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Dan Taylor Dan Taylor | 18:40 UK time, Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Today is a big day for BBC television on the web with the launch of brand new websites for BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four as well as an updated BBC Three site (building on February's relaunch) and a new TV homepage.

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It also heralds the switch on of live streaming (simulcast) for BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies, joining BBC Three, BBC News and BBC Parliament, which are already available to watch live online, with BBC One and BBC Two due to follow later this year [see recent press release and previous multicast trial].

programmes_posts.pngLast but by no means least, today also marks the passage of /programmes from beta to fully
fledged live service, boasting a permanent, findable web presence for every TV and radio programme that the BBC broadcasts.

A lot of things to launch all on one day? Unquestionably, but it's indicative of the increasingly interconnected nature of the BBC's online offer, where the channel websites are no longer discrete content areas, but are fully integrated with the wider programmes offer and beyond.

So, how did we set about redesigning (and hopefully improving) some of the most visited pages on bbc.co.uk? Well, we started with your feedback on the previous sites, collected via the bbc.co.uk Pulse survey, which told us that the basic tasks of finding out what's on television and quickly locating information on specific programmes were most important and could be made easier.

With this in mind, we placed a schedule carousel along the top of the new channel homepages and a snapshot of what's on now and next across every BBC TV channel at the heart of the new TV homepage. We also added a Programmes A-Z module to the top right of all of these pages to provide quick access to the wealth of programme information housed within the newly minted /programmes.

A significant development since the channel websites were last refreshed (in July 2007) is the availability of catch-up programming via BBC iPlayer, which we've reflected via a dedicated module on each of the homepages, showcasing the most popular programmes on demand with a link through to the full iPlayer offer. iPlayer availability is also reflected in the schedule carousel with a Watch Now button appearing for programmes which can be viewed on demand and Watch Live buttons for those being simulcast.

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The eagle-eyed among you might notice that the channel homepages have a discreet temporal metaphor to them, with past programming on the left of the page, the present reflected in the centre, and future highlights to the right, reflecting the expanding life of programmes beyond a single moment of transmission (for more on this topic, check out ex-BBC staffer Dan Hill's blog post on "The Social Life of a Broadcast").

Lower down on the homepages, you'll find links to top video clips, photo galleries and "Be on a Show" information, as well as channel-specific elements such as BBC Four's Newsletter and Have Your Say comments forums.

Of course, it's not all about the homepages. Behind the schedule links are full TV listings for each of the channels (including regional variations), which are fully integrated with /programmes, meaning they will they will be permanently accessible, unlike the What's On What's On listings (which these will replace) which became inaccessible after just two days.

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Each channel site also has an area for channel trailers (known in the industry as "idents"), compiling the stings that appear between programmes on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four.

Far too many people have contributed to the above projects to list them individually; suffice to say it's been a truly pan-BBC effort with colleagues from Vision, Audio & Music and Future Media & Technology all collaborating to raise the bar for the BBC's programme and channel support online.

We're really keen to hear your feedback on the new sites, so please leave a comment below.

Dan Taylor is Senior Portfolio Executive, Internet for BBC Vision.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    First impressions are very good, with the amount of detail available on each page a lot better now than with the previous sites. The layout too is great, the space has been used really well. Just a question though: where can you find the simulcasts of CBBC and Cbeebies? I could find the BBC Four one just fine through its new site, but no link to the CBBC/Cbeebies ones. Are links to these going to be put on each one's homepage too, or are links to be provided through the iPlayer itself?

    Well done again on these new websites.

  • Comment number 2.

    The most useful part of the BBC4 website has gone: it is the weekly schedule with synopses, which I print off every week, and our household find invaluable.

    Please bring this back.

  • Comment number 3.

    Truly awesome, world class work.

    Well done everyone involved.

  • Comment number 4.

    I think you mean a 'discreet' temporal metaphor! :)

  • Comment number 5.

    @TomatoTomaydo - Thanks for your comments - glad you like the new site. The CBBC and CBeebies simulcasts can be accessed here and here respectively, as well as via iPlayer.

    @bluedog1257 - Sorry to hear you're missing the BBC Four weekly schedule view. The new site does produce daily schedules with synopses but I appreciate that will require pressing print seven times rather than one. I'll take this feedback back to the development team and see if we can come up with a solution - in the interim you can still access the old weekly schedule view here.

    @Briantist - thanks! :)

    @FrankieRoberto - you're quite right - something I should have learned in GCSE English!

    Dan Taylor (BBC)

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Dan,

    Looks really good - and a brilliant visual EPG: will the What's On page use the same idea of having pictures rather than just the name?

    I don't know if this is your brief, but any chance you can fix the TV schedule on the homepage so that after 10pm (or earlier) it shows later TV programmes rather than the early evening schedule. Annoys me a bit that you can't instantly see what's on at 10.30 sometimes.

    Olly

  • Comment number 7.

    Impressive work, although not something I'd ever need to use personally until the BBC fixes its DRM.

    I don't really have any use for increasingly cute implementations of the 'channels' metaphor.

    I don't know how much of the design was the result of focus-testing. However it seems more like an elaborate attempt at trying to prove the relevance of broadcast delivery to an audience that is increasingly migrating online and has stopped watching.

    On a more constructive note, the links to the channel pages are pretty deeply buried on the BBC.co.uk front page, although I assume this will change soon. Also, having to scroll to the bottom of a channel page to get to the channels menu is fiddly and unintuitive.

    Having a top-level section for channel idents is a bit frivolous. Programme trailers (for example) would be more useful.

    Also! It's a bit disconcerting that there isn't a central textual thread (a 'web log' if you will) tracking pertinent updates in a manageable way.

    The page looks like an Interactive TV frontend (wide, cluttered, dozens of clashing styles, nothing to guide the eye to anything), rather than a readable website.

    Seriously, I use news.bbc.co.uk every day - why can't the rest of the BBC's web presence take some cues from this instead of assaulting the visitor with a jumble of multicoloured boxes?

  • Comment number 8.

    Wake me up when you finally decide to put up the olympic coverage that was scandelously never released on iPlaer despite only ever airing once on TV, and that on 'red button' only channels.

    Until then this is all bluster and no substance.

  • Comment number 9.

    It looks nice, but it's full of irritating flash. Clever thumbnail menus are one thing, but they usually take longer to load, although this was sharper than usual.
    The previous TV guide was fine, but I just wonder why simple functionality is no longer sufficient. Digging three levels deep and wading through photos just to see what's on gets annoying. Lists are easier to navigate.

    In any case, after spending money changing it, the BBC is not likely to change anything back on the strength of a few complaints.

  • Comment number 10.

    Intrigued by the programme "Controller not found " which appears to be showing on all of the channels on the TV homepage.

    Quite like the look of "Programmes start from (none) " too.

    Seriously though, I like the new style but think the content really needs to be sorted out as soon as possible.

  • Comment number 11.

    @FrankieRoberto and @fabricoffolly - my bad. I genuinely thought that Dan meant "consisting of distinct or individual parts" - ie, past present and future!

  • Comment number 12.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 13.

    i just wanted to know what's on all the main channels for the day.

    no easy way to do this now - or if there is, it's hidden from the likes of me . bring back the old page.

  • Comment number 14.

    I fully agree with Bluedog 1257, and I think exactly the same.
    As I live in Belgium, I can't see the BBC programmes in the papers and magazines that I read. I used to print a full week's programme of BBC4 to take home and serve as a guide for the week.
    I was thinking to ask BBC to do the same with BBC1 (a full weekly programme by one click instead of seven), but I see now that BBC has gone the other way round.
    Please give us back the full week's print...

  • Comment number 15.

    One small suggestion: at the bottom of the page could you please put in a "Back to the calender" link so that when surfing through, day by day, it would save scrolling back up to the where the calender is currently located.

    Alternatively, how about reproducing the calender at the bottom of the page?

    I like the possibility of looking further back in time than just 'yesterday' - much appreciated, thanks! :-)

  • Comment number 16.

    Fabulous. I really like the feeling that the website is now full of video content, looks very nice too.

    There are some improvements, such as a weekly schedule I suppose (this does sound useful) and moving the calendar navigation further up the page, also when I was in the /tv section on a certain page... the 'tv' logo didn't link back to the tv homepage and that doesn't feel intuitive.

    Beautiful, clean and what a fabulous foundation for even further good work!

    Well done!

  • Comment number 17.

    I don't like the new layout on the BBC4 schedule page. It was easier to view before with all the programmes listed on one page. Now I have to scroll sideways and I hate scrolling!

  • Comment number 18.

    Well, I was pretty disappointed when I entered BBC One's new website yesterday and saw the new design, even though it does look better.

    It could be a matter of getting used to it, but I already miss some of the old functions:

    #1: One can no longer immediately spot the movies to be aired. There used to be the word FILM over a dark background, how could one miss them?

    #2: The 8-day (Mon-Mon, or Wed-Wed, depending on the current day of the week) links on top and on the bottom for the weekly schedule are now gone! They were really useful and I sometimes advised webmasters in my own country to take a look at BBC's efficient design. It's gone, now, even though that calendar on the right could be helpful too.

    #3: When one clicks on a programme a page opens showing all kind of details, but one has to go back to check on other items; the details at the top of the daily schedule page were really handy.

    #4: The link for 'Drama', or that for 'Film' for that matter, opens a page with an alphabetical list of shows, movies, etc, but there's no immediate reference to the dates of the next airings.

    I hope this isn't a definitive version...

    Braga
    Portugal

  • Comment number 19.

    @Researcher 196121 - Thanks for your comments - glad you like the visual EPG. Pictures on the Schedule pages aren't currently on the roadmap but that's not to say they won't be :) We are in the process of redesigning the TV module on the BBC homepage to show more clearly what's on now - watch this space!

    @TellyCurator - Apart from the Embedded Media Player, there is no flash on the new pages - the dynamic components are all built using Javascript. If it's simple lists of what's on that you're after then the Schedule pages (e.g. BBC Two Schedule) are only one click away from any of the pages.

    @jostafford - Thanks for flagging. This was a temporary glitch we fixed within a couple of hours on the 17th.

    @davidword - You can see what's on all the main channels for the day by selecting one of the channel schedules (e.g. BBC One Schedule and then clicking on the logos to the right).

    @JollyFlyCatcher - We are working on restoring the printable weekly schedule view for BBC Four and hope to have it live in the next few weeks.

    @BrianTho - Glad to hear you're appreciating the ability to look further back in time than yesterday. Will feedback your other comments re. accessing the calendar from the bottom of the page to the development team.

    @joerichards - Thanks for your kind words. I will add clickable TV logo (linking back to the homepage) to the list of fixes. Weekly schedule view is on it's way (see above response to JollyFlyCatcher).

    @grammargrub - BBC Four weekly schedule view should be up and running in a couple of weeks.

    @pmpepe - Thanks for your feedback. In response to your specific points:

    #1: We'll have a think about how best to sign-post films in the schedule. In the interim, we've created new data views which show you every film on BBC One from the week just gone and the week ahead. We will shortly be introducing a schedule view of this data which will enable you to easily see when all those films are being broadcast (similar to this view of today's drama programmes on BBC One).

    #2: The calendar does provide the same functionality. We'll look into whether other users are missing the links along the top.

    #3: The details which used to appear at the top of the daily schedule now appear under each programme title in the Schedule (unless you select the 'Schedule at a glance' view of course)

    #4: Schedule views for genres (e.g. Drama) are already being published (see today's drama programmes on BBC One) and are on the way for formats (e.g. Film) - we just haven't exposed them in the interface yet (for the technically minded there is more information on the various data views at the BBC Programmes Developers page).

  • Comment number 20.

    Yes I agree with a lot of comments complaining that it's not easy to just find out what's on ALL channels and see it on ONE page.
    Also don't like links at bottom of a LONG page - say BBC! abd linking to BBC2.
    Please bring back the REALLY useful, easy to use and QUICK old pages. I know you won't but then I'll just stop using what used to be one of my favourite web sites.

  • Comment number 21.

    the typeface on the 'new' bbc 3 website is ridiculously small. the whole image is one of style over usability.

  • Comment number 22.

    Why are films not clearly marked as 'films' in the listings? It's irritating. There's nothing to differentiate them from ordinary programmes, especially one-off dramas or long documentaries. One film had every cast member marked down as 'actor'.

    This needs sorting, it's just a shambles. There's just too much clever flash on this site now.

  • Comment number 23.

    Sorry, you're right it is indeed javascript. And I found the schedules. Thanks.

  • Comment number 24.

    How is the promised re-introduction of the weekly schedule coming along?

  • Comment number 25.

    Still no sign of the main navigational tool (the calendar) being duplicated, conveniently, at the bottom of the screen... I'm really surprised. Surely it's such an obvious thing to do. Or is it maybe too much of a technical challenge..?

  • Comment number 26.

    Aaargh! You've ruined it. It's slow, clumsy and garish. All I want to know is what's on TV tonight. Ever heard the expression KISS? It certainly applies here.

  • Comment number 27.

    I seem to have missed the beta testing of the programme schedules pages, otherwise I would have made these comments then. Today is my first sight of them. Sorry to say I think they are a backward step. The previous design enabled a quick overview of the day's schedule. Now you are endlessly scrolling. Not good psychology in my view. And looking at the BBC 1 schedule page I would suggest that red is not the colour to choose when you are going to display lots of it.

  • Comment number 28.

    Please give us back the old format for the schedules pages. It takes longer to go through the listings on the new formats:
    * you keep having to go up and down the page cos there's no link to the next page at the bottom
    * you keep having to go from side to side on the page to move from the listings themselves to the grid with the dates
    * when you are on BBC1 page and want to go, for example, to BBC2 it takes you to the Beeb2 homepage not the listings pages.

    That said, it's a great idea to be able to see the listings till the end of the month.

  • Comment number 29.

    Time will tell if I think it's an improvement!
    However, I would have thought that it might have occurred to someone that if I am checking on today's programmes, that I might be rather more interested in those which were to come rather than those that I've already missed. In other words, make the listings relative to the time of access - I'm sure that your web master could acheive this.

  • Comment number 30.

    Im loving all the ability to streem the bbc channels, although there are some tech issues and i was abit disapointed when family guy came on and it said something about broadcast writes, why is family guy blocked and not heros?

    These comments should probably go somewere else on the site.

    anyways appart from these conflicts with american broadcasts, the only other issue is some of the channels constantly need to load and the broadcasts do not buffer so it skips key parts of programs, i was expecting a similar quality to the news on my connection with no problchannel which i can sit and watch for hours em.
    I have a 512kbs connection which came with the room in my student accomodation, this is good enough to watch iplayer, 4od, and the ITV service.
    Also before you say, student - tv licence, yes i do have one, its a shared house with a house licence.

  • Comment number 31.

    edit:

    i was expecting a similar quality to the news channel which i can sit and watch for hours on my connection with no problem.

    sorry i was having a dislexic moment

  • Comment number 32.

    Yes, please bring back a page where viewers can see what's on - all at once. (and thus easily avoid schedule conflicts or overlaps) As it is now, having to scroll through each channel's long list and remember what's on and then repeating for each channel again and again, is very frustrating.

  • Comment number 33.

    Ah! I see for the moment its still there! Bless you!!! (& I'm smiling from ear to ear)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/whatson/search/grid.cgi?MEDIUM=tv

  • Comment number 34.

    I think this new concept is nuts really - it was so very convenient in the What's on listing to skim in 5 seconds through all 4 channel programs and find immediately what interests us. Now i have to click 20 times here and there and back and forth between BBC 1 and BBC2 and so forth - and even then i still may not have a clue what to watch at 9:00 pm.
    This is back to stone age - maybe the program directors of this website think about what is PRACTICAL to customers.
    Now unfortunately this new concept upsets me so much that i can't appreciate other and eventually very good ideas that came with this change. We are now back to channel hopping and random lucky watching - that is faster than 20 website clicks - shame on the BBC for that - i will miss now many very good documentaries ... unless you can bring this ONE VIEW SEE ALL Back to live.

  • Comment number 35.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 36.

    What a mess.

    I don't often go to the BBC home page, as I don't often watch television, but I wanted to know when the new series of Dr Who was starting.

    The page is crowded, slow to load, and I get a message saying that a script is causing the page to run slowly. If I try to stop this the whole browser crashes.

    Where can I find the text only version?

  • Comment number 37.

    I'm sorry, but the schedule pages (e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone/programmes/schedules/london/2008/12/26) are a huge step backwards compared to the previous version.

    The previous version was beautifully simple and easy to understand, a model of how it should be done.

    With the new version, it's impossible to tell the type of each programme. As previous posters have commented, films are not highlighted (crucial year and director information is missing as well), but it's also impossible to tell where are the comedies, dramas, documentaries, etc at a glance (except for those rare people who can recognise and identify every title from memory).

    Then there are entries such as:

    17:30–17:40
    BBC News
    26/12/2008
    The latest national and international news stories from the BBC, followed by Weather.

    and:

    03:15–03:20
    Weatherview
    27/12/2008
    Detailed weather forecast.

    Why are the dates there? It's not as though we are expecting last week's news, or next week's weather. The comments are a bit superfluous as well.

    Then there are the genre pages (e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone/programmes/formats/films, http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcone/programmes/formats/documentaries). Where are the dates/times of broadcast? In the case of films, again, where is the important date and director information? Why are titles beginning with "The" listed under "T"?

    As I said, these pages used to be beautifully simple. Now, for me at least, they are almost unusable. To cap it all, the new pages appear to be slower as well. So, I am afraid I will have to go back to tvguide.co.uk.

  • Comment number 38.

    Hello BBC

    You say "Far too many people have contributed to the above projects to list them individually; suffice to say it's been a truly pan-BBC effort ...."

    In that case can I please ask why you have committed the HUGE OVERSIGHT of omitting the schedule-view-by-week listing format which was so enormously useful in the older (and much nicer, simpler) pages ?

    For example still (blessedly) at
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/schedule/week/

    Please grasp that listeners and viewers who love the Beeb and want to use Listen again for audio or video need to look at ALL of "what was on last week" when searching for a programme heard (whose name we may not yet know). For that, we want the view-a-whole-week format : so why on earth, if so many people have contributed, have you left it out of the new version ???

    Pleaae design for USEABILTY not "looks". The new homepages look like something off Cbeebies. We are grown ups: we don't need pretty colouring and masses of whitespace. We need tidy accessible content.


    Mike Holt
    Lifelong loyal BBC fan, exasperated by the 'twelve year olds' you seem to use in design

  • Comment number 39.

    Dare I say that all the above posters seems to be saying the same thing - YOU'RE NOT LISTENING ARE YOU ?

    Simple suggestion : why not, instead of redesigning pages willy nilly and getting such a bad result (as evidenced by the above), why don't you just put up a "planned pages in Beta" area - AND ASK US TO TEST AND TRY OUT NEW PAGES OUT FIRST ?

    Beta-testing is a long-proven concept in the software world - ask the users to check it out and debug it for you for free - yet you seem not to have heard of it.

    Please let those of us who know the Beeb better than you do - US - help you improve the site.

    Mike Holt
    Spokesman for the Ed Reardon generation (i.e. those who pay your salaries)
    :-)

  • Comment number 40.

    [ Oh and Dan - just to disprove the idea we get that you never actually read these comments, please drop me a line to show that you do by responding to me at info at nccl.biz (my work email). ]

    Many thanks
    Sincerely
    Mike Holt

  • Comment number 41.

    Please reinstate the What's On home page. You will make a great many more people happy! You could continue with your current page as well. (However looking at the majority of comments on this blog, you will have a greater number of hits with the What's On pages.) Otherwise you are sending people off to places like RadioTimes & TV Guide, which cannot be in the best interest of the BBC.

  • Comment number 42.

    I have 2 comments to make.

    1. Please reinstate the FAST LOADING tv schedule where all channels are in one place.
    This is especially needed since the BBC has removed the TV guide on Freeview.

    2. Since the revamp, I am getting constant browser hangswhen trying to read BBC webpages, along with the following error message:

    "A script on this page is causing Adobe Flash Player 9 to run slowly. If it continues to run your computer may become unresponsive"

  • Comment number 43.

    When the What's on page was taken off I was not at al pleased but over time I've learned to really appreciate the new programmes pages. It has so much more information and the ability to check what was on last week, or last month as well as seeing the future schedules is excellent.

  • Comment number 44.

    All I get is 'Not available in your area'.

    Clearly Auntie has decided to deprive overseas viewers of Newsnight. I may not be a licence payer but I do pay indirectly by subscribing to BBC channels via cable so deprive us of streaming news is simply monstrous. I will cancel my subscription and rely on CNN and steam radio from now on.

  • Comment number 45.

    Hallo

    Am I missing links somewhere?

    I can't find what programmes aer going to have the Sign Language Interpreter onscreen or have Audio Description in The Week Ahead on bbc.co.uk, nor on Ceefax pages 601-609 and 631-635 nor 358 but am able to get this information when my Radio Times comes through the door.

    Does the BBC then still comply with the spirit of the Ofcom code on provsion for those with an auditory or visual impairment?



  • Comment number 46.

    Firstly, apologies for the delay in replying to new comments - they are read and responded to - just not always as quickly as I'd like.

    Some answers:

    @kevicon, @charmingA-K and others - we hear you loud and clear re. the difficulty of easily seeing what's on across all channels and have starting working on a cross-channel schedule. watch this space...

    @Vee3469 and @Reggie Bardfast - weekly schedule views are now live (here's the BBC Four weekly schedule at a glance) and we will shortly be adding easy navigation to them from the daily schedules

    @TellyCurator and @baggish - adding a 'films' icon is in our backlog of functionality to add and we are continually working to improve the quality of the cast information

    @BrianTho - I have suggested duplicating the calendar at the bottom of the screen to the development team - will let you know what they come back with

    @john4703 - glad you've come round to the new pages :)

    @Sue_Aitch - Signed programmes are already listed in the iPlayer Sign Zone and we are working to add this and audio description information to the /programmes pages (visit the About the BBC site for more information)

    Dan Taylor (BBC)

  • Comment number 47.

    Many thanks for message 46.

    Please would you ask the Ceefax and Red Button Editors and the See Hear and In Touch Teams to announce the accessibility changes to the /programmes pages when they happen, Dan?


  • Comment number 48.

    It's awful. I want to see a list of what's on BBC2 tonight, not sit there while the site grinds away trying to load 3 different Flash applets. I thought that my opinion of New BBC couldn't sink any lower after the digital pay TV fiasco, but congratulations, you proved me wrong!

  • Comment number 49.

    Looks nice, but why did you remove the calendars for BBC2 at the page of BBC 1 and vice versa? It was so handy just to click into the other program. Now you have to go to the bottom of the program page and take more steps to get to the same result. No reason to make it more difficult.

  • Comment number 50.

    I suppose there is not much one can do about the continual changes to the web site. It seems that just as one gets used to a new format, up pops another one!
    What I am already missing on this latest page is the link to the BBC2 schedule, that was on the right near the calendar. This was very handy. I know there is a link to the BBC2 home page - right at the bottom of the page now, but then one has to look for the programme schedule.
    One other question about the 'old' new format, which I didn't have time to ask as it wasn't there long enough (!!) is "why, when scrolling down the schedule page, does (did) the link to the other schedules not automatically follow. One always has (had) to scroll right back to the top to select another schedule.
    It would be great if the links to schedules (not home pages) could be put back and even better if they moved with one when scrolling down the page.
    I always live in hope.

  • Comment number 51.


    the previous navigation on the "schedule" page was much better - you could go directly from the schedule page of the channel that you were looking at to another channel's schedule page. Now you have to go through the home page of each channel - why make this change, it's made navigation between the scheule pages more cumbersome. Not an improvement, a disapointing degredation of service

  • Comment number 52.

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  • Comment number 53.

    can't find anything.

  • Comment number 54.

    One feature of the old website that I sorely miss is the facility of moving from one channel's programme schedule to another's with a single click. On the new website I must use at least two clicks. Moreover, the icons for the other channels are placed at the bottom of the page instead of near the calendar.

  • Comment number 55.

    Well the new 'super' site for watcing all the wonderful BBC programmes is a total didaster as soon as you cross the channel. It's only available for viewers in the UK. The old system was a bit fuzzy but at least you could watch it here in France. I am sure there are hundreds if not thousands of UK overseas residents who are mourning the old system just like me. Annus Domini creeping on and the BBC is the strongest link to home. How I can survive without Jeremy Paxton in my living room now and then, I just don't know!

  • Comment number 56.

    Can't find anywhere else to comment, can't find easy contact links (suspect this is deliberate)
    Seeing the programme "My Life in Verse" on Friday 29th May is to be the first of four, I thought I would look to see who and when for the other three.
    No information at all. Not a clue. is it weekly, monthly, yearly? Have you made them yet? Do you really not know?

  • Comment number 57.

    ooergosh: sorry you couldn't find the answer, or a suitable place to ask the question. I can assure you that it's not deliberate. For future reference, the Points of View messageboard would usually be a good place to ask.

    The Programmes site, which Dan mentions in the post above, does hold at least a partial answer, and now knows that episode two will be broadcast (in England, Scotland and Wales) next week, e.g. 9pm on Friday 5th June.

    Beyond that, the schedule doesn't seem to commit yet. Keep an eye on the page which lists the upcoming episodes for that programme which will be updated closer to the time. I do hope you enjoy it.

  • Comment number 58.

    I was exceedingly disappointed to discover on this new website that the eastenders page no longer provides text info on past episodes. this was a valid facility for those who have an almost non existent broadband supply due to location. it would be appreciated if it were restored -

  • Comment number 59.

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  • Comment number 60.

    re simulcast web broadcasts
    Since you asked for feedback on this subject: Please do continue the simulcast web broadcasts of your television programmes. Have no television at the moment and it is the only way I can watch...

    Thank you.

 

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