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January 27th, 2006, 01:38 PM
The 11th Hour is a new ITV show. It's not really sci-fi, more sci-fact if such a thing exists.

It stars Patrick Stewart as a Government Scientist who runs around the country dealing with sciency crimes or events. With him is his special branch bodyguard (played by the women off Extras?).

Last weeks episode was about illegal Human Cloning and this weeks (last nights) was about an outbreak of a mutated version of small pox.

It deals with the events in a very British way... in the first episode the special branch agent (who gets to carry a fire arm) fires one shot and then has to spend hours filling in paper work to say why. In last nights episode, the Contagious disease response team are made up of volunteers who meet on weekends to practice procedures. Stewart’s character compares this to the US where they spend millions of dollars and have organisations like the CDC.

It's quite enjoyable, a bit of a change from ITV's usual stream of rubbish.

January 27th, 2006, 03:50 PM
The bald one is indeed strong in the force ...

Haven't caught this yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Stewart is a great actor both inside and outside of the genre. I went to see his one-man show 'A Christmas Carol' a few months back in London, and it kicked ass.

And yes, its nice to see an ITV show which doesn't contain Tamzin Outhwaite and isn't aimed at fortysomething women tanked on white wine.