Formerly the Hallmark Channel, Universal shows a range of quality drama, mainly from the US with a bit of UK and Australian programming thrown in. Broadcast in standard and HD with a plus 1 timeshift version, as the channel is owned by NBC Universal they have no shortage of high-end content like Law and Order and CSI, as well as premieres of some new shows.
What’s On Universal?
Maybe it’s the trend in popular drama these days but there’s a real bias towards all things legal and crime-related on the Universal Channel at the moment – here are the top current shows;
- >> Law and Order Emmy Award-winning series with a two-part style wherein the first half of the episode sets the scene with the criminal(s) brought to book by the police and the second half takes place in the courtroom. Stars Dennis Farina, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson and Sam Waterson.
- >> Fairly Legal Sarah Shahi plays Kate Reed, a former attorney who had a career change as a mediator and then returns to her deceased father’s former firm. Recently had its UK premiere on Universal.
- >> Rookie Blue Drama following five rookie cops as they enter the world of big city policing. Missy Peregrym stars as Andy McNally, a 26 year-old from a cop family who’s always wanted to follow the same path. Also stars Enuka Okuma, Gregory Smith, Travis Milne and Charlotte Sulivan.
- >> House MD Although not airing right now a perennial favourite of the Universal Channel, the medical drama centred around Dr Gregory House which has made Hugh Laurie one of the biggest TV stars in the USA and won him a Golden Globe to boot. Also stars Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps and Robert Sean Leonard.
How to Get Universal
Sky Digital Universal is available in the Sky Variety Pack, you can find it on channel 113 (that’s in HD too if you subscribe to Sky HD) with a +1 version on 150..
Virgin Media Universal is available in the Virgin TV M+ package or above, you can find it on channel 162 with the +1 version on 163..
Sky Ireland Universal is available on Sky Ireland, in the Variety Pack- in Ireland the HD version is on 220.