Channel 5 snaps up Gotham for UK broadcast

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As regular visitors to this blog will know I’ve been keeping a close eye on Gotham, the Batman prequel that has turned into one of the most anticipated shows of the autumn. It has been gathering interest on a few levels. On one level, it’s exciting comic fans and superhero geeks because of the Batman connection, but I also contend that from what I’ve seen, heard and read, it’s more of a police procedural, with the Batman/Bruce Wayne story simmering away in the background while the real meat on the bone is the development of Jim Gordon (played by Southland’s Ben McKenzie). It looks good and its home US network, Fox, has thrown plenty of cash at it, but there was one question remaining? How were we going to watch it in the UK? The question has now been answered.

It’s somewhat of a surprise to learn that Channel 5 has snapped it up. I initially thought this had Sky or Channel 4 written all over it, but it was not to be. My only reservation is Channel 5’s somewhat sketchy and flaky history when it comes to scheduling. The channel buried both Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, so I hope it matches its financial commitment with some decent time slots. (Message to Channel 5: please don’t put it on at 11pm on 5USA.)

So what are we getting? In Gotham, Gordon is a rookie police beatcop, teaming with the experienced Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue) to investigate the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. During this investigation he takes on some of the city’s most notorious villains – Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), mob man Carmine Falcone (John Doman) – and mix with characters like Selina Kyle (the future Catwoman), Edward Nygma (The Riddler) and Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin).

It looks intriguing and has the potential to be something really interesting, mixing genres as it goes. Let’s hope it, and Channel 5, delivers.

It’s set to air in the US on 22nd September, and it’ll follow shortly after here in the UK.

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