Big Finish on Spotify

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A generous section of Big Finish’s back catalogue is now available to listen for free on Spotify.

This includes various releases from Doctor Who, and associated titles like Dalek Empire, Jago & Litefoot, Counter Measures, UNIT, Iris Wildthyme and Charlotte Pollard.  There’s also plenty of Non-Who audios to enjoy, such as Blakes 7, Survivors, The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes and Dark Shadows.

Pages from Ceefax (and other Teletext providers)

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I’ve been spending some time happily navigating around this website, which has archived pages from Ceefax and Oracle, as well as other teletext providers.  Each link takes you to a specific day, with all the pages accessible for viewing.

You may need to try a few browsers to find which one works best (I couldn’t input page numbers with IE, but everything worked fine with Firefox).  Navigation is simple – use the number buttons to input the page number you want, whilst the cursor keys left and right cycle you through the pages (if there’s more than one available on that page).

For anyone who used the service, there’s an undeniable nostalgic rush in viewing this relic from a bygone age.  Lovely stuff!

BBC Genome – Every listing from the Radio Times (1923-2009) now available online

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Just launched by the BBC Is Genome.

Every entry from the Radio Times between 1923 and 2009 is available to browse. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to go straight to the day I was born to find out what programmes were broadcast.  Top of the Pops, All Gas & Gaiters and Z Cars were all part of the evening schedule. Not a bad line-up!

For the researcher, as well as the more casual browser, this looks like a fascinating resource.

It’s very much in Beta mode at the moment and there are numerous typos (due to the scanning software). But this is an open resource and people are encouraged to submit their corrections and amendments, so that over time the accuracy should improve.