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Inspiring documentaries, drama, comedy and entertainment for mainstream audiences that aims to engage the heart while expanding the mind.

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How to Watch: BBC Two

Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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Regional content: BBC nations TV network - English, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland - for some regional programmes. See BBC nations and regions - overview map - interactive maps. . For full details of broadcaster contacts, see the link icon BBC Two page.

Official site: See the link icon BBC Two website.

From Wikipedia: It covers a wide range of subject matter, but tending towards more 'highbrow' programmes than the more mainstream and popular BBC One. Like the BBC's other domestic TV and radio channels, it is funded by the television licence, and is therefore commercial-free. It is a comparatively well funded public service network, regularly attaining a much higher audience share than most current public service networks worldwide. - link icon read more about BBC Two on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

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About BBC Two

Free channel of the day: BBC Two

Freeview 2, Freesat 102, Sky 102 and watch online.

Freeview 2, Freesat 102, Sky 102 and watch online.
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How is the free channel paid for?

The £528.3m BBC Two budget is funded by the £3,596m Television Licence Fee, and represents 14.7% of all BBC spending - that's about 42p per week per person.

Is the channel live, pre-recorded, new content or repeats?

BBC Two has live presentation, but almost all programmes are pre-recorded, with the exeption of The Daily Politics and Newsnight. Almost all shows are commissioned by the BBC and most have having their first showing.

What's the channel's unique selling point?

A healthy diet of lifestyle programmes, documentaries, comedy, quiz programmes and drama.

The programme schedule highlights

6pm quiz, 6:30pm popular history, 10pm entertainment, 10:30pm Newsnight.

The bits to avoid

The afternoon schedule (The Weakest Link, Flog It!) is lacking the imagination of peak time programmes.

This channel carries a subtitles service for the deaf, hard of hearing and quiet environments.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

10:37 AM

George: If you are watching the analogue channels, BBC2 was switched off on 6th July 2011 and replaced by a high power digital multiplex which carries all the BBC channels. The remaining analogue signals will be switched off at Sudbury on Wednesday, 20th July 2011 and replaced by mux D3+4 ( ITV1&2, C4, C5 etc) and mux BBCB which carries HD channels. To continue watching TV you will need a Freeview box or a TV with an in-built digital tuner. If the problem is loss of BBC2 on a digital receiver you will need to do a factory reset to clear the channel list of all old data then do a scan for channels which should find and store the channels on the current frequency.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Pensioner 69
10:22 AM

I have reset the TV channels after the Sutton Coldfield switch over and all is fine. However, I cannot tune the Recorder into BBC2 or Ch. 5 either manually or automatically. I have a digital tv, no Freeview box or anything. Feel if I could find the channel number of BBC2/Ch. 5 it would help. I have 46 for BBC1, 40 for ITV and 50 for Ch4. I can record all these okay. I can also record BBC2 if I set the recorder to AV1 but have to have the TV on that channel throughout.

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Mike Dimmick

10:55 AM

Pensioner 69: I'm assuming you mean an old video cassette recorder (VCR). Analogue is now being switched off completely - analogue BBC Two no longer broadcasts from Sutton Coldfield. The other analogue channels will go on the 21st. Channel 5 should still be around for the next two weeks, but was always more difficult to receive as it broadcasts on a low channel from the Lichfield mast.

To record digital TV programmes other than the one you're watching, you need to add a Freeview box to decode the signal for the VCR, and set the VCR up to record from that - this would probably be AV2 on the VCR. It is a lot easier to get a hard disk-based recorder, generally called a Personal Video Recorder (PVR).

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
9:42 PM

Can you please tell me the number of the channel used to provide bbc2 in Norfolk

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J.M.SMITH's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Mark Fletcher

12:53 AM

J.M.SMITH.Channel 55 from the main Tacolneston transmitter.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012
1:25 PM

can you please tell me what channel is used to provide bbc2 to Salisbury post code sp2 9ll? Thanks

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Dave Lindsay

2:17 PM

Barry: If your aerial is directed at the Salisbury transmitter, then it is on channel 57 along with the other BBC standard definition services on the BBC A multiplex.

BBC Two is now no longer available on analogue as it has made way for the full power BBC A multiplex.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 April 2012
4:01 PM

I do not have any problems with my TV reception - BBC 1, etc, but when I switch to HMDI, I did I cannot get BBC1- BBC2 - Channel 80.

Is there some simple non- technical thing I could do to make it work ?

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Peter's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 8 April 2012
7:15 PM

I've autotuned my Panasonic Freeview HDD/DVD recorder after switchover, but now we don't have BBC2 on it? What do I need to do to get it on there - looking at various websites they seem to have instructions for groups of missing channels, but we have got BBC One.
Thank you

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