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    Death in Paradise

    Death in Paradise

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    BBC (Returning 2016)
    A BBC light-hearted drama series about an English Detective Inspector who is forced to transfer to the small Caribbean island of Saint-Marie; unfortunately, he hates sun, sea and sand.
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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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    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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    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 initially by Det Supt Sandra Pullman, it is a specialist unit staffed by retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes.moreless
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    Being Human (UK)

    Being Human (UK)

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    BBC
    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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    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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    Not Going Out

    Not Going Out

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    BBC
    After Kate moved out (back to the US? never really explained) Lee is faced with losing the flat and his rather inadequate cleaner Barbara (thankfully she disappears in series 4). Lee rents the spare room to Tim's younger sister, Lucy. Of course this doesn't work out. Tim obviously becomes suspicious of Lee's influence on sister, in the same way as he as with Kate (his ex-girlfriend, in season 1. Series 1 was very different. Things used to be great between Lee and Kate, two flatmates who counted Tim as their best friend and boyfriend respectively. But ever since Tim and Kate broke up, things are more complicated. Tim can't get over the break-up, and how is he supposed to handle the deepening friendship between Lee and Kate?moreless
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    Absolutely Fabulous

    Absolutely Fabulous

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    BBC
    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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    Would I Lie to You?

    Would I Lie to You?

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    BBC
    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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    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

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    BBC (ended 2010)
    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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    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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    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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    Come Fly with Me

    Come Fly with Me

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    From the creators of Little Britain comes Matt Lucas and David Walliams' latest comedy: a six-part series set in a busy airport in which the two men play nearly all the characters.moreless
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    My Family

    My Family

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    Meet the Harper family, who, on the face of it, seem quite normal; a married couple with 3 children. However, this family is far from normal. Ben is a Dentist who wishes he'd become a doctor. He frequently tries to understand his wife and kids, often with little success. He just cannot wait until his children have left home, something that unfortunately for Ben, never seems to happen. Played by Robert Lindsay. Susan is a tour guide in a museum, with her second failed passion being cooking. She knows how to get what she wants...even if Ben doesn't want it! Emotional blackmail is one of her strong points. Played by Zoe Wanamaker. Nick is definitely the joker of the family, who's main determination in life is to get a job and keep it for more than a few hours. He's been through several jobs, each one more surreal than the last, but ultimately he gets sacked anyway. He never loses his determination and seems happy with his lack of success, even though his father isn't. Played by Kris Marshall. Janey is your typical teenage girl with a selfish streak as big as her shopping list. Like Susan, she loves to get her own way. She made Ben and Susan Grandparents by a one-night stand at University, which lead to the birth of Kenzo and consequently her being expelled. Played by Daniela Denby-Ashe . Michael is the most intelligent and, he thinks, the most sane member of the family. He thinks of his family mostly as an oppression, permanently scaring him psychologically with their mad behaviour which he also blames for his lack of success with girlfriend relationships. It's unwise for another Harper to attempt to trick Michael, as he will always have the last laugh. Played by Gabriel Thomson. Abi is the daughter of a one of Ben's cousins. She's naive and about as bright as spent light bulb. She can never seem to do anything right but this isn't helped by the fact that most of the time she's completely oblivious she's doing anything wrong.Played by Siobhan Hayes from Series 3 onwards. Roger works in the dentist practice above Ben's and in many ways, without realising it, is Ben's arch nemesis. This is mainly because, like his love interest Abi, he's not very bright although unlike Abi, is quite irritating with it. Regardless of how often Ben makes it blatantly obvious he doesn't like Roger, it doesn't seem to faze him continuing to believe all is perfect with the world. Abi and Roger make the perfect couple if only either one of them would be honest about their feelings. (Played by Keiron Self from Series 4 onwards).moreless
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    Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

    Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    Travelling across the UK with a host of comedian friends, Michael McIntyre brings laughter to some of Britain's biggest cities. In a similar format to Jack Dee Live at the Apollo McIntrye hosts the show, introducing four different acts each week.moreless
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    Ask Rhod Gilbert

    Ask Rhod Gilbert

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    Ask Rhod Gilbert, hosted by Rhod Gilbert, is a BBC One comedy panel show that aims to ask and answer ridiculously intriguing questions such as: "Who would win in a race, Usain Bolt or a grizzly bear?". Gilbert is joined each week by regular panelists Greg Davies and Lloyd Langford, two celebrity guests and a celebrity authenticator.moreless
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    Epic Win

    Epic Win

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    Comedian Alexander Armstrong hosts this Saturday night entertainment show, which showcases some of the weird and whacky talent members of the British public have. Their "talents" are judged by a panel which will put a secret cash value of up to £1000, making a total jackpot of £3000, to what they've done. The performer then has to guess how much they theoretically earned. If they over-estimate their worth, they walk away with nothing and exit through the "epic fail" door, if they estimate on or under their worth they get to keep their "epic win".moreless
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    Lee Mack's All-Star Cast

    Lee Mack's All-Star Cast

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    Lee Mack welcomes guests to join him for a range of stand-up, sketches and music performances on this prime-time variety show.
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    The Matt Lucas Awards

    The Matt Lucas Awards

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    BBC (ended 2013)
    Matt Lucas brings his Radio 2 panel show format to television. Guests nominate people and things for his obscure award categories.
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