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We’ve added some iCal views to BBC Programmes

I thought I’d do a spot of PR on some work we have just pushed out. I have written about it on the BBC Radio labs blog, so I’ll just be brief here.

Basically, we have added a bunch of iCalendar views of the /programmes data. You can for example subscribe to an iCal view of the 6 Music schedule, or episodes on the BBC that are coming up, that belong to the genre Sport/Golf. What this means is, that your calendar of choice would then display this information along with your regular calendar data. So you would know that:

  • 09:00 Go Swimming
  • 12:00 Lunch with Ellen
  • 19:00 Gardeners World – BBC One London
  • 21:00 Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music

Pop along to the link above and check them out for yourself, I’d be interested to here what you think are good .. or bad about them. Below is a screen-grab of some subscriptions as seen in Google Calendar.

Google Calendar

[UPDATE]: Just want to be clear on the webcal and http parts of the url. If you are using copying and paste to add the iCal link into Google Calendar, Apple’s iCal etc, then the link can start with http just like any other. If on the other hand you are providing the link for someone to click on, if you start it with webcal, and the user is on a machine that understands what that means (Mac and PC if you configure it) it will do the right thing. If you’re not sure, use http://…etc.

There have been 5 responses to this post.

  1. Tom Coady

    Cool. Import to iCal/google cal – failed using webcal://bbc.co.uk/6music/schedules.ics
    but search public calendars in Gooogle – win :)

  2. Duncan

    @Tom. Thanks for your comments. You appear to have the url wrong though? Also, if you are copying the url into another app, then you don’t need the webcal part, you can just use http as normal. So the url for Google Calendar should be:
    http://bbc.co.uk/6music/programmes/schedules.ics

  3. Tom Roper

    Hi Duncan. I tried to import the Proms ical you gave of webcal://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ckzql/episodes/upcoming.ics
    but it gives an error message. Is it still working? Tthere’s another six weeks to go…this is a great service and I’m only sorry I didn’t find it before 18 July

  4. Duncan

    @Tom, sorry, not sure what happened there, try this url, it’s should work just fine:

    webcal://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007v097/episodes/upcoming.ics

  5. Tom Roper

    Great thanks, that works.


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