Panasonic tx-p42s20

The P42S20's remote control isn't perhaps quite as effortless and logical as some of Panasonic's past efforts - especially thanks to the way the Menu button has been relegated to a small spot at the very top left.

But the onscreen menu system is otherwise logical and easy to navigate, and most things about the remote control are actually perfectly fine.

There's room for improvement with the Freeview electronic programme guide, though. For the P42S20 doesn't squeeze as much channel information on screen at once as some rival EPGs do, as well as cluttering up the bottom third of the picture with a slightly bewildering set of not entirely necessary onscreen instructions.

Panasonic tx-p42s20
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The EPG also doesn't manage to keep a small version of the TV picture you were watching when you pressed the Guide button.

To rub this latter point in, where a little screen might have gone, you instead get a large advertising box on the left hand side courtesy of the GuidePlus provider Panasonic draws on for its listing info.