Page last updated at 15:37 GMT, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 16:37 UK

ITV to sell hit shows on iTunes

The cast of Cold Feet
Cold Feet is one of the first shows to be made available

ITV is to make more than 260 hours of archive programmes available for sale on Apple's iTunes store.

Brideshead Revisited, Cold Feet and puppet show Captain Scarlet are already available for download. Inspector Morse and The Saint are due later this year.

Fans can purchase entire series, with shows priced from 1.89 per episode.

ITV executive Dawn Airey said the broadcaster wanted to "give viewers the opportunity to watch their favourite shows wherever they are."

"ITV has thousands of hours of classic content in the archive which we are bringing to a whole new audience," she said.

There are plans to make more recent programmes available, including the second series of Inspector Morse spin-off Lewis.

However, they will not be put on iTunes until 30 days after they are broadcast.

The deal follows the BBC's announcement in February that it was making its programmes available on iTunes.

ITV is also working with the BBC and Channel 4 on an on-demand service called Kangaroo, which plans to offer more than 10,000 hours of programmes. It is due to launch later this year.

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