Classic ITV programmes such as Inspector Morse, On the Buses and Rising Damp are to be made available for online viewing, the broadcaster has confirmed.

The shows will be offered on the 'Catch Up' section of for up to 30 days after they've aired on ITV3.

Since launching in August 1007, combined with ITV Local has received more than 69 million video views while ITV's portfolio of websites have seen a 362 per cent increase in video usage.

"This is a brilliant achievement and gives fans of some of ITV's biggest and best shows even more reason to go to," said Marc Webber, head of content at

"The rapid growth in video consumption shows that the appetite for content is there. We will continue to respond with new developments in the months to come."

The programmes available to watch on Catch Up include episodes of: On the Buses; Kavanagh QC; Inspector Morse; Cadfael; Upstairs, Downstairs; Dempsey and Makepeace; Heartbeat; Robin of Sherwood; Home to Roost; Rising Damp; Taggart; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes; and Wycliffe.

31/07/2008 00:01:01