UK Play launched on October 10, 1998.
In November 2000, UK Play renamed Play UK.
UK History was launched on October 30, 2002, the same day the the new terrestrial television platform Freeview launched. The launch identity was on of the first channel identities designed by the newly launched BBC Broadcast (now known as Red Bee Media).
- "We were asked by UKTV to come up with a new design for UKTV History. With the help of some clever research folk we established 'fascinating insights into history's best stories' as the most promising positioning line for the channel and this became the starting point for creative development. From this we gently coaxed the brand essence of 'page turning history' into centre stage and asked it to carry the show.
- The idents took the form of rapidly turning pages of a history book. Each page contained detailed information and, as they turned, the markings on their edges formed a fleeting image of an iconic image of historical significance - illustrating how the channel's programmes give the viewer a depth of information to help them form the bigger picture." – Red Bee Media
On March 8, 2004, all UKTV channel adopted the UKTV prefix, and UK History become UKTV History. The rest of the original identity remained.
In 2009, UKTV's rebrands come to their factual channels. UKTV History was renamed Yesterday on March 2, 2009. The text says "YeSTERDAY" with the thin "e" and the new tagline was "Where the past is always present". Red Bee Media were behind the new look and produced six new idents.
On July 24, 2012, Yesterday got a new look.
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