Despite having lived in a number of places, I'm really only familiar with how television works in the US. Over the last year, I've gotten into some programming from the BBC (Sherlock, Doctor Who) and I realized I have no idea how television operates over there - as in, in the US it's very common to start a show in the fall, run it for 22 episodes, with a mid-season hiatus in Dec-Jan. There are some shows that only run 13 episodes and they will generally run during either the fall or the spring and then there's those shows that try to make use of the summer hiatus. Is that similar to how it works in the UK too?
I also wondered about television channels. All I ever hear about is BBC, but I'm assuming there's a bajillion other channels like we have here in the States. Is BBC just the biggest brand?
Okay, I'm done with my dumb American question. :P Forgive my ignorance.
If you're not in the US/UK, how does television (line-up, shows, networks) work where you're at?