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      31.10.2009 16:54
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      BBC archive crime drama channel

      Last year, two new channels were given a bit of a fanfare welcome to our screens: Alibi and Watch. Alibi took the place of what was called UKTV Drama, and while it retains a lot of the channels that were on there before, it does so in a much more controlled and organised fashion.

      However, what it does is focus on the very popular genre of crime, mixing it with drama to satisfy those of us who are particularly fond of the genre. At the beginning of each programme, it states that it was originally commissioned by the BBC, but chosen by Alibi for our viewing interest.

      The programmes include such classics as Bergerac and Diagnosis Murder, the latter showing that shows that did air on the BBC aren't always British ones. My favourites tend to be the ones that air a little later at night, due to their content, such as Waking The Dead and Silent Witness. Usually, when these programmes are aired on BBC, they are done so in a two-part fashion, with each part shown on different nights, even on different weeks. However, Alibi puts the parts together to give us a feature length showing of the programme, which I much prefer.

      I particularly liked the BBC adaptation of Pullman Ruby in the Smoke, starring Billie Piper, and the occasional INspector Lynley drama often finds its way onto our screen. I tend to stay away from Spooks, as you need to have some form of historical knowledge of the show in order to understand what is going on, from my point of view. The same goes with The Bill, usually.

      I really like this channel. I love reading crime drama and thriller books, and to get them on TV as well is great for me. The channel offers enough variety in its scheduling to keep me interested and to not get fed up with the same show night after night, and overall, I usually plan the occasional evening around what Alibi is showing at 9pm that night. It's on channel 133 for you Sky viewers, with there being an Alibi+1 channel on 209, which is shown an hour later if this suits you better, or if you miss the beginning of something and are willing to wait for the start, an hour later. A recommended channel.

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