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Watch (UKTV) logo.png
Launched 7 October 2008
Owned by UKTV
(BBC Worldwide/Virgin Media Television)
Picture format PAL (576i, 16:9)
Audience share 0.4%
(April 2009, BARB)
Slogan "See it. Love it. Share it"
Country  United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) Alibi
Timeshift service Watch+1
Sky Digital Channel 109
Channel 155 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 124
Channel 125 (+1)

Watch is a general entertainment channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom & Ireland, as part of UKTV. The channel was launched on 7 October 2008 on Sky Digital channel 109 and Virgin TV channel 124.[1]

UKTV chief executive David Abraham told journalists on 10 July 2008 that details of the new Richard and Judy programme had yet to be confirmed, however on 22 August it was announced that, starting from 7 October, their show will debut weekdays at 8pm[2].

AGB Nielsen Media Research reported on 2 September that Watch +1 will launch on the same day as Watch (7 October).

Current music used in the background of the television advertisements is 'You Will Leave A Mark' by Oxford band A Silent Film.

Virgin Media customers were disappointed by the channel not being included in the "Medium" and "Large" packages offered by the company, despite Virgin co-owning the UKTV brand with the BBC.[3] On 15 October 2008 Watch was launched on the large package. Only customers on the XL TV package can receive Watch +1.

Watch Channel Controller or Channel Head - Paul Moreton.



The output of the channel is mainly British programmes and sometimes feature-length films. These are a combination of internally produced shows, repeats of shows from the BBC archive, and overseas versions of popular British shows.

BBC programmes are obviously 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.


Current Programming

Name of TV Show Original Channel Original Run
A Life of Grime BBC One 1999-2006
Animal Park BBC Two 2000-present
Antiques Roadshow BBC One 1979-present
Bailiffs BBC One 2005-present
Bargain Hunt BBC One 2000-present
Big Cat Diary BBC One 1996-present
Billy Connolly's World Tour of New Zealand BBC 2004
The Blue Planet BBC One 2001
Casanova BBC One 2005
Casualty BBC One 1986-present
The Catherine Tate Show BBC Two 2004-2007
Celebrity Masterchef BBC One 2006-present
Comedy Connections BBC One 2003-present
Commercial Breakdown BBC One 1989-present
Cranford BBC One 2007
Dallas CBS (USA) 1978-1991
Dancing with the Stars ABC (USA) 2005-present
The Bill ITV 1984-present
The Dinner Party Channel 4 2007
Doctor Who BBC One 2005-present
Escape to the Country BBC Two 2002-present
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC (USA) 2003-present
The Hairy Bikers' Cookbook BBC Two 2004-present
Heir Hunters BBC One 2007-present
Holby City BBC One 1999-present
Jam & Jerusalem BBC One 2006-2009
James May's 20th Century BBC Two 2007
Leave Us Kids Alone BBC Three 2007
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends BBC Two 1998-2000
Love Soup BBC One 2005-present
Market Kitchen UKTV Food 2007-present
Masterchef BBC 2005-present
Messiah BBC One 2001-present
Mistresses BBC One 2008-present
Murdoch Mysteries Citytv (Canada) 2008-present
New Tricks (TV series) BBC One 2003-present
Oliver Twist BBC One 2007
Outtake TV BBC One 2002-present
Planet Earth BBC One 2006
Prison Break Fox Series 1, 2006/Series 2, 2007
Ray Mears' Wild Food BBC 2007
The Real Hustle BBC Three 2006-present
Real Rescues BBC One 2007-present
Rhodes Across China UKTV Food 2008
Robin Hood BBC One 2006-present
River City BBC One Scotland 2002-present
Shark CBS (USA) 2006-2008
Sky Cops BBC One 2006-present
Spooks BBC One 2002-present
Strictly Come Dancing BBC One 2004-present
Tarrant Lets the Kids Loose Watch 2009-present
Teen Spa of Embarrassing Illnesses Channel 4 2008
The Street BBC One 2007-present
The 39 Steps
Torchwood BBC 2006-present
Total Wipeout USA (AKA Wipeout) ABC 2008-present
Traffic Cops BBC One 2004-present
Warriors: Heroes & Villains  ?  ????-????
Waterloo Road BBC One 2006-present
The Weakest Link BBC One/BBC Two 2000-present
What Do Kids Know? Watch 2009-present
Who Do You Think You Are? BBC One 2004-present
  • Torchwood: Children Of Earth
  • The Baby Bunch

Future programmes on Watch

  • The Recruits - *UK Premiere* Starts Monday 12th April at 9pm.
  • Scream if You Know the Answer! - Starts Sunday 2nd May at 7pm.
  • Primeval - Series 5 coming soon to Watch in 2011.

Former programming


  1. ^ "UKTV unveils new channel brands". Retrieved 2008-07-10. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ UKTV Messageboards: "Can you actually get WATCH on Virgin media 124?" - [2]

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