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Great! Romance

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Great! Romance
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom
Timeshift serviceGreat! Romance +1
OwnerSony Pictures Television (2019–2021)
Narrative Entertainment UK Limited (2021–present)
Sister channelsPop
Pop Max
Great! TV
Great! Movies
Great! Action
Great! Real
Launched10 September 2019; 4 years ago (10 September 2019)
ReplacedTrue Movies
Former namesSony Movies Classic (2019–2021)
Great! Movies Classic (2021–2023)
FreeviewChannel 52
Channel 63 (Mix)
Streaming media
Samsung TV Plus4992

Great! Romance (stylized as GREAT! romance)[1][2] is a British free-to-air TV channel owned by Narrative Entertainment UK Limited that launched 10 September 2019 as Sony Movies Classic, replacing True Movies. The launch began with a temporary seasonal replacement called Sony Movies Christmas, lasting from 10 September 2019 to 7 January 2020.[3] The channel is dedicated to romance made-for-TV movies from the 2010s to today.

The brand voice of the channel is British voice over artist Ben Neidle, who voices the promos and continuity links.

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Prior to the 10 September 2019 launch of Sony Movies Classic, the channel was known as True Movies. This channel topped all the film channels in August 2005. The first time a Christmas replacement of the channel was made was in 2013. On 24 July 2019, it was announced that True Movies, Along with Movies4Men and True Entertainment would be closed and replaced by this channel from 10 September, after the temporary Sony Movies Christmas replacement on 10 September 2019

Sony Movies Christmas returned on 24 September 2020, and ran until 4 January 2021.

Due to Narrative Capital acquiring SPT's full UK portfolio on 14 May 2021, the channel was rebranded as Great! Movies Classic on 25 May 2021.[4]

As per its time under Sony ownership, the channel becomes a 'Christmas movie' channel over the last quarter of the broadcasting year. In 2021 it was rebranded for the first time as Great! Movies Christmas, with a seasonal film schedule running from 23 September 2021 until 4 January 2022. Great! Movies Christmas returned again for the Christmas 2022 season a few weeks earlier on 8 September 2022, 108 days before Christmas.[5][6] This schedule continued until 2 January 2023, with the +1 channel in Greater Manchester also reflecting the change.

On 5 January 2023, Great! Movies Classic was rebranded as Great! Romance showing romantic films all day every day.[7][8]

From 7 September 2023, it was rebranded to Great! Christmas until 3 January 2024 for the Christmas period.

On 18 October 2023, Great! Romance +1 was replaced by Great! Romance Mix on Freeview channel 63.


Temporary Logos


  1. ^ "New network GREAT! launches in the UK". May 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "Sony Movie Channel has been renamed Great! But how? And why?!". the Guardian. May 26, 2021.
  3. ^ Tolve, Christopher (30 July 2019). "Sony to launch UK's first free-to-air movie network, rebranding existing channels". The Drum. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Sony Pictures Television U.K. Channels Sold to U.S. Investment Firm Narrative Capital". Variety. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Xmas TV channels start earlier than ever". 16 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Freeview Updates". 22 May 2024.
  7. ^ "New year launch for GREAT! Romance channel". 29 November 2022.
  8. ^ "GREAT! to launch romance-themed movie channel". 28 November 2022.

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