Hey! Buffy, the best written tv show in the world is back, and tonight she dusted Dracula. American readers will be reading that sentence and wondering if they've lost a year of their lives. Well, no. It's just the BBC are an entire calender year behind you people, a common problem with imports on UK tv. There is a supposed method to this madness. During the 1990s, there was a spate of big licensing before US shows got off the ground and cancellation tremours - which led to some high profile shows being bought and quietly dumped into the small hours after only managing that magic initial first eight episodes on a US network. Now UKtv is being a bit more cautious. Channel 4 waited a good year before buying (and hiding) the West Wing and The Sopranos (but not Angel - but that's a whole other sordid story). And of course this breeds spoilers. In some ways there may be little point actually watching this new season of the Bufster - after all I already know what happens in most of it...

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