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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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Sunday, 28 July 2013
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jb38
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10:17 AM

Wendy : If in your TV or boxes set up menu you see "first time installation" mentioned then use this facility followed by another auto-tune, if though the option mentioned is not seen then look for "factory reset" or "default setting" and use one of those.

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Monday, 29 July 2013
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marilyn
12:30 PM

Help my postcode is WD3 and I can't get the new channel on any of my T.V.s (all of whcih are freeview sets)
I have retuned to no avail - just get a message screen indicating not available any ideas?

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Dave Lindsay
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12:46 PM

marilyn: Drama is carried on one of the Commercial multiplexes which not everyone receives. If you get ITV3 then you have the multiplex which carries Drama.

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lynnepearce
1:26 PM

can you receive the new drama channel through a freesat box?

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Briantist
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1:29 PM

lynnepearce: no.

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Joyce hardy
1:43 PM

Hi, I have free view built in my tv, but have no channel 20it says not available, I have no manual with my tv a Sony Bravia, I am an oap and would welcome any help. I would love to have this channel, many thanks to all, hugs xxx

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jb38
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6:00 PM

Joyce hardy: Being unaware as to your location I am unable to check this for myself, but you can only receive the Drama channel in areas where ITV3 (10) can be received.

If you can view ITV3 then go into your TV's set up menu and look for then click on "first time installation" this also being called : factory reset / default setting or shipping condition, after you have clicked on whatever applies your TV should automatically (on some Sony's) start to carry out an auto-tune, should a "start auto-tune" option come on then select it.

However on some TV's all you require to do is remove the aerial and carry out an auto-tune without it being connected, this for the purpose of deleting the channels already stored, then once completed reconnect the aerial and carry out a second auto-tune to load the channels in.

If you find this latter method somewhat easier then try it first, if though it fails then resort to the first procedure mentioned.

If you experience any problems then the model number of the Sony TV in question will be required.

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013
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Laura
7:58 PM

Hi, I currently have Really as channel 20 which I watch a few programmes on and interestingly all the adverts for Drama didn't say the channel. Now I know it is 20 I don't want to lose Really in the place of Drama but it looks so good. Does anyone know if it is an either/or situation or would Really move? Thanks

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Dave Lindsay
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8:00 PM

Laura: Really has moved to logical channel number 17. A retune should result in the services taking up their new positions.

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Laura
9:19 PM

Brilliant! Thanks for your help

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