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ST:TNG Original UK Air Dates


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Report this Jun. 19 2010, 10:52 am

Can anyone give me a list (or point me in the direction) of the original UK air dates for TNG in the UK between the BBC and Sky??

I know the series started in 1987 and ran till 1994 in the USA, and I know that it didn't start i the UK till 1990, but I don't think it ran until 1997 so there must have been some catch up during the Sky years . If anyone can either give me a list of dates or just tell me when All Good Things first aired, that would be really great



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Report this Jun. 19 2010, 12:30 pm

This is the information that I found on Memory Alpha:

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) was one of the UK broadcasters of Star Trek and is the parent company of BBC Worldwide, which in turn operates BBC America. The corporation had the rights to show Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. They also have the terrestrial rights to show Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact - the rights to broadcast Star Trek: Insurrection were obtained by Five and the remaining film rights are held by Channel 4).

Initially, the BBC was the first-run broadcaster of Star Trek (12 July 1969-15 December 1971) and TNG (26 September 1990-6 May 1992, up to "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II"). After 1992, the first-run rights of TNG ? and later DS9 and Voyager ? went to Sky One, with the BBC showing the episodes several months later.

From 26 August 1992, the BBC instead repeated The Original Series, ending on 6 April 1994. The run of The Next Generation started again on 13 April 1994.

All of the Trek spin-offs were shown in an early-evening 6pm slot - TNG on Wednesdays, DS9 on Thursdays, VOY on Sundays - and as a result, several episodes had to be cut for violence and disturbing imagery, most notably the TNG episodes "Conspiracy" and "The Icarus Factor".

The BBC also refused to show the episode "The High Ground" due to political sensitivity over its content (stating that terrorism had succeeded in re-unifying Ireland), broadcasting the episode for the first time on 29 September 2007, nine years after the Good Friday Agreement brought the conflict in question to a largely peaceful end.

During their original run of The Original Series, the BBC had chosen not to show "The Empath", "Whom Gods Destroy" and "Plato's Stepchildren" due to concerns over 'sadistic' elements within the episodes making them unsuitable for the series time slot. These episodes were eventually shown during the 1992 repeat run. "Miri" was not repeated by the BBC until 1993 for similar reasons, following audience complaints after its original transmission.

The BBC broadcast two special evenings of Star Trek programming, each known as Star Trek Night, one in 1996 and another in 2001.

The BBC lost out in the bidding to broadcast Star Trek: Enterprise on terrestrial re-run to Channel 4 in 2001, and did not renew its repeat rights for the other series until 2006, when in July, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation returned to the screen - Star Trek in a late-night Friday slot, with TNG in a mid-afternoon Saturday slot (later following on from TOS in the Friday slot). Voyager repeat rights were taken by Five in 2005.

Sky One is a television broadcaster of Star Trek in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sky obtained the first run rights for Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1992; prior to that the first run rights in Britain had been with the BBC, who had broadcast every episode from "Encounter at Farpoint" to "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", excluding "The High Ground".

In addition to the first run rights for the rest of the series made to date, Sky One also acquired rerun rights to the episodes previously shown by the BBC and a TV movie version of "Unification I", which was shown on an exclusive "movie" channel rather than as part of the main run of the series.

The Next Generation was initially run on Sky One from "Encounter at Farpoint" being shown five nights a week at 5pm, with "Family" shown the day after the Sky showing of "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" and the series then running all the way up to "Timescape". After this, "Encounter at Farpoint" was shown and the whole series was run again. "Descent" was held over to act as the premiere to the seventh season, which was run on Sunday evenings at 7 pm once it had completed production and was available to be shown. This was also the time slot used for the first season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Sky also bought the first run rights for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.

At first, the episodes of these later series were shown, as they were in the United States, with repeats between new episodes. However, Sky soon held back broadcasting new episodes and broadcast the entire series at once. After Deep Space Nine finished a season, Voyager would begin, and vice versa. Other shows that would fill the gaps included Stargate SG-1 and Andromeda.

Star Trek was moved to Sky Two for a short time, until that channel was taken off the air. Monday night at 8 pm was the traditional time for Star Trek. However, at the start of Enterprise Season 4, it was moved to Tuesdays. Star Trek's place was taken by The Simpsons. The final new episode of Star Trek was broadcast on 2nd August 2005. Episodes were also shown on the now defunct Sky One Mix channel.

Deep Space Nine's sixth season aired on Sky One from 19 October 1998 to 12 April 1999.


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Report this Jun. 19 2010, 1:29 pm

yeah, I saw it that myself while looking around, so I know the first 3 seasons where shown between 1990 and 1992, but that would mean season 7 didnt air until 1996 if it stayed at one per year


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Report this Jun. 24 2010, 5:40 pm

I think the reason as to why the UK were late to the Next Gen party was that the guy who was running the BBC in the late 80's (Michael Grade) wasn't a lover of sci-fi (He also famously cancelled Doctor Who after 26 years in 1989). I heard that he saw Encounter at Farpoint, said it was utter rubbish, but in truth he walked out after 25 minutes. I believe Next Gen started in Ireland in 1988, so the UK really was late to the show!

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