The ultimate skiving device

YouTube is showing off its new Shows section of its site for its lucky UK users today, which gives all us Brits full-length programming on the internet. It’s almost as if they know we want to skive at work, isn’t it?

The new section includes almost 5,000 videos (of which almost 4,000 are full length programmes), totalling over 3,000 hours, and YouTube expect this to significantly increase in the coming months. The full length programming available now includes the first set of content made available under the recently announced partnership between Channel 4 and YouTube. The full range of Channel 4 content will be available in early 2010.

YouTube users in the UK will be able to click on the Shows tab on the homepage, or go directly to youtube.com/shows, to discover the programmes made available by YouTube's partners.

Full length programmes available through the Shows section include the following: Peep Show, Derren Brown, Hollyoaks, the Inbetweeners, Gordon Ramsay's F Word, Jamie at Home, Dead Ringers, Day of the Triffids, This Is Dom Joly, Adult Swim, ITN News, Guinness World Records, He-Man, Baywatch and the World Rally Championship.

‘The YouTube community has always enjoyed the vibrant range of video on the site, from amateur make-up videos to professional TV highlights and everything inbetween,’ said Patrick Walker, YouTube’s director of video partnerships. ‘The Shows section of the site will make it easier for users to discover videos from the biggest names in British broadcasting.’

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