If Doug doesn't mind me butting in here .....
The Calendar can cope with multiple entries for each day so from that point of view things aren't a problem and you don't need to worry about listing things on at the same time because people have their own preferences/priorities. Some can, others can't, access satellite programmes but you need to cater for both so BBC3 &4 as well as 1&2.
As for what to choose ..... this will have to be the ' selection' of the person on duty. However when LA and I did it before we focused on the following:
- All BBC channels
- Channel 4 (rarely does ITV have anything useful)
- History Channel - you do need to be a bit selective here
- UK History - as above
- BBC Schools TV (though most of those are done in overnight 'blocks' and you need to use the BBC Schools site for that)
If the spirit moved me and I had time I'd look at the Biography Channel too.
We'd look for anything on:
- Normans/Middle Ages
- Stuarts - especially the Civil War
- Industrial Revolution & related social topics
- French Revolution
- Women's Suffrage
- First World War
- Second World War - but not all those specialised weapons type progs on the History Channel
Anything related to GCSE syllabi:
- Modern World History topics (eg Russian Revolution/Lenin/Stalin/World Wars/Cold War/Weimar and Nazi Germany - but be a bit careful here cos lots on History Channel that's not all that relevant/Vietman War/Great Depression
- Medicine Topics - right across time
- Crime and Punishment topics incl Jack the Ripper
- USA Civil Rights topics
A Level topics (that may well be covered in all the above) but watch out for the questions people ask on the Forum, so .... eg:
- French Revolution and Napoleon
I'm sure I've left things out so may be others can add to this list.
Keep an eye out for new series (eg upcoming one on Elizabeth I on Channel 4) and also for 'quirky' things not obvious such as 'The Worst Jobs in History'- which we would often flag up in the Curriculum Resources section of the main Forum too.
I do have to say that having one
person each week doing all of that could be a bit of a burden, though I suppose if the job only comes round once a month it's not so bad. Lesley Ann and I split the Channels between us, so it might be a good idea to have two people each week? We used to enter the (copied and pasted) description of the programme as well as the Channel, date and time. You'll find that eg on UK History and The History Channel the same programmes are repeated either on the same day or in the same week - in which case we'd just choose the one that seemed a 'sensible' time and/or day.
In the end though, I guess people will just be grateful for what 'the Team' are able to find the time to do.