BBC Listings viewer for Android

Posted by jimblackler on Feb 19, 2009


For Android phone owners in the UK, BBC Listings is a viewer and search assistant for the BBC’s TV and Radio schedules.

Users select from a list of channels, then view the schedules for that channel, one day at a time. Clicking on a program shows you a synopsis, and allows you to add a reminder to your Google calendar. Sky+ users can set their Sky+ boxes to record BBC TV programs by a text message.

(This message is prepared by the application and sent from the phone, but requires the phone to be registered for the Remote Record service with Sky. Refer to the Sky website for how to register, and costs and limitations of the Sky+ text message Remote Record service.)


Because it gets its data from the BBC’s web services, internet access is required. Currently, one week’s worth of future listings and one week’s worth of past listings are available.

To search the listings press Menu and Search. Results are returned sorted by channel and then by date.


Look for the application in the Android market (requires a UK registered mobile) or download it directly here


This application is free software. Supported by backstage.bbc.co.uk


0.9.1 : The first published version.


If you have any comments or queries about this application, please leave them on this blog.



Bbc listings excellent app very useful any chance of adding bbc hd channel

February 19th, 2009 | 8:33 pm

Hi Mark, I am limited to the channels in by the XML feeds provided by the BBC.

They don’t seem to include the HD channels for some reason.

February 19th, 2009 | 11:55 pm

how do you set your skybox to connect with the phone.


March 12th, 2009 | 11:42 am

Google “Sky Remote Record” and follow the linked instructions.

March 12th, 2009 | 11:51 am

[…] this was to do. (Although it does mean I’m a little less impressed with the (very slick) BBC Listings app on my Android phone […]

July 27th, 2009 | 11:32 pm

Is there any chance of you adding BBC HD?

November 2nd, 2009 | 12:49 pm

Great application, how about regional listings

January 7th, 2010 | 9:05 am

Nice app Jim – if you could add regional BBC listings it would be perfect. Cheers!

April 4th, 2010 | 7:27 pm

Could not get. Coast. BBC Two. 06/08. 18:00. to work until I changed it to Coast. BBC2. 06/08. 18:00 so I am not sure all the syntax options have been tested.

August 5th, 2010 | 10:51 pm
david warner:

Application seems to have stopped getting feeds for radio 4 & 5

September 11th, 2010 | 5:17 pm

The radio listings have recently stopped working. It just returns a blank screen for all the radio stations. Has been an excellent app so hope u can fix this issue.
HTC desire 2.1

September 14th, 2010 | 6:27 pm

Hi – I am having trouble loading the app in to my HTC Desire? Is there anything I can try?

September 19th, 2010 | 9:41 pm

This is such a great app but it has now stopped working, please fix it Jim.

October 9th, 2010 | 6:14 pm
Ian Spiers:

This app used to work. When I check out a channel now I only get a white screen with, Previous Day, Now, Tomorrow options, all of which produce no nothing. this app used to work. what’s wrong?

November 1st, 2010 | 6:08 am

Hi jim in the code sample, there is a bin called ‘Utils’ (net.jimblacker.Utils), i didn´t find in your src directory

March 11th, 2011 | 7:19 am

Jim, I’ve just moved from iPhone to a Galaxy S3 and downloaded this app (I relied heavily on the Radio Times app on the iPhone, but they don’t have one for Android). I get “http://www0.rdthdo.bbc.co.uk/cgi-perl/api/query.pl?method=bbc.channel.list&format=tvanytime
RETRY” which loops and does nothing.
Jim, I’m absolutely desolate – are you not able to support this app now? I would happily pay for it, as I’m sure would many others in my position.

November 23rd, 2012 | 3:05 pm

Unfortunately I have to confess that the app is broken because the BBC don’t maintain the listings feed any more.

November 23rd, 2012 | 5:17 pm
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