UKTV launches new Freeview channel Drama

UKTV has announced new Freeview channel Drama.

The station will launch on July 8 and feature shows including Pride and Prejudice, Catherine Cookson's The Cinder Path, Sharpe, Tipping The Velvet, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford.

UKTV controller Emma Tennant said: "Drama is targeted at a different audience demographic than our other highly successful free-to-air channels, Dave, Yesterday and Really.

"The channel is aimed at people who simply love drama and want to watch critically-acclaimed shows that have absolutely defined the landscape of British television."

She added: "I am very passionate about the subject and discussing the programmes that will create Drama's schedule has just been brilliant fun.

"I'm genuinely excited about the launch of Drama both as a viewer and as controller."

General manager of drama Adrian Wills added: "Drama lovers' prayers have been answered.

"This channel represents the best drama content within the genre and
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Top 5: Where Are They Now? Brits on TV

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To celebrate ITV Studios Home Entertainment’s fantastic Christmas DVD box set collection, including classics such as Prime Suspect, Jeeves & Wooster, Darling Buds of May and The Catherine Cookson Collection, we’ve taken a look at stars past and present – unearthing some modern-day stars with very humble beginnings on the little square box that sits in the corner of the living room…

1) Catherine Zeta-Jones

Although Catherine Zeta Jones began acting in her local theatre, she found her breakthrough role in playing Mariette Larkin in The Darling Buds of May at the tender age of 22. Jones has seen gone on to become a Hollywood A-lister, married to A List resident Michael Douglas and acting with someone of the biggest film stars including Sean Connery, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Liam Neeson, Tom Hanks, and Billy Crystal, in such films as The Mask of Zorro, America’s Sweethearts, The Haunting, Intolerable Cruelty and Chicago,
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Comment is free readers on ... being a grandparent or grandchild

After Gwyneth Paltrow's harsh verdict on her grandmother, four readers describe their own grandparental relationships

Hannah Jane Parkinson aka HannahJane: 'I wish I had paid more attention to them as individuals'

On reading that Gwyneth Paltrow had called her grandmother a "real cunt" on live television, I was reminded of an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm and of Larry David's disgrace when a typo in an obit results in him paying tribute not to his beloved aunt, but to his beloved... well, you can guess the rest.

My grandmother probably would have hated Curb Your Enthusiasm. It would have had "no plot". Grandma liked a good plot. Which, when I think about it, doesn't really explain her copious devouring of Catherine Cookson novels. Then again, she was a contrary type, fond of admonishing me with: "Don't fucking swear!"

Last Good Friday marked the second anniversary of her death,
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David Miliband's TV ambitions draw mixed response

Ann Widdecombe advises David Miliband to stay in politics for now, but Question Time producer says it could be a good move

From Catherine Cookson to Ridley Scott and from Eric Idle to Joe McElderry, South Shields has a long and eclectic cultural pedigree. Now the seaside town may be about to add a more unlikely star to the showbiz firmament in the shape of its MP, David Miliband.

News emerged today that the former foreign secretary, who was narrowly beaten to the Labour leadership by his younger brother, Ed, is considering a role in TV and has approached the BBC with some programme ideas.

"David is talking to a range of organisations about his interest in foreign and environmental policy," said a spokesman.

Details of Miliband's pitches remain tantalisingly elusive, but he will be following in the footsteps of political figures as diverse as Ann Widdecombe, who stole the
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