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Drama channel was introduced in 2013 as a part of a global programming overhaul UKTV was undertaking that year. Along with the appearance of Drama as a separate unit, Yesterday channel got a segment of general factual content in addition to its historical streak, and Blightly was closed altogether.
The channel was first to air the popular series Sister Boniface Mysteries, the spin-off of Father Brown. Although co-produced by BBC Studios and Britbox in North America, the spin-off was not broadcast on BBC One and landed directly on Drama.
The channel periodically airs the full lineup of movies based on numerous novels by Catherine Cookson, one of the most-read authors of Great Britain.
In an attempt to give the new channel a trendy and cool image, the letter D for the logo was digitally created as a 3-dimensional object with references to ‘impossible shapes’ and infinity. The chosen color was purple with metallic shine.
Drama was conceived by UKTV network as a channel that will broadcast in the UK and Ireland and show all kinds of drama, plus certain amounts of comedies and sci-fi.
Drama channel has its time-shift version, Drama +1. The time-shift channel was launched in 2019 and changed platforms and channel numbers until it was finally confirmed to take the Freeview 60 slot.
Along with beloved old dramas and series, the channel offers new original British content that revisits the classics. One example is the new production of Father Brown series, the famous example of the crime stories genre.
The official channel concept claims that Drama is ‘home to British dramas for the last 40 years,’ including well-known series from the past, book-to-screen adaptations, and new original content that draws upon contemporary topics and concerns.
Eager fans can watch on Drama such well-loved iconic series as Pride & Prejudice; Auf Wiedersehen, Pet; Lark Rise to Candleford; Tipping the Velvet, and Sharpe, among others.
If you are a connoisseur of very sophisticated scripting and production, Drama offers content carefully picked from the Walter Presents service. Examples of the best foreign dramas offered to viewers are Don’t Leave Me (Italy), Astrid: Murder in Paris and The Crimson Rivers (France), to name just a few.
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