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Launched 1 November 1997
Owned by UKTV
(BBC Worldwide/Virgin Media Television)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.3% (0.1% for +1) (May 2009, [1])
Slogan "The Deadliest Place on TV"
Country  United Kingdom
Formerly called UK Arena (1997-2000)
UK Drama (2000-2004)
UKTV Drama (2004-2008)
Sister channel(s) Dave
Timeshift service Alibi +1
Website Alibi
Sky Digital Channel 132
Channel 209 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 129
Channel 130 (+1)
UPC Ireland Channel 151

Alibi is a digital television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom, as part of the UKTV network of channels.

It was originally launched as UK Arena on 1 November 1997, as the newly-formed UKTV Network's arts channel; the name derived from the BBC's flagship arts programme Arena.

Initial ratings were disappointing and it was decided to relaunch the channel on 31 March 2000 as UK Drama, with a focus on showing dramas rather than as a general arts programme. Along with the rest of the network, the "UK" prefix was changed to "UKTV" on 8 March 2004 and the channel became UKTV Drama.

On 2 May 2006, the UKTV Drama +1 service was launched to replace UKTV People +1.

The channel is available on Sky Digital and Virgin Media.


2008 rebrand

On 7 October 2008, UKTV Drama was rebranded as a crime drama-focused channel, named Alibi, with non-crime programmes being transferred to the rebranded G.O.L.D. channel.


The output of the channel is mainly drama series and serials from the BBC archive.

Current Programming

Name of TV Show Original Channel Original Run
Bergerac BBC One 1981-1991
The Bill ITV 1984-present
Dalziel and Pascoe BBC One 1996-2007
Dangerfield BBC One 1995-1999
Diagnosis Murder CBS (USA) 1993 - 2001
The Father Dowling Mysteries NBC/ABC (USA) 1987-1991
Hart to Hart ABC (USA) 1979-1984
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates BBC One 1996-1998
Inspector George Gently BBC One 2007-present[1]
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries BBC One 2001-2008
Judge John Deed BBC One 2001-2007
The Last Detective ITV 2003-present
Maisie Raine BBC One 1998-1999
Murder in Mind BBC One 2001-2003
Murder, She Wrote CBS (USA) 1984-1996
Murdoch Mysteries Citytv (Canada) 2008-present
New Tricks BBC One 2003-present
Miss Marple BBC One 1984-1992
Reilly, Ace of Spies ITV 1983
The Ruby in the Smoke BBC One 2006
Shoestring BBC One 1979-1980
Silent Witness BBC One 1996-present
Spooks BBC One 2002-present
Taggart ITV 1983-present
Waking the Dead BBC One 2000-present
Wallander BBC One 2008-present[1]


  1. ^ a b From late 2009. (Staff (19 June 2009). "Alibi eyes new co-productions" (subscription). C21Media. Retrieved on 19 June 2009.)

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