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Discussion for Law & Order: UK - Episode 3.4, "Confession"
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ayajedi From: ayajedi Date: February 5th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Why oh why do BBCA cut these pivotal scenes?
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 5th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Simple - so they can cram in more commercials. When the show airs on ITV, the network breaks are fewer and shorter. Because U.S. television is so utterly driven by advertising, we have to sit through more ads, hence imported shows are almost always edited to allow for more and longer breaks. (Note too how, for example on BBCA, they don't allow the actual credits to run at the end... they stick them on a quick-flashing ticker on the bottom so that they can run another show promo at the same time, allowing them to get to the next program faster.)

Actual BBC programming tends to suffer even worse here, because the BBC (as a public service broadcaster) airs NO commercial breaks during the episodes. So, fair warning for those who will be watching Outcasts when it eventially airs on BBCA... there WILL be big cuts. :(
asta77 From: asta77 Date: February 6th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
BBCA has, for some series, allowed the shows to run long. For instance, I recall the first series of Being Human running an hour and fifteen minutes. But I believe networks also fear you'll tune in at 10 to see a show, see another and believe what you wanted to watch isn't airing, and turn the station. BBCA does air the uncut version of the episode on On Demand, but not every BBCA viewer has access to that service.
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