Thanks for your replies, I'll use manual record in future, although it seems like going back to the old days of VHS.
I was surprised to see on another forum that cricket and golf fans have had the same problem with sky sports, for the amount it costs I would expect Sky to be on top of this issue.
Still no improvement to EPG updates.
I couldn' t record the Doha final yesterday, but saw that it was scheduled for 4am this morning so set planner. Sat down this morning to watch and got basketball and a football chat show .
I see it is scheduled to run again at 4am tomorrow morning , so will try again.