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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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Friday, 2 August 2013
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Tina
3:26 PM

Hi I would welcome some advice despite several re-tunes I still can't get the drama channel. Gold has moved to channel 26 but channel 20 isn't there at all now. I do get itv3 on channel 10. Thanks.

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jb38
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4:03 PM

Tina: You arent by any chance using a Huawei brand YouView box? because if you are then these boxes cannot receive this channel due to a defect within the box.

However, if the above mentioned does not apply then you should carry out a "factory reset" on the TV or box prior to an auto-tune, factory reset also being called "default setting" or "first time installation".

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Tina
4:21 PM

Thanks for getting back to me I tried the first time installation and auto search no joy plus I've lost more channels.

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jb38
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5:17 PM

Tina: Can you receive ITV1 OK? because the drama channel is broadcast on the same transmitter.

What brand of TV or box are you using? plus it would also be of assistance if you could indicate your location, i.e: a post code or one from nearby such as a shop / Post office.

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jb38
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5:38 PM

Tina: Correction! I should have said ITV3 and NOT ITV1

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Saturday, 10 August 2013
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gloriia mann
9:33 PM

Can I get this channel on virgins x box

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Thursday, 15 August 2013
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T.R.SAMBROOK
1:02 AM

to settle an argument - can you tell me if the series 'waiting for god' has been
broadcast on the new DRAMA freeview
channel on weekdays as well as weekends.

I have seen it listed only on Saturdays
and Sundays

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Friday, 16 August 2013
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Anthony ELSTON
11:48 PM
Llandudno

I have been trying to get channel 20 for DRAMA but it goes from 19 to 21 missing 20 out.IT JUST SAYS INVALID ENTRY. Is there any reason for this?

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Saturday, 17 August 2013
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jb38
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7:40 AM

Anthony ELSTON: Drama is on the COM4/SDN multiplex as used by (10) ITV3, and so if you can view this programme you should first of all remove the aerial connector and carry out an auto-tune for the purpose of blanking out anything already stored, once completed check that they have been by witnessing a blank programme guide and if so reconnect the aerial again followed by carrying out another normal auto-tune.

If this does not rectify the problem then you should carry out a "first time installation", this also referred to as "factory reset" or "default setting" etc dependant on brand.

If by any chance none of those measures work then please indicate the model number of the TV or box you are using. (especially if a Huawei brand)

By the way, 19 & 21 are both on COM6 and which it would appear you are receiving from the Llanddona transmitter.



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Sunday, 18 August 2013
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Jackie Espley
3:54 PM

Hi

I can get channel 20 no problem but it will not let me record anything from it., Any ideas.

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