Just a guy, north of London, enjoying life and TV
In the Uk, ITV, Channel 4 & Channel 5 all run ad breaks (Along with all the other Satellite/ Cable) channels). None of the BBC Channels carry commercials, as these are paid for by the television license fee.
What the BBC tend to do is, a lot of shows (Especially daytime shows) do not air for the full hour, but for 45mins. The shorter run time allows them to be easily sold to other countries, allowing those countries to then air it in a 60min slot with commercials. The 15min of space left at the end of a 45min programme isn't "filled" with anything. The next programme just starts.
An example for BBC 1 for March 13th:
11am The Sheriffs are Coming - Runtime, 45mins11 :45 am Caught Red Handed - Runtime, 30mins12:15pm Bargain Hunt - Runtime 45mins
With regards to ads in the US, I would personally prefer the 42-43min runtime with less on-screen splash ads that sometimes cover 50% of the screen during a programme. To say they are annoying is an understatement! The timings of those is never taken into consideration as they often appear in a crucial part of the episode. I have no problem with them squashing the end credits to a third of the screen to allow for ads or "Coming up next" promo's, but not during the actual episode.
Love the FOX summary, HAHA! Of the new shows this season, 9-1-1 is my winner. Right from the very first episode, it has been very good. I look forward to the new eps :)Am also a fan of Timeless, so was very happy (And a bit surprised) when I saw it had been renewed. I was sure it was dead after one season, especially when they did actually cancel it!
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - 2x01 For Christmas (Not afraid to admit, brought a tear to my eye, lol)Major Crimes - 3x15 Chain Reaction (Sooooo many Santa's!)Only Fools and Horses - Every Christmas special is a classic, but if I had to pick one, it's gotta be 8x01 Heroes and VillainsFriends - 7x10 The One With The Holiday Armadillo (Who knew Monica had a thing for Santa!)Blackadder - Season 3 Special: Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (It's Blackadder, no more explanation needed)Father Ted - 2x11 A Christmassy Ted (Must be watched every year!)The Royle Family - 1999 Christmas Special (Denise in labour having a heart to heart with Jim is an absolute gem!)
I could go on, but those are a few that immediately came to mind from reading your article.
Wonderful episode paying homage to E.T. with an absolutely adorable baby Dominator :)