‘Babylon 5′ Freed! UKTV’s Watch Channel Picks Up All Five Seasons From Warner Bros

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Babylon 5 is returning to UK television. UKTV has sealed a deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to acquire all five seasons (110 episodes) of the series and six Babylon 5 TV movies (The Gathering, In the Beginning, Thirdspace, The River Of Souls, A Call To Arms and The Legend Of The Rangers) for their Watch channel. The series is slated to air on weekdays on Watch in the 5pm time-slot, beginning Monday November 4th.

The deal between UKTV and WB comes after an extensive fan campaign to see Babylon 5 return to television, which was started by series creator J. Michael Straczynski with a view to renewing interest in the series and potentially producing new B5 projects, was launched in September. That campaign, dubbed Free Babylon 5, has amassed a group of devoted fans who have sent 4,139 Tweets using the hashtag #FreeBabylon5 and 2, 780 have liked the dedicated Facebook page. They’ve even handed out bespoke merchandise at events and held auctions to fund their mission.

“I am thrilled beyond words that Watch has successfully drilled through the walls and allowed Babylon 5 to escape onto television screens throughout the UK TV universe”, said series creator J. Michael Straczynski. “My thanks to the thousands of fans who made this happen. As noted more than once in the show, Faith Manages.”

While Steve Hornsey, General Manager of Watch, added: “The fans’ sheer enthusiasm for Babylon 5 proves what an appetite there is for this iconic series and I’m delighted Watch its exclusive new home. This television epic perfectly matches the channel’s premise of being a unique viewing destination that provides out-of-this-world programming.”

Created by J. Michael Straczynski, Babylon 5 is set between the years 2258-2281 and is set on the EarthForce space station Babylon 5 which floats in a stationary orbit in a neutral corner of a distant galaxy. Manned by EarthForce personnel, Babylon 5 serves as a non-political economic and social hub for four alien races with the hopes of resolving any problems amongst the races peacefully and averting another war. The series aired between 1993 and 1998 (initially in first run syndication on PTEN and then on cable network TNT) and starred Michael O’Hare, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Richard Biggs, Andrea Thompson, Bill Mumy, Jason Carter, Tracy Scoggins, Stephen Furst, Patricia Tallman and Jeff Conaway.

  • dragorum

    would love to see b5 return to tv a new project would be great

  • Sheldon Wiebe

    Bravo, you gentlefolk of impeccable taste!

  • Liz Stewart

    I can’t wait for the series to come back, I really think there should be more projects and please finish Crusade

  • Andrew Savage

    Great what else can I say other than fantastic will be watching the whole lot it is just a shame they had to end it the way hey did as I feel it could have gone on a lot further than it did, roll on November 4th

  • JDogg

    B5 is without a doubt the best SF series ever. It is the only one to be scripted by just one person which meant the continuity was perfect and that no historical errors were made in the series.
    I’ve long since bought the series but I’ll definitely be supporting Watch (UKTV) by viewing as many episodes as work allows.

  • Ron Fiat

    I own all five seasons plus the movies. All I can say is, “Awesome!”

    The best sci-fi series of all time.

    Lets hope the series will be re-shown in the U.S.

  • Alison M. DOBELL

    Abso-fraggin-lutely thrilled by this great news! Hooray! And the thought that it might even lead to more B5 related material in the future? How totally cool would that be? Well done to everyone who helped make this happen. As Joe says, “Faith Manages”. I must remember to thank her too.

  • Steve Boyd

    Zathras approves :D

  • Amanda Finnegan

    I would love a Freeview channel to get B5!