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You will be disappointed/relieved to hear that there is no On Hannibal’s Trail this Friday night on BBC2. Thank you to all those people who got in touch and told us they couldn’t find the programme in the TV guide. We have since talked to the BBC and because this transmission of the series is a repeat and it was originally a BBC4 show it isn’t high on the list of BBC2 priorities so they have scheduled it a little strangely. We have been told it is nothing to do with performance or content – this was how BBC2 scheduled it from the beginning. So we are sorry to say that Episode 3 of the series will air on Thursday the 23rd of February at 11:20pm – about three weeks away!! But luckily it will be a double bill with Episode 4 on straight after. Episodes 5 and 6 will transmit a week later on Thursday the 1st of March starting at 11:20pm. It might require an iPlayer session for those of you who go to bed early like me.
 
Apparently BBC2 needs to show lots of Mastermind so they are ready for the Mastermind final sometime in Spring. Audience numbers for On Hannibal's Trail have been good so far though and getting a repeat on BBC2 is a sign of success in itself – even if the programme is shown at midnight!


57 Comments

  •       Commented

    how disappointing loved the program and was really looking forward to next episode.why not put mastermind on at 11.20pm.

  •  admin
          Commented

    Thanks Jo we totally agree! And we're sorry the schedule is so bad, unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it.

    I think as Mastermind is made for BBC2 and On Hannibal's Trail is a repeat and a BBC4 programme Mastermind gets priority.

    Glad you are enjoying the programme though - hopefully the wait till the 23rd of February won't be too long!

  •       Commented

    There is no mention in the tv guide of the change? how are people meant to know. I had my sky box set to record hannibal every week.

  •  Danny
          Commented

    Hi Dave,
    Thanks for your pro-Hannibal contribution! And yes we were as surprised and disappointed as you. Your sky box is in for a longish wait to record the show again - a bit like Hannibal's long campaign in Italy!

  •  KateH
          Commented

    Hi brothers! This seems very unfair. I am sorry for you and me i was looking forward to the rest of the shows.

    Kate

  •  Danny
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    Thanks Kate! I suppose at least we have been replaced by Mastermind and not Pop Idol or something...

  •       Commented

    Thank you for this but what are the BBC playing at?! Since when do you run a series with epsiodes on at different times?? Very unprofessional.

    I'll make sure I remember the 23rd.

  •  Rachel
          Commented

    Like most people watching your programme on BBC2 I missed the original screening on BBC4. So for us this is not a repeat and it is very annoying it is not on this Friday. It isn't often you find a tv programme you actually like and the time that you do they do this to you!

  •  Belly
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    Amazing, I couldn't find the show on the tv guide and this is all the information I could find, how ridiculous. Are BBC going to justify what they are doing or just go with some stuffy boring show which no one watches? It must be very annoying for you Wood Bros...

  •  Danny
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    Thanks for all your support and comments! Hopefully the BBC is watching this space and taking notice. If only Hannibal had beaten Rome in the end perhaps it would have changed the future evolution of British society in some way and the BBC wouldn't be changing its schedule (possibly a pro-Roman move?) like this.

  •  Sam
          Commented

    Sorry all, it is disappointing for us too as it seemed to be going ok and building some momentum - thanks for all the support.

    best,

    Sam

  •  Anne
          Commented

    How very disappointing. We have really enjoyed the previous programmes and have just spent ages looking for tonight's timing in the paper. So frustrated we decided to search the Internet for a clue as to where it was! Now we will be away for the showing and the technicalities of recording it in our absence defy us. Why does the BBC not realise when it has a little gem in its hands?

  •  Anne
          Commented

    How very disappointing. We have really enjoyed the previous programmes and have just spent ages looking for tonight's timing in the paper. So frustrated we decided to search the Internet for a clue as to where it was! Now we will be away for the showing and the technicalities of recording it in our absence defy us. Why does the BBC not realise when it has a little gem in its hands?

  •       Commented

    Like the above comments have gone all through the
    tv guide looking for it. Very disappointing =
    won't be watching mastermind.

  •       Commented

    Like the above comments have gone all through the
    tv guide looking for it. Very disappointing =
    won't be watching mastermind.

  •  rory
          Commented

    Was just settling down to a Mastermind/On Hannibal's Trail double and I've been thwarted! Looked around on the internet and found this. Agree with all the above commenters - bizarre thing to do BBC!

  •       Commented

    Well, that's just great! Sam, Ben and Dan - me and my children have enjoyed watching your adventures every Friday, and are bitterly disappointed with the BBC's decision. Educational shows like this should take priority: I can name a few other BBC programmes which should swap places with yours. Anyway, we look forward to seeing you continue your journey (on IPlayer!) P.S Liked the comment on Hannibal changing the BBC's policy!

  •  rich goldthorpe
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    I really enjoyed the series on BBC4 and was delighted when i found out that it was going to be repeated on BBC2, enabling me to enjoy the series for a second time. I recommended the series to my parents as my dad is keen on history and aware of the Hannibal story and they have watched the first episode and thought it was good - it is fair to say that by showing the series on BBC2 it is opening it up to a much wider audience. Suffice to say my 81 year old dad won't be staying up until 11:20pm on a Thursday night to watch the next episode, so this decision by the BBC is disappointing

  •  Jo
          Commented

    I have just given feedback to the BBC about my disappointment in this scheduling change: https://faq.external.bbc.co.uk/templates/bbcfaqs/emailstatic/emailPage?entryID=comment&id=RIMSHRJV1BPQEUR1HSM8TFQJFQ&moduleID=contact&uid=379814449
    Hope it helps, the programme was fantastic!!

  •  Pete
          Commented

    Thank goodness for this blog, thought I had missed 4 episodes somewhere along the line. Great start, cant wait for the next episode.

  •  David
          Commented

    Very poor BBC, I really enjoyed the first two episodes and was looking forward to tonights. Very bad programming decision.

  •  Igor
          Commented

    How long in advance did you know about this? Pretty disappointing to find out the night it is meant to be on.

  •  Sam
          Commented

    Sorry Igor we only found out mid last week. We posted this blog as soon as we could and tweeted / facebooked. We are not aware of the BBC posting any news of this anywhere else but I suppose the show is seen as repeat as it was on BBC4 before so it is not high on the priorities!

    thanks,

    Sam

  •  Tanya
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    I recommended this show to lots of my friends last week and then none of us could watch it, we were all unimpressed. Is this the real reason it wasn't on? Seems very silly.

  •  Danny
          Commented

    Thanks everyone! It's really lovely reading all your supportive notes - the positive side of the show getting rescheduled! Ted, we've asked the BBC if they can put the remaining episodes onto i-player now, so hopefully we'll hear about that soon. And yes Tanya, the real reason for the rescheduling is the Mastermind explanation, however unsatisfactory that can seem - and thanks for telling your friends and spreading the word! Great to read from fellow history, travel and cycling fans. All the best.

  •  Derek
          Commented

    Its marvellous - Freeview and satellite seem to specialise in repeats (in some cases ad nauseam?). The only repeats worth watching - re-schedule them to some ridiculous hour!

  •  John
          Commented

    Why on earth do you show an historical documentary at 11:20 at night. Surely the audience for this sort of program is not up at that stage?

  •  Mo
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    I was away on Friday so unfortunately missed the show - I tried to find it tonight on Iplayer and this was the only mention I could find of the show not being on! What is going on, I really enjoyed the first 2 episodes!

  •       Commented

    Really enjoyed the first two episodes, as did my teenage kids. Very dissapointing it has been moved to such a late time. This really makes no sense for an accessible historical show like this. Seems like an odd scheduling decision BBC.

  •       Commented

    I live in Spain and have been so fascinated to watch you travel thro the areas I know. Above all it has been enlightening to learn so much of the history. Like others I looked out for the Friday Episode and settled down to watch.
    I have marked my diary for the next two viewings. Sadly I missed Episode 1 and hope it will come around again.
    Thanks for a great entertaining and informative viewing.
    Sylvia

  •  admin
          Commented

    Hello everyone. Thanks once again for all your supportive and constructive comments. Unfortunately the BBC will not release episodes on the iPlayer before they are transmitted on television. So I'm sorry to say we are all stuck waiting until the 23rd for Episode 3.

    And I also got my figures wrong about Mastermind audience numbers, sorry Mastermind! It gets around 2 million viewers - On Hannibal's Trail was getting around 1.25 million.

  •       Commented

    Really disappointed your great show has been randomly thrown around the schedule - I didn't realise it was a repeat from BBC4, so is quality viewing first time around for me.
    Very pleased it will be on at the end of the month, so will tune in then!

  •  Julian
          Commented

    I'm annoyed by BBC2's shoddy attitude to scheduling your excellent series.

    Mastermind used to be worth watching - but its now an old and tired show that should make way for new ideas like your bike travelogue.

    Thanks guys

    PS are you supporting the Times newspaper's cycling campaign?

  •       Commented

    I'm just relieved I am not losing my mind. I was sure I had watched episode 2 on iPlayer after a friend's recommendation and had even thought I'd really enjoyed it, but after failing to find any mention of it more recent than 2010 on the BBC website I wondered if I had just imagined it all (how disturbing is that?).

    Look forward to watching the rest!

  •  Dave
          Commented

    Like many others I was dissapointed that BBC had re-scheduled Hannibal. One of the notes above said it would be on BBC4 but is now scheduled for BBC2 at 11-20 pm.

  •  Danny
          Commented

    Thanks Dave, David, Bob and company. And thanks Julian for alerting us to The Times bicycling campaign - what a great idea. I've just signed up in support and sent a tweet. We're all outside the UK at the moment but Ben and Sam have certainly had their share of close shaves commuting by bicycle in London. all the best. Danny

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