BBC Three prepares for February re-launch on TV

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BBC Three has begun the countdown for its return to our TV screens in three weeks time, on 1 February.

The broadcaster said it will be a multi-genre offering and audiences can expect a rich content mix of drama, comedy, entertainment, documentaries, news and sport.

Broadcasting from 7pm every night, the channel will be available to watch on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat. 

It can also be watched live on the BBC Three channel page on iPlayer (TV, Mobile and Web) with live re-start available.

BBC Three first launched back in 2003 as was initially aimed at 16 to 34 year olds. However the BBC closed the channel down in 2016 and relegated it to becoming an online-only streaming channel.

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This Country: Back on Three.

But now that it’s heading back to our TV screens, viewers will once again be able to watch favourite shows such as the multi-award winning spoof fly-on-the-wall docu-comedy, This Country and award-winning Irish drama, Normal People, alongside a host of other existing and new shows.

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Normal service resumes: Top dramas like Normal People will be on the relaunched channel.

As previously announced, the first-ever RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus (main pic) will air on launch night with other titles joining it to be announced soon.

Also confirmed for launch week, BBC Three will be hosting live football, with both semi-finals and the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) live on free-to-air Television. 

The huge tournament featuring 24 National teams based in Africa is hosted in Cameroon this year and the three matches all kick off at 7pm.

Coverage will be fronted by Jermaine Jenas and audiences can tune in to watch full games live from kick-off when the channel begins broadcasting from 7pm. 

To watch full match coverage including the build-up, audiences can choose to watch live from 6.30pm on the BBC Three page on iPlayer.

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The Rap Game: Coming to a TV screen near you from Feb.

Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three, said: “We know how popular sport is with younger audiences and it’s going to have a big part to play on BBC Three. 

“AFCON is set to be an incredibly exciting tournament with some of the best players in the World on show and it’s brilliant news that we will be showing the climax of the competition on free to air television.”