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G.O.L.D. logo.svg
Launched 1 November 1992
Owned by UKTV
(BBC Worldwide/Virgin Media Television)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.5% (0.2% for +1)
(February 2009, [1])
Slogan "Go On Laugh Daily"
Formerly called UK Gold (1992–2004)
UKTV Gold (2004–2008)
Sister channel(s) Alibi
Website G.O.L.D.
Top Up TV Channel 17 (18:00–23:30) and On Demand on Top Up TV Anytime
Sky Digital Channel 110
Channel 133 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 126
Channel 127 (+1)
WightCable Channel 46/112
UPC Ireland Channel 120
Channel 153 (+1)
TalkTalk TV Channel 16

G.O.L.D. is the main channel of the UKTV network. It broadcasts in the United Kingdom and Ireland and broadcasts comedy films and comedy programmes. It launched on 1 November 1992 as UK Gold, and is currently available on Sky Digital, Virgin Media, TalkTalk TV and terrestrial subscription via Top Up TV.

It competes against ITV plc's archive channel ITV3, which has a 1.8% share higher than that of G.O.L.D.



UKTV Gold share of viewing BARB figures 1992-2007

Under the name UK Gold, the channel launched on 1 November 1992 as a joint venture between Thames Television and the BBC to show repeats of their 'classic' archive programming. As of October 2008, G.O.L.D. and its sister stations (see below) are part of the UKTV network, owned jointly by Virgin Media Television (formerly Flextech) and the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide.

The channel's major drawbacks in its early years were the insensitive placement of commercial breaks in BBC shows, poor timekeeping, and the heavy-handed editing of BBC programmes to fit commercial timeslots. The channel joined Sky's basic subscription package in 1993.

Initially broadcast on an analogue transponder from a SES Astra satellite at 19.2°E which was not primarily intended for UK reception, the channel used to be notorious for being marred with 'sparklies' in large parts of the UK.

UK Gold's success led to the creation of UKTV (still part-owned by the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide) which operates several channels showing different types of archive programming. These included UK Arena (now defunct), UK Style (home and lifestyle), UK Drama, UK Play/PlayUK (music and comedy—now defunct), UK Horizons (now defunct) and UK History, as well as the time-shifted UK Gold +1, and UK Gold Classics, soon renamed to UK Gold 2. UK Gold 2 originally screened morning programmes from UK Gold time-shifted to the evening of the same day, but was relaunched with a completely new programme lineup and renamed UKG2(on 12 November 2003, now Dave . Another channel, UK Living, was renamed LivingTV when it broke away from the joint BBC–Flextech ownership (now solely owned by Virgin Media Television). It used to compete with rival channel Plus, but in November 2004, ITV closed down Granada Plus to make way for ITV3. It now competes with Plus's replacement, ITV3, which has a 1.8% share higher than that of G.O.L.D.

On 8 March 2004 all of the UKTV channels changed their prefixes from UK to UKTV, and UK Horizons was split into two channels—UKTV Documentary and UKTV People.

UKTV still cuts programmes (mainly documentaries) for commercial timing on the UKTV's factual channels. The UKTV channels have broadcast in widescreen as of 31 January 2008, although some programmes made in 16:9 format are screened in the compromise 14:9 semi-letterbox ratio. These will be shown in 16:9 format later in 2008.

An analogue teletext service known as GoldText used to be available on this channel, but has since closed down.

The channel has been criticised by some, particularly in recent years, for featuring many recent programmes as opposed to 'classics' as was the original concept, with some shows appearing on the channel mere months or weeks after their first television broadcast.

UKTV Gold's then new look went live on 5 April 2007—the same day that Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again premiered.


2008 rebrand

In 2008 UKTV began a process of rebranding and expanding its channels, removing "UKTV" from their name, following the rebranding of UKTV G2 as Dave in October 2007. On 7 October 2008 UKTV Gold became "G.O.L.D.", exclusively showing comedy, both old and new. This is reflected by its new slogan, which now represents Gold as a backronym—"Go On Laugh Daily"[1]. Unlike the complete name change for Dave, the Gold name was retained as having a resonance with viewers. The same day also saw the rebranding of UKTV Drama as Alibi, and the launch of a new channel, Watch.

In the Spring of 2010, the channel's name has reverted back to being called Gold instead of G.O.L.D.

The channel edits certain sitcoms, to cut out racist/homophobic references, especially in the 1970s/1980s sitcoms, as these are seen as offensive today.


In June 2009 actor and former Dave and BBC Prime Announcer David Flynn, became the sole Continuity 'voice' on the channel.


The output of the channel is mainly British comedy programmes and sometimes feature length films. These are a combination of internally produced shows and repeats of shows from the BBC & ITV archive.

Current Programming

Name of TV Show Original Channel Original Run
Absolutely Fabulous BBC One 1992–2005
A Bit of Fry and Laurie BBC Two/BBC One 1989–1995
After You've Gone BBC One 2007–2008
As Time Goes By BBC One 1992–2005
Blackadder BBC One 1983–2000
The Brittas Empire BBC One 1991–1997
Bread BBC One 1986–1991
Butterflies BBC One/BBC Two 1978–1983
Citizen Smith BBC One 1977–1980
Comedy Connections BBC One 2003–present
dinnerladies BBC One 1998–2000
Ever Decreasing Circles BBC One 1984–1989
French & Saunders BBC Two 1987–2007
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin BBC One 1976–1979
The Fast Show BBC Two 1994–2000
Fawlty Towers BBC Two 1975–1979
Fawlty Towers: Re-Opened
Fawlty Towers: Exclusive
G.O.L.D. 2009
First of the Summer Wine BBC One 1988–1989
Gavin and Stacey BBC Three
Gimme Gimme Gimme BBC Two
Happy Ever After BBC One 1974-1978
Harry Enfield and Chums BBC One 1994-1997
Icons  ?  ????–????
Jonathan Creek BBC One 1997–2008
Jim'll Fix It Strikes Again UKTV Gold 2007
Keeping Up Appearances BBC One 1990–1995
Last of the Summer Wine BBC One 1973–present
The Good Life BBC One 1975-1978
The Lenny Henry Show BBC One 1984–1985
The Likely Lads BBC One 1964–1966
The Liver Birds BBC One 1969–1979
Little Britain BBC Three/BBC One 2003–2006
Little Britain USA BBC Three/BBC One 2008
May to December BBC One 1989–1994
Men Behaving Badly ITV/BBC One 1992–1998
My Hero BBC One 2000–2006
My Family BBC One 2000–present
The New Adventures of Old Christine CBS (USA) 2006–present
The New Statesman ITV 1987–1992
The Office BBC Two 2001–2003
The Omid Djalili Show BBC One 2007-present
One Foot in the Grave BBC One 1990–2000
Only Fools and Horses BBC One 1981–2003
Only Fools and Horses Greatest Moments UKTV Gold 2006
Open All Hours BBC Two
Porridge BBC One 1973–1977
Rex the Runt BBC Two 1998–2001
The Royle Family BBC One 1998-2000
Smack the Pony Channel 4 1999-2003
Solo BBC One 1981–1982
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em BBC One 1973–1978
Sorry! BBC One 1981–1988
Steptoe and Son BBC One 1962-1967
Starstruck Classics  ?  ????–????
The Thin Blue Line BBC One 1995–1996
2point4 children BBC One 1991–1999
The Dick Emery Show BBC One
The Good Life BBC One 1975–1978
The Green Green Grass BBC One 2005–present
The Vicar of Dibley BBC One 1994–2007
The Two Ronnies BBC One 1971–1987
Till Death Us Do Part* BBC One 1965–1975
To the Manor Born BBC One 1979–1981
Vic Reeves Big Night Out Channel 4 1990-1991
Victoria Wood As Seen On TV BBC Two 1985–1987
Waiting for God BBC One 1990–1994
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? BBC One 1973–1974
When Were We Funniest? UKTV GOLD/G.O.L.D. 2008
The Worst Week of My Life BBC One 2004–2006
Yes Minister
Yes Prime Minister
BBC Two 1980–1984
You Rang M'Lord? BBC One 1988–1993
  • * Although, this show is not currently being repeated. It is a strong possibility that G.O.L.D will be repeating this series - certainly after the recent finding of two previously missing 1960s episodes.

Former Programming

On-screen identity

Goldie the UK Gold dog.It used in 1992 to 1993

For the first few years, idents on UK Gold featured an animated dog mascot named "Goldie" posing with the UK Gold logo. Goldie was never name-checked as such on air, possibly owing to the death of the Blue Peter dog Goldie some weeks before launch, although the late-night music video slot "Dog House" was originally listed as "Goldie's Video Bites" in initial pre-launch listings. The Goldie idents were kept until 1993, when they were replaced with a form-up of the first logo against a blue background. A re-branding in 1994 saw UK Gold adopt a more fitting identity: idents were based on the forging of gold bars, with the station's logo appearing to have been stamped into gold. Variations on this theme were used until 1997, when the channel received a revamp as part of the formation of the UKTV network.

The new network's corporate identity saw all its channels logos simplified to a boxed "UK" followed by the name (e.g. "Gold") in a simple sans serif font. The new network-wide ident theme would involve the splitting of the screen for different purposes. UK Gold's new idents depicted objects such as apples or leaves falling through the top half of the screen, with only the gold coloured ones reaching the bottom half of the screen. These idents were briefly adopted for UK Gold 2 when it launched in 1999. In 1999 the theme changed again, this time with idents featuring fireworks.

The fireworks theme was carried on in a new set of idents, alongside another network-wide re-branding of the logo in 2001, adopting a bolder font and merging UK into a single composite character. A range of live-action idents showing everyday activities from unusual perspectives appeared in 2002. The 2003 to 2007 idents showed channel hopping viewers with their TV set "off stage" being brought to a halt by the appearance of a golden light accompanied by the channel's ident jingle. This new identity also featured a series of shifting yellow, orange and red blocks which suggested a gold bar at the centre of the screen.

On 4 April 2007, UKTV Gold unveiled a new on-air identity centred around a branded golden space hopper.[2] playing to contemporary trends toward 1970s nostalgia, and emphasising the station's re-run content. 12 new live action idents featured the branded space hopper aired from 5 April 2007 to 7 October 2008.

On 7 October 2008, following the rebranding, G.O.L.D.’s new ident presentation debuted.


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