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rob6,961 posts since 7 Apr 2001
Meridian (South) South Today
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UKTV is set to go head to head with ITV3 with the launch of Drama, a new channel on Freeview.

It is the company’s first channel launch since female-skewing Really in May 2009, and takes UKTV’s portfolio to 11.

A large amount of content will come out of UKTV’s licensing agreement with the BBC, including Tipping The Velvet, Cranford and Lark Rise To Candleford, but Drama will also acquire non-BBC titles from thirdparty distributors.

Drama will launch on 8 July with classic drama programming such as Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice. Former ITV shows such as Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path and Sean Bean-fronted Sharpe will also run.

“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. The channel will be run by general manager Adrian Wills, who also looks after Yesterday.


http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/news/broadcasters/uktv-takes-on-itv3-with-drama-channel-launch/5054513.article?referrer=RSS
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nwtv20038,046 posts since 5 Jan 2003
Granada North West Today
Basically it sounds just like a channel they used to have several years ago before it went all crime focused....

On the positive side it sounds like a good addition for DTT, although the Catherine Cookson dramas are already shown on Yesterday, it'll be interesting to see what happens there. One would assume its getting the LCN 25 slot?
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gottago2,479 posts since 26 Aug 2004
London London
Basically it sounds just like a channel they used to have several years ago before it went all crime focused....

On the positive side it sounds like a good addition for DTT, although the Catherine Cookson dramas are already shown on Yesterday, it'll be interesting to see what happens there. One would assume its getting the LCN 25 slot?


I expect it will swap with Gold and get channel 20.
Richard654 posts since 22 Apr 2012
Granada North West Today
Basically it sounds just like a channel they used to have several years ago before it went all crime focused....

On the positive side it sounds like a good addition for DTT, although the Catherine Cookson dramas are already shown on Yesterday, it'll be interesting to see what happens there. One would assume its getting the LCN 25 slot?


I expect it will swap with Gold and get channel 20.


Is this a new freeview channel, or is it replacing something else?