Golden Era Of TV Returns To Sky With ‘Rewind TV’ Channel

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A new independent television channel, Rewind TV, is launching on Sky’s satellite platform this week. The channel, dedicated to retro and nostalgia, aims to bring back the golden era of television by offering a curated selection of classic shows and films from various genres and decades.

Rewind TV will be available at no extra cost from May 23, 2024, on Sky Channel 190, but only on Sky’s satellite boxes, such as Sky Q.

Unfortunately, this means the channel will not be available on Sky’s newer streaming devices, Sky Glass and Sky Stream, at launch, and it also won’t be available on Sky’s NOW streaming service.

However, the company behind Rewind TV has stated that it plans to expand to other platforms in the future, so hopefully, we may even see it come to Freesat and Freeview at some point.

Rewind TV channel logo

TV Classics Coming Back

Rewind TV’s programming will feature a mix of iconic series, documentaries and cinematic masterpieces from days gone by.

The channel aims to provide a “refreshing alternative to today’s streaming platforms by mirroring traditional broadcasting schedules”.

In other words – it’s a linear channel, without an on-demand library.

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Rewind TV’s lineup features a nostalgic collection of iconic TV shows and films from various genres and eras. Some of the titles set to air on the channel include:

The Prisoner (1967-1968): This groundbreaking British science fiction-allegorical series stars Patrick McGoohan as a former secret agent who is held captive in a mysterious, idyllic village.

If, somehow, you haven’t watched it until today – you’d be surprised to see how much it inspired more modern shows.

The Prisoner
The Prisoner (Photo: Rewind TV)

Hammer House of Horror (1980): Produced by the legendary British studio Hammer Films, this series consists of 13 standalone horror stories. Each episode features a different cast and storyline, ranging from supernatural thrills to psychological terror.

Dick Turpin (1979-1982): Starring Richard O’Sullivan, the series follows the adventures of the infamous 18th-century highwayman Dick Turpin. The show blends historical facts with fictional escapades, creating an entertaining and romanticized portrayal of the notorious figure.

Drop the Dead Donkey (1990-1998): This satirical sitcom is set in the offices of a fictional TV news company, GlobeLink News. The show is known for its sharp wit, political commentary, and humorous take on the media industry.

Dick Turpin
Dick Turpin

Other notable shows and films on Rewind TV include:

  • The Return of the Saint
  • The Beiderbecke Affair
  • The Tony Hancock Show
  • The Optimist
  • Thriller
  • Bust
  • Worzel Gummidge Down Under
  • Huckleberry Finn and Friends

These programs showcase the talents of beloved stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Brian Cox, Paul Nicholas, Joanna Lumley, Richard Burton, Nigel Havers, Dave Allen, and Caroline Ahearne.

Classic factual series will also be part of Rewind TV’s lineup, with programs like Clive James meets…, Whicker’s World, and World in Action, offering viewers a chance to reconnect with iconic presenters and journalists.

Rewind TV is the passion project of independent founders Oscar Beuselinck and Jonathan Moore.

The two expressed their excitement about bringing the channel to Sky, stating, “The channel is targeted at an older demographic with rarely-seen, critically acclaimed iconic programmes, and we are confident that it will have intergenerational appeal with a fresh and fun identity.

“Great care has been taken to carefully craft the selection of the content, including restoration work where necessary. These programmes and films have never looked so good.”

It’s worth noting that the new Rewind TV channel is a UK operation, not to be confused with the US “Rewind TV” brand that is owned by the Nexstar Media Group.

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8 thoughts on “Golden Era Of TV Returns To Sky With ‘Rewind TV’ Channel”

  1. Just love watching the comedy “Watching” with Emma Wray and Liza Tarbuck. It was a brilliant comedy in the late 80s early 90s and is still so funny.

  2. It’s quite a good channel, digging up the stuff that has largely been forgotten, or has just sat in tv station videotape and film archive vaults for years waiting to be bought and replayed on air.


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