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Galaxy (UK TV channel)

Launched 25 March 1990
Closed 2 December 1990
(Replaced by Sky One)
Owned by BSB (Later BSkyB)
Audience share n/a (Channel, closed)
At time of closure
Analogue Marcopolo 1, 11.86174
Available on some services

Galaxy was a satellite television channel focusing on general entertainment, one of the five channels run by British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) and based at its Battersea Studios in the Marco Polo House Building. In its short life, Galaxy broadcast a mix of American imports and home grown programming, such as the short-lived soap opera set in space Jupiter Moon, the controversial sitcom Heil Honey I'm Home!, and the magazine show 31 West, which got its name from the actual placing of the Marcopolo Satellite at 31 degrees west. The station also transmitted repeats from the BBC library – Doctor Who, Secret Army, Grange Hill, Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part, Are You Being Served?, Dad's Army and Porridge. American series broadcast on 'Galaxy' included The Outer Limits, China Beach and Murphy Brown.

Galaxy Club

The station also broadcast children's programmes under the strand 'Galaxy Club', which featured home grown programming, mixed with imported cartoons and series such as the cartoons Denver, the Last Dinosaur, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, and Underdog. Programmes specially made for the channel included 'Cool Cube' and 'The Galaxy Club Show'.


Following the merger of BSB and Sky, the decision was taken to hand over Galaxy's transponder to Sky One, who took only a few programmes from Galaxy and incorporated them into its channels line up. 'Galaxy' closed down for the last time at 1am on 2 December 1990.

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