BBC Three will be back on our television screens in February

BBC Three returns as a broadcast channel on February 1.

Responsible for hit shows such as This Country, Fleabag and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, the channel went live in 2016.

However, following calls for his resurgence, the broadcaster decided to bring him back.

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The shows will air from 7pm every night and the channel will be available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat.

It can also be viewed on the BBC Three channel page on iPlayer.

BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell said: “We know how popular sport is with young audiences and it will have a big part to play on BBC Three.

“Afcon is set to be an incredibly exciting tournament with some of the best players in the world and it’s great news that we’ll be showing the culmination of the competition on free-to-air TV.”

BBC research last year found there was a “strong case” for BBC Three to return as a regular television channel, with a focus on younger audiences.

One of BBC Three’s most popular shows was the mockumentary This Country starring Daisy May Cooper and her brother Charlie.

On the hit show, the duo play West Country hardliners Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe.

Daisy won the 2018 BAFTA TV Award for Best Female Comedy for the show.

Another standout hit was Fleabag starring and written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on her solo show premiered in 2013.

The channel proved a great platform for the 36-year-old, who went on to contribute to the James Bond film No Time to Die as well as producing the award-winning film Killing Eve.

Speaking last year when this BBC Three news would return to television, the channel’s controller said: “It’s a great moment, with the new channel providing a destination for young audiences to discover more content on the BBC.

“We will work hand-in-hand with iPlayer to provide a broad offering representative of the whole of the UK, and we will continue to support new talent and bold ideas.”

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