UKTV is to close its Blighty television channel ahead of the launch of the new scripted channel Drama.
The closure of Blighty comes as UKTV shuffles its line-up of channels slightly on the Freeview EPG system with soon-to-be-launched Drama taking position 20 shunting Gold (formerly UK Gold and the first UKTV channel to be launched way back in 1992) to position 26.
Drama will air shows such as Call the Midwife and Last of the Summer Wine which currently airs on Gold and Yesterday.
Viewers with a long memory will remember that UKTV previously had a drama channel titled UKTV Drama which was launched in 1997 as UK Arena and was re-branded in 2008 as Alibi; the home of crime drama’s such as Miss Marple, Bergerac and American import Body of Proof.
The soon-to-close Blighty originally launched in 2004 as UKTV People before its re-brand in 2008. It currently shows a range of factual entertainment programmes such as A Life of Grime, Sky Cops, Traffic Cops and the genealogical series Who Do You Think You Are?
UKTV’s portfolio of channels includes entertainment based Watch which shows programmes such as Primeval, Beauty and the Beast and Casualty repeats while Yesterday airs a mixture of documentaries and drama. The comedy slanted Dave sees a male orientated mix of original commissions, like the rebooted Red Dwarf and repeats of shows such as Top Gear. Their Home network broadcasts garden and house based series such as Homes Under The Hammer and Ground Force, these channel sit along with the previously mentioned comedy output on Gold and crime drama channel Alibi.