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Old 21st September 2017, 09:05 PM
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Does anyone what a ITC order is & what does it mean?
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Does anyone what a ITC order is & what does it mean?
The order in which episodes were shown by ITC originally
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Generally ITC shows like UFO and Space 1999 (and of course many others) have 3 episode orders.
One is the production order. Rarely followed by broadcasters who usually jumble the order up in attempts to put stronger episodes near the start of the series.

Then there's the ITC order which is the one usually recommended to broadcasters by ITC when they sell the programme. Never explained exactly I would say it's the one ITC offer that tries to not only help the broadcasters with some of the better episodes near the start but also to ensure that on the rare occasions there is some continuity or that some episodes really do need to be seen before others because of flashbacks etc that broadcasters know about it. With UFO this would have told ITV about the need to show Identified first and Exposed second.

Then there's the broadcast order. ITV never followed production order and always thought they knew better than ITC when it came to the order. Of course this meant that when Anglia showed UFO they aired Sub Smash before both Confetti Check and A Question of Priorities and flashbacks to those 2 episodes appeared in Sub Smash.

Network chose to release both Department S and Randall and Hopkirk on bluray in production order and I think both series showed examples of why it is actually a good idea not to broadcast in production order.

IIRC The Champions was made in a way so that the same sets could be used in more than one story so for example 3 episodes were made one after the other where much of the action took place on a submarine so obviously production order for that would not really work

I've never been one to study these running orders much but I am familiar with one series where it all went tits up which was The Prisoner. Because of the behind the scenes shenanigans of McGoohan who often rewrote scripts and fired directors and took over there did come a time when episodes originally scheduled for broadcast had to be changed at the last minute simply because the one intended was still in post production so one that had been completed but intended for later got shown instead. Probably why the running order debate on that one still rages on today

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The order in which episodes were shown by ITC originally
ITC never showed anything.
Or do you mean ITV. If so that would be broadcast order.

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