A+E Networks UK is to further build on the History franchise in Britain with the launch of sister channel H2, which will begin broadcasting next month.
H2, a sister channel to History, launched in the U.S. in September 2011, and is available in almost 70 million households, according to Nielsen. A+E will launch the UK version of the channel on May 4.
A+E Networks UK MD Tom Davidson said: “H2 has been a huge success in the U.S. where it has achieved fantastic ratings and I am delighted that we can now offer the channel to our audiences in the UK.
“H2 allows us to expand on the quality content available on our flagship History channel by representing the very heart of the History brand as well as offering viewers more information, more facts and even more entertainment.”
Among the shows premiering on the channel will be new series Serial Killer Earth (pictured above) and Ultimate Soldier Challenge.
Serial Killer Earth is a 10 x 60-minutes series that brings together a team of experts to examine footage of disasters from news and home video to explain what actually happened and how they compare with historic natural disasters of the past.
Ultimate Soldier Challenge (6 x 60-minutes), meanwhile, is H2′s first military competition with each episode featuring three elite squads of military operators in head-to-head competitions.
Other shows include Time Team America, in which three American archaeologists race against time on a U.S. dig; and Beast Legends, a series of programmes about legendary and mythological beasts.
H2 will also feature a dedicated Military Zone on Wednesday evenings and every night from 11 p.m. The channel will be at 531 on Sky and at 236 on Virgin Media.