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This Is Granada1,659 posts since 4 Jan 2003
From Digital Spy:

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds41552.html

Quote:
Five Life has acquired the multi-channel rights to two of Britain’s most popular dramas, Bad Girls and Footballers’ Wives.

The deal was negotiated between Katie Keenan, deputy controller of acquisitions at Five, and Tom McClelland, sales director at Screentime Partners, the distribution company recently acquired by Shed Productions, who produced both shows.

McClelland, said: “These two iconic Shed dramas have generated huge audiences in the UK and around the world over the last few years. We are very pleased to reach a deal with Five Life which will allow British viewers to continue enjoying them.”

Both shows will be broadcast in the spring, beginning with series four of prison drama Bad Girls, and series one of Footballers' Wives.

Nick Thorogood, controller of Five Life and Five US, said: “Bad Girls and Footballers’ Wives are terrific dramas; groundbreaking and great fun - perfect additions to Five Life where we have already brought our viewers a rich mix of drama and entertainment.“

Though both series' have ended on ITV1, US network ABC is planning an American version of Footballers' Wives, which will be a co-production between Shed and Touchstone Television. The show clocked up five series in the UK.

Bad Girls finished with its eighth series and a Christmas special in December. The second series is currently being shown on ITV3.


Well, about time Five started to put some effort into the digital channels. I wish they would get rid of the quiz c*ap and five life should be on air longer than 11pm.

At least Five will show Bad Girls at a better time than ITV3 who shove it on quite late! I imagine ITV3 have the rights to Bad Girls 1-3, thats why Five Life are starting from series 4.

I hope they have all the series of Footballers' Wives as I missed them when it first aired on ITV1
Neil Jones4,512 posts since 23 Dec 2001
This Is Granada posted:
Well, about time Five started to put some effort into the digital channels. I wish they would get rid of the quiz c*ap and five life should be on air longer than 11pm.


Five Life airs until 2am as it is.
It only finishes at 11pm on Freeview to timeshare with Television X.
Johnny832,888 posts since 4 Mar 2004
Neil Jones posted:
This Is Granada posted:
Well, about time Five started to put some effort into the digital channels. I wish they would get rid of the quiz c*ap and five life should be on air longer than 11pm.


Five Life airs until 2am as it is.
It only finishes at 11pm on Freeview to timeshare with Television X.


Shame so many channels have to share. Didn't I read on here ages ago though that in future they are going to extend Freeview so to speak so that it has mor ememory & can show more channels, which in turn will make all current boxes obsolete or did I read that wrong?
Neil Jones4,512 posts since 23 Dec 2001
Johnny83 posted:
Neil Jones posted:
This Is Granada posted:
Well, about time Five started to put some effort into the digital channels. I wish they would get rid of the quiz c*ap and five life should be on air longer than 11pm.


Five Life airs until 2am as it is.
It only finishes at 11pm on Freeview to timeshare with Television X.


Shame so many channels have to share. Didn't I read on here ages ago though that in future they are going to extend Freeview so to speak so that it has mor ememory & can show more channels, which in turn will make all current boxes obsolete or did I read that wrong?


In theory.
Anyway, Freeview, bandwidth permitting, can show as many channels as it wants. The current boxes all seem to have issues with more than about 90 "channels" anyway (including text, downtime channels, interactive channels, TUTV channels and the radio stations).

In an ideal world, after the analogue signal goes, it'll allow more space for Freeview. Depending on your sources, its either going for this purpose or for mobile phone services. Freeview will never be as channel populated as Sky or Cable though, no matter how much bandwidth you throw at it. I reckon there will always be an element of timesharing.
amosc1002,098 posts since 19 Dec 2005
Brekkie Boy posted:
amosc100 posted:
If either BG or FW, or even both, or a big hit would five commission new series of them from Shed?


No!


I like your short sharp answer!!! Smile

Why not, though?
Johnny832,888 posts since 4 Mar 2004
amosc100 posted:
Brekkie Boy posted:
amosc100 posted:
If either BG or FW, or even both, or a big hit would five commission new series of them from Shed?


No!


I like your short sharp answer!!! Smile

Why not, though?


Probbably because by the final series of each they had both ran out of steam
amosc1002,098 posts since 19 Dec 2005
Johnny83 posted:
amosc100 posted:
Brekkie Boy posted:
amosc100 posted:
If either BG or FW, or even both, or a big hit would five commission new series of them from Shed?


No!


I like your short sharp answer!!! Smile

Why not, though?


Probbably because by the final series of each they had both ran out of steam


Must admit that the Christmas epiosde of BG was very dire but the last series showed promise of it getting gritty again, like it was when it first started - but had the viewers of it got used to it being a camp drama rather than a gritty drama like its original 3 series'?
Brekkie29,829 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Firstly, Five don't do much original drama and couldn't really afford to set up either.


Secondly, they've ended - both series ending past their peak. And they both had good runs too - not many UK dramas actually get to four or five series.


And thirdly, dramas especially very rarely transfer channels, and very rarely successful. The only example I can think of is Auf Weidefesen Pet (sic - no idea what that means but people seem to post it when they can't spell!), which turned up twenty something years later on the BBC after originally airing on ITV.