Wednesday’s “Henry5” news

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  • SK

    Surely at this rate it will be possible to have seen every single frame of Tron: Legacy in juddery low-resolution form before the thing is even released (possibly, indeed, before it’s finished, which will be impressive but is about the rate they are going)?

  • MediumRob

    “Surely at this rate it will be possible to have seen every single frame of Tron: Legacy in juddery low-resolution form before the thing is even released (possibly, indeed, before it’s finished, which will be impressive but is about the rate they are going)?”
    NBC used to do the same thing when Heroes was running. They’d release three to five clips from the following week’s episode to drum up interest. But once you’d seen them, there was rarely anything else in the episode to watch, so I ended up avoiding them instead.

  • stu-n

    I don’t understand why this ‘ratings rat-race’ ITV are stuck in is any different from the ‘ratings rat-race’ they were in ten years ago when they made Cracker, or further back when they made Brideshead Revisited. The people in charge back then presumably realised that people will watch high-quality programmes. People still do. Audience shares are lower now because of the larger number of channels available, but other than that, what’s changed?
    Henry5 could be very good, or absolutely dreadful. I’m leaning towards the latter. Have there been many scifi adaptations of Shakespeare? The only one I can think of is Forbidden Planet.

  • SK

    ‘HOW WILL THEY JUSTIFY WHY THEY WENT TO WAR?’ screams the poster.
    Um. did they not read the first scene of the play, with is exactly about getting that question out of the way before going on to the action?

  • MediumRob

    @stu_n: “I don’t understand why this ‘ratings rat-race’ ITV are stuck in is any different from the ‘ratings rat-race’ they were in ten years ago when they made Cracker, or further back when they made Brideshead Revisited. The people in charge back then presumably realised that people will watch high-quality programmes. People still do. Audience shares are lower now because of the larger number of channels available, but other than that, what’s changed?”
    The ad rules change came in in 2003. ITV’s argument is that they get penalised financially if ratings are low, even if they could still potentially get higher revenues through targeted advertising (eg selling ads for particular products at a higher rate during programmes that will get a niche but high-earning audience).
    “Henry5 could be very good, or absolutely dreadful. I’m leaning towards the latter.”
    The presence of Vinnie Jones pretty much ensures it.
    “Have there been many scifi adaptations of Shakespeare? The only one I can think of is Forbidden Planet.”
    I can’t think of any others.
    @SK: Ah, if I had a £1 for every movie that answered the question posed in its poster tagline…