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Lost fans waiting for finale left stranded for four days as RTE won't alter schedule

THE suspense is gripping, but we will have to wait four days longer than the rest of the world to see the much-awaited finale of TV thriller Lost on RTE.

Sky TV is linking up to the ABC world premiere and will screen the two-and-a-half-hour programme at 5am on Monday.

Sky will also give fans another chance to see it at 9pm on Tuesday but RTE 2 fans will have to wait until their normal slot at 10pm on Thursday.

An RTE spokeswoman said there was no earlier window available to broadcast the programme as it would clash with RTE's coverage of the qualifying rounds for the Eurovision song contest in Norway.

Producers have promised fans of Lost a resolution to the numerous confusing storylines of the series, which has run for 121 episodes.

ABC television plans a whole weekend of Lost celebrations with a finale send-off beginning on Saturday night, when it will re-air the original two-hour pilot from 2004, including a 'pop-up' version with trivia and facts about the series.

The final show, called The End, will go out at 9pm on Sunday US time and will be broadcast at the same time by Sky and by TV stations in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Turkey and Canada.

The unprecedented scheduling move appears to be a direct attempt to deter illegal internet streaming and downloads of the much-anticipated finale of the show.


The move will also take pressure off fans to avoid news of how the cult series culminates.

Even with the series' end so near, Lost executive producers and writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have been particularly careful to not reveal too much about the finale.

"The closer we got [to the end], the more confident we became that it was the right ending. We probably watched the last scene of the show 40 or 50 times in the editing room, trying to cross every 't' and dot every 'i'. It was enormously satisfying for us," said Lindelof

"We're satisfied with the finale," said Cuse. He called the ending "kind of spiritual", and said it "feels like a fair way to honour the fans, the characters and everyone's commitment to the show".

The script for the finale was completed little more than a month ago. It took four weeks to film.