Freeview’s Hidden Gems

Posted October 14, 2016 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

Stuck in a channel rut? It’s all to easy to fall into the same rotation. Once in a while it pays to venture out into uncharted territories. We’ve done the work for you and uncovered a few of Freeview’s hidden channel gems.



Vintage TV: Channel 82

Vintage TV: a destination for music of quality and longevity. From 20th Century artists to emerging talent inspired by the greats. Created by music lovers, for music lovers, Vintage delves deep into genres, scenes and artists that have stood the test of time.

Not limiting itself to extended interviews and exclusive performances, Vintage produces documentaries exploring the social and cultural context around musical movements.

Our weekend picks:

Step into Saturday Night – Friday 14 October at 8pm
An hour of 80s gems to bring you into the weekend.

One to watch:
The Big Apple: Swing Years – Sunday 16 October at 6pm



BLAZE™: Channel 83

BLAZE™ is Freeview’s new kid on the block. They come with no airs and graces, and always tell it how it is. Think Pawn Stars, Ice Road Truckers and Mountain Men – celebrating people taking the road less travelled by and doing things their own way.

Bringing together the odd bit of guilty-pleasure TV with inspiring stories. Blaze™ has got the goods to fill a lazy Sunday morning or keep you up on a Friday night.

Our weekend picks: 

Ax Men – Sunday 16 October at 8pm
Two hours of back-to-back Ax Men, a series following the work of North American lumberjacks, risking their lives for a bit of timber.

Check out BLAZE™’s Saturday night documentary specials:



Quest: Channel 37

Quest is for the non-fictitious, no frills fan, who enjoy delving into the lives of others for a little escapism. They angle themselves within the realm of realism with the likes of Royal Marines Commando School and Salvage Hunters. While fusing the slow-paced Sunday afternoon Snooker with the oddly-fascingating Deadlist Catch.

Our weekend pick:

Live Snooker: English Open – Sunday 16 October at 7:15pm
The final live from Event City in Manchester, there’s a £1million bonus to the winner of all four events.

One to watch:
Wheeler Dealers – Saturday 15 October 6pm



True Crime: Channel 60

Over the past few years, true crime cases have fascinated and perplexed millions. From the baffling whodunit podcast Serial, to The People Versus OJ Simpson (featuring an increasingly rare stellar performance from John Travolta), unsolved crimes and dodgy convictions have fueled innumerable office and pub debates.

2016 has seen the rise of armchair detective soar tenfold – if True Crime doesn’t leave your thirst for bloody crime dramas quenched, we’re stumped.

Our weekend pick:

Killer Kids – Saturday 15 October at 9pm
A documentary series that followes the murders committed by children.

One to watch:
Deadly Women – Monday 17 October at 8pm



Ketchup: Channel 96

Another channel breaking the mould of linear telly, Ketchup offers Kid’s TV on demand. Stuck in traffic and missing the latest Peppa Pig? No bother, keep the little ones happy and watch it when you fancy.

Just make sure you’re watching on a Smart TV purchased from 2012 and you’re hooked up to WiFi. As long as that’s sorted, you’re good to go.

One to watch:
Yo Gabba Gabba!

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