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Yesterday (UKTV) logo.svg
Launched 30 October 2002
Owned by UKTV
(BBC Worldwide/Virgin Media Television)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.3% (0.0% for +1)
(April 2009, BARB)
Slogan Where the past is always present
Country United Kingdom
Formerly called UK History (2002-2004)
UKTV History (2004-2009)
Replaced Play UK
Sister channel(s) Blighty
Timeshift service Yesterday +1
Freeview Channel 12 (06:00 to 18:00)
Sky Digital Channel 537
Channel 538 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 203
TalkTalk TV Channel 115
Internet television
TVCatchup Watch live (Freeview Hours)(UK only)

Yesterday is a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel broadcasts a wide range of programmes, both original commissions such as Hitler's Bodyguard and Infamous Assassinations, and programmes previously shown on terrestrial channels such as Sharpe, Battlefield Britain, Seven Ages of Rock, The Alan Clark Diaries, and House of Cards.

The channel is available on Sky Digital, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media, and with reduced hours on Freeview. Yesterday operates as a subscription service on Digital Satellite and Cable but is available free to air on the Freeview platform, and in the standard package of TalkTalk TV. A one-hour timeshift, Yesterday +1 channel is also available on Sky Digital.

Programmes previously shown on terrestrial channels are usually edited, either for purposes of timing, or, in the case of programmes previously shown on commercial terrestrial channels, to accommodate the current three commercial breaks within each hour long programme. For example, an original broadcast for an hour slot on BBC television would be 58 minutes, on Yesterday it will be 42 minutes long to accommodate the commercials.



It launched as UK History on 30 October 2002, to coincide with the launch of the Freeview digital terrestrial television platform. The name changed to UKTV History on 8 March 2004 (when the "UK" channels' prefixes were changed to "UKTV").

UKTV History logo

The channel was available between 7am and 1am on all platforms until 15 October 2007, when UKTV rebranded UKTV G2 as Dave and launched it in UKTV History's channel space. UKTV History took over the broadcast capacity used by the unsuccessful UKTV Bright Ideas, which meant that it would now stop broadcasting at 6pm every day, having to timeshare with Virgin1+1 and Babestation.[1] Being unable to broadcast in prime time on Freeview meant drastically reduced ratings. In November 2007, the channel had a 0.3 percent share of all television viewing, as opposed to 0.5 percent a year earlier.[2]

As announced on 13 November 2008, that as part of a UKTV-wide rebrand, UKTV History was renamed Yesterday on 2 March 2009.[3] This followed UKTV's plans to rebrand UKTV Documentary to Eden and UKTV People to Blighty.



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