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UKTV's Drama channel reveals line-up, Yesterday goes factual and Blighty closes down

UKTV has revealed more details ahead of the launch of its new Drama channel, launching 8th July 2013, as provisional schedules show a shift to more factual programmes on sister channel Yesterday to coincide with the launch.  

Meanwhile, references to pay TV network Blighty have been removed off the UKTV website ahead of its closure.

According to the Drama channel's new website, Drama will mix popular dramas and comedies including BBC Scotland's Monarch of the Glen -  previously shown on itv3, New Tricks, Tenko and Sharpe - previously shown on Yesterday plus The Bill, Born and Bred and the popular Call The Midwife. Comedy is represented on the channel by Last of the Summer Wine and Birds of a Feather - a show which according to reports this week is to be revived by itv.

It's been confirmed that the channel will launch on Freeview channel 20, a channel number it has acquired from sister channel GOLD. It's anticipated that the channel will at some point appear on Sky and Virgin, but no further details are currently known.

What’s on Drama?
Act of Will
Inspector George Gently
Rumpole of the Bailey
Birds of a Feather
Jack the Ripper
Born and Bred
Jonathan Creek
Bring Me Morecambe & Wise
Land Girls
Call the Midwife
Lark Rise to Candleford
Catherine Cookson: Dinner of Herbs
Last of The Summer Wine
The Bill
Catherine Cookson: Man Who Cried
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Cold Comfort Farm
The Long Firm
Crimson Petal and the White
Miss Marple
The Mayor of Casterbridge
Eric and Ernie
Monarch of the Glen
The Ruby in the Smoke
Fanny Hill
Mrs Bradley Mysteries
The Shadow in the North
Murphy's Law
The Sinking of the Laconia
Hamish Macbeth
New Tricks
Tipping the Velvet
Hold the Dream
North and South
To Be the Best
House of Cards
Pride and Prejudice
Wish Me Luck

More Drama Q&A  >

Blighty to close
Meanwhile, Blighty - first launched in 2004 under the name UKTV People, will be closing to provide capacity for Drama on satellite and cable platforms. In recent months the channel, exclusive to pay TV, has seen some of the lowest ratings of any channel belonging to the UKTV family of channels. References to Blighty have already been removed off the UKTV website, but listings show a diet of Gary Rhodes Food Heroes and Johnny Kingdom's Year in Exmoor into the beginning of July. Social media activity on the channel's Facebook and Twitter outlets dried up earlier this year.

Less Drama, more Factual on Yesterday channel
As a result of Drama launching, there will be a few changes to schedules on sister channel Yesterday, which will lose late afternoon and early evening comedy and drama slots to make way for more factual programmes.

According to provisional schedules, from 1st July, evening comedy on Yesterday, which has included Last of the Summer Wine and Keeping Up Appearances will be replaced by Time Team and Coast.

From the 8th July - the day of Drama's launch - late afternoon drama including Lovejoy and All Creatures Great and Small will be replaced by further factual shows including Secrets of World War II, Antiques Roadshow, A History of Ancient Britain and The Country House Revealed.

last updated: 24/06/2013


  1. Great Line Up, Can't Wait, The Bill, Birds Of A
    Feather, Some Classic Shows


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