Here’s the second and final part of my memories of TV channels that are no longer on Freeview.
Marketplace. I don’t remember much about this one, it was only on air for a few hours a day, yet another shopping channel I think.
Men and Motors. A long-running channel aimed at men which showed repeats of The Professionals a lot that was eventually replaced by ITV4.
Nuts TV. A spin-off from the now closed men’s magazine featuring documentaries about football and things like that.
Price-Drop TV. Is it really all over? Bid’s great companion channel which has now gone to the great TV screen in the sky. Quiz Call. Another phone in and win channel. This one was enjoyable to watch for a little while as it had some good presenters but some of the puzzles were ridiculous. Sky Sports News. I used to enjoy watching this channel when it featured Soccer Saturday with Jeff Stelling, but I didn’t watch it much apart from that as it usually just consisted of news of the latest footballers to be injured.
Sky Three. This channel was eventually replaced by Pick.
Sky Travel. I didn’t watch this one much but it was good when they occasionally had an around the world feature showing you live pictures from various countries.
Smile TV. Another channel with awful quiz and Babestation-style programming which was made on a budget of about 10p.
Teachers’ TV. This channel only ever seemed to be on air really late at night. It featured programming about education but barely anybody saw it because it was niche to say the least and it’s long since closed.
Thomas Cook TV. Another travel channel offering you deals on holidays.
TMF. This was a good channel at first showing various pop videos, but after a while they just started showing regular programming all the time until they were replaced by Viva. TV News. Another channel that only seemed to be on for a short time every day,
TV Travel Shop. Yet another channel wanting to sell you a holiday.
UK History. A channel featuring historical documentaries, sort-of still going now under the name Yesterday.
UKTV Bright Ideas. A spin-off of the UK Style-type channels featuring loads of house makeover shows and not much else.
Virgin1. The replacement for FTN.
Viva. This was another music channel that didn’t seem that interested in showing many pop videos, it’s been recently replaced by Spike.
Xtraview. Finally, an odd one this. When subscription service Top-Up TV was on Freeview, for a short while there was a channel where if you phoned the number on-screen you would be given a code. If you entered the code on your remote control it would unlock the channel for the night which was showing a selection of what you could get on the service, so for example you could watch UK Gold for a few hours for free.