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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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Comments
Sunday, 14 July 2013
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Denise holman
1:13 PM

Hi I keep trying to record from drama on a BT
Vision box but each time it fails. Why. All
Other stations will record ok
Many thanks
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Ann
1:47 PM

I don't receive this channel on Virgin media channels. I've contacted Virgin and they have no knowledge of it. So disappointed and wish I could switch.

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Dave Lindsay
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2:00 PM

Ann: If you live in an area where the full complement of Freeview channels is available and have a suitable terrestrial aerial then you will be able to watch it.

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jb38
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3:23 PM

Denise holman: Can you actually view Drama when you select 20 on the programme guide? and if you then for test purposes try an "instant record" checking the results after the recording has ran its course, as there is nothing odd about this channel as far as recording on Freeview equipment is concerned.

The other point being, do you receive (10) ITV3 in a reasonably glitch free fashion? as the Drama channel is received from the same mux transmitter as used by ITV3 etc.



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Monday, 15 July 2013
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Kable Singh
8:50 PM

Kable Singh: It is only the HUAWEI Youview box that does not record but there is no problem viewing the channel live. My Samsung TV with external USB HDD has no problem recording DRAMA. It uses the same aerial input as the HUAWEI.

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Kable Singh's 3 posts GB
Sunday, 21 July 2013
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Fred
7:50 PM

We paid for these programs with out TV licence and as OAPs they are just the programs we want to watch. So why is this channel not on Freesat ? We live in an area where Freeview is not available because of a week signal and hills in the way. Also as OAPs it cost us £300 to get Freesat set up on our house otherwise we would not have got television programs after the change over - so why are there channels on Freeview that we do not get.

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Dave Lindsay
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8:07 PM

Fred: Drama, as part UKTV, is a commercial venture and part owned by BBC Worldwide. BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm of the BBC and not funded by the Licence Fee.

As a result Drama has no oligation to provide a "public service" (by being available on all platforms, only one to turn a profit. This is the downside of the way things are today, unfortunately.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
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Garry
8:38 PM

Drama (station 291 sky) has disappeared from sky listings. Has it packed up ? Have been able to receive and record on it until yesterday.

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jb38
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8:57 PM

Garry: Its moved to 166.

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Garry
9:03 PM

Thanks jb38, missed that one ! This is the first time I have looked at this site.

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