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Drama is a British free-to-air television channel broadcasting drama (and, to a lesser extent, comedy) programming in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel launched on 8 July 2013,[1] replacing Blighty.[2] On Freeview, the channel was placed on channel 20, previously occupied by Gold.[3] On Sky, the channel initially launched on channel 291, in the overspill area of the Entertainment section and moved to channel 166 on 24 July after purchasing the slot used by PBS America.[4] The channel launched on Virgin Media on 14 August on channel 190. In September 2014, UKTV blamed the channel for their 7% profits fall. In September 2018, Drama and Really were added to Virgin Media Ireland.

Drama
Drama (TV channel) logo.png
Launched8 July 2013 (2013-07-08)
Owned byUKTV
(BBC Studios)
Picture format16:9 576i (SDTV)
Audience share1.15% (December 2018 (2018-12), BARB)
SloganThere's only one channel called Drama
CountryUnited Kingdom and Ireland
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom and Ireland
ReplacedBlighty
Sister channel(s)Alibi
Dave
Eden
Gold
W
Yesterday
Websitedrama.uktv.co.uk
Availability
Terrestrial
FreeviewChannel 20
Satellite
FreesatChannel 158
Sky (UK)Channel 143
Sky (Ireland)Channel 158
Astra 2F12129 V 27500 2/3
Cable
Virgin MediaChannel 130
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 164
IPTV
Eir VisionChannel 166
Streaming media
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)

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ProgrammingEdit

The channel is positioned as a home for British dramas from the last 40 years. The channel features such shows as Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Cinder Path, Cranford, Lark Rise to Candleford, Pride & Prejudice, Sharpe and Tipping the Velvet.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UKTV raises the curtain on Drama" (Press release). UKTV. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. ^ "UKTV's Drama channel reveals line-up, Yesterday goes factual and Blighty looks set to close". a516digital. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Drama as new channel forces Gold to move Home on the Freeview EPG". a516digital. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  4. ^ White, Peter (17 July 2013). "PBS America sells Sky slot to UKTV". Broadcast. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  5. ^ Munn, Patrick (2 May 2013). "UKTV To Launch New Drama Channel on July 8th". TVWise. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Classic EastEnders". drama.uktv.co.uk. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.

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