Meet the extraordinary characters uncovered by Universal Channel UK

This is a paid advertorial for Universal Channel.

Universal Channel UK is home to awesome US dramas including NCIS, Major Crimes, Numb3rs, Bates Motel and Sea Patrol.  Each series has one thing in common, they’re all 100% character driven, capturing viewers hearts and minds with gripping and engaging stories.

Let’s face it, recent societal events have left many of us feeling downhearted and so there’s no better time for Universal Channel to provide some uplifting and heart-warming real-life stories, as they shine a light on people from around the UK and Ireland who inspire others through their determination and extraordinary character. These rare individuals have the spark to dream big, matched with a steely resolve to pursue that dream with unwavering commitment. They are authentic, talented and 100% character.


Take Amir for example.  He grew up in a rough estate which made him see things differently. Knowing that more young people went into prison than those who’ve continued education, he felt the need to take action. At a young age, Amir showed entrepreneurial flair by buying and selling bicycles for pocket money.  In doing so, he later realized it’s not just a piece of metal, it’s something of value. With this realisation, he created ‘Your Bike’, a project that gives young people training and employment opportunities. He believes that the people he has worked with have talents that need to be found. More than the money, Amir’s drive stems from his ability to change someone’s life. He believes that by throwing a stepladder back to where he came from can help others get a step up as well.  His passion and belief are inspiring not only to a young generation but to all of us.

Watch Amir describe his story in his own words, below.

The channel also features Lorraine Galvin, who after capsizing at sea in an area with no rescue service when she was just 17 years old, was inspired to become a Lifeboat Crew Member.  She and four other rowing crew spent almost 3 hours in the water losing hope of being rescued. She used this experience to fuel her drive to save others and undertook rigorous training to become a lifeboat volunteer. Check out her story here:


Lorraine and Amir are real people with real stories to share.  They perfectly encapsulate the ethos of Universal which introduces ground-breaking drama with engaging stories to share.  Check out other uncovered characters here and on Universal Channel’s facebook page.

For 100% Character, here’s how you can watch Universal Channel…



Head to Channel 113 for Universal Channel and 150 for Universal Channel+1 on Sky.


Virgin Media

Get Universal Channel in HD on Virgin Media Channel 164 or SD on channel 137 or 138 for +1.



Simply launch the TalkTalk player and scroll to Universal Channel.



Turn to channel 320 for Universal Channel.







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