Sky1 is to simulcast the two-hour premiere of 24: Live Another Day with its US broadcast on Fox, BSkyB announced today.
With the announcement, 24: Live Another Day will now premiere on Sky1 in the UK on Tuesday May 6th at 1am. The opening two episodes will then be repeated on Wednesday May 7th at 9pm – the series’ regular time-slot in which all subsequent episodes will air. The premiere episodes will also be made available after Wednesday’s broadcast via Sky’s On-Demand services.
24: Live Another Day, which was acquired by Sky1 back in January, picks up when former federal agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) comes out of hiding after four years on the run. The CIA, led by agent Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt), is firmly on his tracks, but Bauer decides that preventing the assassination of President Heller (William Devane) while he is visiting the British Prime Minister (Stephen Fry) is more important than continuing to run.
The 12 episode event series is produced by Teakwood Lane Productions, Imagine Television & 20th Century Fox Television and stars Sutherland, Bratt, Devane, Fry, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Charles Furness, Kim Raver, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott, Colin Salmon, Tate Donovan, Michelle Fairley and Yvonne Strahovski.
The decision to simulcast the 24: Live Another Day opener comes mere hours after Sky did the same thing for another of their high profile acquisitions, Game of Thrones. In that case, Sky Atlantic simulcasted the season 4 premiere with HBO’s East Coast feed at 2am GMT, the episode will also be repeated tonight in the regular 9pm time-slot.