BBC Three is a channel operated by the BBC in the UK and available as a digital channel using Freeview, cable or satellite providers. The channel is dedicated to providing original programming and features a number of sporting and news style options, including a number of specially commissioned documentaries and comedy drama's. The channel was launched in the UK in 2003 as a rival to other TV networks channels aimed at the advertising friendly 15 to 34 year old age group. The channel proved controversial for the BBC over the years as its position within the Government backed UK network has been threatened with closure on a number of occasions.
There are a number of well received dramas and comedy shows, with the award winning Gavin & Stacey first airing on BBC Three before moving to the network BBC One after achieving success on the digital channel. Other well received and popular BBC Three shows include Two Pints of lager and a Packet of Crisps, one of the longest running sitcoms on the channel. American programming is also featured in the form of Family Guy and American Dad, while the many dramas the station has produced include Being Human and reruns of soap opera Eastenders.