Yesterday (TV channel)
Yesterday is one of the UKTV network of television channels in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It launched on 30 October 2002 as UK History and relaunched in its current format on 2 March 2009. It is available on satellite through Sky, Freesat and through the digital terrestrial provider Freeview. Hours on Freeview had previously been cut, with transmissions finishing at 6 pm, but were restored on 1 June 2010. Yesterday +1 eventually launched on Freeview channel 99 but, as of 16 January 2019, is no longer available on Freeview.
|Launched||30 October 2002|
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
0.04% (+1) (December 2018 , BARB)
|Slogan||"Fuel your mind"|
|Country||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Formerly called||UK History (2002–04)|
UKTV History (2004–09)
|Timeshift service||Yesterday +1|
|Sky (UK)||Channel 155 |
Channel 255 (+1)
|Sky (Ireland)||Channel 161 |
Channel 261 (+1)
|Astra 2F||12129 V 27500 2/3|
|Virgin Media||Channel 129|
Channel 200 (+1)
|Eir Vision||Channel 537|
|TVPlayer||Watch live (UK only)|
Watch live (+1) (UK only)
The channel originally launched on 30 October 2002 as UK History, a channel for the network's historic documentaries. These were previously found on the channel UK Horizons; however, the launch of UK History allowed the channel to broadcast more programmes in their schedule. The majority of programming on the channel is sourced from the BBC programme archive, through the part ownership of the channel by BBC Worldwide. The launch of the channel also coincided with the launch of the new digital terrestrial provider Freeview, following the collapse of the former provider ITV Digital. The service remained unchanged until 8 March 2004, when the channel changed its name in line with the rest of the UKTV network to UKTV History.
The channel was available full-time on all platforms until 15 October 2007 when the hours were reduced on the Freeview platform, resulting in the channel stopping broadcasting at 6 pm each day. This was a result of the launch of Dave, which took over UKTV History broadcast capacity. UKTV History took over the slot used by the unsuccessful UKTV Bright Ideas that was sharing a slot with Virgin1 and Babestation. The channel's inability to broadcast in prime time on Freeview resulted in a ratings drop. In November 2007, the channel had a 0.3 percent share of all television viewing, compared to 0.5 percent a year earlier. This restriction remained until 1 June 2010, when broadcast time was extended until 1 am each day, following the closure of the Virgin1 +1 channel on Freeview. As a result, the channel can now broadcast fully from 6 am to 1 am daily.
As part of a network wide programme of relaunching all the UKTV channels under unique names and brands, the channel was renamed as Yesterday on 2 March 2009. The new channel also took on extra programming including fictional historic series and programmes previously broadcast on UKTV Documentary concerning the natural history of the British Isles.
Since 24 July 2012, Yesterday offers more entertainment-led content along with a design refresh, which includes a new logo and idents, in order to attract a wider and younger audience, along with a new slogan, "Entertainment Inspired By History". For example, the channel has broadcast more repeats of situation comedies, such as Last of the Summer Wine or Butterflies.
In late 2014, Yesterday began slowly decreasing the amount of comedy and drama shown on the channel and branching out into more factual content, with notable additions including natural history, science and engineering alongside the classic slate of history programming.
On 8 December 2015 Yesterday became available on Freesat together with two of its UKTV sister channels Drama and Really.
The channel also operates a time shift channel called Yesterday +1, and UKTV History +1 before it, that is available on Sky and Virgin Media and was, until 16th January 2019 when it left, available on Freeview. The channel broadcasts the Yesterday schedule one hour later than the main channel, but contains no special programming or branding, with the occasional exception of a different DOG.
The majority of the channel's programmes are sourced from the BBC programme archives; however, some are bought in from other terrestrial stations and some productions are commissioned by UKTV themselves. Programmes previously shown on terrestrial channels like BBC One, Two and Four are usually edited for timing, to accommodate the current three commercial breaks within each hour-long programme. The most obvious example of this is for programmes originally broadcast on the BBC, as material lasting 58 minutes will be edited down to 42 minutes when shown on Yesterday. Some of Yesterday's notable programmes include:
- Antiques Roadshow
- Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
- Bargain Hunt
- Cash in the Attic
- Celebrity Antiques Road Trip
- Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
- Chemistry: A Volatile History
- The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
- David Attenborough's Life Collection
- Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened
- Genius of Britain
- Goodnight Sweetheart
- Great British Railway Journeys
- Keeping Up Appearances
- Life in Cold Blood
- Museum Secrets
- Ocean Giants
- One Foot in the Grave
- The Queen's Sister
- The Re-Inventors
- Secret History
- The Secret Life Of...
- Secrets of War
- Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity
- The Sixties: The Beatles Decade
- Stonewall Uprising
- Time Team
- To the Manor Born
- Treasure Detectives
- Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?
- Who Do You Think You Are?
- Wild Canada
- Wonders of the Solar System
- Wonders of the Universe
- The World at War
- Yes, Prime Minister
- 10 Things You Don't Know About
- Above and Beyond
- All Creatures Great and Small
- Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire
- Andrew Marr's History of the World
- Animal House
- Atlantis: End of a World, Birth of a Legend
- Attenborough and the Giant Egg
- Auschwitz: The Nazis and 'The Final Solution'
- Australia with Simon Reeve
- The Best of Men
- The Blue Planet
- Boom Bang-a-Bang: 50 Years of Eurovision
- Brave New World with Stephen Hawking
- Brazil with Michael Palin
- The Challenger
- The Country House Revealed
- The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
- David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities
- The Diamond Queen
- Dickinson's Real Deal
- Digging for Britain
- Earth: The Power of the Planet
- Edwardian Farm
- Flog It!
- Frozen Planet
- Great Barrier Reef
- Great British Ghosts
- The Great British Story: A People's History
- The Green Green Grass
- Have I Got News for You
- Hidden Kingdoms
- History Cold Case
- Hitler: The Rise of Evil
- Human Planet
- Ice Age Giants
- Inside Nature's Giants
- Island at War
- Jeeves and Wooster
- Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!
- King George and Queen Mary: The Royals who Rescued the Monarchy
- Krakatoa: The Last Days
- Land Girls
- The Last Day of World War One
- Last of the Summer Wine
- Life in the Undergrowth
- The Life of Birds
- The Life of Mammals
- Life on Earth
- Life on Fire
- The Lost Gods of Easter Island
- Lost Land of the Jaguar
- Lost Land of the Tiger
- Lost Land of the Volcano
- Meet the Romans with Mary Beard
- Michael Wood's Story of England
- Miss Marple
- Mountain Gorilla
- Mummies Alive
- Museum of Life
- Mysteries at the Museum
- Nature's Great Events
- The Nazis: A Warning from History
- New Tricks
- The Old Grey Whistle Test: 70s Gold
- Only Fools and Horses
- Open All Hours
- Oz and Hugh Drink to Christmas
- Oz and James Drink to Britain
- Parade's End
- Planet Earth
- The Planets
- The Private Life of Plants
- The Queen's Palaces
- Rise of the Continents
- The Royle Family
- The Sixties
- Steptoe and Son
- The Thin Blue Line
- Timothy Spall: ...at Sea
- Top of the Pops
- TOWN with Nicholas Crane
- Treasures of Ancient Rome
- The Two Ronnies
- Victorian Farm
- Waiting For God
- The War
- Wartime Farm
- Wild Africa
- Wild Arabia
- Wild Caribbean
- Wild China
- Wild Colombia with Nigel Marven
- Wonders of Life
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- "Yesterday, Drama and Really join Freesat". UKTV. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- "Virgin TV just got even bigger". Virgin Media. Retrieved 4 October 2011.