I hadn't realised the thing about Gold the radio network, it rebranded the year before UKTV Gold did.
The change to the acronym was also to signify that it was a comedy channel, after all theres no link between the word' gold' and comedy. It was a way of trying to stop people asking why Eastenders wasn't on any more (though I remember when Paramount Channel became Paramount Comedy Channel and people still asked them to show wrestling)
That aside it didn’t stop Gold when it was G.O.L.D showing Neighbours for a short while. But I think that was more to see an out an existing agreement rather than put old episodes of Neighbours onto Watch for a few weeks or months.
Yep, they basically dramatically increased the amount of episodes they showed and ran it for the a few months after the change until they reached the point the show moved to Channel 5. They were running Charlie's Angels very briefly after the G.O.L.D. rebrand as well.
And now I've been reminded of the awful "made by the BBC, shown by G.O.L.D." continuity announcement they had for a while. And for some reason was also used before repeats of The New Statseman even though (bar a couple of specials) it was an ITV show.
Also a few years ago, they seemed like they were getting into older US sitcoms as well, we had Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie (though sadly the colourised versions of the black & white episodes of those two shows), Happy Days and Cheers, but we had no more since, which is a bit of a shame. May have been the Scripps 50% ownership which put the shows on there. I wish we had channels showing old 50s/60s/70s US shows, like they do in America.
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