British drama channel BBC First goes live

BBC First will replace current pan-regional channel, BBC Entertainment
BBC First will feature a selection of popular British series such as 'Sherlock'.
BBC First will feature a selection of popular British series such as 'Sherlock'.


BBC First, the home of original British drama, is now live on air as of today, February 1, 2016. The channel is available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region exclusively on OSN.

The brand new channel is launching with a selection of hugely popular series such as brand new Sherlock, Luther, Doctor Who, Doctor Foster, Call The Midwife, and Holby City, alongside the BBC’s fresh new storytelling such as War and Peace, Dickensian, From Darkness, Ripper Street and Maigret .

Vice president of BBC Middle East, Natasha Hussain, commented: “The BBC has always pioneered original British drama, and we are delighted to be able to offer all of our unique content express from their original transmission to viewers in the Middle East.”

As part of BBC Worldwide’s global strategy, the channel will replace the pan-regional BBC Entertainment channel with increased investment in content as well as key titles introduced with Arabic subtitles.

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