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) has been renumbered – Radio stations have now moved to the 700 range.

More 4 launches

October 10th, 2005

More4 launches on Freeview on the 10th October 2005 (on Freeview channel 13).

Sky Three replaces Sky Travel

September 20th, 2005

Sky Three to replace Sky Travel on Freeview at end of October 2005

Review of the Sony RDR-GX210 added

September 19th, 2005

Review of this high-spec, low-priced DVD recorder/player is now online at: – this is the ideal machine for dubbing those old videos to DVD before the tapes finally wear out…

Toonami comes to Top Up TV

September 15th, 2005

Cartoon channel Toonami has been added to TopUp TV lineup (weekends only).

Scottish Premierleague on Top Up TV

July 20th, 2005

Scottish Premierleague games from Setanta Sport are now available via TopUp in Scottish and Grampian Freeview areas

ITV4 to launch on Freeview

July 15th, 2005

ITV4 set for a November 2005 launch on Freeview.

E4 on Freeview

May 30th, 2005

To coincide with Big Brother, last Friday May 27th, E4 and E4+1 appeared on Freeview. E4 no longer a part of the TopUp TV lineup, and a new channel is due to be added to TopUp TV in the next few days.

E4’s addition to Freeview makes Freeview an even more attractive package…

BT iPlayer update

May 30th, 2005

BT has now released a new version of their NetGem clone Freeview box. The iPlayer+ adds support for TopUp TV, a 7 day electronic programme guide, and the ability to send and receive text messages from your TV. A software upgrade for existing owners of the original BT iPlayer is also available. We’ve added a page on how to upgrade the iPlayer.

If you’ve not yet seen this box – check it out – it’s probably the best specified Freeview box around.

Hitchhiker’s Guide Last Series

May 30th, 2005

Tuesday May 31st 2005 sees the start of the final Hitchhiker’s radio series, The Quintessential Phase. This is based on the last book, ‘Mostly Harmless, with a few changes to tie up some loose ends. The last four series are available on CD and cassette, and a new book of scripts is due in July.

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iPlayer+ Freeview box launched

May 17th, 2005

New version of the popular and powerful Freeview iPlayer is now available. The iPlayer+ has all the features of the original NetGem and BT iPlayer (such as Internet and email access, mp3 playback and USB support), and adds the following: Top Up TV card slot and onboard software, Seven Day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), Caller ID with call log, and the ability to send and receive SMS texts over a home landline

Until July 1st, BT are offering £10 off this new model. We hope to have a review of this model soon.

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Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio shows

May 15th, 2005

We’ve now added a page of info on the Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio shows. It’s at:

Series 4, the dramatisation of “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish”, is now running on Radio 4…

British Eurosport added to TopUp

May 15th, 2005

British Eurosport has been added to TopUp TV’s lineup, as of 31 May 2005. This replace E4.

E4 and E4+1 now free-to-view

May 10th, 2005

E4 and E4+1 are now free-to-view on the Freeview platform – this is to co-incide with Big Brother.

HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

May 2nd, 2005

The Year of the Guide continues… unless you’ve been living on prehistoric Earth, the fact that the H2G2 film came out a few days ago can’t have escaped your notice. OK – so it’s different to the book, radio series and TV show, and some of the cast are a little unexpected – but it’s actually a rather good film, and well worth the trip – even just to see what all the hype is about – plenty for fans to get their teeth into, and an entertaining movie for those that don’t know the story. Feel free to disagree in our forum!

Oh – and on the subject of the radio series – tomorrow night (Tuesday 3rd May 2005), sees Series 4 (So Long and Thanks…) making its appearance. Radio 4 at 6:30pm – don’t miss it!

Finally on this theme, there’s a stack of new material now available – books, CDs and action figures… see for the latest.

More 4 coming to Freeview

April 15th, 2005

New channel from Channel 4, “More 4”, is set due for an October 2005 launch.

Men and Motors coming to Freeview

April 10th, 2005

Men and Motors (later to become ITV4?) to join the Freeview Lineup in May 2005.

Freeview channel update

January 31st, 2005

Some Freeview channel news:

  • Rumours of E4 becoming free-to-view later this year
  • starting in February… an overnight education channel
  • Adult channel Red Hot added to the channel list

Channel lineup at:

Teachers TV comes to Freeview

January 30th, 2005

Teachers TV is set to launch on Freeview on 8th Feb 2005

The Year of the Guide is upon us!

January 19th, 2005

2005 is officially the year of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – not only can we expect parts four and five of the new radio series, but the movie is due for release in May. We’ve updated our pages with what we know…

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