Evening Standard's London Live to air Twenty Twelve and Peep Show repeats

Local TV channel signs deals with BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 for shows that it hopes will attract its young target audience

London Live, the London Evening Standard local TV channel gearing up for launch next year, is to air repeats of scripted shows including Spaced, Twenty Twelve, Smack the Pony, The Shadow Line and Peep Show.

The channel, owned by the Lebedevs and launching in March on Freeview channel 8, has signed deals with BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 for more than 150 hours of archive programming.

London Live has bought more than 50 hours of content from the BBC's commercial arm, including repeats of Olympic-themed comedy series Twenty Twelve, Spooks spin-off Code 9 and conspiracy thriller The Shadow Line.

Repeats of comedies Peep Show, Spaced and Smack the Pony along with dramas such as White Teeth and Misfits will be shown as part of the tie-up with Channel 4. No financial details of the deals have been disclosed.

London Live's broadcasting strategy is to acquire content set in London, which will appeal to its core 16 to 34 age demographic.

The deals marks London Live's first significant tie-ups with major broadcasters. In September this year, London Live acquired its first TV series, the comedy show All About the McKenzies, which began life on YouTube.

London Live said it is to reveal new commissions in the coming weeks. Jay Kandola, former ITV and Channel 5 director of acquisitions, was brought in an as a consultant to help shape London Live's schedule.

London Live's head of programming Jonathan Boseley along with programme manager Lucy Myers secured the deals.

Boseley said: "This amazing content shows we mean business as an entertainment channel for young Londoners. These well-known and popular shows will draw audiences into our peak schedule and provide a halo for our own commissions from launch and beyond."

Kate Childs, senior sales executive at BBC Worldwide, said: "The selection of comedy and drama series highlight BBC Worldwide's commitment to premium broadcasting and Twenty Twelve in particular fits perfectly with London Live's ethos of celebrating the capital."

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