How to watch BBC Three

All the details you need to know about the return of BBC Three to your TV screens.

BBC Three is now on TV - and the new channel is stuffed full of excellent shows.

Where to watch BBC Three on TV

England: Sky 117 or 173, Freesat 107, Freeview 109 & Virgin 107.

Scotland: Sky 141, Freesat 107, Freeview 23 & Virgin 157.

Wales: Sky 117, Freesat 107, Freeview 23 & Virgin 157.

Northern Ireland: Sky 117, Freesat 107, Freeview 109 & Virgin 107.

If you're a Freeview user and it's not showing on your TV guide, you may need to retune.

Broadcasting from 7pm every night, the channel is available to watch on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat. It can also be watched live on the BBC Three channel page on iPlayer (TV, mobile and web) with live re-start available.

Fiona Campbell, BBC Three boss, says: "This is a big moment, with the new channel providing a destination for young audiences to discover more content on the BBC."

BBC Three has drama, comedy, entertainment, documentaries, news and sport.

Say "hi" to the Hands


To show you round the place, please meet the Hands. They're three mates who are here to have fun - 'cos that's what BBC Three's all about. No judgment, no pressure - just content. Captain (centre) is the one in charge - they're full of confidence and swagger. Pointer (right) is strong, silent and straight to the point. Don't be intimidated by Spider (left) - they're friendly, cute and quick on their feet. The sometimes trouser-wearing, sometimes nail polish-adorned hands will point, dance and strut you in the direction of your favourite shows. 

Here are some of those exciting new programmes... 

RuPaul's Drag Race UK vs The World


RuPaul is taking Drag Race UK to the next level. Nine world-renowned Drag Race queens take to the world stage to battle it out for the crown.

With the UK as host nation, the series sees iconic queens from different franchises and cultures competing in an international arena, showcasing their country's finest drag in their bid to become the Queen of the World.



Mood is a ground-breaking new drama from Nicôle Lecky based on her hit Royal Court show, Superhoe. Told in part through the songs she creates, Mood follows Sasha, a 25-year-old wannabe singer and rapper. Sasha dreams of being a major recording artist, but right now she's a bedroom artist: spending her days smoking weed and stalking her ex-boyfriend on Instagram.

When she is kicked out of her family home, Sasha is forced to fend for herself, sofa-surfing until she moves in with party girl Carly, who introduces her to the exciting world of social media influencing. But as the gap between her online presence and her dream of being a singer continues to grow, Sasha finds herself struggling to escape a world that is more complex and darker than she could have imagined.

Hungry for It


Hungry For It - with Stacey Dooley, chef and rapper Big Zuu, and personal chef to the stars Kayla Greer - is a competitive crash course in how to make it in the hospitality industry. The series gives aspiring cooks from all over the UK a chance to skill up and put their talent to the test, with one amateur cook winning a life-changing industry prize.

Gassed Up


Rapper Mist goes head-to-head in a high-octane challenge against a celebrity - supported by expert driver and Drift Queen Becky Evans, professional BMXer and prankster Ryan Taylor and supercar dealer Rob Kelly.

The Drop

The Drop invites some of Britain's most promising up-and-coming creatives to enter their streetwear brand into a life-changing competition. Filmed in Manchester, the series will capture the cultural synergy between fashion, music, sport, celebrity and business.

Clara Amfo will host the show and Grammy Award-winning artist Miguel will lead the judging panel.

Africa Cup of Nations

BBC Three is hosting live football, with both the semi-finals and final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on free-to-air television fronted by Jermaine Jenas. The huge tournament featuring 24 national teams based in Africa is hosted in Cameroon this year and the three matches all kick off at 7pm.

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