The Chaser signs a six-episode BBC deal
The BBC signed a deal to screen a special six-episode compilation of highlights from The Chaser's War On Everything 2006 and 2007 seasons.
The show is already screening in America, Japan, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Israel and even Mongolia so Britain is a great addition. Following the success of other Australian shows in the UK such as Kath & Kim, Neighbours, Out of the Blue, McLeod's Daughters and Underbelly we can only assume the Brits will love The Chaser boys.
Despite the show's international acclaim, the BBC has buried the show in Britain--compressing the two award-winning seasons into a six-part "repackaged" mini-series and airing it on one of its least watched channels, BBC Four. They're providing very little media material for us journalist folk too.
The opening episode, which aired in the UK last night, saw the men attempt to book flights under the names of Al Kyder and Terry Wrist, and included a sketch where they tried to deliver a giant wooden horse to the Sydney Opera House.
The show was issued a two-week suspension from broadcasting on Australian screens earlier this month following public outrage after the boys performed a skit poking fun at charities for terminally ill children.
In one segment of the skit, Chaser Chris Taylor offered a hospitalised child a pencil case and a stick in place of a trip to Disneyland, asking "Why go to any trouble, when they're only going to die anyway?"
Another member of the team,Chaser executive producer and performer Julian Morrow appeared on this morning's Today Show where he repeated an apology for the skit and said he hoped Australian viewers would "give us another go".
The boys return to Austrlian channel the ABC1 tonight at 9.00pm and are broadcast in Britain on BBC Four at 10.00pm for six weeks from Tuesday, June 23.
Will you tune in to see what they have to say?
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