Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Start Time Confirmed

The new series of Doctor Who will premier on BBC One and BBC HD at 6.20pm on Saturday 3rd April.

The Eleventh Hour is proceeded by the game show Total Wipeout, which got 4.7 million viewers when last shown in January. It will be followed by the new talent series Over the Rainbow, in which Andrew Lloyd Webber tries to find a star for his new production of The Wizard of Oz.

ITV1 have put up their now traditional opposition to a new series of Doctor Who, a Harry Potter film, this week, The Prisoner of Azkaban. This film premièred on ITV1 in January 2007 when it got 8 million viewers. It was repeated in July 2009 when it got 3.9 million watching.

On BBC Two Doctor Who faces Private Life of a Masterpiece looking at the stories behind iconic pieces of art, whilst Channel Four has put up Come Dine with Me a Cookery-based reality show in which amateur chefs compete for the title of ultimate dinner party host. On Five you can see the western Two Mules for Sister Sara with Clint Eastwood and Shirley MacLaine.

The Doctor Who start time is one of the earliest since the series returned in 2005. Episodes in the first three series started around 7pm. Only the first few episodes of Series Four started at 6.20 after which it was moved back to around 6.45pm following criticism from Russell T Davies over the programme's time slot.

Doctor Who Confidential will be shown on BBC Three at 7.25pm.