Doctor Who

Horror Channel snags remastered Doctor Who

The Horror Channel in the UK has acquired a batch of remastered classic episodes of sci-fi series Doctor Who. The BBC-produced series is distributed by BBC Worldwide, which struck the deal with the UK pay TV channel, which is now part of the AMC Networks stable. The channel acquired several classic seasons of the show […]

BBC shows on Google Play in Oz

Doctor Who, The Muskateers and Sherlock are to be made available via download purchase on the Google Play platform in Australia. Factual series Frozen Planet is also to be made available, BBCWW Australia and New Zealand’s director of business development and consumer digital Rob Leach announced at the Multi-Screen TV Summit in Sydney today. Individual episodes […]

Doctor Who Extra set for BBC iPlayer

Doctor Who Extra, a new series based on the British sci-fi drama, is launcing exclusively on the BBC iPlayer. The 12-episode series will follow actor Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) as he gears up for his first season as the iconic Doctor. It will offer insight from the writers, producers, actors and directors of […]

Amazon and BBC Worldwide cut content deal

Amazon has struck a programming deal with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster. The agreement gives Amazon a raft of BBC programming for its Prime Instant Video subscription video-on-demand service. It covers library and current titles. Catalogue shows include comedy classics Only Fools and Horses, Red Dwarf, The Office, Absolutely Fabulous […]

Horror Channel buys classic Doctor Who

The UK Horror Channel has acquired several seasons of classic Doctor Who series. The digital channel, which is part of CBS Chello Zone joint venture, has bought the series from BBC Worldwide. The channel will get episodes of the popular sci fi series that originally aired on the BBC between 1963 and 1989. Various actors […]

BBC iPlayer demand up by third

Requests on the BBC iPlayer catch-up service grew by a third in 2013, with 2.2 billion requests for TV shows and 800 million radio requests across all platforms, according to the latest statistics from the UK public broadcaster. Requests from tablet devices grew by 104% in the course of the year, with a total of […]

iPlayer notches 11 million requests in best day ever

New Year’s Day was the best day ever for the iPlayer with the 11 million programme requests lodged on the BBC’s catch up service as viewers caught up on the UK pubcaster’s line-up of festive programming. That compares with 8.1 million requests on New Year’s Day 2013 and equates to a 35% year-on-year increase in […]

Doctor Who simulcast breaks broadcast records

The fiftieth anniversary episode of Doctor Who has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history. The episode broadcast simultaneously in 94 territories yesterday and in more than 1,500 cinemas in UK, US, Canada, Latin America, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. More than 500,000 tickets were sold […]

Russell T. Davies dramas to spotlight gay life

Queer as Folk creator Russell T. Davies is creating a pair of TV dramas and an online series that will explore gay life in the 21st century. Cucumber will be an 8x60mins series for UK broadcaster Channel 4 about a 46 year-old man, his long-suffering boyfriend and a disastrous life altering date night; while Banana […]

Doctor Who special to simulcast globally

The upcoming fiftieth anniversary episode of British sci-fi series Doctor Who will launch with a global simulcast to more than 75 territories in November. One-off special The Day of the Doctor (pictured) will go out globally on November 23 at the same time as the UK launch on BBC One, the pubcaster’s commercial arm BBC […]