CSI: Cyber set to steal Doctor Who’s Guinness World Record

Patricia Arquette's new CSI spin-off will smash the Time Lord's TV broadcast record when it is simultaneously aired in 150 countries on World CSI Day, March 4th

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She’s already won both a Bafta and an Oscar this year but now Patricia Arquette has her eye on something bigger: Doctor Who’s Guinness World Record.

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Who does she think she is?

The Boyhood actress’ CSI spin-off CSI: Cyber (yes, there’s another one) is due to debut in the USA on March 4th – and, in celebration, CBS plans to simulcast the CSI episode, which originally served as its pilot, in more than 150 countries.

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest TV drama simulcast: It was broadcast in 98 countries across six continents back in November 2013.

But with a whopping 52 extra countries on board, CSI will exterminate the Doctor’s record and steal his space and time in the history books. It’s a truly dalektable effort from the CSI team.

In case you’re wondering why they’re doing it in the first place, we probably should mention that 2015 marks 15 years of the CSI franchise. The first episode was broadcast back in October 2000 in the USA, with CSI: Miami following in 2002 and CSI: New York in 2004.

Both spin-offs have since been cancelled, paving the way for CSI: Cyber. The show sees Arquette leading the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division as cyberpsychologist Avery Ryan. Her unit makes the leap online, searching the darkest corners of the internet for the most technologically savvy criminals.

Channel 5 will bring World CSI Day to the UK with 5USA airing Arquette’s original CSI episode, titled Kitty, at midnight on 4th March 2015.

CSI: Cyber’s debut will follow later on March 4th – but only in the USA. There’s no word yet on when we’ll get to see the series on Channel 5, so watch this space. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

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