World: Doctor's Orders

Where do American TV shows go after the networks are through with them? One popular retirement resort is London, where the British Broadcasting Corp. is an eager client of last year's Perry Mason and Independent Television pays top prices for such rejects as The Reporter−which wasso bad, even by the indifferent standards of U.S. audiences, that CBS dropped it in mid-series. American shows are so popular in Britain that ITV has always given them the choicest hours of its prime evening time.

No longer. Lamenting the "undue bunching of American and crime material immediately preceding the news," Lord Hill of Luton,...

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