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Play UK (formerly known as UK Play) was a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom, as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel was launched (as UK Play) on 10 October 1998. The channel was aimed at playing (for most of the time) music in the morning and afternoon while broadcasting comedy in the evening. It closed on 30 September 2002 due to low ratings because of the closure of ITV Digital in May 2002 also it could not compete with MTV. Play UK's comedy programming was then moved to UK Gold (now UKTV Gold).

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      04.04.2001 21:43
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      On it's launch it was hot, the only music/comedy channel in the UK was really set to take off but the comedy isn't great and there isn't enough music. Half of the time when I turnover there's interviews, reviews or adverts. The comedy aspect features shows such as 'The Royle Family' and 'The Fast Show', the comedy shows usually don't air until eight/nine o'clock at night with the majority of shows overall focusing on music. I didn't really request UK Play but I recieved it as part of a channel package which I ordered, I checked it out - it was no where near the quality that channels such as MTV and KISS boast. It's not free of course but available as part of a basic channel package from most TV service providers. There are a few reasonably entertaining shows such as 'Top Of The Pops' with guests and new music. The channel name recently changed name to 'Play UK' probably just to get noticed again by viewers - the programming schedule is still the same though. I don't recommend this by any means but you'll probably recieve with your channel package anyway

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        25.03.2001 21:13
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        Play UK, shows (as I'm sure you already know from other reviews on dooyoo) a mixture of music and comedy. This has a distinctly BBC2 flavour, as its target audience is similar and it is largly owned by the BBC. But, all that aside, is it any good? What does it show? Play UK, despite showing some new series, shows largely BBC repeats for its comedy bit. Shows like the Fast Show, League of Gentlemen, I'm Alan Partridge etc. are the type of things to expect. These programmes, in my opinion, are worthy of a second showing, and therefore I watch a lot of Play UK. However, my two main complaints would be that; -they sometimes show the same episode three or four times a week! -new series are often poor- and clearly just those rejected by BBC1/2. Music output is also on the whole good, and better than that of MTV etc, in my opinion. Top of the Pops at Play is o every weekday afternoon- which is like an afternoon version of Live and Kicking. Not my cup of tea, but you might like it. I like however DJ Anthems and The Joy of Decks, both of which have some really interesting tracks and mixes from big DJs. Where can you get it? It's on Sky Digital (217), On Digital (37) and on cable in most areas- as part of a primary package. Overall, this cannel is clearly UK GOLD's younger offspring- aimed at teens and younger people. It is however a worthy addition to digital TV.

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        22.01.2001 18:11
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        The "UKtv" brand of satellite/digital channels has certainly proved successful. Their range of channels certainly aims to cater for almost every kind of person, what with channels such as the "repeats channel", UK Gold, UK Horizons, et al, and the breakaway, newly renamed UK Play - oops, I mean PlayUK! Certainly comparable to other digital channels such as E4, the PlayUK channel is run with the BBC (particulary BBC 2) and as such allows programmes such as "The League Of Gentlemen" and "The Fast Show" to be shown as some of PlayUK's big audience-grabbers. A potent combination of music, comedy and a mix of the two together, PlayUK is non-stop, "in your face" entertainment. Possibly one of the channel's "flagship" programmes is TOTP@Play, a Top Of The Pops spin-off show (again with the BBC connection), which competes, 6 days a week with its fierce rival, MTV Select. Both are similar in the sense that they are both presented by young, trendy attractive hosts (Lisa Rogers, Sarah HB, Vernon Kay, Joe Mase, Josie D'Arby and others), both invite the viewer to choose the song they want played as well. But in depth, "TOTP@Play" is much more than an MTV Select "phone-in" show. It includes in-depth interviews, reviews (of music and movies, festivals, TV etc) and you get the feeling that the show is much more run by the viewer than "Select" ever would be. Musically, PlayUK is a pop/dance hybrid. Its "DJ"-type programmes, namely "Play dance", "Play Selecta", "DJ Anthems" and "The Joy Of Decks" all regularly star big name DJ's such as Judge Jules to the Dreem Teem and cover the musical spectrum (as it were) from garage to house and trance. Comedy-wise, PlayUK hits the viewer hard with some of the greatest comedy programmes there are today. "The Fast Show",
        "Alan Partridge", "Shooting Stars" and various others are almost guaranteed to entertain. What's more, PlayUK is bundled free with most digital packages (both Sky Digital and ONdigital), so there's no extra cost for a great channel. If you haven't already tried it out, you don't know what you are missing!

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        07.01.2001 23:16
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        UK Play is is one of the ever expanding UK.. TV channels joining the vapid Style,the'The Bill'obsessed Gold and the dull Braindead,sorry Victoria Wood made up the last one!.It's on Sky Digital and some if not all cable services.It is the pick of the UK channels and concerns itself solely with music and comedy. The channel is run by the BBC and it's shows have mostly been on BBC2 although they do have some original programming.During the day the programmes are mostly musical with lazy stuff like 'Top of the pops@Play' which is basically an extended version of the BBC1 show with preformances from the show padded out with studio banter and viewer video requests.Other music shows include 'DJ Anthems','Superstar DJ' and no doubt the soon to follow 'DJ Changing rooms'.Not a DJ worshipper I tend to avoid the music part of the channel although the rolling pop videos at the weekends make for good background music. In the evenings comedy takes over and they even have a bored Paul Whitehouse doing prerecorded links.The shows are sheduled in a similar fashion to that of the Paramount comedy channel in that the same show is usually on in the same slot each night.This is handy if you can't find those TV pages but it also means that the same episodes pop up on a regular basis.The shows are all pretty good with 'The League of Gentlemen','The Fast Show' and the underrated 'Hippies' all regulars along with 'Big Train' and 'Stella Street'.Shows are now popping up soon after their BBC airing with 'The Last Fast Show' on two weeks after it first ran.Suits you...etc. Quite often the channel abandons the shedule and treats us to six or more episodes of the same show.This is fine is the show is 'Larry Sanders' not so good if it's 'Goodness Gracious me'.The channel is on 24 hours a day although through the night they simply rerun the shows seen e
        arlier that day. Of their home grown shows the best is 'Rock Profile'.This is a spoof show where a straight faced Jamie Theakson interviews some rock star or group,who are played by Matt Lucas and David Williams.The interviews are intercut with the artiste's actual videos which have funny comments trailed alond the bottom.Highlight episodes include a very bitter Bucks Fizz and a slipper wielding Maurice Gibb who terrorises the younger BeeGees.This show is a treat and is on weekdays at 9.30pm. On the whole an enjoyable channel that usually delivers a tasty titbit if you've thirty minutes to kill.On the downside the shows are getting a bit familiar and the same trailers run at every ad break without fail.Give it a try.

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          12.12.2000 19:55

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          UKPlay prides itself in being the UK's only music and comedy channel, and they do a great job of it. If you want to see comedy favourites like Shooting Stars (Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer), Herry Enfield and Chums or The Royle Family, then UKPlay will be heaven to you. If you also want the best new music, exclusive DJ performances and music quizzes, then again, it's the one for you. "The Joy Of Decks" provides regular sessions from many top DJ's including Judges Jules and Paul Oakenfold, while "The Phone Zone" provides the viewer with the opportunity to phone in and request a video, as well as playing the freshest new music. If there's one thing I watch UKPlay for, it's "The Leage of Gentlemen", I can't get enough of this comedy, it's brilliant. So, it it's music and comedy you like, tune into UKPlay now

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          02.12.2000 22:53

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          UK Play is an entertainment Music and Youth channel bringing you music, chat and comedy. Featuring some of the best comedy shows eg. The Royle Family, and the best DJs, Trevor Nelson, Judge Jules etc. Whether you want to watch TV or just listen to some music then this is the channel for you. It is available on digital, cable and satelite TV and is suitable for the whole family, although aimed at teens and tweens. If you like UK Play you may also like: MTV, MTV2, MTV Base, Tara and Trouble.

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          28.11.2000 02:16
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          UK PLAY is a music and comedy channel, which shows some of the most entertaining British comedy shows including The Fast Show, Big Train and the League of Gentlemen. It shows music videos, mainly pop and dance. Every weeknight from 4pm to 7pm UK PLAY shows the Top of the pops @ play. This is a request show where you can phone, fax or email them to get your song played. I would recommend UK PLAY to anyone who likes alternative comedy shows or any type of music because they sometimes have "theme" days or weekends where they might have all US pop one day and all UK pop the other day. UK PLAY is available on Sky Digital (Ch 452) and ON Digital.

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            11.11.2000 17:36
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            UK Play is a great channel which can be recieved with digital. It is classed as a Music and comedy channel. It has been out for about a year now and is absolutely great. It’s two best programmes are Goodness Gracious Me and The Fast Show. The are showed regularly and are sometimes repeated. As it is owned by the BBC, it has many other ex-BBC1 programmes including The Royle Family. Overall it is a great channel to watch anytime of the day or night, and at most times it is for any ages.

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            18.10.2000 01:07
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            I have heard mixed responses about UKPlay but I have to admit that I quite enjoy watching it on occasions. Billed as "The UK’s only music and comedy channel" it is from the same stable as UKGold, and thus shows mainly BBC1 and BBC2 repeats. However, Play also has some of its own programming such as the Top Of The Pops extra shows and specialist dance shows featuring people such as Seb Fontaine and Judge Jules. During the day Play is regarded as a music channel (it can be found under music in the Sky Digital TV Guide) and plays chart music and pretty much the same as the likes of MTV. In fact, from 4-7pm it is in direct competition with MTV Select as it has The Phone Zone which has a very similar format. This programme, however, has recently been replaced with Top of The Pops at Play, and while still in competition with Select, it also features interviews and features from performers on TOTP. In the evening, Play then becomes a comedy channel and shows the likes of Shooting Stars, Fast Show, Game On and Ted and Ralph. My one gripe is that these shows are shown at least twice each night - good if you have missed it the first time around but not so good if you are looking for something new to watch. The problem with Play’s comedy is that, while it shows some very good programmes, they don’t have much of a range. Ideally, the UKTV people should move some of the comedy shows from UKGold to UKPlay. Shows like Red Dwarf and the Royle Family would be a great asset to Play as this would probably appeal to the Vic & Bob/ Fast Show audience which Play aims to attract. Play is a good channel at times and can only become better if it widens its range of comedy programming in the evening to compete with channels such as Paramount. But hey, I’m sure there is one episode of the Fast Show I haven’t seen yet...

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              15.10.2000 22:11

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              UK Play is the music channel from the people at the UK TV network. And while it so obviously tries to compete with, and beat MTV it falls so short of the mark. On MTV everyday there is a program called MTV Select, a live show with interviews, chart run downs etc. Guess what, at the same time on UK Play you can see TOTP@Play, a completely blatant rip off of MTV's show. And whereas MTV seems to judge perefctly what music to play and in what quantity, but whenever I turn over to UK Play the music is either old or by some rubbish band. UK Play does slightly beat MTC in the comedy stakes, although only because it has the likes of The League of Gentlemen and Shooting Stars, but this doesnt make up for some of the utter rubbish they put on, abstract comedies and weird persuado music programmes that nobody watches or probably even cares about. If UK Play could sort out its music, and stick to more of the good comedies then it could become reasonable, but I doubt it could ever beat MTV at its own game.

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              11.10.2000 01:30
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              This channel is really good. Another successfull channel from UK TV. If you like mixing, clubbing, partying then this is the place to be. Dance music lovers heaven. It is really goos to watch when you are doing work or something or when you are stressed out because it makew you fell happier. It also has some good comedy programs such as "Goodness Gracious Me" and Bob & Vic's "Upstairs Downstairs". They usually repeat a few things in a day, but change the programmes daily. Another channel from UK TV well worth getting.

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              03.09.2000 04:44
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              UK Play is the deffinetly the son of UK Gold, the cool, original and charismatic channel that is loved by younger viewers... My Top Five shows on UK Plus: 1. THE FAST SHOW! 2. GAME ON 3. LEAGUE of GEMTLEMEN 4. SHOOTING STARS 5. THE ROYLE FAMILY If the thought of The Fast Show shown once a night gets you going then this is the channel for you, it's like BBC2s Friday Night comedy everyday of the week. There is a lot of original programming but nothing brilliant at all, the best bits are from the BBC archives! First satellite station to show The Royle Family new episodes which has got to be a good thing.

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              23.08.2000 04:34
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              I love all the UK TV Channels but PLAY UK has got to be one of my favourites, I really like the fact that it’s a mixture of comedy and music. One of my favourite shows is “Top of the Pops at Play” a new show which takes on the TOTP brand, its a show where you phone up have a chat and select a song, watch interviews or even request LIVE TOTP performances I think the presenters are brilliant and are really funny. I watch it nearly everyday, its better than MTV's viewers choice show. I also love to watch the comedy shows like “The Fast Show” and “Goodness Gracious Me”, PLAY UK is the home to excellent comedy., but these comedys are often repeated a lot. Recently though, there have been new comedies come to the channel, monday night is especially good with programmmes like "Im Alan Partridge", thats Steve Coogans creation and the wacky world of "Big Train" is also now on PLAY UK. The channel has recently had a re-brand, so it doesnt look like the other UKTV channels like UK GOLD. UK PLAY is now known as PLAY UK and has some great new music shows for all different tastes in music. They also have got a brilliant FLASH new website, with loads of features! PLAY UK is simply excellent blending comedy and music together on one channel.

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              09.08.2000 18:57

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              I do like this channel as it has some quite good comedy that I haven't seen for along time like Shooting Stars, Vic and Bob, Jack Dee. The theme months are quite good as well, July was Vic Reeves month, June I think was the League of Gentlemen so you get to see all the episodes not just a selected repeat every now and again. This is quite nicely broken up with some scheduled music programs to like The Joy of Decks where some quite good DJ's get to muck about with videos and tracks at the same time with some quite entertaining results. The only problem Ihave with this channel is the volume of repeats. It is almost as bad as Sky movie channels. What drove me INSANE was the repeats of Shooting Stars. It was always the same damned episodes as well with Adam Ant and Melinda Messenger almost every night. Then, in Vic Reeves month, they showed them all again about three times as well!! That for me has tainted the channels credibility as an entertaining schedule with good variety. Maybe I'm to fussy but it does get boring now and again.

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              09.08.2000 03:33

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              Another UK Channel and some of the music on this channel is very good the picture quality if fine and the sound is ok but to me it sometimes sounds mono. The channel has its own programming like the phone Zone and some very nice quiz shows which I enjoy watching. Again with the UK channels you tend to get a lot of programmes that have been repeated and repeated if you can live with this then this is quite a good music channel. Some thing I do find annoying is when the don’t show the full videos and cut then short to go to a presenter or a commercial stop it, it annoys me.

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