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Hello.

Does anyone have some sort of list of programmes that changed stations?

As examples "The Goodies" started on BBC, and then moved to LWT. While "Men Behaving Badly", if I recall correctly, did the opposite.

I would also include things like Not Only... But Also... / Goodbye Again(the same show in everything but name and level of humour), and Till Death (Us Do Part).

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Far too many to list in full, I'd have thought. You could start with this thread from the old forum perhaps.

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Or this one from last year.

BBC/ITV
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Two Australian examples, both involving the same two stations or networks.

The most infamous/famous one being Neighbours, it started on Channel 7 in 1985 and they cancelled it because of low ratings and it was picked up by Channel 10 the following year, and they rest, as they say, is history. Channel 7 didn't mourn for too long though, in 1988 they created Home & Away.

The other one, not so well known, was the serial/drama A Country Practice, started on Channel 7 in late-1981 and ran on that network until the end of 1992 when Channel 7 had finished with it, so then Channel 10 picked it up for 1993, but it didn't do too well and was cancelled by the year's end.

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There's bound to be a fair few US ones as well.

One that was supposedly considered was for "Planet Of The Apes" after it was cancelled.

Shame it didn't happen.
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'Morecambe And Wise' moved from the BBC to ITV after 1977.

'It Takes A Worried Man' - early 80s sitcom by and starring Peter Tilbury - had its first two series on ITV, produced by Thames Television, its third series was on Channel 4.

Similar to 'Is It Legal', 90s sitcom about solicitors, which also had its first two series on ITV, and its third on Channel 4.

'The Comic Strip Presents' started on Channel 4 in 1982 but moved to the BBC in, I think, either 1992 or 1993.

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Spiny Norman wrote:Do Not Adjust Your Set, Red Dwarf, Yes Prime Minister.
"Do not adjust your set" changed sides?
I didn't know that.
Presumably, I never even noticed.

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brigham wrote:
Spiny Norman wrote:Do Not Adjust Your Set, Red Dwarf, Yes Prime Minister.
"Do not adjust your set" changed sides?
I didn't know that.
Presumably, I never even noticed.
Oh yes, series 1 was AR, series 2 was Thames.
The sole surviving S2 episode doesn't look very different, as we will all soon be able to check for ourselves.
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Not exactly changed sides. The ITA London Franchise holder changed from A-R to Thames, but as Thames was a shotgun marriage with A-R the junior partner, it is a tenuous change if at all.

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stearn wrote:Not exactly changed sides. The ITA London Franchise holder changed from A-R to Thames, but as Thames was a shotgun marriage with A-R the junior partner, it is a tenuous change if at all.
So it didn't change sides after all.
I thought not. It was ALWAYS on Channel 8.

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What The Papers Say went from ITV to C4 to BBC2 to Radio 4. The most-travelled show?

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Rumpole of the Bailey (effectively - Play for Today on BBC picked up for series by Thames). Arguably also After Henry and Second Thoughts - BBC Radio 4 series adapted for TV by ITV stations.

Harry Worth moved from BBC to Thames and although the name of the show was changed, it was effectively the same. Kenny Everett did the reverse.

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Who changed sides the most? Pete & Dud went back & forth, though under another name in between. Anyone else top that?
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Spiny Norman wrote:Who changed sides the most? Pete & Dud went back & forth, though under another name in between. Anyone else top that?
That would be your favourites...Morecambe And Wise!

BBC to ITV, back to BBC and then back to ITV.
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David Boothroyd wrote:Harry Worth moved from BBC to Thames and although the name of the show was changed, it was effectively the same.
I think you are confusing the BBC's HERE'S HARRY becoming HARRY WORTH, (different writers, same bumbling with the latter losing most of the regular "sit" bits of the former) rather than his move to Thames with THIRTY-MINUTES WORTH which was a sketch show.

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‘This Is Your Life’ and ‘Men Behaving Badly’ spring to mind.
‘The Voice’ is a recent one.
You could count ‘Sale of the Century’ moved from ITV to Sky in the early days.
Same with various versions of ‘Blockbusters’ - that had a brief Sky version with Simon Mayo presenting and then there’s other versions of that as well.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? started off on BBC Radio 4, then moved to Channel 4. Then it headed to the USA on ABC, where it was eventually cancelled but picked up again on the CW where it is now. I seem to remember the US version of Whose Line..? being shown in the UK on the old Paramount Comedy channel, but I'm not aware of any UK broadcaster showing the present version, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

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stearn wrote:Not exactly changed sides. The ITA London Franchise holder changed from A-R to Thames, but as Thames was a shotgun marriage with A-R the junior partner, it is a tenuous change if at all.
Associated Newspapers had long sold its interest in A-R before the franchise changes in 1968, by then the company was simply known as Rediffusion.

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squidney wrote: Same with various versions of ‘Blockbusters’ - that had a brief Sky version with Simon Mayo presenting and then there’s other versions of that as well.
There was also the BBC2 version presented by Michael Aspel in 1997, with adult contestants. Didn't do very well as I recall.

(It's now returned on Comedy Central with Dara O'Brien, incidentally.)

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You could also add "Bullseye", ITV to Challenge.
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Mark wrote:
Spiny Norman wrote:Who changed sides the most? Pete & Dud went back & forth, though under another name in between. Anyone else top that?
That would be your favourites...Morecambe And Wise!

BBC to ITV, back to BBC and then back to ITV.
Ah, now you see how unreliable they are?! ;)
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Spiny Norman wrote:
Mark wrote:
Spiny Norman wrote:Who changed sides the most? Pete & Dud went back & forth, though under another name in between. Anyone else top that?
That would be your favourites...Morecambe And Wise!

BBC to ITV, back to BBC and then back to ITV.
Ah, now you see how unreliable they are?! ;)
Mmm...not when it comes to laughs though!
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When we discussed this subject before, I wrote:
How about Granada's "Up" series (7 Up and so on)? It got as far as 35 Up, but then, incredibly, ITV didn't commission 42 Up in 1998, and it was left to the BBC to step into the breach. Seven years later, ITV proudly announced 49 Up as one of its season of 50th anniversary programmes without any mention that they hadn't actually broadcast the previous instalment. They sensibly stuck with it for 56 Up, and I hope we'll be getting 63 Up next year (when Michael Apted will be an incredible 78).
And I'm delighted to say that 63 Up starts next Tuesday on ITV.

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Mark wrote:
Spiny Norman wrote:
Mark wrote:That would be your favourites...Morecambe And Wise!

BBC to ITV, back to BBC and then back to ITV.
Ah, now you see how unreliable they are?! ;)
Mmm...not when it comes to laughs though!
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Ah well, I suppose they can't be everyone's 'Cup of Tea'.

They also did radio series as well, of course.
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