Talking Pictures TV: How to watch


Talking Pictures TV is the vintage British film channel, featuring classic films and series, often found on no other TV channel in the UK.

Since launching in 2015, distribution of the channel has increased to cover all main TV platforms and is now simulcast on a number of local TV channels.

How to watch
The standard definition channel is available in the following places:
  • Sky channel 343
  • Freesat channel 306
  • Freeview channel 81*  In some areas also on channel 7 or 8. See below.
  • YouView (BT TV, TalkTalk, Plusnet TV) channel 81^
  • Virgin Media channel 445 

* Why can't I receive Talking Pictures TV on Freeview? Reception of the channel is subject to coverage and device. You need a Freeview HD or Freeview Play compatible device. The signal carrying the channel reaches around 75% of households. You can check channel availability through the channel coverage tool from Freeview.
^ Subject to coverage. The channel is received via Freeview. The signal carrying the channel reaches around 75% of households.

Talking Pictures+1 / Talking Pictures HD
There are no timeshift (+1) or high definition (HD) versions of this channel.

Simulcasts on local TV channels
A number of local TV channels simulcast part of the Talking Pictures schedule, which means viewers in the local coverage areas of these channels have an additional way of accessing the channel. 
They include:
  • Belfast: NVTV - Freeview 7/Virgin Media 159
  • Brighton: Latest TV - Freeview 7/Virgin Media 159
  • Cambridge: That's Cambridge - Freeview 7/Virgin Media 159
  • Lancashire (Preston & Blackpool): That's Lancashire - Freeview 7/Virgin Media 159
  • Manchester: That's Manchester - Freeview 7/Virgin Media 159
  • Southampton and Portsmouth: That's Solent - Freeview 7/Virgin Media 159
  • Swansea: Bay TV Swansea - Freeview 8/Virgin Media 159



  • Information last reviewed 5th June 2017.
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