|Launched||10 October 1998|
|Closed||30 September 2002|
|Formerly called||UK Play (1998-2000)|
|Replaced by||UK History|
|Sister channel(s)||UK Drama|
UK Gold 2
(at time of closure)
|ITV Digital||Channel 37|
|Astra 1E analogue|
(Between 1 am and 7 am, until 31 March 2001)
|Astra 1E, 10.832V|
|Sky Digital||Channel 217|
Play UK was a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom as part of the UKTV network of channels. The channel had originally been planned as a television version of BBC Radio 1 but launched without the Radio 1 tie-up as UK Play on 10 October 1998, changing its name to Play UK in November 2000. The channel was aimed at playing (for most of the time) music in the morning and afternoon, while broadcasting comedy during primetime and evenings.
It closed on 30 September 2002 at 12am due to low ratings because of the closure of ITV Digital on 1 May 2002; also it could not compete with MTV. Play UK's comedy programming was then moved to UK Gold (now Gold).
The majority of the music programmes broadcast (quizzes, interviews and compilations) on Play UK were produced by themselves. Play UK also used to air reruns of TOTP2, which were originally broadcast on BBC Two.
Most of the comedy programming on Play UK had already been broadcast on the BBC's channels. Play UK also produced original comedy programming and, later on, broadcast American comedy and animation.