New Freeview channel Spike TV launches

Breaking Bad among the highlights on new TV channel Spike, launching on Freeview and Sky

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New Freeview channel Spike TV launches

Breaking Bad

Spike TV is coming to the UK. On 15 April Viacom – the network behind MTV, Channel 5, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon – are launching a new channel available via Freeview, FreeSat and Sky. So what have they got in store?

The biggest news is that Spike will be the first free-to-air channel to broadcast all 62 episodes of Breaking Bad. So anyone without Netflix can finally catch up on the meth-centric crime drama starring Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul. Episode 1 will screen on opening night with a further episode every night.

Fantasy adventure Olympus (15 Apr) will be making its début. A brand new take on Greek mythology following a young hero, rather appropriately named Hero (Tom York), as he battles Cyclops, nymphs and other legendary beasties.

Spike have also announced they have secured the rights to Sons of Anarchy, Justified and The Walking Dead in the coming months.

Following the template set by its American counterpart Spike TV is very male orientated. Focussing on police docs (including the Vinnie Jones fronted Police Interceptors: Unleashed, from 15 Apr); blokey food shows (such as Josh Capon's Frankenfood, 17 Apr, where amateur cooks create bizarre culinary concoctions) and Mixed Martial Arts signing an exclusive deal with BAMMA for UK TV rights to British bouts and US promoters Bellator MMA.

Other factual content includes Fail Army (clips from the YouTube channel of the same name capturing epic, crunching fails), Tattoo Disasters UK (which speaks for itself) and To Catch a Contractor (though why British viewers should care about a show tracking down dodgy US cowboy builders is a mystery). Plus quirky comedy gameshow Lip Sync Battle, hosted by LL Cool J, which does exactly what it says on the tin as celebs go head to head miming along to their favourite tunes. First up is former WWE star Dwayne Johnson vs Jimmy Fallon (15 Apr), with Common vs John Legend the next week.

Mondays and Thursdays will be macho movie nights starting with The Expendables and followed by The Expendables 2, Rocky Balboa and Act of Valour over the coming weeks.

The rest of the line-up padded out with the likes of Cops, Criminals: Caught on Camera, Cowboy Builders, Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers and a rerun of the much over looked Terminator spin off The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

So a bit of a mixed bag. Spike have pinpointed their audience with an unapologetically masculine programming policy but the fact that they will screen every single episode of Breaking Bad makes it all worth while.

Spike TV launches on Wednesday 15 April.
Find it on Freeview* (31), Freesat (141) and Sky (160)

* also YouView, BT, TalkTalk & EE TV


1. Toadlady3 Apr 2015, 5:34pm Report

I don't know why you say Spike tv is male centric. Most women I know watch most of the shows you mention they will broadcast. I am addicted to The Walking Dead & Justified and virtually all the other shows I watch are detective/FBI/CIA based or SciFi and most of my female friends are the same.


2. Fizz13 Apr 2015, 2:26am Report

I'm actually so thankful that this is coming to Freeview! I had to watch Breaking Bad online and buy some box sets and I just can't wait to watch the whole series again without any effort.

3. bundlebob .23 Mar 2016, 6:55pm Report

what channel number is it on Virgin media?

4. Nikki Coppins5 Sep 2016, 7:55pm Report

Question .. I have EE TV - this does air spike channel but am just wondering when 'The Walking Dead' premieres in Oct will I be able to watch it real time from spike? Tia

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