Eden and Blighty – Reinvigorating the Factual TV Genre

Principal Authors: Hannah Wren - Red Bee Media, Sara Holt - UKTV
Contributing Authors: Julia Jordan, Amy Greatbatch, Mark Stonehouse, Laura Bryce - UKTV; Sarah Goldman - IDS; Dino Myers-Lamptey - Rocket PHD

1. AN INTRODUCTION TO UKTV

uktv is a joint commercial venture between BBC Worldwide and Virgin Media. Its ten channels show BBC archive content, supplemented by programmes acquired from other broadcasters and production companies and a small number of original commissions. uktv is primarily a pay-TV business: Dave and Yesterday are available free-to-view in Freeview (Yesterday in day-time hours only), while the other eight channels are pay-TV channels, accessible to viewers with Sky or Virgin subscriptions.