THE powers that be at WIN TV have finally decided we're mature enough to see Come Fly With Me, the new comedy from Little Britain's David Walliams and Matt Lucas.
Come Fly With Me, which is set in the UK's busiest airport and features Walliams and Lucas playing nearly 50 characters between them, has been well received in the UK and New Zealand.
The new show debuted in the capital cities at 8pm on Monday, but Channel 9 regional affiliates WIN and NBN decided to replace it with repeats of The Big Bang Theory.
They were afraid the show would offend regional viewers, and instead decided to screen it at 10pm on digital sister channel Go!
The new comedy debuted to a massive audience of 1.488 million metropolitan viewers.
It was the night's second most-watched show, peaking at 1.787 million viewers.
A WIN spokeswoman said yesterday, because the show had such a big response it would now be shown in the regions.
She said the series would start on WIN with episode one on Monday at 8pm.
But WIN's idea the show might offend regional viewers had little support on the streets of Bundaberg yesterday.
Many people had seen promos for the show.
Dale Rockall, who said he thought Little Britain was excellent, said he thought it was a stupid decision.
“I'll be watching Come Fly With Me for sure,” he said.
Tom Robinson, also a Little Britain fan, said he did not see how people could be offended by the new show.
“I'll be offended if they don't show it,” he said.
Barry Ward said the decision to bypass regional viewers was “absolutely ridiculous”.
CQUniversity lecturer Wendy Davis, who has a special interest in TV mockumentaries, said she thought the decision not to show the new series in the regions was probably an error of judgment by whoever made the decision.
“We're long past the day when they can stereotype what the regional TV viewer may be,” Dr Davis said.
She said it was an unusual decision to make.
“The ABC showed Little Britain all over Australia without any problems,” she said.
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