UKTV is bringing some Drama to Freeview, the United Kingdom's digital free-to-air platform.
Drama will be a new channel created entirely for the platform and will feature British dramas (as you likely expected). Among the programs announced thus far to be airing will be the Colin Firth starring Pride and Prejudice mini-series (based on Jane Austen's novel), The Cinder Path (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Catherine Cookson), and Sean Bean's turn as a swashbuckler in Sharpe, as well as Tipping the Velvet, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, and Cranford and Lark Rise to Candelford.
"Drama is targeted at a different audience demographic than our other highly successful free-to-air channels, Dave, Yesterday and Really. The channel is aimed at people who simply love drama and want to watch critically acclaimed shows that have absolutely defined the landscape of British television," said UKTV Controller Emma Tennant.
UKTV is a multi-channel network operator that is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive and BBC Worldwide. This will be the first channel launched as part of UKTV's stable since Really was introduced in May 2009. UKTV network has grown recently, with an increase in its shares of 10 percent last year.
You cannot beat free and this would serve as a great chance to catch up on some series people have missed out on. Nice work, UKTV.