Lost: Sky1 Confirms Final UK Airdate

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The moment Lost fans have been waiting for is nearly here; its sixth, and final, season premieres on Sky1 just three days after its American debut.

It's official: Friday nights are the new Lost nights. In a bold move by BSkyB the award-winning series has been shifted from its usual Sunday slot to make room for Keifer Sutherland's 24, the eighth season of which kicks off this weekend. The final season of the desert island drama starts with a double-bill at 9pm on Friday, February 5.

Speculation as to the outcome of the suspenseful series has been building for a while, but very few spoilers have actually been revealed. A poster containing teasers has been released, as well as information about casting, but there's very little else to go on. "We withheld key evidence," Damon Lindoff, Lost's co-producer explains; "I think there are people who have certainly figured out significant pieces, but they don't have enough information yet."

The cast are joined by newcomers Sheila Kelley (LA Law), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai) and John Hawkes (Deadwood) for the final season and it's been confirmed that Emilie de Ravin's character Claire, who vanished in season four, will be returning as a regular. Appearances from seemingly deceased castaways Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), Libby (Cynthia Watros), Michael (Harold Perrineau) and Boone (Ian Somerhalder) are also expected. As to the fate of Elizabeth Mitchell's character Juliet, however; it's not clear whether she definitely died as suggested at the end of season five--though she appears in none of the promotional pictures.