Fans of Skins, Hollyoaks, The Inbetweeners and Peep show will soon be able to watch the shows on YouTube when Channel 4 makes a deal with the site.

4oD ‘Catch Up’ programmes plus 3000 hours of archived shows will be available to watch for free online.

Channel 4 boss Andy Duncan said: “This strategic partnership is another important milestone for us and we’re delighted to be combining the power of the ‘4’ brand and the appeal of our content with YouTube’s unrivalled reach and reputation online.”

Archive footage of Brass Eye, Derren Brown, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Teachers is expected to be included, but the deal doesn’t include imported series.

YouTube’s Nikesh Arora added: “This significant new agreement brings Channel 4’s great full-length content to the YouTube community, helping Channel 4 grow its online revenues and to continue to invest in the creation of high-quality original content.”