Turner Broadcasting has announced that on September 4th they will be launching a HD version of their TCM (Turner Classic Movies) channel in the UK. The HD channel will be found on Sky’s EPG at Channel 317.
The launch of a HD version of TCM, which in addition to airing classic movies is also the UK home to AMC’s western series Hell On Wheels, has been anticipated for some time. TCM, which is watched by almost four million viewers every month, has had a strong year, with month-on-month growth making it the third most watched film channel in the UK (behind Film4 and Sky Movie Premieres), up from position eight in 2010.
To mark the launch of the channel TCM will air three weeks of programming dedicated to the greatest classic film genres of all time. These three weeks of programming have been dubbed as HD Classics Week (week 1), HD Western Week (week 2) & HD Musicals Week (week 3) and will feature films such as Ben Hur, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Casablanca, The Philadelphia Story, The Searchers, How the West was Won, Rio Bravo, The King and I, The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
In addition to their roster of classic films, TCM has also acquired a number of contempary films for their “Movies At 9pm” slot, including Road to Perdition, Phone Booth and Collateral Damage. Meanwhile drama series such as Hell on Wheels and Deadwood, broadcast as part of TCM’s weekend line-up, will also now be shown in HD.
Speaking of the launch of TCM HD, Jemma Yates, Director of General Entertainment, UK and Ireland, Turner Broadcasting, said: “It’s fantastic news that viewers now have the opportunity to watch TCM’s vast library of great classic and contemporary films in HD quality format. This is another exciting step in the channel’s continuing evolution, giving TCM’s loyal and growing audience access to an outstanding viewing experience.”