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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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Wednesday, 24 July 2013
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jb38
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9:10 PM

Garry: No problem! pleased to have been of assistance.

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Friday, 26 July 2013
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Christine Kitchin
7:07 AM

I have retuned Channel 20 to Drama and it plays fine but when I switch on next time it has reverted to Gold

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jb38
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7:49 AM

Christine Kitchin: This depends on what method you used to retune it, did you use your TV or boxes "update channels" facility? then store the changes "if" your equipment does not do this automatically.

Drama can of course be stored on some devices by simply selecting the channels edit facility and deleting Gold, this then followed by going into the tuning menu / manual tune / entering then scanning the SDN mux channel number (ITV3 on same mux) used by the station you receive Freeview from and that's all you require to do whereas on other devices you have to carry out a complete rescan, an action that can cause problems to many people who can receive Freeview from more that one station as it upsets their local news service, this basically being why I mentioned the edit channels method as it doesn't upset anything already stored.

However, its not possible to check on your reception possibilities and give advice based on it unless you provide a post code, or at least one from nearby such as a shop / Post office.

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Christine
7:51 AM

Christine Kitchin: PS my TV is a Bush TV/DVD combi

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Christine
7:58 AM

Thanks jb38. I did follow the instruction manual but it did not give a "store" option. It listed Channel 20 as Drama after the installation and I pressed OK, the TV then played Channel 20 (as Drama) and I thought it had worked but when I next switched on it had reverted to GOLD

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Christine
8:02 AM

Re reception facilities I have already retuned our main TV with no problem. The one I am having trouble with is in the kitchen but is connected to the main aerial. Post code area is CW7

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jb38
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9:11 AM

Christine: Winter Hill is indicated as being the station that covers the Winsford Post Office area and so Drama would be on mux Ch58.

However on the basis of the additional information given you should carry out a "factory reset" on your kitchen TV prior to auto-tuning it, reset also being called "default setting" or "first time installation" dependant on brand of equipment, any of these methods clearing the tuners memory of all that's stored in it thereby freeing it up for fresh information.

Another method that sometimes works is to remove the aerial then carry out an auto-tune, once completed reconnect the aerial and make sure that nothing is seen listed in the programme guide, (i.e: no signal or just a blank screen should be seen) should this be the case then carry out another auto-tune when hopefully the problem should be resolved.


Further advice dependant on results


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Christine
1:02 PM

Success !! Did "first time installation" instead and it looks as if it has worked. Thank you so much. My husband usually sees to these "techy" things but he is in hospital so I thought I'd have a go myself.... Thanks again

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jb38
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4:54 PM

Christine: Really pleased to see that you have finally managed to clear the problem, although on informing your husband of your success I hope he doesn't resent the fact that you are also a bit of a "techy" now!!

Thanks again for the feedback. / JB


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Sunday, 28 July 2013
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Wendy
9:21 AM
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Can't get Drama Channel 20 is not listed at all. Could do with help. I have autotuned, switched off the freeview box etc but nothing works.

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