Lost finale's global audience

The 'Lost' final episode will be simulcast around the world next week, and aired in Britain, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Spain, Israel and Canada at the same time as it is viewed in America

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Lost actor Matthew Fox

The 'Lost' finale will be simulcast around the world next week.

Sky1 has decided to air the cult TV show's concluding episode at exactly the same time as it is due to be shown on the West Coast in the US, so British fans aren't late in discovering how the programme ends.

Sky1's director of programmes Stuart Murphy said: "We are proud of the fact that at Sky1 HD we have a long tradition of running all of our US shows as close as possible to their US transmission date.

"With something as hotly anticipated as the 'Lost' finale, it makes sense to show it at exactly the same time as millions across America will see it."

The hotly-anticipated episode will be aired at 5am in the UK on Monday May 24, and fans in Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Spain, Israel and Canada can also tune in at the same time.

Sky1 will repeat the show on Tuesday May 25 at 9pm for fans who miss how the characters - played by stars including Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly and Matthew Fox - bow out.

Disney Media Distribution - which licenses the show globally - have gone to special efforts to benefit the programme's international fans.

Ben Pyne, president of Global Distribution at the Disney networks, said: "Since the show's first season, we have greatly accelerated all of our US network series' international delivery, broadcast and marketing, and so it's fitting that many international fans will be able to enjoy its spectacular finale in concert with its US broadcast."

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