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Free to air television scheduling fail strikes again!
Just read this on news.com.au...

Doyle's detective on ice

LAUDED in Britain as one of the BBC's best dramas - a big call, given the slate includes Doctor Who, Spooks, This Life, The Street and The Lakes, among many others - Sherlock sadly remains on hold at its Australian home, Channel Nine.

The taut, contemporary re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes, led by brilliant youngster Benedict Cumberbatch and The Office's Martin Freeman, gathered a wealth of critical and public accolades following its July debut in Blighty. But here, there's still no set date for it and no firm guarantee it will air on Nine's main channel.

Nine has done itself a disservice in failing to quickly deliver it locally and build on the hype in Britain, especially as box sets of the series went on sale a week ago for little more than a lobster.

Ultimately, BBC products should just go to Aunty - at least then we'll see them, more than likely in a decent Sunday-night slot.

Not terribly surprised, but still- FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Don't plan watching Sherlock on Nine if/when they show it because they will edit it, and they will chop it up for ads, just like they're doing with Top Gear. And then they'll change the timeslot for The Blind Banker to 11pm when no one watches A Study in Pink at 9:30. AND THEN they'll scratch their heads and wonder why no one was watching: Hmm, LET'S SEE, maybe because we didn't want to wait the 5/6 months you'll take to air it and just went 'Fuck it' and downloaded it instead?

*sigh* And the local tv industry wonder why internet piracy is so rampant- THIS IS WHY, GUYS. At least the ABC had the decency to fast-track Doctor Who series 5 so that we were only 2-3 weeks behind the UK. And UKTV broadcast the latest series of Torchwood hours after the episodes went to air. Fast-tracking works!

And even when I download shows, if I like them enough, I will happily pay the money and buy it on DVD. I did that with Hotel Babylon, and I'm doing that with Sherlock. The UK dvd release is region 2/4, and I'm browsing eBay for a copy now.

....Not that free-to-air stations really care about all this; it's all about ratings, obviously.

/end rant

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed
Current Music: The Clash - Rock the Casbah

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classics_lover From: classics_lover Date: September 17th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
And to think I complain about RTE and TV3 and their ad breaks! At least they know what hour the watershed is and choose not to chop stuff up when it's on after that time. (Spartacus uncut FTW)

I got the DVD myself, it's not too dear. Hope you get it without too much trouble. If you can't get it easily, let me know and I'll get it and post it to you.

AND THEN they'll scratch their heads and wonder why no one was watching
But of course, who WOULDN'T want to watch a skewered six-month-old show with no consistent timeslot? :-P
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: September 18th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I just discovered last week that Go! have been repeating Spartacus uncut at 1am on the morning after the censored show. Wish they had advertised that in some way, but eh. Nice to get the full monty, as it were. ;)
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