“ UKTV People is a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom as part of the UKTV network of channels. Along with UKTV Documentary it launched on 8 March 2004, replacing UK Horizons, which closed the day before. „
Launched in 2004, UKTV People is a UK digital television channel, and is part of the UKTV network, which also includes UKTV Drama and UKTV Food, amongst others. The channel was created, along with UKTV Documentary, as a replacement for UK Horizons, which closed the day before this channel started.
The output of this channel is solely documentaries, and most of them are BBC programmes. These documentaries tend to be of the lighter variety, as opposed to the more serious programming of UKTV Documentary. Unlike the original broadcasts on the BBC the programmes are interrupted by advertising and as with the rest of the UKTV network it seems that the person making the decisions about where to put the commercial breaks clearly do not watch the actual programmes as the edits seem quite random at times.
UKTV People is available on both the Sky (on channel 534) and Virgin Media (on channel 206) digital platforms. A timeshifted version, showing the same programmes but an hour later, used to be available but was cut from the UKTV network in 2006.
Three of my favourite programmes on the channel include:
A fly-on-the-wall series about the goings on at London's Heathrow Airport.
In each episode a member of the public lives and trains with an expert. They then compete against experienced participants in the activity that they have learned, with a panel of judges trying to work out which one is the 'fake'.
Another fly-on-the-wall series, this time following the day-to-day working lives of traffic officers from a variety of police forces across the country. Each episode shows a different problem that the police have to deal with and then show how they deal with it.
Overall, if you like your light, fly-on-the-wall style documentaries then this is the channel for you.