Drama (TV channel)

For the channel formerly known as UKTV Drama, see Alibi (TV channel).
Launched 8 July 2013 (2013-07-08)
Owned by UKTV
(BBC Worldwide/Scripps Networks Interactive)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 1.06% (June 2016 (2016-06), BARB)
Slogan "There's only one channel called Drama"
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Replaced Blighty
Sister channel(s) Alibi
Good Food
Website drama.uktv.co.uk
Freeview Channel 20
Freesat Channel 158
Sky Channel 158
Astra 2E 12129 V 27500 2/3
Virgin Media Channel 128
Streaming media
TVPlayer Watch live (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

Drama is a digital television channel broadcasting drama (and, to a lesser extent, comedy) programming in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel launched on 8 July 2013,[1] replacing Blighty.[2] On Freeview, the channel was placed on channel 20, previously occupied by Gold.[3] On Sky, the channel initially launched on channel 291, in the overspill area of the Entertainment section and moved to channel 166 on 24 July after purchasing the slot used by PBS America.[4] The channel launched on Virgin Media on 14 August on channel 190. In September 2014, ITV blamed the channel for their 7% profits fall.


The channel is positioned as a home for British dramas from the last 40 years. The channel features such shows as Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, The Cinder Path, Cranford, Lark Rise to Candleford, Pride & Prejudice, Sharpe and Tipping the Velvet.[5]




  1. "UKTV raises the curtain on Drama" (Press release). UKTV. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
  2. "UKTV's Drama channel reveals line-up, Yesterday goes factual and Blighty looks set to close". a516digital. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  3. "Drama as new channel forces Gold to move Home on the Freeview EPG". a516digital. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  4. White, Peter (17 July 2013). "PBS America sells Sky slot to UKTV". Broadcast. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  5. Munn, Patrick (2 May 2013). "UKTV To Launch New Drama Channel On July 8th". TVWise. Retrieved 2 May 2013.

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