A high-definition simulcast of BBC Two will start transmission on Tuesday 26 March at 6am.
BBC Two HD will replace the current BBC HD channel, which broadcasts high-definition shows from across the BBC, as part of the Delivering Quality First plans.
BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow said the new channel would “showcase more of our programmes at their very best – helping to highlight our commitment to high quality, engaging and ambitious programmes on BBC Two”.
Programmes such as Paul Hollywood – Bread, Science Britannica and upcoming drama The Fall will now be available in high-definition for the first time.
BBC Two HD will be free on all digital television platforms offering HD channels including: Sky HD (169); Freeview HD/YouView (102); Virgin Media (187); Freesat HD (109); and BT Vision (852).
BBC HD was the UK’s first free-to-air high definition channel when it started airing in December 2007.
BBC One HD launched in November 2010 with variants for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales starting in the last six months.