Alibi TV is the ultimate channel for fans of murder mystery, and there are several ways to get it – on TV or via streaming – and plenty of offerings to enjoy once you do, from classic sleuths like Sherlock to more modern adaptations like JK Rowling's Strike.


Those who recently watched Scottish coastal detective drama Annika on BBC One will be glad to know Alibi is the series' original home, and season 2 is currently airing.

So, if you're eager to find out what Nicola Walker's titular detective and the rest of the cast get up to next, our guide to watching Alibi on your TV or any other device is your answer.

As mentioned, there's a few routes to start watching, but one of the best is via a Sky TV package. Take a look at the best current deals on Sky TV using the link below or read on for our complete guide to streaming and watching Alibi TV.

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What is Alibi TV?

Alibi TV launched in 1997 to bring a whole channel entirely dedicated to British and US crime TV dramas. It is part of the UK TV Network, which also includes Dave, Gold and Yesterday channels. From long-standing series including Murdoch Mysteries (now in its 16th series), to newbies on the block such as Hudson & Rex, Alibi TV will keep you on the edge of your seats, providing suspense, thrills and unexpected twists.

Its whole library of content can be watched on demand on Sky and Virgin TV services – we'll cover more on that below.

How to watch Alibi TV in the UK

For those tuning in on a TV, it's easy to watch Alibi. For Sky customers just go to channel 109. If you're on Virgin TV then head to channel 126. Neither of these? While Alibi TV is not currently on Freeview, you can watch some of its content for free with UKTV Play, available on your smartphone, tablet or laptop.

While there's no free trial to be had via the Sky or Virgin route, their TV packages can end up being better value for those who also want a broader package, including more entertainment, sport, or cinema for example. Take a look at our best Sky Sports offers page if you're particularly on the lookout for sport too, or check out some of the great deals on Sky TV.

There are also currently some great deals to be had on Sky Glass – Sky's TV set which combines all your entertainment with a screen and built-in soundbar, so there's no more need for all that clutter and those tangled wires behind your telly.

Meanwhile, Virgin is also offering a range of deals on TV entertainment packages and bundles which combine TV and broadband.

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How much does Alibi TV cost in the UK?

To have access to all of Alibi TV's thrilling content, you need to have a subscription to Virgin Media or Sky. At a monthly cost (depending on which package you choose), these services will provide you with the full selection of Alibi's mystery dramas.

Alternatively you can watch some of Alibi TV's content online for free, via UKTV Play UKTV Play. Titles included are Father Brown, Sherlock and Miss Marple.

Another way to access Alibi TV for free is by signing up to a seven-day free trial of streaming service NOW. Currently, NOW is offering a seven-day free trial allowing you to watch Alibi for free during that period. After the free trial expires your subscription will auto-renew at £9.99 per month, so it's worth being aware of this if you're not sure you want to make a longer term commitment.

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What shows are on Alibi TV in the UK?

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Alibi TV offers an eye-catching mix of detective dramas old and new, from classics like Rebus and Bergerac, to newer entries to the genre like Happy Valley and Sherlock.

The channel is stacked with legendary performances – as well as Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock there's also Sir Kenneth Branagh's memorable turn as brooding Swedish detective Wallander and both Ben Miller and Ardal O'Hanlon starring – in turn – in Death in Paradise.

Annika is a popular favourite on Alibi TV, a UKTV original six-part series (which is now onto its second round) based on the BBC Radio 4 drama. It stars Nicola Walker as DI Annika Strandhed who heads up the Marine Homicide Unit, solving murders in Scottish waters.

For a full list on nail-biting shows available to watch, head to Alibi TV.


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