BBC IMP inches closer

You can throw your Radio Times in the bin and forget about twentieth century linear scheduling - the BBC's just started offering on-demand TV shows on

You can throw your Radio Times in the bin and forget about twentieth century linear scheduling - the BBC's just started offering on-demand TV shows on the web.

As part of the countdown to the Interactive Media Player - a video-capable edition of the Beeb's current Radio Player - the BBC TV site now features full-length shows for streaming.

One of the first to go online is The Thick Of It (pictured), a political satire that's actually funnier than Yes, Prime Minister and has a generous quota of I'm Alan Partridge dryness.

Two episodes are available now in Real Video, although the quality's only good enough for watching in a window - blow it up to full screen and the video resembles a Monet painting.

The BBC TV site's also been given a general makeover and tweaked for simpler navigation.

We're expecting the full-blown version of the Interactive Media Player to launch extremely soon - in the Beeb's own words the site relaunch 'brings us closer to the day' . The IMP will allow anyone in the UK to stream the past 7 days of BBC TV to a computer using a broadband connection.

BBC TV site

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