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I'm really starting to like five.

Newer friends may not remember the little rant I had back in May, over Channel 4's mistreatment of US imports. To cut a long story short, a long history of schedule mismanagement and neglect culminated in Ananova reporting that Channel 4 had sold the UK terrestrial TV rights to Angel and Alias to five, formerly known as Channel 5.

After being continually disappointed by the way in which Channel 4 treated these two shows (and by the way it continues to mistreat other US imports), five is so far doing a much better job, currently showing Angel series three (?) on Monday nights at around 7:30-8pm. This week I was happy to see a full-page advert (which you can see on the right, if you clicked on the above cut) advertising the return of Alias; it appears that series two will be shown on Saturdays at 8pm as of this coming Saturday, immediately preceded by the start of the fifth series of Charmed.

If I didn't already have the excuse of my babysitting the brats downstairs Friday night, I'd excuse myself from going up north this weekend just so I don't have to tape Saturday nights. Damn fine job, five; roll on Winter!

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cool! do they pretty much give the imports bad slots and chop them up, or what? they do that here sometimes for re-ran old shows.

If you go to radiotimes.com you can usually search for a programme name and find out where it appears in a given channel's schedules. That site actually shows listings for satellite channels too, so the five terrestrial stations for reference are BBC1/2, ITV's various regions, and Channel 4 and five.

I'd say a particular import's scheduling depends on the programme and the station it's shown on. I've already written about how 4 treated many of its less favoured imports horrendously, but five treats its imports quite well, considering the relative lack of money it has available to spend on original programming. Any imports the BBC buys for terrestrial showings usually end up on BBC2, as BBC1 is reserved for more original programming which it can afford. ITV gets the rest, and is usually not worth watching nowadays.

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