Prime Spring Clean Half-Baked UPDATED*

Prime will refresh its schedule in the first week of October with an impressive slate of newcomers but two of the best won’t be in HD.

At least fans of Poldark will be able to see the costume drama here in HD for the first time, when it succeeds Jericho as the 8.30 lead-in to Game of Thrones on October 4.

But what a missed opportunity to not empower new seasons of New Tricks and The Great British Bake-Off with the same HD horsepower.

They will both air in SD, the former 7.30 Saturdays from October 1 and the latter 7.30 Tuesdays ahead of Poldark on what deserves to be Prime’s biggest night of the week.

With Prime having transitioned to HD on the Sky platform only this year, it’s understandable that some of its programming inventory will have been licensed in SD.

But that shouldn’t be the case with the most recent seasons of New Tricks (which aired a year ago in the UK) and TGBBO (which premiered this month on BBC, so at least you can still catch it in HD on the BBC iPlayer).

* Turns out both New Tricks, which is the final season, and TGBBO were delivered before Prime switched to HD. Unbelievably, it’s not the latest TGBBO season that Prime’s about to air — the one making all the headlines for being the last to star Sue Perkins — but the fifth, which screened two years ago in the UK. Prime should be running it and S6 off-peak and going straight to season seven to capitalise on the publicity about it being the last the BBC will air before the show switches to Channel 4.

Part of Prime’s spring clean is rejuvenating the six o’clock hour with two new game shows in HD to replace reruns of Escape to the Country: Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

The US versions of each will air 6.00 and 6.30 respectively weekdays from October 3.

The Merv Griffin game shows, which Prime’s acquired through its CBS Studios International deal, are daytime fare in the US but here they could prove a viable alternative to the network news hours. **

** Happily, both game shows will be more recent than TGBBO: season 34 of WoF and 33 of Jeopardy went to air only last week in the US.

Prime has one other HD premiere in the first week of October: The Indian Dream Motel, which will check in at 8.30 Wednesdays.

Inspired by the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the three-part series follows UK celebrities to India to explore whether they can have a more fulfilling retirement than in Britain.

They include actors Sylvester McCoy and Miriam Margolyes, dancer Wayne Sleep, comedian Roy Walker, chef Rosemary Shrager, darts champion Bobby George, singer Patti Boulaye, and ex-news reader Jan Leeming.

It screened as The Real Marigold Hotel on BBC Two and was popular enough to spawn a second series.

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One Response to “Prime Spring Clean Half-Baked UPDATED*”

  1. I think Family Feud is the best game show, such a fun show especially with Dai Henwood hosting 🙂

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