Trouble (TV channel)
|Launched||3 February 1997|
|Closed||1 April 2009|
|Owned by||Virgin Media Television
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
(at time of closure)
|Sky Digital||Channel 172|
|Virgin Media||Channel 159|
|UPC Ireland||Channel 622 (ex-Chorus only)|
Trouble had a key demographic of young adults and teenagers, aged between 13-39. The channel showed a lot of American and Australian imports, with only a small margin of programmes being British, although a website was launched called Trouble Homegrown that showcased British programmes. The channel has had success in recent times, with acquisitions such as My Wife and Kids, One On One, Grounded for Life, Summerland, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, That '70s Show and How I Met Your Mother to name a few. It also showed some dramas such as Life As We Know It, Cutting It and The Secret Life of Us. It also showed some comedies including Teachers and No Angels.
The channel underwent a major rebrand in mid-2006, with the number placement of the channel changing on Sky Digital from Sky channel 607 in the kids section to Sky channel 201 in the entertainment section as a move to make it seem more teenage orientated, but keeping the same programming. Later, the channel moved on Sky again, this time to Sky channel 172.
The idea of Trouble was originally influenced by the now defunct The Children's Channel's late afternoon scheduling for teen audiences; branded TCC, the channel's 5 PM to 7 PM slot targeted teenagers. When Bravo was revamped in 1997 to become a channel targeting a male audience (marketed as "an altered species of television"), it broadcast only during the evenings and nights, with Trouble occupying its transponder space during the day. The Children's Channel was closed in 1998, leaving Trouble to target teens and young adults. Its schedule consisted of popular sitcoms, rather than the cartoons The Children's Channel showed.
- All of Us
- Beakman's World
- California Dreams
- Charmed (Currently showing on E4; previously shown on Channel 4 and Sky Living)
- City Guys
- The Cosby Show
- Dawson's Creek
- Desmonds (Originally on Channel 4; currently showing on Africa Channel)
- Diff'rent Strokes
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Previously shown on BBC Two and Living TV)
- Earthworm Jim
- Eve (Previously shown on TG4)
- Half & Half
- Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
- Hang Time
- Heartbreak High
- In The House
- Home and Away (Currently showing on Channel 5, 5*, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two; previously shown on ITV and Living TV)
- "How I Met Your Mother"
- The Hughleys
- Kyle XY (Previously also shown on BBC Two)
- Making the Band
- Malcolm & Eddie
- Malibu, CA (TV series)
- The Monkees
- My So-Called Life
- My Wife And Kids
- Odd Man Out
- One On One
- The Parkers (Previously also shown on RTÉ Two)
- Saved by the Bell
- Saved by the Bell: The New Class
- Singled Out
- The Steve Harvey Show
- Scene One
- The Sausage Factory
- Sweet Valley High
- The Trap Door (Original shown on ITV; previously shown on Channel 4 and Pop)
- That '70s Show
- Two Guys and a Girl
- USA High
- Veronica Mars (Previously also shown on E4 and RTÉ One)
- Weird Science
- Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane
By 2003, Trouble had shifted the output from the generic teen shows it had from the early days to focus more on black programming including My Wife and Kids, One On One, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, white programmes remained in the mix with That '70s Show and Grounded for Life.
After The WB merged with UPN in 2006, their main sources of programming dried up, causing the channel ratings to decline, Trouble added new programmes including first run episodes of How I Met Your Mother and Kyle XY and classic black comedies including The Cosby Show and Desmond’s but failed to address the rot by Virgin/Bravo team group.
On 17 March 2009, Virgin Media Television indicated it would close Trouble and replace with a version of Living, the closure was blamed on declining viewing figures and it was part of operational review at Virgin Media TV (which included budget cuts at Challenge TV) which saw then being sold to BSkyB, Bravo and Virgin 1 (by then renamed Channel One) closed later after Virgin sale.
It was then revealed on 23 March 2009 that Trouble would close on 1 April 2009 and would be replaced by Living +2 (since replaced by Living Loves). Trouble aired the voice over announcing about the last night before ceased broadcasting on 1 April 2009 at 1.00am with the two-hour timeshift version of Living launching at 7am on the same day. Living +2 itself the following year was replaced by Living Loves, which itself was rebranded as Sky Living Loves the following year, which itself closed on 21 February 2012.