I spotted a slightly surprising show due to be aired on Freeview Channel 61.
‘True Entertainment’ is about start showing The Prisoner as of Monday 13 March 2017 at 21:00.
This replaces the current run of The Persuaders and will follow the same format of two episodes per evening.
While that will burn through the series in less than two weeks, The Persuaders was only 24 eps, and has been repeating for the past few weeks.
I don’t have the ability to look far enough forward to see if The Prisoner will also be looped for a while.
While I have a few version on various media collected over the years, and could watch as I wished, I never do, and rather like the ‘old-fashioned’ discipline of having to ‘catch’ a programme when it is on. That said, I seldom watch anything live now (or at all to be honest) but delay, so I can wipe out the poxy adverts.
Brings back memories too.
I said I was surprised, and that’s because we passed the 50th anniversary of the series not that long ago, yet not one broadcaster saw fit to mention it, or run the series to mark the event.
We noted the earlier announcement that a Gaelic TV service was to be launched at some time, and it seems that you’ll be able to see this before the end of the year, although you’ll have to wait a bit longer if you’re not coughing up subs to the cable and satellite companies.
Also to be available online, BBC ALBA will be launched on cable and satellite on September 19, 2008, and follow on Freeview (in Scotland only) after the digital switchover, and subject to review by the BBC Trust.
See also the Gaelic Media Service.
I have to admit that Gaelic is a complete mystery to me, and I have a secret admiration for those that have it as their language, even for anyone that work out the pronunciation from the written word.
After some early fears that the service might not even be considered as a possibility, due to the funding requirements and relatively low numbers that it may attract, the go-ahead was recently announced for the launch of a Gaelic Digital Service by the BBC Trust which oversees the BBC. The budget for running the service each year is just under £21 million.
Conditions apply to the introduction of the service, which will begin on cable, satellite and broadband, with a review of its performance being carried out before it is considered for introduction to Freeview.