Sanctuary, the new Amanda Tapping project, begins in the UK tonight. It will be on ITV4 at 9pm. It will be repeated on Wednesday. Amanda Tapping, known for playing Major Samantha Carter on Stargate SG1, stars. The show was made originally for a 'pay per view' audience on the web. It was made on a budget using green-screen technology to achieve professional standards. In the US, the Sci Fi channel have commissioned a second series of 13 parts. The first season (which is being transmitted tonight) was originally 8 webisodes - these have been re-shot for television, the first four webisodes make up episode one which will be transmitted tonight..
At last, they've noticed. An ITV executive has been quoted as saying that the channel 'is putting people off'. Personally, I cannot remember the last time I watched anything on ITV. Generally the channel has contained lowest common denominator rubbish, and has left me cold.
The trouble they will have if they do manage to put worthwhile things on there - how will people know?
They want to have new series of 'Cracker' and 'Prime Suspect' - these are not terribly likely to bring a new audience. Channel 5 have the same issue, they put some good films on, but as a rule people just don't think to look at the channel (I like CSI, but hardly ever see it as it's on five). I'm like this with ITV, but it's a great big blind spot. They might start to put great stuff there, but after so many years of rubbish I'm unlikely to notice unless something really big happens to catch my attention.