Forces TV launches on Freeview with new schedule of acquisitions and homegrown military content

The launch of Forces TV on Freeview will be marked with a brand new schedule featuring a mix of homegrown military factual programmes, news, weekly topical shows and classic entertainment, comedy and drama.

On Monday 16th October, to mark Forces TV’s launch on Freeview, the channel will be introducing a brand new schedule.

The schedule will include homegrown military factual programmes such as, Forces Stories: a new series of factual military programmes which delve into military life and the Armed Forces. This series starts with In Kabul: Britain’s Military in Afghanistan, a half-hour documentary which takes an in-depth look at the current presence of the British Armed Forces in Kabul, to train, advise and assist the Afghanistan national defence and security forces. Followed by Warrior Women: Making US Marines, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the training of women in the United States Marines.

As well as Forces 360, a new weekly topical show which gets under the skin of current UK military operations, training and technology and tells remarkable and inspiring stories about the bravest and most brilliant of the UK’s military men and women, past and present. Plus, Rated: Gaming and Movies with Cassidy Little which is presented by Cassidy, the fast-talking former Royal Marine medic who lost his leg in Afghanistan in 2011 and danced his way to become The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief. This review show allows him to indulge his twin passions for video games and movies.

In addition, the channel will be airing new classic entertainment shows such as Knight Rider and Street Hawk, to sit alongside Forces TV classics Hogan’s Heroes and Goodnight Sweetheart, which will continue to feature in the new schedule.

Forces TV will continue to deliver its unique coverage of the UK’s Armed Forces and defence issues, on its flagship news programme Forces News, daily at 17:30 and 18:30.

“We are delighted to be launching on Freeview. The channel has experienced a 400% increase in viewing hours over the past 18 months. This is driven by our unique schedule mix of military action, drama and classic comedy, ranging from Hogan’s Heroes to The A-Team and our own series, The Military Tech Show.

“We will continue to produce homegrown content, acquire classic hits and aim to maintain the channel’s growth through the expansion onto Freeview – making it available to an even wider audience.”

“Freeview provides massive opportunities for broadcasters such as Forces TV to reach a much wider audience and we’re delighted to welcome them to the platform. The unique mix of factual and themed content I’m sure will be very well received by Freeview audiences across the country, not just those with a connection to the Armed Forces.”

Forces TV is operated by the Services Sound & Vision Corporation (SSVC), a military charity dedicated to informing, entertaining, connecting and championing the UK’s military community abroad and at home. Forces TV is part of the Forces Network which also includes Forces Radio BFBS and BFBS TV, which supplies the best of British television including Forces TV to the Armed Forces and their families overseas.

You can watch Forces TV on Freeview 96, Sky 264, Virgin 277 or Freesat 165.