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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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    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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    Porridge

    Porridge

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    BBC (ended 1977)
    Series about Norman Stanley Fletcher, a criminal who is convicted of robbery and sent to Slade Prison for 5 years. He has been in prison many times before and knows the ins and outs of it. He becomes a father figure to most of the men inside and can easily get one over on the screws. The pilot episode aired on April 1, 1973.moreless
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    Dad's Army

    Dad's Army

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    BBC (ended 1977)
    Intoducing the Walmington-On-Sea home guard, a bunch of hapless old and young men who have kept people all over the world very amused for the past forty years. Creator/Writers David Croft and Jimmy Perry made each episode of Dad's Army as funny as the previous one, with an element of humour which has survived decades. It has the most memorable catch phrases of any sitcom and due to our fondness of it, it's probably the most re-run show ever. The BBC keep an episode of it queued up incase of a fault at TV centre and it even successfully invaded the big screen with a memorable, well loved Dad's Army feature film made by Columbia pictures.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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    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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    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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    The Dick Emery Show

    The Dick Emery Show

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    BBC (ended 1981)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Billy Bunter

    Billy Bunter

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    BBC (ended 1961)
    British sitcom
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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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    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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    Come Fly With Me

    Come Fly With Me

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    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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    Are You Being Served?

    Are You Being Served?

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    Are You Being Served? is a British Sitcom that ran from 1972-1985. The show revolved around "Grace Brothers Department Store" and in particular the goings on within the "Gentlemen's Ready-To-Wear" and "Ladies' Separates and Underwear" Departments. A store reorganization forced these two departments to share floor space, and the conflicts that this created set the tone for most episodes. Are You Being Served? showcases a bygone period of time in which the class structure was still very much alive. There was a strict heirarchy within Grace Brothers. Everyone knew their "places" and remained in them, unless, of course, there was a chance for advancement and then it was every man and woman for themselves. A spin-off series of Are You Being Served? was released, called Grace and Favour. Although in the U.S, it was named Are You Being Served? Again!moreless
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    Three Up, Two Down

    Three Up, Two Down

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    BBC (ended 1989)
    British sitcom
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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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    The Secret Policeman's Balls

    The Secret Policeman's Balls

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    The Secret Policeman's Balls is the collective name informally used to describe the long-running series of benefit shows staged in England to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. The shows started out in the mid-1970s primarily as comedy galas featuring popular British comedic performers and later expanded to include leading musical performers.moreless
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    My Family

    My Family

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    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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    Emma

    Emma

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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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    Jam and Jerusalem

    Jam and Jerusalem

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    BBC (ended 2009)
    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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