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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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    Dennis and Gnasher

    Dennis and Gnasher

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    BBC (ended 1998)
    TV series based on the Beano's Dennis and Gnasher. Originally called "Dennis the Menace" in the UK, but was renamed "Dennis and Gnasher" in international countries to prevent confusion between both "Dennis" characters.moreless
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    Bread

    Bread

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    BBC (ended 1991)
    Bread was the #1 comedy show of its time in the U.K. and was watched by 21 million people. It was based around a Liverpudlian family, the Boswells, and showed them in all sorts of situations trying to earn money for the week, hence the title "bread".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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    Linda Green

    Linda Green

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    BBC (ended 2002)
    Linda is in her thirties, she's lived in Manchester all her life, her friends are the friends she met at school.

    Her best friend Michelle is settled with a family, but Linda enjoys being single. Mr Right may well come into her life at some point, but until then, she's having plenty of fun looking for him.moreless
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    Harry and Paul

    Harry and Paul

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    BBC (ended 2008)
    This British sketch show, originally called Ruddy Hell! It's Harry and Paul, parodies the world in which we live. The show, which starred Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, was the last production created by comedy producer Geoffrey Perkins who died shortly after the second series began.moreless
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    Life as We Know It (2001)

    Life as We Know It (2001)

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    This is a sitcom about an couple growing old and follows their life and their children as they try to remain active and young, but their children who still live at home don't make it easy for them.moreless
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    Brotherly Love (2000)

    Brotherly Love (2000)

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    BBC (ended 2000)
    British sitcom; pilot episode aired on October 8, 1999
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    The Mike Yarwood Show

    The Mike Yarwood Show

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    BBC (ended 1979)
    British sketch comedy show
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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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    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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    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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    It Ain't Half Hot Mum

    It Ain't Half Hot Mum

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    BBC (ended 1981)
    British military sitcom about a Royal Artillery Concert Party in India.
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    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

    Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

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    BBC (ended 1978)
    Join Frank Spencer - the most hapless, clumsy and downright irritating man you could meet! Together with his long-suffering wife, Betty (who looked on the verge of a nervous breakdown), he got himself into all sorts of trouble which included situations such as hanging from a car suspended over a cliff! What's more, Michael Crawford did all his own stunts!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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    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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    15 Storeys High

    15 Storeys High

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    BBC (ended 2004)
    15 Storeys High is about two very different blokes who find themselves sharing a flat in a towerblock on a council estate in South London. Flat owner Vince takes in new lodger Errol and immediately begins to think that he's made a mistake.moreless
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    Love Soup

    Love Soup

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    BBC (ended 2008)
    Alice Chenery and her friends, Cleo and Milly, return still seeking love. Unfortunately, Alice has not reached her quota of frogs and various reptiles before fate gifts her with a soul mate. A combined production of BBC Drama and BBC Comedy from the pen of David Renwick (One Foot in the Grave, The Two Ronnies and Jonathan Creek), Love Soup is a bittersweet look at single life and its bizarre twists. Series One: Gil Raymond and Alice Chenery would appear to be perfect soul mates. Gil is a successful American comedy writer who has fled his home country in search of artistic integrity and a lasting relationship. Alice is an account manager for a perfume company in a London department store, who is struggling to maintain a flat in Brighton she cannot afford. Week by week, Love Soup explores the separate lives of Gil and Alice: lives which, unhappily, never intersect, but parallel each other in many subtle ways. The series observes their hopes and fears as they try to remain sane in a world in which they feel increasingly excluded. Telling and poignant, each week brings their continuing doomed attempts to find the definitive partner who will bring them the happiness they deserve. Title Music: "Alley Boogie" performed by Georgia White. Broadcast History:
    Series One: Tuesdays at 21.00 on BBC One (Six 60-minute episodes)
    Series Two: Saturdays between 21.00-23.00 on BBC One (12 30-minute episodes)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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    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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