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Dear Mike (and all)Just 'cause I'm a pedant...
PBS buy film ITV (a commercial network in the UK), not BBC - Foyle's War was
ITV, as was Prime Suspect. Ironically, A&E in the States buy BBC
productions. These narrative structural issues maybe due to the inclusion
of commercials during the broadcast of the original.
'S a funny ole world, innit.
Mikel

2008/7/14 Frank, Michael <[log in to unmask]>:

> a question about PBS "masterpiece" presentations of BBC material [with the
> usual apologies for duplication]
>
> i chanced last night to watch the PBS "masterpiece mystery" presentation of
> an episode from the BBC's "foyle's war" series, and there were some aspects
> of the narrative structure of the program that seemed to me very peculiar .
> . . . it's possible that the beeb [with whose programs i'm largely
> unfamiliar] uses a different model of narrative organization than i'm used
> to -- but i suppose it's also possible that PBS re-edited the program [for
> audience and/or time considerations] and that some of the things i noticed
> were distortions of the original . . .
>
> so . . . does anyone know whether PBS mucks around with beeb originals
> before presenting them, or whether they are presented in substantially
> original form?
>
> thanks for any clues
>
> mike
>
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