“ UKTV Drama is a digital television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom, as part of the UKTV network of channels. It was originally launched as UK Arena on 1 November 1997, as the newly-formed UKTV Network's arts channel. The name derives from the BBC's flagship arts program Arena. Initial ratings were disappointing and it was decided to relaunched the channel on 31 March 2000 as UK Drama, with a focus on showing dramas rather than as a general arts program. Along with the rest of the network, the "UK" prefix was changed to "UKTV" on 8 March 2004. On the 2 May 2006, the UKTV Drama +1 service was launched to replace UKTV People +1. „
As part of our cable package (we gave up our Sky dish last year) from NTL I receive all of the UKTV channels, which includes UKTV Drama.
My wife and I both find that this is a channel we are tuning into more and more of an evening, simply because of the really high quality of the programming.
UKTV Drama doesn't actually produce or air any new programmes or drama. Instead they appear to buy up the rights to screen whole series of both drama and classic comedy from other stations like the BBC, ITV, and from some of the American networks.
As the name of the channel would suggest, the bulk of the programming is old drama series, along with a smattering of classic comedy series and some movies.
Currently my own personal favourites from among the drama programmes are "New Tricks", "Taggart" and "Silent Witness", whereas my better half prefers "Murder She Wrote" and "Miss Marple".
In the comedy stakes we seem to have much the same taste, and enjoy classics like "Keeping Up Appearances" and "Last Of The Summer Wine".
I've only given you a very small taste of the vast array of programmes that are shown on this marvellous channel as to list them all would be literally impossible and my review would run to about 10,000 words! If you have the channel then you can check out their programmes for yourself, or if you'd be interested in subscribing then you can always go to their comprehensive and well laid out website. (Simply Google it!)
UKTV Drama has something for every taste.
© KenJ January 2008
I think this is one of the best channels on TV. I enjoy watching replays of such programmes as Bergerac, New Tricks, etc. and I especially enjoyed the Tenko replays.I am hoping that you will soon show the next series as I am suffering withdrawal symptoms!I am also enjoying the continual police/crime shows - there is nothing on the current main channels to compare with the old ones!
Do you like watching the boys from the Blackstuff, The Lakes, Tenko then this is the channel for you. You have another chance to see all the classic dramas shown on ITV and the BBC, all those years ago. You will be able to see them all on this channel. Available Via Sky Digital, Cable and most probably through Analogue. The picture quality is not bad and the sound quality is fine. You cant help notice the logo on this channel I wish they would ban all logos, we know which channel we are viewing for gods sake it tells you when you turn the channel.
It has been almost worth my £27 per month BSKYB subscription just to get this channel. For the past six weeks I have been glued to every episode of the rerun of that great late 70s / early 80s classic "The Onedin Line". If that is not to your taste, they have "Tenko", "Secret Army", "A Horseman Riding By" in their repertoire, as well as more recent costume dramas such as "Barchester Chronicles" and "Vanity Fair". My only criticism is the strange hours they run on the digital system - 7pm until 6am - I all for providing Tenko at 5 o clock i the morning for shift workers etc, but with such a wealth of maerial, why not put it on round the clock?