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Publicity steps up ahead of Talking Pictures Freeview change

Talking Pictures is to become more widely available on Freeview from the end of November, and the publicity is stepping up:

According to an announcement by Freeview multiplex operator Arqiva today, the frequency change for the independent vintage film channel will mean 19 million homes will have access to the channel via their aerial from the afternoon of the 30th November 2017.

Talking Pictures first launched on Freeview in September 2015, but has until now had limited UK coverage terrestrially. It specialises in screening vintage films and series shown nowhere else on UK television. In addition to broadcasting on Freeview, the channel is carried on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media and is simulcast on some local TV channels during the day.

  • Freeview viewers who can't currently get Talking Pictures TV should retune from the afternoon of 30th November 2017. Talking Pictures will appear on channel 81 and anyone who can already receive Yesterday (channel 19) will get the channel.
  • Freeview viewers who already receive Talking Pictures TV may need to retune from the afternoon of 30th November 2017, although some devices will automatically retune. Talking Pictures will continue to appear on channel 81 after a retune.
  • If you receive TV via a YouView, EE TV or Now TV Smart Box, you will also benefit from the changes - these services piggyback on Freeview.

Commenting on the change, Sarah Cronin-Stanley, Director at Talking Pictures TV, said:
“Talking Pictures TV offers TV viewers the opportunity to watch nostalgic films from the 1930s onwards for free. Since we first launched two years ago we’ve built a diverse audience of millions of loyal viewers across multiple platforms, covering the length and breadth of Britain – all sharing our passion for this golden era of film! We’re delighted that, by moving multiplexes, we’ll be able to reach an even broader audience, and hope others may discover a new interest in classic films through discovering our content.”

Mike Finchen, Director, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) at Arqiva, added:
“During the length of our partnership with Talking Pictures TV, it’s been great to see the rapid growth its business has experienced; it has gone from strength to strength, and the move to our SD Mux will ensure it continues on this trajectory. 
“With 91% of the UK population watching traditional forms of television at least once a week (according to research by Digital UK), DTT and the Freeview platform present broadcasters of all shapes and sizes – especially independent providers like Talking Pictures TV – with the perfect opportunity to air programming to an audience who already know and love their content, and to expand their footprint among devoted TV viewers.”

Meanwhile, Talking Pictures has produced an information film for viewers explaning the change:


  1. Yet more bloody retunes. 1 of these days i'll get cable in my room.

  2. Whilst BonanzaBonanza classic tv dumped their channel along came TPTV. Fantastic channel of classic tv and films. Wonder would they show Z cars, Fugitive (1965)Lancer (western) the original Twilight Zone, Original Outer Limits, Blakes 7 Mister Ed,Black Beauty etc