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Mon 23 Feb 2009 03:21 PM

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Showtime signs deal to show UK favourite Eastenders

TV channel chiefs set to launch BBC Prime on Showtime Arabia from March 1.

Showtime Arabia announced on Monday that it was launching the popular British channel BBC Prime, home to soap opera Eastenders, from March 1.

The BBC Prime 24-hour channel will be available free of charge to all Showtime Family, Movies, Premier and Platinum subscribers, the company said.

The channel is also home of hit UK shows Spooks and Waking the Dead, Holby City and The Weakest Link plus comedy favorites including Absolutely Fabulous and Little Britain. It already shows Coronation Street.

Commenting on the launch, Marc Antoine d’Halluin, president and CEO of Showtime Arabia, said: “We are very happy to extend our relationship with BBC Worldwide by offering BBC Prime to our subscribers.

"The new channel will complement the wide range of British must see programming available on Showtime including Sky News, BBC Lifestyle, and the full and exclusive coverage of the English Premier League."

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Frank 11 years ago

So now all the Arab World is going to see what a pile of TRASH the BBC now feeds to the UK Public. Please Arab World ,realise that it is not all the UK that watches such Trash as they are about to feed to you as well. Infact a psychiatrist once said that those who watch Eastenders are mentally ill. He's probably correct.

Ron 11 years ago

I normally don't comment, but Frank from London sits in his cosy culture of decent tv which is in part a process of competition amongst BBC, ITV, Ch 4 and 5. Think yourself lucky Frank that you have such quality TV. I'm british and I would spend double the amount you pay on a tv license if I could get the BBC programming you get in the UK over here. We are fed a dire amount of US imports. Stop bashing something which makes Britain great and stand up for your country. Otherwise leave like I did and realise that actually from a far away land you have it pretty good.

Mr Hobnob 11 years ago

More musical chairs in the world of Middle East "premium" tv. I believe BBC Prime will not be excusive to Showtime and will remain on the Orbit package, too. The big question is: who will win the Premier League auction rights in the next month? My money is on Al Jazeera Sports....

Frank 11 years ago

Firstly ,the TV in UK is not all that great now. Maybe you like the rubbish like Britains Got Talent, X Factor and all that rubbish. Or maybe you like the mindless stuff like Eastenders. I would have liked to see them show Dubai and UAE some of the more educational and wholesome stuff.

Martin 11 years ago

Someone who sits in London concerned about the quality of TV expats have available here in the UAE and prepared to comment on it negatively, is quite Frankly sad. From a personal perspective an additional UK speaking channel is a welcome addition to the Showtime line up.

Mike 11 years ago

The real issue isn't the quality of programs on BBC Prime, rather than the generally dire standard across all the channels. That said, there are some worth watching (the excellant and gruesomely gripping Hydra Executives, for example) but the problem is finding them. The lack of a comprehensive program schedule results in frequent channel hopping in the hope of finding something to watch.