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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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    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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    As Time Goes By

    As Time Goes By

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    BBC (ended 2002)
    Army officer Lionel Hardcastle and nurse Jean Pargetter had a three-month affair in 1953. After Lionel is posted to Korea, the two lose touch when Lionel's letter to Jean fails to get delivered. Thirty-eight years later, they meet again. A sweetly charming situation comedy that ran for nine seasons. Best enjoyed with your feet up and with a cup of tea and some custard tarts at your side.moreless
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    Teletubbies

    Teletubbies

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    The Teletubbies started in the U.K. and proved to be a popular children's show. In April 1998, the U.S.A. picked up the Teletubbies on PBS, and proved to be popular with American children too. Teletubbies is a show about creatures known as Teletubbies (so called because they're tubby, and have TV screens in their stomachs). The Teletubbies live in Teletubbyland, and faraway place inhabited by only the Teletubbies, talking flowers, talking trumpets, a baby sun, the Noo-Noo, a bunch of rabbits, and the narrator. There house is known as "The Tubby-Tronic Superdome", and has everything they need, four beds, a tubby-toast maker, a tubby-custard makers, and a slide used as an alternate entrance. In the middle of their dome, they have a panel of switches and buttons and their tubby sponges which they use to bathe themselves. Each day, the Teletubbies discover new things together, watch videos on their tubby-screens, and have fun together. In Teletubbyland, there's a large windmill, and when it spins pink dust, it let's the teletubbies know that something magical is about to happen. The Teletubbies were developed in U.K. by Ragdoll and BBC. Characters Tinky-Winky The largest of the four teletubbies. He is purple, and has a triangle antenna (because of these features, critics assume he is gay, but rest assure, he isn't, he may be a tom-girl, but he's not gay.) His favorite thing is his hand-bag which he can amazingly fit large things in. His best friends are Dipsy and Po. He may be large, but he's quiet and gentle. His song is "Tinkle-Winkle, Tinky-Winky" Dipsy The second largest teletubby. He is green with a dipstick antenna. His favorite thing is his black and white tie-dye top hat. His best friends are Tinky-Winky and Laa-Laa. He's more of a loner teletubby, and doesn't like "cute" stuff. His song has a reggae beat. Laa-Laa The second smallest teletubby. She is yellow, with a spiral antenna. Her favorite thing his her giant orange ball that she seems to have no control of. Her best friends are all of the teletubbies. She has a free-spirit and can always find away to enjoy things, her favorite word is "nice." Her song is "La la la la la la la la." Po The smallest teletubby. She is red, with an "O" shaped antenna. Her favorite thing is her red and blue scooter which she can ride at an alarming speed. Her best friends are Tinky-Winky and Laa-Laa. She is very quiet and usually shy, but loves to go fast. Her song is "Fidy Fidy, Mar Mar Mar" Noo-Noo The Teletubbie's vacuum cleaner that can suck up anything in his path, even things twice his size. He lives inside the Tubby-tronic Superdome. Trumpets Trumpets that come out of the ground and sing songs or recite poems for the Teletubbies to enjoy. Baby Sun A sun with a baby's face in it. Narrator Basically tells the story, or what the Teletubbies "what to do". Show Secrets -The teletubbies in real-life are huge, the costumes can reach up to 10 feet! -After ten minutes, the actors have to remove the Teletubby heads from their costumes due to carbon dioxide build up. -Nikki Smedley landed the part of Laa-Laa when she was make-believing she was a table at the audition. -The Noo-Noo is operated by a small man inside him. Alot of people have been saying that Teletubbies is teaching their kids to be gay. That is a lie. Teletubbies is a show for kids to have fun. Opening Sequence (Sun rises) Narrator: Over the hills and far away, Teletubbies come to play. Narrator: 1! Tinky-Winky: 1! Narrator: 2! Dipsy: 2! Narrator: 3! Laa-Laa: 3! Narrator: 4! Po: 4! Narrator: Teletubbies! Trumpet: Time for Teletubbies! x4 (Bouncy Music plays and everyone talks in a sing-song voice) Narrator: Tinky-Winky Tinky-Winky: Tinky-Winky! Narrator: Dipsy Dipsy: Dipsy! Narrator: Laa-Laa Laa-Laa: Laa-Laa! Narrator: Po Po: Po! Narrator: Teletubbies Teletubbies: Teletubbies! Narrator: Say Hello! Teletubbies: Eh-oh! (Their way of saying hello) Narrator: Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po, Teletubbies Teletubbies: Teletubbies! (Music Stops playing) Teletubbies and Narrator: Big Hug! (Windmill spins) Teletubbies: Uh oh! (They all hide) Trumpet: Where have the teletubbies gone? Closing Sequence Trumpet: Time for tubby bye-bye! x3 Teletubbies: Awww! Narrator: Goodbye Tinky-Winky Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Dipsy Dipsy: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Laa-Laa Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Po Po: Ba-bye! Teletubbies (in random order): Boo! Narrator: No Teletubbies: No Narrator: Goodbye Tinky-Winky Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Dipsy Dipsy: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Laa-Laa Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Narrator: Goodbye Po Po: Ba-bye! Narrator: The sun is setting in the sky, Teletubbies say goodbye (Music starts playing) Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Dipsy: Ba-bye! Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Po: Ba-bye! Tinky-Winky: Ba-bye! Dipsy: Ba-bye! Laa-Laa: Ba-bye! Po: Ba-bye! (Music stops playing and sun sets)moreless
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    Absolutely Fabulous

    Absolutely Fabulous

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    Sin Is In! This hit British comedy series began 1992 and remains one of the BBC's highest rated and most popular shows. Absolutely Fabulous follows the lives of three (and later four) generations of the Monsoon family and the people around them. It began as a short French & Saunders sketch with Jennifer Saunders in her familiar role as Edina and Dawn French playing her daughter. A pilot for the series was filmed with the comediennes in those respective roles but Julia Sawalha was cast to replace French. Add a dash of actress Joanna Lumley and the immensly popular and entertaining series was born. Wheel's on fire, Rolling down the road! Best notify my next of kin, This wheel shall explode!moreless
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    The Vicar of Dibley

    The Vicar of Dibley

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    BBC (ended 2007)
    The Vicar of Dibley begins after the old Vicar Pottle dies, Dibley needs a suitable replacement for him. It would be assumed that they'd find a young interesting man but instead they get Geraldine Granger (Dawn French). She's not exactly the kind of person you'd expect for that sort of position, with her jokes and honest, yet sweet attitude. She quickly became popular with the people in Dibley, because of her enthusiasm and caring personality. Each episode uses the clashing of personalities, to bring great comedy. A lot of plots revolve around Geraldine and Alice Tinker (Emma Chambers) who is the Verger, and a good friend to Geraldine despite her complete lack of common sense. Other important characters include David Horton (Gary Waldhorn) the local councillor, who is amazingly full of himself, Hugo Horton (James Fleet) David's withdrawn son who is later married to Alice, Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock) who struggles to get out a full sentence, Owen Newitt (Roger Lloyd Pack) a farmer who likes his animals alot, Letitia Cropley (Liz Smith) was an important character who's recipes would never be forgotten, however the character passed away in the Easter Special in 1996.moreless
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    Only Fools and Horses

    Only Fools and Horses

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    BBC (ended 2003)
    For 15 years, Brothers Derek 'Del boy' and Rodney Trotter of 'Trotters Independant Traders PLC' have entertained us both with Del's extreme optimism and scams and, quite simply, Rodney's facial expressions upon hearing those scams. Throughout the years, Grandad died and the equally funny Uncle Albert came to live with them, the brothers married and Del Boy had a son, Damien.moreless
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    Men Behaving Badly (UK)

    Men Behaving Badly (UK)

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    BBC (ended 1998)
    Gary needs a lodger to help pay the mortgage on his flat. Unfortunately, neither of his lodgers seems to be able (or willing) to pay any rent at all! First there's Dermot and then Tony. Both of these fall for Deborah, who owns the flat upstairs, but get nowhere. Gary also has thoughts in that direction - his problem being the fact that he has a regular girlfiend, Dorothy, who he lives with!moreless
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    ChuckleVision

    ChuckleVision

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    BBC
    Chucklevision has been on our screens since 1987 which, is a over 16 years. Back then - for the first two series anyway - the show was a lot different than it is today. The Chuckle Brothers (who are real-life brothers) presented a show about different topics including sport, travel and fashion - things they could use a few tips on themselves. From 1989 onwards, the show changed and every week we got to see the disastrous duo Paul and Barry get into all kinds of mishaps. It seems wherever they go they can do no right! You may recognise some characters that crop up from time to time. There's their brother Jimmy Patton (who is a double act with other brother Brian) playing "No Slacking". Brian himself usually appears quite often too. Its like a family reunion in some episodes! A character we hear a lot of but never see, just like Maris in Fraiser, is Dan the Van who still persists in giving the pair various jobs no matter how bad they do. The bike they ride around on is called the Chuck-mobile. Their housing has changed somewhat, too: For the fifth season (1992), they got mobile and towed a caravan behind their bike. In seasons 6 and 7 they used a converted watermill as a base for operations. Since then, their home has not been seen. In 2002, ChuckleVision had a change of direction. The series for that year was a continuous mystery serial. Of course, the unique brand of Chuckle comedy was injected into the plot. Paul and Barry carried it off very well and this has spawned shorter serials in the show in the recent series - such as the popular Purple Pimple episodes (a take on the Scarlet Pimpernel). 2004's season also held a landmark - Barry shaved off his tradmark Chuckle mousetache!!! Thankfully, it returned the following year. ChuckleVision is not the only show Paul and Barry have been in. In 1985 they made it big with a thirteen episode series called Chucklehounds, which was more of a pre-school show. They also made several series of a gameshow called To Me, To You (echoing their catch-phrase) in the late 90's. Every year they also appearing in pantomime and tour the country with their self-penned stage show. 2005's show is called Pirates of the River Rother.moreless
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    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

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    BBC (ended 1995)
    A Bit of Fry and Laurie was an English sketch-based comedy. It starred Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, who also doubled as the show's writers. The show aired in 4 separate series on BBC 2 between 1989 and 1995. This show came about due to the success of a special aired at Christmas in 1986. A Bit of Fry and Laurie received excellent reviews for its innovative approach to comedy.moreless
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    Last of the Summer Wine

    Last of the Summer Wine

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    BBC (ended 2010)
    The longest running comedy series in the world started out, as many British comedy successes did, with a 1973 episode of the BBC series "Comedy Playhouse". The basis was simple but complex at the same time, telling the stories of three old men, who in all essence couldn't be more young at heart. The original trio consisted of Bill Owen, as Compo Simmonite, the scruffiest man in Yorkshire, with only two passions in life: his ferrets and Nora Batty (Kathy Staff). The second man of the group, Norman Clegg, played by Peter Sallis, was from the beginning shown as the most timid of the group, and also the one who gets carried away by the crazy ideas and schemes of his companions, which always seem to get him in trouble. Initially the third man of the group was Blamire, played by Michael Bates, but he was soon replaced by Foggy Dewhurst (Brian Wilde) who always seems to have a scheme or a story that somehow leads to his old days as a war hero... or so he says. In 1986 Brian Wilde left the series, to start filming his new sitcom, which proved to be a wrong move, as the show hadn't the success needed to sustain even a second series. during his 4 year absence from last of the summer wine Michael Aldridge played Seymour, the new third man of the trio, until 1990. Brian Wilde returned to do the next seven years of the show. When Brian Wilde left the series for the second time in 1997 Frank Thornton replaced him as the new third man on the trio as Truly Truelove of the Yard, an ex-police officer who's always remembering his past, both in the police force and in his former marriage to the former Mrs Truelove. When Bill Owen passed away, his son Tom joined the series, replacing him for the rest of the season as Compo's long lost son, Tom. Compo's permanent replacement would come the next year when Keith Clifford joined the cast as Billy Hardcastle, a man who fancies himself the descendant of Robin Hood. In 2003, the traditional trio became a quartet with the addition of Brian Murphy as Alvin Smedley, Nora Batty's new next door neigbour. With the addition of Alvin, an element of physical humour missing since Compo's death returned to the series. The quartet once again became a trio when Keith Clifford left the series in 2006. In 2009, the series was once again redesigned to allow Sallis and Thornton a reduced role on the series. A new third man was introduced in the form of Hobbo Hobdyke (Russ Abbott), a former milkman who fancies himself a former MI-5 agent. By combining Hobbo with Alvin and the electrical repairman, Entwistle (Burt Kwouk), a new trio was formed, proving once again the ability of the show to redesign itself over time. The main cast has always been surrounded by some amazing supporting cast throughout the run of the series, who helped to mantain the series as fresh today as it was when it premiered on the BBC.moreless
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    Comic Relief

    Comic Relief

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    Comic Relief is the BBCs biennial fund raising event, which raises millions for the charity of the same name. The charity supports people suffering both in the UK and the third world.
    Comic Relief began on Christmas Day 1985 with a fund raising event on the BBC's Late, Late Breakfast Show hosted by Noel Edmonds. More live events followed until finally Comic Relief was allowed to take over the BBCs main channel on February 5th 1988 for the first of the 'Red Nose Day' variety shows. The result has been a phenomenal success, gaining national cult status and taking over the normal life of millions of people who pull out all the stops to do something seriously daft for charity and put their hands in their pockets for a good cause. The most common thing to see in the UK, in the run up to Red Nose day, is the Red Nose itself which has taken on many different forms over the past 20 years.
    The effect of Comic Relief's variety show cannot be understated, raising the total raised from £15 million in 1985 to £337 million in 2003 and all of it goes to charity.
    Each 6-hour show is an amalgamation of hundreds of TV Celebrities, Comedians and Musicians work, as they all pull together to partly amuse the British public, but most importantly make sure we know exactly why they're doing it. Regular film inserts are featured demonstrating the poor life people suffer and what we, the viewers can do about it. Celebrities like Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Billy Connelly, Victoria Wood and Davina McCall deliberately subject themselves to poverty and famine in Ethiopia and other third world countries to create devastatingly real and poignant accounts of what the more unfortunate people around the world have to put up with every day of their lives.
    This isn't just a show, it's a national institution and without it, there would be a lot more people a lot worse off around the world today.moreless
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    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

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    BBC (ended 1995)
    This is the 1995 mini-series of Jane Austen's romantic comedy of upper class life and games of love in early 19th century England. The story revolves around the pretty but sharp-tongued Elizabeth Bennet, whose sharp wit and good sense usually keep her out of mischief and trouble, as she spars with the haughty Fitzwilliam Darcy. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's sisters Jane and Lydia have admirers of their own. The mini-series is available on DVD as well as VHS.moreless
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    Waiting for God

    Waiting for God

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    BBC (ended 1994)
    Welcome to the Waiting for God guide at TV.com. Eccentric Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage. He moves next door to a former reporter, Diane Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything. Harvey Baines, the head of Bayview, constantly finds himself in conflict with the two old folks. They want decent living standards, while Baines prefers everything that will save money. Tom and Diane form a friendship (which includes helping each other out of tight situations), and eventually a romance. Geofrey Ballard, Tom's son, pays a lot of visits to the Retirement village, sometimes with his wife Marion (whom Tom doesn't particularly like). Jane works in the home and is very cheerful, most of the time, and quite fancies Harvey (Diane doesn't particularly like Jane's constant cheerfulness).moreless
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    Have I Got News for You

    Have I Got News for You

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    "Have I Got News For You" is a long-running, satirical panel quiz, poking fun at the news stories of the past week. Each week two guests join team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, with a guest host presiding over the points.moreless
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    The Brittas Empire

    The Brittas Empire

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    BBC (ended 1997)
    The Brittas Empire was a popular BBC1 Television programme that ran from 1991 to 1997 with two Christmas Specials and various variety shorts including Get Fit With Brittas, six 10-minute programmes offering advice on fitness and good health. Gordon Brittas is a Leisure Centre manager with a dream. Due to the unexplained collapse of his last Leisure Centre during his time in temporary charge, he was given a glowing reference and 'encouraged' to take up a managerial position at Whitbury Leisure Centre. His 'loyal' staff have stories of their own, like Carole Parkinson, the receptionist, whose husband has left her, forcing her to keep her baby in the drawer under her desk. Also Tim Whistler and Gavin Featherly, the fitness instructors whose relationship Brittas always seems to be oblivious to. Julie Porter, Brittas' secretary, is always 'too busy' to do anything for him, and constantly looking for chances to show him up. Linda Perkin, the ever-ready staff member who always believes what Brittas says is best. Laura Lancing, Brittas' hard-working deputy manager (dry), is in and out of relationships with her estranged husband, Michael T. Farrell (III). Finally, Colin Weatherby, Brittas' deputy manager (wet) is keen and devoted to anything Brittas says is best, but isn't the cleanest or healthiest of people and always has a bandage over the wound on his hand. Whatever chaotic incidents occur, Brittas and his staff emerge unscathed, from ceiling collapses, rooms full of ice, other world invaders, tropical spiders and propane gas explosions.moreless
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    Watt On Earth

    Watt On Earth

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    BBC (ended 1992)
    "Black holes and Quasars" ...Watt On Earth was a short lived children's series as part of 'Children's BBC' and written by the 'Doctor Who' writers Jane & Pip Baker. The show starred 'Watt' (Garth Napier Jones) as an alien who came to earth to escape his evil uncle. Watt was heir to the throne on his planet and his uncle even sent his top henchman 'Jemjemah' to follow Watt to earth and terminate him. Watt landed in the English town on Haxton and be-friended 'Shaun Ruddock' (Tom Brodie) who managed to keep Watt's presence in the house a secret throughout the whole shows run. Shaun's parents ran the local newspaper the Haxton weekly and think their son is a bit of a oddball. Watt was over 300 years of age but in his human form looked early 20's. He also hadn't mastered his alien powers for starters he had back to front ears (Series 1) and upon his return to Haxton (Series 2) failed again this time the ears came out Green. He also had to ability to transanimateobjectify?? = turn himself into animate objects, but he could never get it right Eg, A clock that ran back-wards or square golf ball. That's what drove the comedy along his odd tastes in earth food. Eg Ketchup and corn flakes or Dog food and whipped cream on toast. The show ran for 2 series of 12 episodes and has always remained in my head. I had about 20 of the episodes on tape for donkeys years but wiped them several years back. Therefore Ive done a few web searches but a lot of this information is from memory so I deserve points for that don't I LOL...moreless
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    All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small

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    BBC (ended 1990)
    This is a British comedy / drama that revolves around a veterinary practice owned by two brothers. A third vet comes to the practice and frequently finds himself caught up in the feuds between the brothers.moreless
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    Armstrong and Miller

    Armstrong and Miller

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    British sketch comedy show featuring Alexander Armstrong (Life Begins) and Ben Miller (Worst Week of My Life, Primeval). Aired for 4 series on Channel 4 until 2001 and returned as The Armstrong and Miller Show on BBC1 in 2007.moreless
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    Chef!

    Chef!

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    BBC (ended 1996)
    Gareth Blackstock (Lenny Henry) is a master chef with an obsessive drive for culinary perfection, with no friends or outside interests other than his wife Janice, (Caroline Lee-Johnson) and remarkable verbal talents used primarily to creatively abuse his unfortunate staff of assistant cooks, although he is perfectly prepared to give the same treatment to waiters, management, suppliers, bankers, and, occasionally, customers.moreless
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