‘Babylon 5’ Comes To Pick TV. Rerunning On UK Primetime For First Time In 18yrs!

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09 Nov 17
'Babylon 5' Comes To Pick TV. Rerunning On UK Primetime For First Time In 18yrs!

‘Babylon 5’ Comes To Pick TV. Rerunning On UK Primetime For First Time In 18yrs!

I know this isn’t a new show, but it’s a very beloved series, and some news I think UK based geeks and sci-fi fans will be very interested in! J. Michael Straczynski’s classic sci-fi show ‘Babylon 5’ is returning to primetime UK tv for the first time in 18 years. The rerun will kick off with ‘Babylon 5: The Gathering’, from Monday, 13th November 2017 at 7pm on Pick TV.

It’s hard to believe it’s been 18 years since seminal sci-fi series Babylon 5 was available on ‘normal’ telly. It’s been behind a paywall over the years but often lost in late night schedules. That’s all about to change, however, as free-to-air channel Pick has announced that they have the rights to the full five seasons, plus all the movies, and they gave the show a spot it deserves at 8pm every weeknight (the films will start at 7pm).

Making something of a ‘TV Moment’ out of it, the guys at Pick fully appreciate the importance of the series to its fans and the genre alike, telling Geektown exclusively that: “When a series as influential as Babylon 5 comes along, it’s only right that it gets the respect it deserves. We wanted to make it available at a great time for old fans and people who will be coming new to it. It’s was a game-changer for the sci-fi genre and it’s still completely relevant today.”

For the uninitiated (we can only assume you’ve been living in a black hole), ‘Babylon 5’ launched in 1993 with the feature-length pilot, ‘Babylon 5: The Gathering’. The series focused on long arcs depicting personal and political drama on board a five-mile-long space station at a time of looming war between the Centauri and the Narn. Visionary creator J Michael Straczynski penned 92 of the 100 eps and that control and ambition allowed a large cast the time to develop a soaring, intricately detailed and ground-breaking show.

Pick’s run on ‘Babylon 5’ starts on Monday 13th November at 7pm.