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New channel coming to Freeview - Drama from 8 July

It's back-to-the-future time for UKTV. Once there was a channel called UKTV Drama, but it chanced its name to Alibi back in 2008. But from 8th July 2013, there will be a new Freeview channel called Drama.

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Freeview slot 20 25 (more than likely, replacing Dave Ja Vu) will be filled with a new channel from 8th July 2013, which will be a BBC version of the hugely popular ITV3.

With shows such as Tipping The Velvet, Cranford and Lark Rise To Candleford, Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice (and the odd programme from ITV, such as Catherine Cookson's The Cinder Path and Sean Bean-fronted Sharpe).

Lark Rise To Candleford

"There's a great deal of fantastic content that the Freeview audience hasn't been able to see for a long time," said UKTV controller Emma Tennant.

Drama channel controller Adrian Wills adds "You might think that with 10 channels there's a lot of space to showcase classic drama but, in fact, the channels we have are quite specific, so there was no real space to show the deeper archive. When you look at who else is doing classic drama, it's only ITV3, and it does fantastically well so there's room for more than one".

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Saturday, 21 March 2015
Peter Bullivant
9:15 AM

I watch Born and Bred and All Creatures Great and Small on the Freeview Drama Program. We have recently had Freesat installed, but I cannot seem to find the Drama programme on Freesat. Can you advise please.

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Dave Lindsay

3:09 PM

Peter Bullivant: That's correct, it's not on Freesat, just as other UKTV channels Dave, Yesterday and Really.

This is probably down to the fact that they are available via satellite through Sky's subscription platform. It's a reasonable assumption that if they were to become free-to-air via satellite then they won't receive the revenue they do from Sky for being on its subscription service.

As you are within an area where you can get these services on Freeview (not everyone is) then watch them on Freeview.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 2 April 2015
5:30 PM

why wont my freeview box find uk drama when it finds every other station

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Martin's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 3 April 2015

8:31 AM

Martin: It all depends on what you mean by "every other station", as UK Drama (20) is broadcast on the COM4 multiplex along with ITV3 (10) / ITVBe (26) / QVC (16) etc. If you are also unable to receive any of these programmes? then this is suggestive of you residing in a Freeview "light" (PSB only) reception area, a post code being required for checking.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 22 August 2022
5:50 PM

Can you get playback on programmes you have missed on free view 20 drama?

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Bates's 1 post GB flag

6:18 PM

Bates: UKTV Play is the catchup/on demand service for Drama, Dave, Yesterday and W channels.

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