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 relaunched 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.
On 7 October 2008, UKTV Drama was renamed Alibi, with non-crime programmes being transferred to the rebranded G.O.L.D.
The output of the channel is mainly drama series and serials from the BBC
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