The Chaser signs a six-episode BBC deal

By Kate O'Shea

Jun 24, 2009

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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  • -Devolved- Jul 12, 2009

    Damn straight I tune In as often as I can. Sure that sketch was in slightly bad taste but has society become a bit precious? Chasers keep up the great work, funny as hell show!!

  • casabonita83 Jun 24, 2009

    They did push that sketch too far in my opinion.

  • casabonita83 Jun 24, 2009

    I'll tune in. There's too much violent shows on every night so The Chasers gives me something different

  • Ossie Jun 24, 2009

    lost you 'months ago' huntercal? When they were off the air?

  • Tortured_Mike Jun 24, 2009

    The chasers are just a novelty.. and the novelty has worn off.

  • dwyerbrent Jun 24, 2009

    I will definitely tune in I thought the skit was funny and I stand by that. If people cannot handle the humor don't watch the show, watch Antique Roadshow or something you can handle. Grow a pair Australia.

  • huntercal Jun 24, 2009

    I'm not tuning in and not just for this latest distasteful stunt. They used to be politicall driven and intelligent in their antics but now they just poke fun at anything they can get their hands on. They lost me months ago.

  • hex_fan_999 Jun 24, 2009

    No what they did was taking it way too far.