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    New Tricks

    New Tricks

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    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 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David Horton (Gary Waldhorn) the local councillor, who is amazingly full of himself, Hugo Horton (James Fleet) David's withdrawn son who is later married to Alice, Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock) who struggles to get out a full sentence, Owen Newitt (Roger Lloyd Pack) a farmer who likes his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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    Being Human (UK)

    Being Human (UK)

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    Life among the living is tough. Meet Mitchell, a 120-year-old vampire, George, a highly intelligent werewolf, and Annie an agoraphobic ghost who died under mysterious circumstances, whom all live together with just the slight bit of hope that they can fit into the community and smile at the thought of being human. But they soon discover that being human is not as easy as they hoped.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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    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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    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

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    With a cheeky gag never too far away and a wit sharper than his own suits, don't expect the guests to get an easy ride on the way to plugging their latest film, book, session in rehab or range of underpants. Funny, likeable and unlike any other chat show host, if you get to sit with Jonathan you're doing something right. Either that, or you're just Ricky Gervais.moreless
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    My Hero

    My Hero

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    George Sunday is leading a double life. When he is not running a health-food shop and living happily in a tiny suburban flat with his wife, Janet, he is the world's most famous superhero, Thermoman. Learning to with problems that arise because he is not familiar with customs on Earth presents many humourous dilemmas and delightful conflicts because George is often too honest and takes everything too literally.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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    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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    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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    Shaun the Sheep

    Shaun the Sheep

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    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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    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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    Shakespeare Retold

    Shakespeare Retold

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    Shakespeare Retold is a dramatic four-part TV series developed by BBC One that focuses on a modern adaptation of four of William Shakespeare's beloved plays. David Nicholls's Much Ado About Nothing moves the romantic intrigue from Messina to a local news studio with the bickering couple of Beatrice (Sarah Parish) and Benedick (Damian Lewis) as its anchors and the lovely but gullible Hero (Billie Piper) tries to cope with her engagement to Claude (Tom Ellis) and the unwanted attentions of Don (Derek Riddell). Peter Moffat's Macbeth follows the jealousies and uprisings within the world of celebrity chefs as Joe Macbeth (James McAvoy), a sous chef, deals with his credit-taking boss Duncan Docherty (Vincent Regan), his power-hungry wife Ella (Keeley Hawes), and the righteous Peter Macduff (Richard Armitage). Sally Wainwright takes on The Taming of the Shrew to a political realm when an abrasive career politician, Katherine Minola (Shirley Henderson), is pushed to marry a penniless nobleman Petruchio (Rufus Sewell) because it would be good for her career. Lastly, in Peter Bowker's A Midsummer Night's Dream the whole world turns upside down when an engagement party turns disastrous for Hermia (Zoe Tapper) and James (William Ash) as her true love Xander (Rupert Evans) crashes the party while security guard Nick Bottom (Johnny Vegas) tries to finagle his way into the limelight.moreless
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    Hole In The Wall (UK)

    Hole In The Wall (UK)

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    Dale Winton hosts this game show where two teams of celebrities, captained by Darren Gough and Anton Du Beke, attempt to squeeze through the shapes made in a moving 'hole in the wall'. If they fail to complete the move in time, they end up in a pool of water. As the show progresses the wall shapes become harder and move faster. The winning team who create the most correct shapes win £10,000 for the charity of their choice. Despite being a ratings winner and surprise hit the series wasn't renewed for a third series.moreless
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    The Graham Norton Show

    The Graham Norton Show

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    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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    Would I Lie to You?

    Would I Lie to You?

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    Fact or fiction? Find out when two comedy teams go head to head; revealing unbelievably funny and embarrassing personal stories. The burden to uncover the truth falls upon a panel of comedians, actors, presenters and other personalities. Hosted by Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, The Keith Barrett Show) and featuring David Mitchell (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) and Lee Mack (Not Going Out, The Sketch Show) as team captains, this BBC One comedy panel show features four celebrity guests each episode. The show was originally hosted by Angus Deayton (Have I Got News for You, Nighty Night).

    Produced by Zeppotron, a division of Endemol UK, series one was recorded at Fountain Studios in Wembley, London between 5th March and 4th April 2007 in front of a live audience. The second series premired on Friday 11 July 2008, at the new time of 9:00pm. The 3rd series premiered with, Rob Brydon taking over from, Angus Deayton Monday 10th August 2009 in the new time slot of 10.35pmmoreless
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    Jam and Jerusalem

    Jam and Jerusalem

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    Comedy double act French & Saunders produced Jam and Jerusalem for the BBC. It was known under the name Clatterford in some international airings. When the show originally aired in the UK on BBC One, it aired in the 9.30pm Friday slot, however for series two, it moved to 8.30pm. The two Christmas specials have aired for 40 minutes, as part of the festive season and airtimes are listed at episode level. The third series of three episodes aired for a hour on Sundays at 8pm. The show was set in the small West Country town of Clatterford, St. Mary. The character-driven series took a look at the lives of the members of a neighbourhoods' Women's Guild. The title music which opened each episode was 'The Village Green Preservation Society', performed by folk singer Kate Rushby, who also provided alot of the incidental music throughout the series. Throughout her blog in November 2009, star of the show Pauline McLynn announced that the show would not be returning, although both French & Saunders were willing to continue with a new series.moreless
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    The Worst Week of My Life

    The Worst Week of My Life

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    Welcome to The Worst Week of My Life guide. Getting married should be the best experience of your life, but for Howard Steel it turns into the week from hell. There are just seven days to go before he marries Mel Cook in the beautiful grounds of her parent's house. The couple have a few last minute preparations to complete, like choosing up the ring, co-ordinating the stag and hen do and finalising the seating plan - what could possible go wrong? In September 2008 an American version of the show will premire on CBS.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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    Good Neighbours

    Good Neighbours

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    Good Neighbours is the BBC comedy television series about the relationship between two couples who are polar opposites. On his 40th birthday, Tom Good (Richard Briers) and his wife Barbara (Felicity Kendal) tire of the rat race and decide to adopt a simple, back to nature lifestyle that includes pigs, chickens and animal waste induced electricity. The Good's newfound lifestyle doesn't go over well with their more conventional, social-climbing neighbors Jerry (Paul Eddington) and Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith).moreless
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