On 3 February 1997, The Family Channel was re-branded as Challenge TV and mainly focuses on gameshows taken from a variety of terrestrial and digital channel archives. Among the few non-gameshows, it has aired the short-lived US drama Dr. Vegas in 2005, and also the 1995 crime drama film Casino.
The channel was originally a primetime block from 17:00 to 00:30 and shared its channel slot with The Children’s Channel (which closed on 3 April 1998) and TV Travel Shop until 1999, which resulted in Challenge being able to broadcast 24 hours a day. From 3 February 1997 to the end of 1998, between 00:30 and 06:00, the channel was branded as “Family Late” which continued to broadcast series from the old Family Channel schedule til September 1998 and then broadcast Challenge TV programming which change from the old Family Channel schedule to non-stop gameshows like the prime-time schedule.
Promo for the channel launch
Studio and Presenters 1997
Studio and Presenters Late 1997-1998
Programme line up With thanks to Andrew.
Family Late: Ident