" ...when it comes to recording from the TV... "
I'm rather confused by that, can you expand?
The DVD recorder has it's own inbuilt digital TV tuner, and recordings can be made directly from that. So I'm usure why you would wish to record from the TV instead. Or am I mis-reading something?
"I can't eve see how to get programs listed on the EPG screen"
If you are referring to the DVD recorder's EPG, then the usual reason for digital TV channels not appearing is that the signal strength from the terrestrial TV aerial is inadequate. Are you not getting any of the other Freeview channels such as BBC4, CBBC, News 24, etc?
If you're getting only BBC1/BBC2/Chan 4, that suggests you're seriously short of signal strength. In the first place, can I suggest you attempt to re-run the auto-tuning facility and see if anything else comes up.
Let us know how you get on and we'll try to assist further. HTH.