Drama joins new digital service UKTV Play

UKTV Play drama

Available on iOS, Android, PC and YouView

Tuesday 31 March 2015

The Forsyte Saga, Death Comes to Pemberley, The Road to Coronation Street, The Bill, Agatha Christie and Catherine Cookson available on demand

Multi-award winning media company UKTV, has announced the launch of its free-to-air channel Drama on its new video on demand service UKTV Play.

The specially curated Drama service, which launches on UKTV Play this week, provides viewers with access to a mixture of popular catch up and classic programming. Drama classics such as Agatha Christie, The Forsyte Saga and Death Comes to Pemberley, along with genre favourite such as The Bill and Birds of a Feather, will be available for viewers to enjoy at the click of a button.

Drama joins UKTV's other popular free-to-air channels Dave, Yesterday and Really on UKTV Play which is available on iOS, Android, PC and YouView. Content on the service is compiled in familiar and intuitive collections such as by topic and events, as well as featuring dynamic 'celebrity picks' and advance sneak previews of new programmes.

Dan Fahy, UKTV's Director, Commercial and Business Development, said,

UKTV Play is proving popular with viewers and we want to give them even more access to UKTV's great programming, when and where they want. The addition of Drama's well known and loved programming reinforces UKTV Play's position as a must-have on demand service for our audience, especially as we continue to launch UKTV Play on to more platforms.

UKTV's new digital brand launched in August 2014 and has enjoyed continued growth, with February marking UKTV Play's most successful month on PC VOD, up 41% on January's figures.

At launch, a raft of Drama's most popular programming will be available on UKTV Play, including Lovejoy, Rumpole of the Bailey, In Deep, Touching Evil, Pie in the Sky, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Road to Coronation Street, Jack the Ripper and Catherine Cookson.

Download the Android app here, get the iOS app on iTunes or to view UKTV Play on PC or Mac, visit uktvplay.co.uk.

UKTV Play on Virgin On Demand offers catch up for all of UKTV's ten channels.


For more information please contact:

Kerry Parker, Head of Network Communications

Lara Feinstein, Corporate Communications Coordinator

About UKTV Play

UKTV Play is the on demand TV service that lets you watch shows from Dave, Yesterday and Really whether you're on the bus, at work (we won't tell) or on the sofa. Among the gems on offer are Storage Hunters, Crackanory, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Ghost Adventures, Most Haunted and Forbidden History, so it's never been easier to fill your boots with great stuff from UKTV. You can get UKTV Play on PC and Mac, and there's an app for Android and iOS devices. Or you can put your feet up and watch on the telly, thanks to Virgin TV and YouView. If you're an M+ subscriber on Virgin Media, shows from other great UKTV channels - Gold, Watch, Alibi, Good Food, Home and Eden - are on the menu as well.


About UKTV

UKTV is the multi-award winning media company that reaches over 42 million viewers every month.

UKTV's eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food - include the most popular non-PSB channel in the UK and account for 9% of the British commercial TV market. The company's most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £278m, and EBITDA of £67.4m. It invested a record £125m in programming and related launches last year, and is becoming an increasingly significant investor in UK creativity.

UKTV has a truly innovative model, curating brand-defining commissions, high-profile acquisitions and the very best of BBC, alongside programmes originally shown on ITV and Channel 4. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories.

Now celebrating its 22nd year at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) - is proud to be the only British television broadcaster to be recognised by Best Companies.

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