UKTV History
Yesterday is a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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 as part of the UKTV
UKTV is a digital cable and satellite television network, formed through a joint venture between BBC Worldwide, a commercial subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Scripps Networks Interactive, spun off from The E.W Scripps Company in 2008...

 network of channels. The channel originally launched on 30 October 2002 and relaunched in its current format on 2 March 2009. The channel is available on satellite through Sky, cable services primarily through Virgin Media
Virgin Media
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, through TalkTalk TV and the digital terrestrial provider Freeview. The channel is available through subscription on the two former services, but is available as standard on the latter two platforms. Hours on Freeview had previously been cut, with transmissions finishing at 18:00, but were restored on 1 June 2010.


The channel originally launched on 30 October 2002 as UK History, a channel for the networks historic documentaries. These were previously found on the channel UK Horizons
UK Horizons
UK Horizons was a television channel broadcast in the United Kingdom, as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel was in existence between 1997 and 2004.-Launch:...

, however the launch of UK History allowed the channel to broadcast more programmes in their schedule. The majority of programming on the channel is sourced from the BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...

 programme archive, through the part ownership of the channel by BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide
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. The launch of the channel also co-incided with the launch of the new digital terrestrial provider Freeview, following the collapse of the former provider ITV Digital
ITV Digital
ITV Digital was a British digital terrestrial television broadcaster, which launched a pay-TV service on the world's first digital terrestrial television network as ONdigital in 1998 and briefly re-branded as ITV Digital in July 2001, before the service ceased in May 2002. Its main shareholders...

. The service remained unchanged until 8 March 2004, when the channel changed its name in line with the rest of the UKTV network to UKTV History.

The channel was available full time on all platforms until 15 October 2007 when the hours were reduced on the Freeview platform, resulting in the channel stopping broadcasting at 6pm each day. This was a result of the launch of Dave in the channels EPG slot and the resultant move of the channel to the former UKTV Bright Ideas
UKTV Bright Ideas
UKTV Bright Ideas was a digital television channel broadcast in the United Kingdom, which was part of the UKTV family of channels. The channel broadcast a variety of programmes, often originally aired on UKTV Style, UKTV Food and UKTV Gardens, and are thus mainly cookery, DIY and gardening...

 timeshare slot. This move resulted in a ratings drop of 0.2% in the space of a year, due to the channels inability to broadcast in prime time on Freeview. This restriction remained until 1 June 2010, when broadcast time was extended until 1am each day, following the closure of the Virgin1 +1 channel on Freeview. As a result, the channel can now broadcast fully from 6am to 1am daily.

As part of a network wide programme of relaunching all the UKTV channels under unique names and brands, the channel was renamed as Yesterday on 2 March 2009. The new channel also took on extra programming including fictional historic series and programmes previously broadcast on UKTV Documentary
UKTV Documentary
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 concerning the natural history of the British Isles.


The channel also operates a time shift channel called Yesterday +1, and UKTV History +1 before it, that is available on Sky and Virgin Media. The channel broadcasts the UK History schedule one hour later than the main channel, but contains no special programming or branding, with the occasional exception of a different Digital on-screen graphic
Digital on-screen graphic
A digital on-screen graphic is a watermark-like station logo that many television broadcasters overlay over a portion of the screen-area of their programs to identify the channel...



When UK History originally launched, the channel used a simple name logo, stylised to appear as UK History, over an ident
Station identification
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 featuring the flicking pages of a book with images from history appearing on the outside edges of the pages. This ident featured numerous periods of history and numerous colours and was reused following the channels name change to UKTV History. Following the name change, the new two line logo was alligned to the left of the screen, replacing the old logo. The station also adopted a colour, in line with the remaining UKTV channels, for use in promotions on the channel and across the UKTV network. UKTV History's chosen colour was a green of a similar shade to olive drab, and would appear in three different shades at the end of promotions.

The new idents for Yesterday feature footage, overlaid with different audio from a different period, followed by a version of the Yesterday logo flipping over from the middle of the screen before the green and white Yesterday logo flips over. The video/audio is such arranged that an authentic vintage video is accompanied by modern music and vice versa, with a connection made between the first end caption and the music and the general theme of the music. For example, a video of a hooded gang is accompanied by medieval monks singing and a medieval style end caption, or a video of the first flying machines is overlaid with audio from the space missions and heralded by a computer style caption.


The majority of the channels programmes are sourced from the BBC programme archives, however some are bought in from other terrestrial stations and some productions are commisioned by UKTV themselves. Programmes previously shown on terrestrial channels are usually edited for timing, to accommodate the current three commercial breaks within each hour long programme. The most obvious example of this is for programmes originally broadcast on the BBC as material lasting 58 minutes will be edited down to 42 minutes when shown on Yesterday. Some of Yesterday's notable programmes include:
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  • The 60's: The Beatles' Decade
  • The Alan Clark Diaries
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  • All Creatures Great and Small
  • Andrew Marr's the Making of Modern Britain
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  • Antiques Roadshow
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  • Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'
  • Baddiel and the Missing Nazi Millions
  • Battlefield Britain
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  • The Beatles: From Liverpool to San Francisco
  • Bomber Command
  • The Channel Islands at War
  • Churchill's Bodyguard
  • Coast
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  • Colditz
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  • D-Day to Berlin
  • Elton John: Someone Like Me
  • Fighting the Blue
  • Fred Dibnah's Building of Britain (2002)
  • Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain (2005)
  • Great SAS Missions
  • Heir Hunters
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  • Heroes of Biggin Hill
  • Hitler's Bodyguard (Yesterday commision)
  • House of Cards
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  • The House of Elliot
  • I Hate the 60's
  • Infamous Assassinations
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     (Yesterday Commision)
  • International Terrorism Since 1945
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  • Inventions That Changed the World
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  • Island at War
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  • James May's 20th Century
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  • Lipstick on Your Collar
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  • Metropolis: The Power of Cities
  • My Family at War
  • Museum Secrets
  • Nazi Collaborators
  • The Onedin Line
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  • Pop Go the Sixties
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  • Pornography: The Secret History or Civilisation
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  • Secrets of World War II
  • Seven Ages of Britain
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  • Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll: The 60's
  • Sharpe
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  • Shipwreck Detectives
  • Simon Schama's A History of Britain
  • Summer of Love
  • Tales from the Green Valley
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  • Tank Overhaul
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  • Terry Jones' Barbarians
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  • Their Finest Hour
  • The Thirties in Colour
  • Time Shift
  • Top of the Pops 2
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  • The War
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  • The World at War
  • World War II Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West
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  • Victoria's Empire
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  • Victorian Farm
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  • Voyages of Discovery
  • When Britain Went Bananas
  • When the Boat Comes In
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