Real Lives (TV channel)

Real Lives was a British television channel owned by Sky, a division of Comcast. It used to be the sister channel of Sky Living. It was originally known as LIVINGtv2 from the channel's launch in 2004 till 2007, and then was known as Living2 from 2007 to 2009.

Real Lives
Launched13 December 2004 (2004-12-13)
Closed1 October 2019
Owned bySky
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Audience share0.04%
0.01% (+1) (August 2018 (2018-08), BARB)
Slogan"Life's worth watching" (2009-2011)
Formerly calledLIVINGtv2 (2004-07)
Living2 (2007-09)
Livingit (2009-11)
Sky Livingit (2011-15)
Replaced bySky Crime
Sister channel(s)Challenge
Sky One
Sky Two
Sky Arts
Sky Cinema
Sky News
Sky Sports
Sky Sports Box Office
Sky Sports F1
Sky Sports News
Sky Sports Racing
Sky Witness,
Sky Crime,
Sky Comedy
Timeshift serviceReal Lives +1
(at time of closure)
SkyChannel 170
Channel 270 (+1)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 136
Channel 207 (+1)
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 158
WightFibreChannel 66
Channel 63 (+1)
TalkTalk TVChannel 305
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live (UK & Ireland only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

On 1 October 2019, Real Lives closed down and was replaced by Sky Crime.


The channel mainly showed highlights of programming from the main channel, along with extended coverage of its reality programmes, such as I'm Famous and Frightened Extra! and Most Haunted Live. However, the channel has gained the American reality TV series, The Amazing Race. The channel has also shown more lifestyle and health related programmes such as Baby ER, Birth Stories, Downsize Me and Wedding SOS.

Every morning from 10 am to 12 pm, there used to be a programming slot called Baby Zone, in which programmes related to pregnancy and birth were shown. Programmes included Birth Days and Maternity Ward and Babies: Special Delivery.

As of 2018, most of the programmes on the channel are repeats of factual programmes that are also on Pick.

A one-hour timeshift version of the channel launched on 5 February 2009, replacing Trouble +1.[1] [2]

Living2 was rebranded as Livingit on 30 November 2009, following problems making viewers understand that the channel is not a time-shifted version of the main channel.[3][4] The relaunch was accompanied by new programming under the strapline "Life's worth watching".[5]

It was announced on 25 October 2010, that Living would be rebranded as Sky Living in early 2011 and move EPG positions on Sky from channel 112 to 107 after Sky One and before Sky Atlantic.[6] As part of the move Livingit was rebranded as Sky Livingit.[7]

Upon the launch of the now defunct drama channel ITV Encore, on 3 June 2014, it moved to EPG slot 222 on Sky, and Sky Livingit +1, whose EPG number was replaced by Sky Arts 1 HD (SD on HD viewing) moving to slot 223.

On 9 June 2015, Sky Livingit was rebranded as Real Lives, moving to slot 172 on Sky.

On 1 October 2019, Real Lives ceased broadcasting and was replaced by Sky Crime. The last programme to be shown was an episode of Four Weddings ending at 5:45am. After this, Sky Cimena Top Ten was broadcast. From 6:00am to 12:00 noon, an advert for Sky Crime was broadcast on a loop. Sky Crime officially launched at 12:00 noon.

Former logos


  1. "Trouble timeshift axed for more Living2". Digital Spy. 2009-02-03.
  2. "Implementation-Living 2 +1". AGB Nielsen Media Research. 2009-01-08.
  3. "Virgin Media relaunches 'Living 2' as 'Living It'". Marketing Magazine. 2009-10-30.
  4. "Virgin Media to drop Living2 brand". Marketing Magazine. 2009-10-05.
  5. "VMtv rebrands Living and Living2". Marketing Week. 2009-11-18.
  6. "Sky confirms strengthened entertainment line-up". British Sky Broadcasting. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
  7. "New Sky EPG line up to make it even easier for customers to enjoy the best in pay TV". British Sky Broadcasting. 18 January 2011.
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