Drama (UK TV channel)

Drama is a British free-to-air 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, UKTV blamed the channel for their 7% profits fall. In September 2018, Drama and Really were added to Virgin Media Ireland.

Launched8 July 2013 (2013-07-08)
Owned byUKTV
(BBC Studios)
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Audience share1.22% (June 2019 (2019-06), BARB)
SloganThere's only one channel called Drama
CountryUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Sister channel(s)Alibi
Timeshift serviceDrama +1
FreeviewChannel 20
FreesatChannel 158
Sky (UK)Channel 143
Channel 243 (+1)
Sky (Ireland)Channel 158
Channel 258 (+1)
Astra 2E
12129 V 27500 2/3
12129 V 27500 2/3 (+1)
Virgin MediaChannel 130
Channel 226 (+1)
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 164
Eir VisionChannel 166
Streaming media
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)

A timeshift channel, Drama +1 was launched on Sky and Virgin Media on 16 September 2019. Drama +1 replaced Travel Channel +1 on Sky's EPG.


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.
  6. "Classic EastEnders". drama.uktv.co.uk. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
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