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flaziola1,442 posts since 19 Jun 2007
So The Hand Of Fear parts 1 and 2 were on tonight on BBC Four as a tribute. It'd be interesting to keep an eye on the ratings for this. If they're high enough the BBC might consider putting Classic Who on the channel regularly.Which would be quite nice.
WillPS
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Does this mean UKTV have officially 'lost' the rights to the classic series?

Would BBC Four be able to afford both Dr Who & TOTP reruns?


I doubt UKTV ever had exclusivity. BBC Two showed a few serials c.1999 and BBC Four did in the mid-00s, when UK Gold and UKTV Drama were showing them respectively.

Sci-Fi Channel showed some of the UKTV omnibus edits last year over the Easter break (bizarrely as "Sci-Fi Movies"), just before the channel became Syfy.

Repeats of Doctor Who and Top of the Pops are incredibly cheap, but it's not BBC Four's remit to provide constant repeats.
Mr-Stabby2,710 posts since 4 Feb 2004
London London
So The Hand Of Fear parts 1 and 2 were on tonight on BBC Four as a tribute. It'd be interesting to keep an eye on the ratings for this. If they're high enough the BBC might consider putting Classic Who on the channel regularly.Which would be quite nice.


As nice as that would be, I doubt they would. Otherwise there would be Doctor Who regularly on BBC One, BBC Three AND BBC Four.
Inspector Sands10,988 posts since 25 Aug 2004
Does this mean UKTV have officially 'lost' the rights to the classic series?


I doubt UKTV ever had exclusivity. BBC Two showed a few serials c.1999 and BBC Four did in the mid-00s, when UK Gold and UKTV Drama were showing them respectively.

Yes, when the BBC (or any other broadcaster) sells a programme to a digital channel it doesn't remove their right to show it. There are many programmes that get shown on BBC channels that are also in the libraries of the likes of UKTV.
WillPS
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Does this mean UKTV have officially 'lost' the rights to the classic series?


I doubt UKTV ever had exclusivity. BBC Two showed a few serials c.1999 and BBC Four did in the mid-00s, when UK Gold and UKTV Drama were showing them respectively.

Yes, when the BBC (or any other broadcaster) sells a programme to a digital channel it doesn't remove their right to show it. There are many programmes that get shown on BBC channels that are also in the libraries of the likes of UKTV.


I don't suppose there's anything stopping a distribution group selling exclusivity in one market for a fixed period, but in the case of BBC Worldwide selling to an operator in the UK this would be controversial to say the least.
VMPhil7,460 posts since 31 Mar 2005
Granada North West Today
There's always been the thought of a BBC Gold, which would solve this, however it would be outside the BBC's remit to provide a complete repeats channel (unless there was some new programming invested, but it's unlikely the channel would ever be approved anyway). The solution to this is UK Gold, but look how that's turned out.