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The new year heralds a slew of new Poker shows on the TV in the UK.

The first one out is the Premier League III featuring the likes of Annette Obrestad, Phil Hellmuth and Dave 'Devilfish' Ulliott to name but three. The coverage is currently going out on Channel Five every Tuesday night/Wednesday morning starting between 00.00 and 00.15 (for some reason the start time isn't consistent from week to week).

The second one is another helping from, this time it's their Women's World Open II. As the name suggests this is a women's only TV tournement. The format is six handed, deep stacked, sit and go's with the winner of each episode/sit and go progressing to a final table to play for the title, The coverage is currently going out on Channel Five every Wednesday night/Thursday morning starting between 00.00 and 00.15.

The last one is coverage of the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event of 2008. Unlike the coverage the 2007 event, commentary is being provided by Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, so if you like their commentary style while watching the coverage of the main World Series of Poker then you should feel right at home. The coverage is going out on Channel 4 every Friday night/Saturday morning starting between 01.00 and 01.15 each week.

I'm sure the new series of Poker After Dark will make it's way over here soon as well (if it hasn't got here already) so there is plenty of choice for the UK poker fan at the moment.

Just over a year ago I came across an article on about a TV show that was, at that point, only being released for download on the Internet. For those in the know, this was probably nothing special, except, that it was being produced by professionals, and not just any old professionals but by actors and crew from the people that brought us Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis no less.

The show was called Sanctuary, and now it has been revamped and is debuting on the SciFi channel in the USA on the 3rd October.

I saw the first webisode and was impressed at the quality of the production given that it was something that was, at the time, a web only show.

Having watched the trailers on the SciFi Channel's website, the quality of the production, incredibly, appears to be even better that the webisode I saw, so I will be eagerly awaiting to see it when it makes it way over to the UK.

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