Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Ben McKenzie as James Gordon. Image: Channel 5
Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Ben McKenzie as James Gordon. Image: Channel 5
For the first time since the show arrived in the UK, I found myself REALLY enjoying Channel 5’s Gotham this week.

I’ve always found it hard to really get into the series despite some strong acting, scripting and direction because of the cheap smear-o-vision forced on those of us who aren’t Sky and Virgin Media customers.

The poor picture quality foisted on the rest of us is so bad that I recently started considering giving up on the broadcasters and waiting for the series to arrive on Netflix.

Of course that means seeing the show after many other fans, but at least when I did see watch it would be in HD.

But thankfully new ownership of Channel 5 has brought a new way of thinking and earlier this month Viacom dropped the paywall and allowed every Freesat, Freeview, YouView, BT and TalkTalk customer to finally enjoy decent picture quality.

As I’ve said before, I think such a move is essential if the broadcaster is to get the return and audiences its investment in premium content is to be sustainable.

It’s just a shame the move came too late to allow fans to truly appreciate the new X-Files and I’m sure I’m not only one who’d welcome a repeat if Channel 5’s rights allow it.

Either way, I’m hoping the channel be rewarded by a boost in viewing figures as audiences give it a fresh chance, in turn encouraging Viacom to keep investing in more top shows.

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