The channel is being refocused with a remit "to unashamedly celebrate all that is great, unique and inspirational about Britain today" and is the latest UKTV factual channel to undergo a transformation as part of the broadcaster's plan to "future-proof" its portfolio of stations.
"There’s nowhere like Britain, and no channel like Blighty," said Jane Mote, UKTV's director of factual and lifestyle. "We are putting factual TV on the map this year with Blighty bringing to life great programming right on our doorstep, Eden taking viewers global and the soon to be launched Yesterday taking us back in time. Blighty will be a major contributor in attracting new audiences to our rebranded factual portfolio."
Key programming on the launch lineup includes Louis Theroux Meets..., Who Do You Think You Are? and Trawlermen. Three original series have also been commissioned: the factual entertainment show My Brilliant Britain makes its debut at 9pm tonight while observational documentaries Save Our Boozer and Made In Britain will start their runs later in the year.