It looks as if tonight’s episode of David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet will air in Australia before being screened on the BBC in the UK.
According to Guide synopsis, tonight Nine screens the episode “Spring.”
Spring is explored as the sun returns life to both Poles. Landscapes that had been locked in darkness for three months are suddenly bathed in light. Hibernating residents begin to wake and the first migrants start arriving.
But that episode won’t air in the UK until 9pm November 2nd, which when adjusted for the dateline is actually 8am Thursday November 3 in Australia.
So it’s a bit of a coup.
Admittedly it’s not the first time an international episode has aired in Australia, but it is a rarity.
In 2009 Seven screened an episode of FlashForward ahead of the US because of their Thanksgiving. That led to the episode being added to torrents and press including the NY Post and the Hollywood Reporter slamming us.
TVByTheNumbers also ran a story under the headline: ‘If FlashForward’s ratings drop this Thursday, blame the Aussies!’
Cheers for that.