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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, 18 August 2013
Dave Lindsay

5:26 PM

Jackie Espley: Refer to jb38's posting @ Friday 2 August 2013 4:03PM. Are you using a Huawei YouView box?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 14 September 2013
2:00 PM

Channel 26 just says Topup TV - gold will move to channel 26. Other channels work ok but cant get Gold. Any clues?

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carol's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 16 September 2013
Roger Bates
6:51 PM

Have retuned and retuned and still cannot get new Drama Channel on Freeview which is SUPPOSED to be Channel 20 this keeps coming up REALLY on Freeview,
Also, in Radio times yhey list DAVE as channel 12 & YESTERDAY as cannel 19 on ours its visa versa

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Roger Bates's 1 post GB flag

7:54 PM

Roger Bates: Problems of this nature require a "first time installation" to be carried out in order to clear everything stored in the tuners memory, this procedure also being described on some devices as a "factory reset" / "default settings" or some other similar term.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 21 September 2013
Mr D P Hughes
1:27 PM


I was overjoyed to see an old favourite featured on the new Drama Channel 20 - ie "Rumpole of the Bailey" - but... inexpressibly infuriated to discover that after a couple of weeks of daily transmission it has now been 'demoted' to just one weekly appearance on a Sunday... Why? When will the daily transmissions of this superior tv entertainment be restored?

Please pass on my protest and query to the suits at that channel so that they can reply direct to me via my email address. I require an answer to both questions, please.

Thank you.

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Mr D P Hughes
1:37 PM

For the attention of the suits at Channel 61

Great to se "The Waltons" restored to our tv screens each weekday:

Can you please most strongly urge all editors of listings publications to feature your channel's programmes in their publications - especially "Total TV", the one I buy? It's most unprofessional and deeply annoying that they are all completely silent about your offerings. Not only are we viewers missing out regarding time of showing for all your programmes - the long trailers are tiresome incidentally - but so too ar YOU at Channel 61. I came across the channel purely by accident while idly flipping through the buttons on my remote. I was thrilled to discover the above-mentioned programme being aired. The magazine publishers need to fall awake:

Help them do so c/o a justified protest from your end...


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Mr D P Hughes's 2 posts GB flag

2:48 PM

Mr D P Hughes: I highly doubt anyone from any of the channels you are complaining about read these comments. Go to their own websites to contact them:

True Movies, True Stars, Real Life and True Story Films

UKTV Corporate Site

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Robert Schofield
7:03 PM

Really enjoy watching the old programmes on Drama, especially Heartbeat which we record on series record. However programmes are being repeated again yet have not seen early ones with Greengrass. Any chance?

Robert Schofield

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