UKTV, the owners of Gold, Really and Dave, are to launch a new drama themed channel on Freeview and YouView.
Named Drama, the channel will go live on 8 July 2013 and offer modern and classic British drama including Tipping the Velvet, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford.
The channel is expected to use the channel slot UKTV bought last year and which is currently screening the +1 version of Dave.
UKTV Controller Emma Tennant, said: “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.
“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.”
Adrian Wills, General Manager of Drama, added: “Drama lovers’ prayers have been answered. This channel represents the best drama content within the genre and we are confident that viewers will enjoy these celebrated shows.”
The broadcaster says Drama will be aimed at ABC1 adults.