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BBC Three to return to TV on 1 February 2022 five years after going online only

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BBC Three is to return to TV on 1 February 2022, it's been confirmed.

The channel went online only in 2016 with its content such as Killing Eve, Fleabag and Normal People streaming via the BBC iPlayer.

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The BBC revealed in 2021 that it would welcome BBC Three back to TV screens from next year, broadcasting between 7PM and 4AM daily.

Today, the BBC announced that BBC Three will be back on 1 February 2022, available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat with channel numbers to be confirmed.

The opening week schedule will be led by the launch of RuPaul’s Drag Race: UK Versus on launch night with further programming to be announced.

Fiona Campbell, Controller BBC Three said of the move: "This is a big moment, with the new channel providing a destination for young audiences to discover more content on the BBC.

"We will work hand in hand with iPlayer to provide a broad offering that is representative of the whole of the UK and we will continue to back new talent and bold ideas.

"This approach will bring the audience a distinctive mix of programmes that are there to entertain, inspire and challenge thinking, at a pivotal and exciting time to be young in the UK.”

Speaking of BBC Three's planned return earlier this year, BBC's Chief Content Officer Charlotte Moore commented: “BBC Three is a BBC success story, backing creativity, new talent and brave ideas has resulted in hit after hit, from Fleabag and Man Like Mobeen, Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK and Jesy Nelson’s Odd One Out, to Normal People and This Country.

"The BBC needs to back success and make sure its programmes reach as many young people as possible wherever they live in the UK.

"So regardless of the debates about the past, we want to give BBC Three its own broadcast channel again.

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"It has exciting, groundbreaking content that deserves the widest possible audience and using BBC iPlayer alongside a broadcast channel will deliver the most value.”

For now you can watch BBC Three shows online via the BBC iPlayer here.

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