Nick Jr.
Launched 1 September 1999
Owned by Nickelodeon UK
(MTV Networks Europe/BSkyB)
Audience share 0.4%
(February 2009, BARB)
Sister channel(s) Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland)
Nick Jr. Too
Nick Toonsters
Sky Digital Channel 615
Virgin Media Channel 715
UPC Ireland Channel 607
Tiscali TV Channel 318

Nick Jr. is a television channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland is operated by Nickelodeon (UK & Ireland). The channel is aimed at younger children.


Nick Jr. in the UK and Ireland was for many years broadcast during the daytime hours on the main Nickelodeon UK channel. In 1999, the slot was spun off into its own channel, initially broadcasting on its own channel (then ch.606) on Sky Digital, and from 6am-midday alongside Sky Sports 3 on analogue satellite, although this schedule would sometimes be altered if sports were being covered in the early morning. Analogue transmissions ceased some years later. When it first properly aired it was presented by Face. In 2001 TV Dance started broadcasting during its downtime hours after it was spun off from MTV Extra. MTV Dance acquired its own separate channel in 2002 and both channels have since extended their broadcasting hours. Nick Jr. UK now broadcasts between 6AM and 10PM, offering a lineup of 'Nick Jr. Classics' including classic programming such as Rainbow, Bagpuss, Mr. Benn, and the like, between 8PM and 10PM.

The shows are sometimes presented by a number of anthropomorphic characters. The morning show, between 6AM and 9AM is presented by 'The Early Worms', Arnie and Barney, who have mini adventures in their burrow and garden. At 9AM they are replaced by Piper O' Possum, which appears to be runs of the original Piper character from the US version of Nick Jr., but re-dubbed with a British accent. But with Piper sounds from the US. Piper says goodnight to the viewers after 6PM and the remaining shows are generally shown with no character presenters in between.
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Nick Jr. UK Face Promo Collection

Face UK

A more specialised Nick Jr for Ireland was launched in 2004.

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Nick Jr. UK - Red Button Games

Nick Jr. Programmes

Current programming

Coming Soon

Former programming

Nick Jr. Classics

Main article: Nick Jr. Classics

See also

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