BBC Entertainment

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BBC Entertainment
BBC Entertainment Logo.svg
Launched 1 October 2006 (Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea)
May 2007 (India)
31 December 2010 (Romania)
Closed November 2012 (India)
6 August 2013 (Romania)
2015 (Malaysia)
2016 (Hong Kong and Singapore)
13 April 2017 (Latin America)
2017 (Taiwan)
Owned by BBC Studios
Picture format 16:9 (SDTV)
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area Europe
Formerly called BBC Prime
Sister channel(s) CBeebies
BBC World News
BBC Lifestyle
BBC Earth
BBC First
BBC Brit
Channel 302
(Faroe Islands)
Channel 7
Channel 22
Cyfra+ (Poland) Channel 64
n (Poland) Channel 135
Orange TV (Poland) Channel 141
Digiturk Channel 115
yes Channel 32
ZON Multimédia(Portugal) Channel 230
Ziggo (The Netherlands) Channel 65
UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones (Colombia) Channel 63
Kabel Deutschland (Germany) Channel 853 (SD)
HOT (Digital) Channel 42
Cabovisão (Portugal) Channel 130
ZON Multimédia (Portugal) Channel 230
MC Cable (Monaco) Channel 232
UPC Romania Channel 701
Com Hem Channel 43
Numericable (France) Channel 81
Numericable (Belgium) Channel 65
Numericable (Luxembourg) Channel 86
Telenet Channel 552
Naxoo Channel 212
UPC Poland Channel 111
Vectra (Poland) Channel 701
Canal Digital (Norway) Channel 30
UPC Austria (Austria) Channel 177 (SD)
Cablenet (Cyprus) Channel 405 (SD)
MEO (Portugal) Channel 226
Free (France) Channel 426
CytaVision Channel 70
PrimeTel Channel 70
Mine TV Channel 504
AonTV (Austria) Channel 59
UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones (Colombia) Channel 69
Open IPTV (Serbia) Channel 600
Telia (Sweden) Channel 34
Proximus TV (Belgium) Channel 222 Brussels
Channel 27 Flanders
Channel 247 Wallonia
A1 TV (Austria) Channel 58 (SD)
Streaming media
Telenet Yelo TV Live TV
Ziggo GO (Netherlands only)

BBC Entertainment is an international television channel broadcasting comedy, drama, light entertainment, reality and children's programming (some regions only) from the BBC, Channel 4 and other UK production houses. The channel broadcasts regional versions to suit local demands and replaces BBC Prime. It is wholly owned by BBC Studios.

Launch dates[edit]

The channel was launched in October 2006, replacing BBC Prime in Asian markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Korea. On 28 December 2006, it was launched on the Astro platform in Malaysia. The channel was launched in India in May 2007 on the Tata Sky platform and on India online Broadband Public Limited, but ceased broadcasting at the end of November 2012 due to "commercial considerations".[1]

The channel was launched in Poland, on Cyfrowy Polsat, in December 2007, and replaced BBC Prime on DStv in South Africa on 1 September 2008. It was launched together with its sister channels (BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle and BBC HD) in the Nordic countries in November 2008, when it replaced BBC Prime on Canal Digital, Com Hem, Telia Digital-TV and FastTV. The Nordic countries get a separate feed of the channel which differs from that in the rest of Europe. It was also launched in Mexico on the SKY México digital satellite platform in August 2008 in a deal with Televisa, and it has since extended to other Central and South American countries.

The channel replaced BBC Prime in Europe and the Middle East & North Africa in November 2009. In Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, BBC Entertainment is carried alongside BBC One and BBC Two, on the Telenet, Ziggo, and Naxoo cable networks.

On 1 December 2009, Astro dropped the channel and replaced it with ITV Granada. On 1 March 2010 in Italy Sky Italia also dropped the channel. In 2010 Kabel Deutschland (Germany) made it a pay-TV channel.

In Romania, it was launched on 31 December 2010, replacing NBC Europe.[citation needed]

In August 2012, UniFi picked up the channel, thus making the channel available in Malaysia once more after a 3-year hiatus. However UniFi dropped the channel in December 2015.

On 13 April 2017, BBC Entertainment ceased its transmissions in Latin American countries, along with BBC Earth and CBeebies.[citation needed]

Finally, BBC First was launched in some Asian regions on 19 March 2016. Singapore Via Starhub TV broadcasts ceased on 29 April 2015, while in Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia, broadcasts ceased on 1 January 2017. In Myanmar and Mongolia, broadcasts ceased on 1 March 2018. In Taiwan, broadcasts ceased on 10 March 2017 and were replaced by CBeebies.


This table is not complete

Programme name Format / Genre First broadcast Broadcast region(s)* First seen on
BBC Entertainment
Absolutely Fabulous Sitcom 1992–2002
After You've Gone Sitcom 2007–2008 Europe April 2013
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Comedy chat show 2009- Europe, Nordic March 2013
As Time Goes By Sitcom 1992–2005 Europe March 2013
Bedlam Supernatural drama 2011–2012 Europe
Being Erica Comedy drama 2009–2011 Europe, Latin America, Nordic May 2013 **
Big Barn Farm Children's TV 2008-
Blue Peter Children's TV 1958- Europe, Nordic April 2016
Casualty Medical drama 1986- Europe April 2013
Coast Travel Europe December 2012
Come Dine with Me Cooking 2005- Nordic
Doctors Soap opera 2000- Europe March 2013
Doctor Who Sci-fi drama 1963-89 2005- Europe, Nordic February 2013
Dragons Den Entrepreneurial reality TV 2005-
EastEnders Soap opera 1985- Europe, Nordic February 2013
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Reality TV 2003–2012
Fawlty Towers Sitcom 1975-1979 Europe, Nordic May 2015
Full Circle Michael Palin Travel documentary 1997 Europe March 2013
The Graham Norton Show Comedy 2007- Europe, Nordic October 2016
Grandpa in My Pocket Children's TV comedy 2009-
Holby City Medical drama 1999-
Humf Children's TV 2009-11
Hustle Drama 2004–2012 Europe May 2013
Ideal Comedy drama 2005–2011 Europe March 2013
Lark Rise to Candleford Period drama 2008–2011 Europe, Nordic April 2013
Lead balloon comedy 2007–2011 Europe March 2013
Live at the Apollo Standup comedy 2004- Europe, Nordic March 2013
Luther Psychological crime drama 2010–2011 Europe, Nordic March 2013
Masterchef (UK) Cooking 2005- Europe, Nordic March 2013
Merlin drama 2008-2012 Europe September 2014
Monarch of the Glen Drama 2000–2005 Europe, Nordic March 2013
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work Documentary 2007
My Family Sitcom 2000–2004 Europe, Nordic February 2013
New Tricks Crime drama 2003- Europe, Nordic March 2013
Ocean Giants Natural history 2011
One Foot in the Grave Sitcom 1990–2000 Europe November 2012
Orphan Black Sitcom 2013–2017
Penelope K, by the way Children's TV 2010–2012
Sahara with Michael Palin Travel documentary 2005 Europe May 2013
Secret Millionaire, The Reality TV 2006- Europe May 2013
Silk Legal crime drama 2011- Europe May 2013
Smart sharks Natural history 2003
South Pacific Nature documentary 2009
Spooks Drama 2002–2011 Europe May 2013
Strictly Come Dancing Talent show 2004- Europe October 2016
Top Gear Motoring/Entertainment 2002- Nordic
Twenty Twelve Comedy 2011–2012 Europe November 2012
Ty's Great British Adventure Reality TV 2008–2010
Underground, The Sketch comedy 2006
The Voice UK Talent show 2012- Europe May 2016
Waking the Dead Police procedural drama 2000–2011 Europe February 2013
Walking with Dinosaurs Documentary 1999
Walk on the Wild Side Comedy 2009- Europe April 2013
Waybuloo Children's TV 2009-
Weakest Link game show 2000–2007 Europe, Nordic January 2013
Would I Lie to You? Comedy 2007- Europe October 2016
The Wonderful World of Disney Anthology series 1960–1983 Middle East January 2013
Waterloo Road Drama 2006-2015 Europe
Yes Minister Political satire 1980–1984
CBeebies (TV Channel) Repeat broadcast In the morning Middle East
CBBC (TV Channel) Repeat broadcast In the morning North America, Middle East

* Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Latin America
** Date is for Europe only

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Davies, Will (2012-11-02). "BBC Pulls Plug on Two India Channels - India Real Time - WSJ". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 

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