That’s TV 2 channel on Freeview
January 2, 2024
A new Freeview TV channel, That’s TV 2, launches on January 3rd celebrating 35 years since Australian soap Home and Away first launched in the UK.
That’s TV 2 will be the new sister channel to That’s TV, offering a raft of classic TV shows to Freeview viewers including the very first season of Home and Away. The soap originally launched on ITV in 1989, one year after it started in Australia, and focused on the Fletcher family – Tom (Roger Oakley) and Pippa (Vanessa Downing) and their six foster children. Home and Away ran on ITV1 for 11 years before it was announced that Channel 5 had acquired the rights to broadcast it in 2000.
Now to mark 35 years of Home and Away, That’s TV 2 is giving Freeview viewers the chance to relive the first episodes of the soap not seen on terrestrial TV since it all started.
Other iconic series featured in the That’s TV 2 channel include Humans, the thriller about synthetic robots which is Channel 4’s top-rating drama of the past 30 years; Baywatch starring David Hasselhoff; and cult Australian drama about a women’s prison Prisoner: Cell Block H.
Head of Programming for That’s TV and That’s TV 2, Kris Vaiksalu, commented: “Over the past year That’s TV has reached new heights and we now have a schedule bursting with iconic TV shows from Benidorm to Shameless. There are so many more iconic TV shows we would love to show but we had simply run out of hours to fit them in. So I asked myself, what would Einstein do? It’s been a lot of work but we’re hugely excited and privileged to be launching That’s TV 2 as our second archive TV channel. Our aim is to make it a complete nostalgia-fest with such iconic shows from the beginning as Home and Away, Humans, Prisoner Cell Block H and Baywatch. That’s TV 2 does what it says on the tin – it’s a second helping of iconic TV from the That’s TV team.”
That’s TV 2 will broadcast free-to-air on Freeview channel 65, Sky channel 188 and Freesat channel 181. That’s TV will continue to broadcast across the UK on all major broadcast platforms with its current schedule which includes iconic TV shows such as Goodnight Sweetheart, Birds of a Feather, Benidorm and Shameless.