There are loads of channels available to enjoy on Freeview. But if you’ve been sticking to your regular two or three channels, it’s time to branch out.
Here’s just a few of the many Freeview channels offering a huge variety of programmes.
There’s only one channel called Drama, and it really lives up to its name. There’s plenty of crime series, from Father Brown to Taggart, The Brokenwood Mysteries to New Tricks. But Drama also offers classic stories, like David Copperfield (Saturday at 3pm), and comedy drama such as Monarch of the Glen (the third series starts this Saturday at 1:20pm)
So, what’s your preference? Italian? Chinese? Korean? It’s all here on Food Network, and there’s plenty more to whet your appetite. This week, you can get inspired by Ridiculous Cakes (Monday at 9pm and 9:30pm), where talented cake designers rise to the challenge of baking the unbelievable for their clients. Or maybe you’d prefer to follow food writer Anjum Anand travelling across Britain to cook the finest dishes from the Indian subcontinent and learn how the locals have developed their own recipes (Indian Food Made Easy: Wednesday at 9pm and 9:30pm).
Whether you enjoy the classic country songs by established singers, or new music from up and coming artists, Europe’s only dedicated country music TV channel is here to make you happy. Its programmes showcase the finest country music from the USA, Ireland, Britain and Australia. Highlights include Country USA (Saturdays at 9pm), where Stephen Keogh plays the brand new American Country releases, with a rundown of the Top 10 chart, and Demand Country , where viewers choose the music. And on Sundays at 9pm, join Gemma & Marie Saunders for Ladies of Country, featuring artists from around the world.
With programmes on history, science, current affairs and the arts, PBS America offers a fascinating window on the world. The history of jazz, buildings that changed America and the story of human space flight are just some of the programmes that have attracted viewers to a channel that offers new factual series, as well as drawing on an impressive historical archive. Highlights in the coming week include Prediction by the Numbers, which looks at why some predictions fail while others succeed (Wednesday at 7:50pm), and Yosemite (Thursday at 10:15pm), which explores the grandeur of this monumental national park.
Must-see dramas and gripping movies are on offer from this channel. They include much-loved favourites from across the Atlantic, including Dynasty, E.R. and The Love Boat. All aboard for great entertainment!
The question is, how much do you love quizzes? And the answer may be found on Challenge, where you can enjoy game shows from the UK and around the world. The Chase, Pointless, Who Dares Wins, plus classic episodes of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? They’re all here, ready to tax your brain and tickle your funny bone. Game on!