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Alibi (TV channel)

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Logo used from 2015 onwards
CountryUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceAlibi +1
OwnerBBC Studios
Sister channelsDave
Launched7 October 2008; 13 years ago (7 October 2008)
Former namesUK Arena (1997–2000)
UK Drama (2000–2004)
UKTV Drama (2004–2008)
Virgin MediaChannel 126
Channel 191 (+1)
Channel 212 (HD)
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 151
SkyChannel 132 (SD/HD)
Channel 232 (+1)
Channel 827 (SD)
TalkTalk TVChannel 312
BT TVChannel 312
Channel 382 (HD)
Plusnet TVChannel 312
Channel 382 (HD)
Eir VisionChannel 132
Streaming media
Sky GoWatch live (UK and Ireland only)
Virgin TV GoWatch live (UK only)
TalkTalk TVWatch live (UK only)
BT TVWatch live (UK only)
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)

Alibi is a British pay television channel that was launched on 1 November 1997 as UK Arena. It was renamed UK Drama in 2000, and then UKTV Drama in 2004, and assumed its current name on 7 October 2008.


The channel originally launched as part of the new four channel UKTV network on 1 November 1997. The channel, originally named UK Arena, focused on arts programming and was named after the BBC's flagship arts programme Arena (The BBC, through BBC Worldwide, owning half of UKTV and therefore half the channel). However, following disappointing ratings, the channel's focus was broadened to include all drama series, and as a result was renamed UK Drama on 31 March 2000. The service lasted, with greater viewing figures until 8 March 2004 when, along with the other UKTV channels, was renamed UKTV Drama to increase awareness of the central UKTV brand.

Following the successful relaunch and rebranding of the channel UKTV G2 as Dave on 15 October 2007, the remaining UKTV channels underwent the same changes. UKTV Drama was renamed Alibi on 7 October 2008, and the channel's programmes were changed to focus specifically on crime dramas.[1][2] All non-crime dramas were transferred to the rebranded Gold channel or to the newly created flagship channel Watch.

Subsidiary channels

Alibi +1

The time shift service Alibi +1 was originally launched on 2 May 2006 as UKTV Drama +1, using the frequency previously occupied by UKTV People +1. It features the channels schedule broadcast an hour later, with no special idents or continuity used.

Alibi HD

On 29 July 2011, UKTV announced that it had secured a deal with BSkyB to launch three more high-definition channels on Sky.[3] As part of Virgin Media's deal to sell its share of UKTV, all five of UKTV's HD channels would also be added to Virgin's cable television service by 2012.[4] Alibi HD launched on 3 July 2012 on Sky and Virgin Media, while Dave HD and Watch HD launched in October 2011. All three channels are HD simulcasts of the standard-definition channels.

On-air identity

Alibi logo used 2008 to 2015
Alibi logo used 2008 to 2015

When the channel launched on 1 November 1997, the idents featured a star shape, usually inside a circle, with the UK Arena logo below. The logo, like that of all the UKTV channels until 2001, featured a single straight line logo with the UK prefix in a white box and the channel name typed in Gill Sans above a line extending out from the box. When the channel rebranded to UK Drama on 31 March 2000, the idents remained the same, with a change of the colours and the logo the only noticeable differences.

A new design introduced on 7 May 2001 resulted in the UK Drama logo standing alone at the bottom of the screen in a bold text, stylised to appear as: "UK Drama". On the end of the logo, a small design was included. One was assigned to each channel, with the exception of UK Gold and UK Gold 2, to identify what the channel broadcast. In the case of UK Drama, it was a bold, eight pointed star within a circle. The idents themselves were replaced by three men beating drums with water on the surface with each drummer bathed in a particular colour light: red, blue and green. A subsequent name change to UKTV Drama saw the logo with an uppercase 'DRAMA' below a UKTV logo which was aligned to the left of the screen, a predominantly purple colour scheme, and idents used from 2005 to 2008 that featured a giant glass appearing 'D'.

Following the rebrand to Alibi on 7 October 2008, the channel's idents were all accompanied by the alibi logo, seen with interchangeable colours of white, black and red, and featured words associated with crime and murder arranged into different shapes; the outline of a dead body, a gunshot shattering a pane of glass, the dials of a safe, and the beam from a torch illuminating the words.

On 1 July 2015, Alibi had its first rebrand for seven years, with a slight change to the overall look and feel. The channel's red identity was made slightly darker while the logo stayed circular with white font, no dot over the first "i" and a black dot over the second. New idents feature crime scenes with the camera following red string that joins the clues together before resolving into the new logo.


The output of the channel is combination of drama series and serials comprising first-run exclusive and second run shows from the United States and Canada, together with second run showings of shows from the BBC and ITV.


Previous on Alibi

See also


  1. ^ Donnelly, Alison (17 September 2008). "UKTV unveils new channels and familiar stars like John Cleese and Red Dwarf crew". Brand Republic. Archived from the original on 20 September 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  2. ^ Curtis, Chris (17 September 2008). "UKTV to reveal eye-opening Watch logo". Broadcast Now. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  3. ^ "UKTV enters VoD market with landmark HD content deal with Sky". UKTV. 29 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Virgin Media sells £239m stake in UKTV". Financial Times. 15 August 2011. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ Munn, Patrick (4 September 2020). "Alibi Sets UK Premiere Date For 'Evil'". TVWise. Retrieved 30 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Alibi eyes new co-productions". C21Media. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  7. ^ White, Peter (1 May 2019). "Martin Compston, Laura Fraser, Molly Windsor & Jennifer Spence To Star in UKTV Crime Drama 'Traces'". Deadline. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Traces on Alibi: Release date, cast - everything you need to know". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  9. ^ Kanter, Andreas Wiseman,Jake; Wiseman, Andreas; Kanter, Jake (28 September 2020). "'Caravaggio's Shadow' Underway in Naples; Curzon Picks Up Cannes Drama 'Il Mio Corpo'; 'Traces' & 'We Hunt Together' Renewed – Euro Briefs". Deadline. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  10. ^ Kanter, Andreas Wiseman,Jake; Wiseman, Andreas; Kanter, Jake (28 September 2020). "'Caravaggio's Shadow' Underway in Naples; Curzon Picks Up Cannes Drama 'Il Mio Corpo'; 'Traces' & 'We Hunt Together' Renewed – Euro Briefs". Deadline. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Castle". Alibi. UKTV. Retrieved 21 June 2013.

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