Thanks guys,just to expand on this, prior to going digital I had no problem recording any of the 4 channels that were avaiable at that time, but since switching I can find no instructions of how to record progs, although I fully understand that I can only record the programme I am watching.
The problem I am facing is "setting" the VCR to correspond with the Freeview channels.
The Freeview box has 2 scart connections, so do I connect the tv arial firstly to the VCR and then to the Freeview box or 'tother way round, any pointers to successfully achieve this would be appreciated.
Set VCR to record from AV (or AV1 or whatever your set top box is shown as).In Freeview ECP set the prog to come on. Set the time on the VCR to start a minute or two earlier and finish a bit later in case of over or under run. I would daisy chain the aerial, in to set top box, then to VCR then to TV. The Scart carries the programme to the VCR on digital and in effect acts as its tuner. You can therefore set it to come on in your absence or watch an anologue prog on your TV while the set top is feeding the VCR.