Dave (formerly UKTV G2) is a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is owned by UKTV. The channel is available on Satellite, Cable, IPTV and Freeview platforms. The channel took the name Dave in 2007, but the broadcast service had been on air under various identities and formats since 1998. It is the current broadcast home of Red Dwarf, originally broadcast on the BBC, and premieres the recent series as well as frequently airing reruns of the first eight BBC series. As such, following TV broadcasts, episodes of Red Dwarf are also temporarily hosted on the on-demand service UKTV Play, which released Series XI a week prior to their broadcast on TV.
In April 2009, Dave aired and commissioned three new installments of Red Dwarf, titled Back to Earth. This marked the channel's first foray into scripted original programming. During the airing of the Red Dwarf miniseries the Dave Digital on-screen graphic in the top left corner of the screen had the word 'Lister' added after it in the same font after the show's lead character; during the show it is even suggested that the station is named after him. Back to Earth brought Dave record breaking viewing figures, not just in the context of Dave's past, but for digital television in general.
In April 2011 it was announced that Dave had commissioned a new series of Red Dwarf and that the new episodes would air in October 2012. The episodes once again brought record viewing figures for Dave; the average rating for the series on the digital channel itself was 1105167 viewers per episode, with Dave Ja Vu viewings bringing it up to 1158333 viewers per episode. "Trojan" is also now the second highest rated UKTV program ever, behind "Back to Earth, Part One".
Series XI and Series XII are broadcast on Dave in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
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