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    Doctor Who (1963)

    Doctor Who (1963)

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    BBC (ended 1989)
    "My name is William Hartnell, and as Doctor Who, I make my debut on Saturday 23rd November at 5.15." Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing initially from 1963 to 1989. The series told the story of the Doctor, a mysterious traveller in space and time, whose TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. Inevitably he finds evil at work wherever he goes… The series was postponed indefintely in 1989, but fans of the series would not allow it to die, and a whole cottage industry was created around original novels and audio-only productions. There was an abortive attempt to renew the franchise as a series of telemovies in the U.S., but ratings for the pilot were judged insufficient. In 2003, the BBC announced that, at long last, it would commission a revival of Doctor Who. The series, initially starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, was launched in 2005. You can read about the new series here. Traditionally listed by production, the data on this site has now been amended to TV.com standards and lists each of the 697 broadcast episodes from the original series. I hope that you find the site useful, and that it might act as a springboard to the wider world of Doctor Who appreciation. TheOldBillmoreless
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    EastEnders

    EastEnders

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    BBC
    EastEnders began in 1985 as a rival for ITV's Coronation Street. It focuses on the lives of the inhabitants of Albert Square in the rough EastEnd of London. For the past 25 years, EastEnders has entertained audiences with dramatic storylines focusing on real life situations.moreless
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    Sherlock

    Sherlock

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    BBC (Returning 2015)
    This three-part series retells the tale of England's most celebrated detective but in a modern-day setting, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman taking the leads as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson respectively.moreless
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    Merlin

    Merlin

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    BBC (ended 2012)
    This BBC series shows the dramatic outcomes of living in a land of myth and a time of magic, putting a new spin on the story of the famous sorcerer Merlin (Colin Morgan). Set in the Kingdom of Camelot, the story follows young Merlin's dangerous journey as he, a young prince Arthur (Bradley James) and other characters come face to face with legendary and fantastical foes and forces. Merlin originally aired on BBC-1.moreless
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    Lovejoy

    Lovejoy

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    BBC (ended 1994)
    Welcome to the Lovejoy guide at TV.com. Lovejoy is a colourful East Anglian antique dealer who lives a somewhat hand-to-mouth life, despite being called a divvie - a man who knows in his bones the right and wrong of fine things. The Lovejoy Antiques team includes Tinker Dill, Lovejoy's barker, Eric Catchpole, his apprentice (the son of the local butcher), and Jane Felsham, the supportive lady of a local grandee. In the fifth and sixth series Lovejoy develops a special relationship with the elegant Charlotte Cavendish, who heads an auction house. Lovejoy's business rival Charlie Gimbert is both his landlord and a competitor for good buys of all kinds. Beth Taylor joins Lovejoy's team on a youth employment scheme in the middle of the fifth series. The show ran for almost nine years, from 1986 to 1994, and is still being repeated in several countries. It was created for television by Ian La Frenais and is based on the Lovejoy books by Jonathan Gash.moreless
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    Keeping Up Appearances

    Keeping Up Appearances

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    BBC (ended 1995)
    Keeping Up Appearances was one of the best and most popular British sitcoms of all time. Patricia Routledge played Hyacinth Bucket, a woman who pretended to be upper-class but wasn't. To side herself with Britain's top ten percent, Hyacinth insisted her surname be pronounced "bouquet." Her attention to cleanliness, candlelight suppers, and desire to sing gave pain to her husband Richard and her neighbors. Hyacinth, who once wrote a book of "Etiquette for the Socially Less-Fortunate," wanted to give her skills to anyone she met: the vicar, the postman, the milkman. She shuddered to think of her poor father, living in a run-down house with her sister Daisy and her bare-armed husband, Onslow. Generally, though, the likes of Daisy and Onslow would weigh out, while Hyacinth bowed out. The brilliance in its tact and humor helped make Keeping Up Appearances, in July 1999, the first Britcom to air in the U.S. with closed-captioning for the hearing-impaired. However, the show has no conclusion. The last episode 'The Pageant' aired on Christmas Day 1995, but the show was not cancelled here and another series was written. However, Patricia Routledge decided that after 5 years, she did not wish to reprise the role for a sixth series, no matter how much the BBC courted here, and how they did. Routledge went on to star in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates for the BBC. Therefore, there is not actually any decisive ending or finale to the show.moreless
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    Warship

    Warship

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    BBC (ended 1977)
    Warship was a drama series 'launched' by BBC Television in the summer of 1973 about the adventures of the Royal Navy Leander Class Frigate HMS Hero. Thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between the Royal Navy and the BBC, it also had a very strong documentary background due to extensive location footage shot onboard the real-life HMS Phoebe. The series took as its central premise the lives and duties and explored the rigours and hardships faced by seamen on tours of duty across the globe. The stories of those serving on board were designed to reflect the changing nature of the Royal Navy in the early 1970s. The primary focus for most stories was on the Captain and his fellow officers, only occasionally exploring the lower decks to portray storylines featuring the other ranks. Storylines either featured a variety of crises at sea (smuggling, the evacuation of British nationals from war-torn locales, gun-running etc.) or would feature the personal stories of officers and other ranks (romantic or otherwise) and the impact these personal issues had on their professional lives and duties. HMS Hero was captained by three diverse officers throughout the life of the series: Donald Burton as Commander Mark Nialls, a high-flying young officer, (in the first two seasons), Bryan Marshall as Commander Glenn, former naval pilot, (for the third season) and Derek Godfrey as Captain Edward Kelvin Holt, former submariner, (in the fourth and final season). During the course of the series, five Leander class frigates played the role of HMS Hero; for continuity, all were repainted with the pennant number F42 of the main warship used for filming, HMS Phoebe. The others were HMS Dido, HMS Danae, HMS Hermione and HMS Jupiter. All the crews of these ships were given Hero identity markings for filming purposes. The name Hero, like the rest of the Leander class, is named after a figure of mythology.moreless
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    Allo! Allo!

    Allo! Allo!

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    BBC (ended 1992)
    Meet René, the most wanted man in Occupied France: Women want his body. The Resistance wants his brain. And the Nazis want his sausage! In a small café in occupied France the harassed proprietor, René, is fighting his own war. With the German Army in residence at the bar, René is risking his neck to aid the Resistance by hiding two British airmen and a radio transmitter upstairs. As if this wasn't enough, René has also got involved in hiding a priceless painting in a garlic sausage, which even now is being sniffed out by the Gestapo. But René's real problem is his wife, Edith, and what she will do to him when she finds out about the affairs he is having with two sexy waitresses! (BBC)moreless
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    Doctors

    Doctors

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    BBC
    The award winning BBC soap Doctors follows the day to day events at a busy medical practice based at The Mill Health Centre in the Midlands. The dedicated staff constantly face medical and moral dilemmas, as well as struggles with their turbulent personal lives. Each episode features numerous guest and recurring stars as we follow a different storyline within each show. It currently airs Monday to Friday on BBC One at 1.45pm. The show began airing on BBC One on March 26th 2000 and recently celebrated it's ten year anniversary with a series of short 5 minute episodes, following on from the main show between Monday March 22nd and Friday March 26th.moreless
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    The House of Eliott

    The House of Eliott

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    BBC (ended 1994)
    Welcome to the TV.com 'House of Eliott' guide. Stella Gonet (Beatrice) and Louise Lombard (Evangeline) star in this BBC 1991-1993 period drama set in the 1920's. It is primarily about two sisters who, after years of strict rules set by their over bearing father, find themselves out on their own and living by new rules. It charts their struggle to assert their newly discovered independence and establish a successful fashion house in post war London. Their personal and professional journey is aided and abetted by Aden Gillet as the fun loving Jazz Age photographer Jack Maddox. The series was written by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, the creators of 'Upstairs Downstairs', and uses interwoven storylines to explore the daily lives of the Eliott sister's friends and workroom staff.moreless
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    Ripper Street

    Ripper Street

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    BBC
    In 1889, six months after Jack the Ripper struck the East End of London, the police of the Whitechapel 'H Division' try to restore law and order to the streets.
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    New Tricks

    New Tricks

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    BBC
    New Tricks is a BBC television drama series which follows the work of the Metropolitan Police Service's Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). Led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, it is made up of retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes.moreless
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    The Graham Norton Show

    The Graham Norton Show

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    BBC
    Graham Norton presents a show focusing on the people, trends, stories and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him most, featuring trademark Norton comedy monologues and celebrity chat. Each week celebrity guests join the camp comedian to discuss their latest projects and the celebrity gossip hitting the news stands during the week. Graham is often joined by a band or artist to play the show out with.moreless
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    Waking the Dead

    Waking the Dead

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    Welcome to Waking the Dead at TV.com. Led by Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) the Cold Case Squad investigates serious crimes which have gone unsolved. Armed with the latest technological advances and old fashioned hard work, Psychological Profiler Grace Foley (Sue Johnston), Forensic Pathologist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird), Detective Constable Mel Silver (Claire Goose) and Detective Sergeant Spencer Jordan (Wil Johnson) wake the dead for clues and answers. moreless
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    Call The Midwife

    Call The Midwife

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    BBC
    It's the 1950s and Jenny is a new young midwife who's just started a job in East End London. Join her as she makes friends with her colleagues of nursing nuns and encounters the lives of the families she treats.moreless
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    Holby City

    Holby City

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    This series is a spin-off from the long running BBC medical drama Casualty. Set in the same hospital as its sister series, this show follows the everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of Holby City General Hospital.moreless
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    Blackadder

    Blackadder

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    BBC (ended 1989)
    Welcome to the Blackadder guide at TV.com. Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These "situation tragedies" had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War.moreless
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    Lark Rise To Candleford

    Lark Rise To Candleford

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    This adaptation of Flora Thompson's memoirs is set in a late 19th century village known as Lark Rise and depicts the magical adventures of the writer's Oxfordshire childhood.
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    Shaun the Sheep

    Shaun the Sheep

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    BBC
    Aardman Animations creates a series focusing on the breakout star of Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave: Shaun the Sheep. In this series, Shaun has many adventures the rest of his flock, the farm dog and other barnyard animals.moreless
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    Outnumbered

    Outnumbered

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    BBC (ended 2014)
    BBC's family comedy following a beleaguered mother and father of three.
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