Drama TV channel launches

Drama Channel LogoA new TV channel, Drama, has launched today, the 8th of July 2013.

The channel promises to show best of British drama from the last 40 years, including popular UK drama series such as Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Lovejoy, The Bill, Taggart, Cranford, Lark Rise to Candleford, Jonathan Creek, Pride & Prejudice and Sharpe. There’s also comedy in the form of Birds of a Feather and Morecambe & Wise.

The channel, part of the UKTV network, is now available on the following channels:

  • Freeview Channel 20
  • Sky Channel 291

Emma Tennant is the controller for UKTV, and here’s what she had to say about the launch of the new channel:

“Drama is targeted at a different audience demographic than our other highly successful free-to-air channels, Dave, Yesterday and Really. The channel is aimed at people who simply love drama and want to watch critically-acclaimed shows that have absolutely defined the landscape of British television.”

On Freeview, there has been a small channel renumber, with GOLD and Home (part of Top Up TV’s meager offering), having to move to further down the Freeview programme guide.



  • Tim Pardington

    Some new channels have appeared/about to appear on Freeview:

    True Entertainment – Not only repeats of Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons but other true-story films and drama too.

    5 Later – launching soon, Google searches reveal no further information, it’s popped up on Channel 55.

    Film 4+1 – returns to Freeview, time-delay of Film4 which is moving from Channel 15.

    Freeview customers will have to re-tune their boxes in order to receive the new channels.

  • John

    Unable to view Drama on Channel 20 any ideas would be greatly appreciated.I have tuned all my channels for FTA but too no avail.

  • Shame the drama channel has yet to be launched on freesat. You’d think that it would have been launched at the same time.

  • Tim Pardington

    Test transmission channels already on Freeview for the new “London Live” launching in March 2014 (?)

    And ITV3+1 has appeared on Freeview too – only available after 1am though!

  • Tim Pardington


    London Live is testing on Channel 8. Freeview customers will need to re-tune their boxes.

    Quest +1 has appeared on Freeview.

    And 5Later has appeared on “Channel 5 + 24” – no more to be said about this.

  • Tim Pardington

    New additions:-

    Movies4men – the new perfume from Coco Chanel – Now on Channel 48
    CBS Reality – Channel 64. Judge Judy repeats.

  • It is incredible that we are at 2015 and there are still quality channels missing off the Freesat platform. Drama Channel & Yesterday to name just two. Get your act together Freesat!!!

  • Antoni Horodyski

    What’s happened to The White Queen at 9.00 pm on Thursday? It’s shown as being on in the The Radio Times but all you get is New Tricks! Same last week.

  • derek powell

    I get the message:

    the selection of this channel has been scrambled -cannot decode?

  • Derek Powell

    I get the message on Freeview 20:

    This selection has been scrambled and cannot be decoded ?

  • Derek Powell

    I get the message on Freeview channel 20

    This selected channel has been scrambled an cannot be decoded

  • Gwen Wyatt

    Why is it upstairs on small samsung, tv i can get the Drama freeview number 20 Down stairs on large Samsung 20 comes up as itv channel.

  • Gwen Wyatt

    why is no one replying

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