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The Eleventh Hour

ITV’s “The Eleventh Hour” starring Patrick Stewart. This was similar in tone to DOOMWATCH. A four part British television series developed by Granada Television for ITV by writer Stephen Gallagher. It follows the adventures of Professor Ian Hood (played by Patrick Stewart), Special Advisor to the government's Joint Sciences Committee, who troubleshoots threats stemming from or targeting "scientific endeavour." He is joined by Rachel Young (played by Ashley Jensen), a Special Branch operative who acts primarily as his bodyguard, as Hood has made powerful enemies through his work. Each episode is 90 minutes long. The first episode was broadcast on 19 January 2006.


When Eleventh Hour went into pre-production in April 2005 it raised considerable interest and media attention, both because of Stewart's involvement and the amount of money ITV were spending on it (reportedly around £4.5 million). Stephen Gallagher, twice a writer for Doctor Who, made the distinction that Eleventh Hour will be "science-based," not science fiction or speculative fiction.


Material was added to the scripts by the producers once the early episodes went into production, and creator Stephen Gallagher is said to have left the series because of it. The subject matter and direction of the later stories appear to differ from what was originally announced.


An American remake was also made featuring Rufus Sewell based on the 2006 British series. It ran on CBS from October 9, 2008 to April 2, 2009 and aired on Thursdays at 10pm The series was a joint venture between Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Granada Television International and Warner Bros. Television. It hadbeen one of the biggest hits of the US TV season, averaging around 12 million viewers on CBS. Despite this it was unfortunately also cancelled on May 19, 2009. In the UK will the Living TV channel has recently picked up the exclusive rights to the broadcast the show (News correct - 18th March 2009).