24: Live Another Day premieres in UK same time as US

24: Live Another Day on Sky1
24: Live Another Day on Sky1

Sky 1 HD today announces that the highly anticipated, multi Golden Globe & Emmy Award-winning 24 will premiere with a double episode on Wednesday 7th May at 9pm. For 24 superfans, the show will also transmit simultaneously with Fox’s US East Coast transmission on the morning of Tuesday 6th May at 1am.

Set and shot in London, the heart-stopping 12 episode event series will once again follow the exploits of heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). Four years ago, Jack was a fugitive from justice, now in exile; he nevertheless is willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster.

Tracking Jack are CIA head Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt), CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski), who is both resourceful and ruthless; Jordan Reed (Giles Matthey), a smart and sophisticated CIA computer tech; and Erik Ritter (Gbenga Akinnagbe), a sharp, strong and arrogant field operative. British national treasure and lifelong 24 fan Stephen Fry also joins the cast as British Prime Minister Trevor Davies.

Calling the shots is James Heller (William Devane), now President of the United States and flanked by his Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan), who is married to Heller’s daughter and Jack’s former flame, Audrey (Kim Raver). Meanwhile, a hardened Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), Jack Bauer’s former CTU confidante, is now working underground with high-profile hacker Adrian Cross (Michael Wincott).

24: Live Another Day also stars Charles Furness as Peter, an elite young hacker and member of a “hacktivist” organization based in Britain. John Boyega will play a computer tech who flies drones for the military and Michelle Fairley, Tamer Hassan and Colin Salmon also star.

24: Live Another Day comes to Sky 1 HD on Wednesday 7th May at 9pm.


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Awesome – so excited for this, can’t wait. Will hopefully stop people pirating ’24’ and will get the ratings up (hopefully another season!)

I was curious as to how many of you view ’24’ as their all-time favorite TV show. Even though there are certain seasons which I dont think are that great (seasons 3, 7, and 8 were subpar; season 6 was horrible), ’24’ is still far and away my favorite show (seasons 2 and 4 are my favorites). I’ve recently been watching The Wire, Game of Thrones, and House of Cards because my friends have been raving about these shows, but IMHO they aren’t nearly as entertaining as ’24’. What do others think?

Agreed, no other show gives the same zest or feel. I’ve finished ‘Breaking Bad’ and I’m watching ‘Sherlock’, both are relatively good, but ’24’ is G.O.A.T

We’re living in the golden age of TV. It has yet to reach the quality of the best in cinema history, but there are a lot of great shows out there.

The Sopranos, The Wire and now Breaking Bad are usually touted as the best TV dramas of all time. They’ve all completed their runs. Hoping to join that very, very tight list are Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. Those two, IMO, are currently the best shows on TV now that The West Wing, 24 and Breaking Bad are gone. We’ll see what happens when LAD premieres. Is it my favorite show of all time? I don’t know. Still need to see a couple more shows before I decide on that.

Seasons 1 and 5 of 24 are what I consider to be 2 of the greatest seasons of television ever made. 2 and 3 were good seasons, but 4, 6, 7 and 8 all range from meh to absolute diabolical wank. It could have been my favourite, but it’s squandered its potential far too many times to even consider it top 5.

I tend to roll my eyes at pseudo-intellectual cable snobs who go on repeatedly about how superior shows like Breaking Bad and True Detective are… but all things considered they’re right. But for just kicking back, embracing your testosterone and enjoying the thrill ride, nothing has been able to touch 24 in that department at least

lol, “pseudo intellectual cable snobs”.

It’s so obvious that at this point cable programming is better than network shows that if anyone I knew thought otherwise I’d declare them clinically insane.

Btw, so many great contradictions with that phrase. Cable TV is available to pretty much everyone at this point. Everyone plus the internet of course. So it’s not something that only snobs like. A lot of normal people loved True Detective. A lot of normal people (I myself was shocked when I found this was true) love Mad Men. Boardwalk Empire is a very underseen show, unfortunately. It’s hard to be a snob when content is so freely accessible.

I think it’s virtually impossible for any broadcast network show to match the quality of a top-tier cable series.

A show like True Detective for example had only eight episodes and didn’t need to worry about commercial breaks or what storylines would be allowed, or how to boost ratings, or editing each episode to a very specific length. There is complete creative freedom on a channel like HBO that broadcast networks simply cannot match.

I’ve just recently started watching Breaking Bad. Finished the third season a few weeks ago, planning on starting the fourth season soon. I have to admit, from a writing standpoint, it is better than 24 in that it hasn’t had any “cougar” moments. Even when 24 was at its best, there was still Teri and her amnesia, Kim and the cougar…you all know. Everything in Breaking Bad has truly compelled me from start to finish.

That said, they are two very different shows. And it takes the first two seasons and then some to even reach the number of episodes in a single season of 24. So it really is too tough to compare.

But am I ready to say that I love a show more than 24? No. 24 will probably always be my number one, simply because it was my love for so long. 24 was my first REAL show. Started it when I was 8, and I was basically done watching Thomas and Spongebob once I saw the pilot for 24. So… It will always be a special one for me, no matter what follows it.

This is AWESOME news that we’ll get ‘Live Another Day’ simulcast in the U.K. the same time as across the pond… one of the biggest problems I feared was having to wait a week between the American and British broadcasts without having it spoiled for me online, but that’s no longer a problem, kudos to Sky!

The only recent show that has come close to ’24’ in sheer compelling watchability is ‘Breaking Bad’ which was a masterpiece of television storytelling, albeit one that was a slow-burner punctuated by occasional acts of propulsive action, whereas propulsive action is ’24’s raison d’etre. I’ve also watched ‘Person of Interest’ from the beginning, and for sure it’s an excellent series that is a cut above most other procedurals, but I just can’t bring myself to LOVE it like I do with ’24’, it’s very good but not truly great… ’24’ was truly great frrom the moment it started, and continued that way until it ended (most of Season 6 notwithstanding).

After further consultation on the matter, it looks like only the first two back-to-back episodes will be simulcast in the UK, after that, every other eepisode will be broadcast three days after the North American broacast… still, better than waiting a whole week!

As you were…

Apologies for the atrocious typos, I’m all thumbs tonight.

Several of my friends are trying to get me to watch Breaking Bad. I’m sure it’s a well-written show but I’m not sure it will be my taste. I’ve found that the closest show to ’24’ is Homeland. I describe Homeland as ’24’ with character development (of the 3 main characters).

In Poland 24 Liuve Another Day will premiere with a double episode on Saturday 10th May at 10pm on FOX (polish version).

24 is my favorite show of all time but The Shield is right behind it. I thought that was an excellent show. 24 still #1 though.

Fox posted a 4 part behind the scenes featurette on the official website. One of the interesting spoilers revealed is Emily Berrington is playing the daughter of Michelle Fairley’s character. The clips look amazing and this might give season 5 a run for its money!

Talking of Michelle Fairley, she has just raised my low expectations for LAD considerably. Wow! Talk about intense.

From those clips, she reminded me a little bit of Dina Araz.

Anyone got a link on them new featurettes? We in the United (at least until September) Kingdom are blocked from watching anything on the offfical LAD website…

Oh goddammit! No sooner had I posted the above, this site posted the featurette in question, cheers 24Spoilers dude :-P…

Expect these all fine watching dailies of Tate Donovan. Follow these up and please keep it coming. Bless your hearts. Folks.