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Old 15-06-2013, 13:58
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I'm sure it will get an improvement at some point UKTV seem to go through the channels 1 by 1 and play about with them, just Blighty is way overdue an update, like a new name and new content!

Ever since it was rebranded to Blighty I thought it was always too narrow a scope for the channel without it showing very similar content to yesterday! Take it back to UKTV People and beef it up a bit!
They need to do something with the channel, perhaps put it out of it's misery. It seems to be the place where all the mundane, unexciting domestic documentaries are put that fail to find a home elsewhere.
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Old 20-06-2013, 14:34
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Full list of shows from http://drama.uktv.co.uk/shows/

Act of Will
Birds of a Feather
Born and Bred
Bring Me Morecambe & Wise
Call the Midwife
Catherine Cookson: A Dinner of Herbs
Catherine Cookson: The Man Who Cried
Cold Comfort Farm
Crimson Petal and the White
Eric and Ernie
Fanny Hill
Fingersmith
Hamish Macbeth
Hold the Dream
House of Cards
Inspector George Gently
Jack the Ripper
Jonathan Creek
Land Girls
Lark Rise to Candleford
Last of The Summer Wine
Learners
Lovejoy
Miss Marple
Monarch of the Glen
Mrs Bradley Mysteries
Murphy's Law
New Tricks
North and South
Pride and Prejudice
Rumpole of the Bailey
Sharpe
Silk
Taggart
Tenko
The Bill
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Long Firm
The Mayor of Casterbridge
The Ruby in the Smoke
The Shadow in the North
The Sinking of the Laconia
Tipping the Velvet
To Be the Best
Wish Me Luck
I got this list from another thread on DS. Though it's nice to see Birds of a Feather back, it doesn't belong on here neither LOTSW.
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Old 20-06-2013, 14:44
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I got this list from another thread on DS. Though it's nice to see Birds of a Feather back, it doesn't belong on here neither LOTSW.
ITV are bringing it back for a new series: http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2013/0...r_migrate_back

I notice The Bill on the list. At one point you could watch The Bill back-to-back throughout an entire day by switching between various UKTV and ITV channels.
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Old 20-06-2013, 15:18
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I know that but the 'original' series only has partial drama elements in it and really shouldn't be on here. Last of the Summer Wine has NO drama elements in it at all.
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Old 20-06-2013, 15:28
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I know that but the 'original' series only has partial drama elements in it and really shouldn't be on here. Last of the Summer Wine has NO drama elements in it at all.
I don't think Last of the Summer Wine has any comedy elements in it either.
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Old 20-06-2013, 17:16
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UKTVís new channel, Drama, launches on July 8 on Freeview channel 20
Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...ale-roles.html

I was wondering if their would be another channel reshuffle . A bit sneaky, because if G.O.L.D. had closed on LCN20, I think that LCN would have had to been reserved for Local TV in Scotland and Wales.. It makes complete sense for UKTV though.
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Old 20-06-2013, 17:24
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I'd have preferred Home to Drama from UKTV. At least there's vague chance I might learn something about house building, rather than suffer a load of TV shows that I didn't watch the first/second/third/etc. time they aired.

Sigh.


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Old 20-06-2013, 20:47
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Take back what I said about Blighty still existing beyond Drama's launch, it's now been removed on UKTV's website so looks like it will be replaced by Drama on the pay platforms.
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Old 20-06-2013, 23:35
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I know that but the 'original' series only has partial drama elements in it and really shouldn't be on here. Last of the Summer Wine has NO drama elements in it at all.
I wasn't disputing that.
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Old 21-06-2013, 00:14
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A few programmes on that list I would watch.
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Old 21-06-2013, 07:08
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Source: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...ale-roles.html

I was wondering if their would be another channel reshuffle . A bit sneaky, because if G.O.L.D. had closed on LCN20, I think that LCN would have had to been reserved for Local TV in Scotland and Wales.. It makes complete sense for UKTV though.
Hurrah, finally GOLD off LCN20. Wonder if it's getting bumped somewhere else or is finally going. Local TV on 45 is a disaster, but that's another thread I guess...

I can see Drama being a big hit on Freeview, certainly the biggest competition ITV3 has seen.
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Old 21-06-2013, 07:13
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Hurrah, finally GOLD off LCN20. Wonder if it's getting bumped somewhere else or is finally going. Local TV on 45 is a disaster, but that's another thread I guess...

I can see Drama being a big hit on Freeview, certainly the biggest competition ITV3 has seen.
At a guess, Dave Ja Vu will vacate channel 25 and GOLD will jump into that slot. freeing up channel 20 for Drama. That's assuming that they don't bring back the 2 hours a day service from Dave Ja Vu to grab another EPG slot. The slots could be quite useful if UKTV decide to operate channels on the temporary DVB-T2 multiplexes.
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Old 21-06-2013, 08:13
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Well that sounds reasonable and for us few Top Up TV (TUTV) users I think suggests that will be that for GOLD ah well it was nice while it lasted unless as you say it moves to 25.

I had a look at the UKTV site and the how to watch our channels and it states GOLD via TUTV on channel 20, so not sure how old this is.

However the content is reasonable mix and seems to suggest that Yesterday will just be a factual channel from now on.
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Old 21-06-2013, 09:57
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So it looks like Drama is taking Yesterday's sitcom/light ent offerings, which is a good thing.

Hopefully Yesterday goes back to more historical/documentary type programming.
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Old 21-06-2013, 17:01
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So it looks like Drama is taking Yesterday's sitcom/light ent offerings, which is a good thing.

Hopefully Yesterday goes back to more historical/documentary type programming.
Some of the former Blighty documentary programmes would be a good fit for Yesterday but I suspect that some historic dramas will still be shown on weekends and public holidays.
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Old 21-06-2013, 18:36
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At a guess, Dave Ja Vu will vacate channel 25 and GOLD will jump into that slot. freeing up channel 20 for Drama. That's assuming that they don't bring back the 2 hours a day service from Dave Ja Vu to grab another EPG slot.
Given that GOLD is likely to close completely soon (maybe as soon as ESPN, as it's on the same stream), it may be more beneficial to UKTV to keep Dave Ja Vu on as a two-hour service and shunt GOLD down to a new LCN. When GOLD goes, Home will go too, so I anticipate UKTV doing something to try to retain Ch 26 too.

The slots could be quite useful if UKTV decide to operate channels on the temporary DVB-T2 multiplexes.
Not really, as they will be HD channels, which according to our digital overlords, are a separate genre so get a different range.
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Old 21-06-2013, 19:32
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I'd expect 25 to be Dave Ja Vu and 26 to be Yesterday+1 even if they are only on for an hour a day each, Just to keep it going.
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Old 21-06-2013, 19:47
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Who knows, perhaps UKTV might even do a deal with TUTV for the multiplex space and take over the Home / Gold stream and run something FTA. It all depends on what the TUTV contract is and how long they keep going.
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Old 21-06-2013, 20:51
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Given that GOLD is likely to close completely soon (maybe as soon as ESPN, as it's on the same stream), it may be more beneficial to UKTV to keep Dave Ja Vu on as a two-hour service and shunt GOLD down to a new LCN. When GOLD goes, Home will go too, so I anticipate UKTV doing something to try to retain Ch 26 too.
Yes, but the initial changes will have to take place when Drama arrives on July 8th, if not sooner. I was trying not to speculate at this stage about what will happen when ESPN is removed at the end of July. The 2 hour slot previously used by Dave Ja Vu has been used to extend Really's operating hours, so it would also depend on whether UKTV want to keep the extended hours for Really.

There's already a 4 hour slot on the ESPN/Gold/Home/TUTV Anytime 1 stream given over to teleshopping with the Marketplace channel. The way things are going, that could become a 24 slot...


Not really, as they will be HD channels, which according to our digital overlords, are a separate genre so get a different range.
My assumption here was that if there aren't enough broadcasters willing to supply the full capacity of HD channels, broadcasters could be allowed to take unused capacity for full spec SD channels. They would be certainly be better quality than the COM mux SD channels. So UKTV could be hanging onto the slots for that reason, it's speculation.. I'm not saying it will happen. Obviously if they supply HD channels, they would be in the HD channel EPG range.
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Old 21-06-2013, 20:54
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Who knows, perhaps UKTV might even do a deal with TUTV for the multiplex space and take over the Home / Gold stream and run something FTA. It all depends on what the TUTV contract is and how long they keep going.
It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to TUTV when ESPN leaves the platform...
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Old 21-06-2013, 21:16
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It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to TUTV when ESPN leaves the platform...
= implosion . TUTV have already been emailing and writing to their existing subscribers encouraging them to go to Sky for their entertainment and sporting TV requirements at discounted rates.

As for UKTV Drama, I expect that channel will do very well in the BARB ratings given the list of programmes that have been highlighted in post #77 above.
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Old 21-06-2013, 21:36
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= implosion . TUTV have already been emailing and writing to their existing subscribers encouraging them to go to Sky for their entertainment and sporting TV requirements at discounted rates.
Well yes, with BT removing the Sky Sports channels and not giving TUTV any access to their new channels, TUTV didn't have anything to replace this content so had to let the subscribers go. As for subscribers to the Anytime service, I've not heard anything new, it could just be business as usual. TUTV has been written off by forum members in the past, only to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. It will be interesting to see if they can pull it off again this time.
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Old 21-06-2013, 22:47
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There's already a 4 hour slot on the ESPN/Gold/Home/TUTV Anytime 1 stream given over to teleshopping with the Marketplace channel. The way things are going, that could become a 24 slot...
Wouldn't surprise me! Film4+1 has to fit in somewhere, and I was expecting that to take the ESPN slot (with Anytime fitted around it) - however it could just as easily take over from the temporary RB 302. Will be interesting whatever happens...
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Old 22-06-2013, 02:22
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S4C is looking for more space for better quality too, which could slightly shake things up too! http://www.s4c.co.uk/e_press_level2.shtml?id=744

Just something else to add into the mix (As E4 is on Com4/Mux A whatever you call it now adays in Wales)
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Old 22-06-2013, 09:42
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The line up for UK Drama looks interesting.It's worth it just for the original House of cards alone ! I would like to see Yesterday show some of all those documentaries which haven't been seen on British TV for years. One example would be The 10,000 day war, the history of the Vietnam war from the original French inolvment to America's eventual defeat. I am sure there must be a million and one others.
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