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Blighty logo.svg
Launched 8 March 2004
Owned by UKTV
(BBC Worldwide/Virgin Media Television)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.1% (April 2009, [1])
Slogan One nation under a channel
Country  United Kingdom
Formerly called UKTV People (2004-2009)
Replaced UK Horizons
Sister channel(s) Eden
Sky Digital Channel 534
Virgin Media Channel 206
TalkTalk TV Channel 118

Blighty is a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel was launched on 8 March 2004 as UKTV People. Along with UKTV Documentary (now known as Eden), it was a replacement for the channel UK Horizons, which closed the day before.



The channel is only available on Sky Digital, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media. It is not available over the air on Freeview.

When known as UKTV People, the output of the channel was mainly factual programming of a lighter nature, based on the people of the world such as Top Gear and docusoaps like Airport.

None of its content at the time was fresh and wasn't produced by the channel, but it was instead bought from other broadcasters such as the BBC, which hold a stake in the UKTV group of companies.

BBC programmes were edited to fit the time slot, an original broadcast for an hour long programme on the BBC might be as much as 58 minutes long, the same programme here might be 42 minutes long without the commercials.

Originally there was a time-shifted version of UKTV People called UKTV People +1. This was closed on 18 April 2006 to create UKTV Drama +1 on 2 May that same year.

It's yet unknown if Blighty will get a +1 service in Future.

2009 rebrand

On October 9, 2008, UKTV announced plans to rebrand UKTV People and UKTV Documentary in early 2009.[1] The news came just two days after UKTV's entertainment channels were rebranded to Watch, G.O.L.D. and Alibi. They announced that UKTV People would be rebranded as 'Blighty'[2] and the rebrand took place on 17 February 2009.


Current Programming

programmes coming soon on Blighty

Air Medics - From Monday 22nd February.

Former Programmes on Blighty

  • Airport - Hasn't been seen on Blighty since launch. May be shown on Blighty in the Near Future.


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