It’s a rarity but next month Australia will see the new season of Torchwood before fans in the UK.
The series will premiere on Starz in the US on July 8th and in Australia on UKTV less than 24 hours later (July 9th is actually the same day given the dateline adjustment).
But fans in the UK aren’t happy after learning they will have to wait until July 14.
“#Torchwood airs in UK Thurs 14 July 9pm bb1. UK gets it 6 days after the US?!! ppfftt!! grrrr now i kinda hope the yanks have ruined it,” on fan tweeted.
“Wait, the new #Torchwood airs in the UK a full week later than most of the rest of the world? Brilliant,” another wrote.
U.K. paper The Guardian questioned why U.K. fans were forced to wait six days: “This new series has had a lot of money spent on it — you can virtually smell it …. But the lion’s share of that money comes from Starz, so not surprisingly, they have the rights to broadcast it first. But six days? Why do British fans have to wait so long?”
The answer, apparently, is due to finding an available slot in the UK schedules where it launches without undue competition. But it will be interesting to see how this affects their ratings.
There will also be some subtle differences between the UK and US editions, with Australia getting the US version.
Source: Hollywood Reporter