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Thursday 3rd May 2007

TWIDW Alert:
42 Moved To 19 May on BBC One Due To Eurovision
(TWIDW post #0518)

BBC One has schuffled its Saturday night schedule for this month to keep Doctor Who from airing prior to 7PM.

5 May 7PM - The Lazarus Experiment - no change
12 May - Pre-empted!!! - Eurovision night
19 May - 42 (postponed from 12 May)
26 May - Human Nature / The Family of Blood (postponed from 19 May)

This is the first postponement of a new Doctor Who episode since the show revived in 2005, though they considered postponing Gridlock one week if a sports match had run too long.

42 was going to air at 6:40PM. The Empty Child in 2005 and The Age of Steel in 2006 aired early due to Eurovision. The recent Dalek 2 parter (Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks) had pre-7PM start times. Some people were criticizing the early start times for fear that the casual audience was not home for Who till at least 7PM.

So - Lazarus Experiment in the UK this weekend. No episode for Eurovision. Then back to normal with 42 on the 19th.

Benjamin Elliott
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