"SOME of the finest moments of vintage television drama will soon be returning to the small screen, thanks to a deal signed yesterday. Classics that include the science fiction series *Blake's 7*, Lovejoy, Howards Way, Poldark and Bergerac are about to enjoy a rerun on the BBC after the actor's union, Equity, agreed to take lower payments for repeat performances. The corporation has been unable to show some of its most popular series because it could not afford the repeat fees. ...
The old favourites will replace American classics such as Ironside and UFO at off-peak periods in the afternoons and at weekends.
The new deal will apply to BBC1 from 10am to noon on Sundays, and on weekday afternoons from 2pm to 3pm. On BBC2, the reduced rate will come into effect on Saturdays from 4pm to 5pm. The agreement should mean payments of up to £2million for actors in a full year..."
The Stage adds All Creatures to the list of repeats due as well.
Reported by: David A McIntee
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