I’m wondering if we were being played?
British television fans have had an uneasy week, thanks to rumors that several popular BBC shows, including “Doctor Who,” “Luther,” and “The Office,” were flagged as set to expire from Netflix’s streaming service on Jan. 31. But on Friday, Netflix confirmed that the shows — well, some of them, anyway — will be renewed and available to subscribers for quite a bit longer.
The news (particularly of the possible disappearance of “Doctor Who”) has flown around fan blogs all week. A petition to save “Doctor Who” from Netflix annihilation gained more than 30,000 signatures.
Here’s an incomplete list of shows that “are being renewed and will be here to stay with no delay in viewing,” according to an e-mailed statement from Netflix spokeswoman Erin Dwyer:
- Classic Doctor Who; 18 Collections
- Copper, Seasons 1-2
- Doctor Who, Seasons 1-7
- House of Cards Trilogy
- Keeping Up Appearances, Season 1
- Luther, Seasons 1-3
- Monarch of the Glen, Seasons 1-6
- North & South
- The Buccaneers
- The Office (U.K.), Seasons 1-2
- “Top Gear” seasons 17 though 20
- Torchwood, Seasons 1-4
- Wallander, Seasons 1-3
Meanwhile, Netflix also singled out a few shows that won’t be available past the end of the month. So, commence long weekend binge watching of “Faulty Towers,” “Blackadder,” “MI-5″ and “Red Dwarf,” if any of those are your thing. Again, that list from Netflix of expiring shows is incomplete.
It’s also worth clarifying that not every single BBC show available on Netflix’s streaming service was up for renewal, despite some reports to the contrary. Some of the shows that weren’t part of this round of renewals — and therefore were in no danger of disappearing come Feb. 1 — include “Call the Midwife,” “Happy Valley,” “Sherlock,” and “The Honorable Woman.” (WP)