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    EastEnders

    EastEnders

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    EastEnders began in 1985 as a rival for ITV's Coronation Street. It focuses on the lives of the inhabitants of Albert Square in the rough EastEnd of London. For the past 25 years, EastEnders has entertained audiences with dramatic storylines focusing on real life situations.moreless
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    Doctor Who (1963)

    Doctor Who (1963)

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    BBC (ended 1989)
    "My name is William Hartnell, and as Doctor Who, I make my debut on Saturday 23rd November at 5.15." Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing initially from 1963 to 1989. The series told the story of the Doctor, a mysterious traveller in space and time, whose TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. Inevitably he finds evil at work wherever he goes… The series was postponed indefintely in 1989, but fans of the series would not allow it to die, and a whole cottage industry was created around original novels and audio-only productions. There was an abortive attempt to renew the franchise as a series of telemovies in the U.S., but ratings for the pilot were judged insufficient. In 2003, the BBC announced that, at long last, it would commission a revival of Doctor Who. The series, initially starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, was launched in 2005. You can read about the new series here. Traditionally listed by production, the data on this site has now been amended to TV.com standards and lists each of the 697 broadcast episodes from the original series. I hope that you find the site useful, and that it might act as a springboard to the wider world of Doctor Who appreciation. TheOldBillmoreless
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    Holby City

    Holby City

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    This series is a spin-off from the long running BBC medical drama Casualty. Set in the same hospital as its sister series, this show follows the everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of Holby City General Hospital.moreless
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    Silent Witness

    Silent Witness

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    Welcome to the Silent Witness guide at TV.com. Silent Witness is a forensic thriller series, which was first broadcast in 1996, created by ex-police officer Nigel McCrery. The programme originally followed the activities of pathologist Dr Sam Ryan (who was later promoted to professor), played by Amanda Burton. However, Ryan's character departed early in the eighth series in 2004. During the sixth series in 2002, Dr Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) and Dr Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward) had joined the team, and now remained in the series and continued as lead characters following Ryan's departure, with Dalton replacing her as professor. Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) joined the team shortly after Ryan's departure. Orginally set in Cambridge, the main action of the series was then relocated to London. The programme is typically made up of a series of two-part stories, usually with six to eight episodes per series. The tenth series saw the number of stories go up to five. Creator Nigel McCrery has also published five novels based on the series.moreless
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    Casualty

    Casualty

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    This long-running BBC drama depicts the lives of the patients, doctors, nurses and paramedics attending the frantically busy accident and emergency department of the large Holby General hospital.
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    Jonathan Creek

    Jonathan Creek

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    Welcome to the Jonathan Creek guide at TV.com. While writing a piece about the death of a prominent artist, investigative journalist Madeline Magellan enlisted the help of Jonathan Creek, a man who makes a living inventing tricks for magician Adam Klaus, and who has a brilliantly lateral mind. The pair worked together to solve the case and struck up a friendship as they went on to solve a series of baffling murders. When Maddy became a successful writer, Creek enlisted the support of theatrical agent Carla Borrego as he carried on his freelance investigations. Carla got married to get Jonathan out of her system, but he soon crossed paths with paranormal investigator Joey Ross.moreless
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    House of Cards

    House of Cards

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    BBC (ended 1990)
    Based on the novel by Michael Dobbs, this 4 episode BBC mini-series takes a look at the dark underbelly of British Parliament. This is part one (part two is 'To Play the King' and part three is 'The Final Cut') in a trilogy chock full of dirty secrets and political intrigue.moreless
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    Ballykissangel

    Ballykissangel

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    This is one of the best British primetime shows ever seen on British television. The story follows people living in a village called Ballykissangel. Their hopes, fears, romances, mysteries, but mostly very calm stories without criminal acts and something similar are followed by million of viewers. The show was first based on a life of Peter Clifford, a young priest that arrived to Ballykissangel and no one liked him at first, but later turned out to be great while trying to connect to Assumpta Fitzgerald. But, after three seasons, Stephen Thompkins who played Peter leaves the show. Season four starts with new characters of which mostly important is a new priest that replaces Peter, Father Aidan O'Connell who just came out of monastery. The show aired continuously by seasons from 1996 to 1999 and went into a break, just to return later in 2001 for one more season. There were 6 seasons and 57 episodes. In 1997 the show also had a Christmas Special episode.moreless
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    To Play the King

    To Play the King

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    BBC (ended 1993)
    A new Conservative politican, Francis Urquhart, is appointed to Prime Minister and the series follows him as he tries to crush all opposition, including the newly crowned king. The drama is an adaptation of Michael Dobbs' novel of the same name, the second part of the House of Cards trilogy.moreless
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    David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

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    BBC (ended 1999)
    David Copperfield is born shortly after the death of his father. Great aunt Betsey arrives for the event, eagerly anticipating a girl. Thwarted in her wishes, she leaves in disgust, never to return.

    Young David has a happy childhood, with a memorable visit to his nanny Peggotty's relatives, who live in a ship house on the coast. On his return, he finds his mother has married Mr. Murdstone, a paranoid disciplinarian. When David bites Murdstone during a beating, the boy is sent to a boarding school run by the severe Mr. Creakle.

    There, he falls under the protection of Steerforth, an older student. The school is the least of Murdstone's torments, for when David's mother dies the stepfather sends him to work at a sweatshop in London.

    Again, David finds a patron -- this time Mr. Micawber, a profligate family man with whom he lodges. But Micawber is soon sent to debtor's prison, and David is homeless.

    Destitute, he walks to Dover where he has heard his Aunt Betsey lives. She offers him a nurturing home, shared with her lunatic lodger, Mr. Dick. The first part closes as David matures into a young man with bright prospects before him.

    The plot thickens. David is residing with Aunt Betsey's lawyer, Mr. Wickfield and his daughter, Agnes. Wickfield's obsequious clerk, Uriah Heep, lurks malevolently on the margins.

    Meanwhile, David is apprenticed to another lawyer, Mr. Spenlow, who has a charming if flighty daughter, Dora.

    Oblivious to the charms of Agnes, whom he treats as a sister, David falls in love with Dora and begins courting her, although her father disapproves. Unbeknownst to all, Heep has his eye on Agnes and on Wickfield's business.

    By chance, David encounters his old schoolboy hero, Steerforth. Together they set forth to visit the ship house, where reside: David's old nanny, Peggotty; her taciturn husband, Barkis; Peggotty's fisherman brother, Daniel; his nephew, Ham; and Ham's cousin and fiancée, Little Em'ly.

    Secretly enamored with Em'ly, the unscrupulous Steerforth convinces her to run away with him. Daniel sets out in hot pursuit, following them through many countries.

    More villainy unfolds as Heep ruins not only Wickfield but also Aunt Betsey, who with Mr. Dick comes to live with David. Meanwhile, Micawber has reentered the picture as Heep's reluctant clerk.

    Spenlow expires, leaving Dora penniless and hence a fitting match for the equally destitute David. They marry and David pursues his new career as an author, but Dora, too, soon dies.

    All is not lost, for Micawber exposes Heep's financial fraud, restoring Aunt Betsey's wealth. And Daniel finally tracks down Em'ly, who has been abandoned to an appalling life by Steerforth.

    Just as David arrives at the ship house with news of Em'ly's rescue, Ham dies in a storm while trying to rescue a drowning man, who turns out to be Steerforth.

    Dickens ties up loose ends by seeing that David and Agnes are married; that the Micawbers, Daniel, and Em'ly start a new life in Australia; and that Aunt Betsey finally gets a niece.
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    Never Come Back

    Never Come Back

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    Never Come Back from the BBC is a thriller film which follows writer Desmond Thane (Nathaniel Parker) in 1939 Britain during a period known as the "Phony War". Desmond Thane is a writer by day making his living writing a women's magazine. As a playboy by night he is bouncing from one woman's bed to the next each night, until he finds a woman who is able to keep his attention, Anna Raven (Suzanna Hamilton). As this woman captures Desmond's mind and attention he becomes obsessed by the discovery of a diary that Anna has. As he reads the diary and becomes more curious he confronts Anna. When Desmond confronts Anna about the diary he suddenly finds himself delving further and further into a world of lies, murder, torture and possibly treason. Producer Joe Waters and director Ben Bolt have given this BBC miniseries both the look and feel of a feature film.moreless
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    Our Mutual Friend

    Our Mutual Friend

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    Our Mutual Friend is the BBC miniseries adapted from author Charles Dickens' last finished novel before his death, a tale of two turbulent romances and a web of passion and betrayal. The story is set in 1860's London, where a web of wealth and corruption emerges after a rich misanthropic miser dies. The man leaves a will that states that his fortune all goes to his estranged son John Harmon, on the condition that he marries a woman he has never met, Miss Bella Wilfer. Before he can do so, the son goes missing. A waterman finds a body in the Thames, and a strange young man is present and disappears when they identify the body as John Harmon. Now that he is dead, the estate now goes to Mr. and Mrs. Boffin, the rich man's faithful employees. When the mysterious young man reappears with a new name, the story only gets more complex. The ensemble cast includes David Morrissey (Hilary and Jackie) and Steven Mackintosh (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). Watch the sweeping tale of one of Dickens' best books unfold in the six hour miniseries adaptation of Our Mutual Friend.moreless
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    The Buccaneers

    The Buccaneers

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    This top-notch adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel tells the story of sisters Nan and Virginia St. George (Carla Gugino and Alison Elliott) and their friends Lizzy Elmsworth (Rya Kihlstedt) and Conchita Closson (Mira Sorvino). Shunned as "new money" by elitist New York society, the foursome travels to London to look for husbands, where they soon find themselves courted by numerous suitors. But as old and new worlds clash, something has to give.moreless
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    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

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    France, 1793. The terror of the French Revolution is at its height. Citizen Robespierre, along with his ruthless henchman Chauvellin, keep the tumbrels busy carrying the innocent to the guillotine. But there is one man who dares to defy the revolutionaries: The Scarlet Pimpernel.

    Richard E. Grant stars as the foppish English aristocrat Sir Percy Blakeney who has a secret identity as the daring and swashbuckling Scarlet Pimpernel, rescuing noblemen from the clutches of the guillotine during the height of the French Revolution.

    Based on the novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy.

    Unlike the first season, which aired on Sundays at 8PM, the second season aired on Wednesdays at 8:30PM.moreless
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    Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

    Inspector Alleyn Mysteries

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    BBC (ended 1994)
    Welcome to The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries guide at TV.com. This detective drama was based on the novels by Ngaio Marsh, a contemporary of Agatha Christie's. Her detective, Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn, was an Old Etonian at Scotland Yard from the 1930s onwards. In the pilot, Simon Williams played Alleyn, but he wasn't available in 1993, so Patrick Malahide took over the role. After the first series the BBC ordered three more episodes, all broadcast as specials during 1994.moreless
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    Invasion: Earth

    Invasion: Earth

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    Welcome to the Invasion: Earth guide at TV.com. Invasion: Earth was a six-part mini series co-produced by BBC Scotland and the U.S. Sci-Fi Channel. The plot was simple but effective. A team of miltary and scientists discover that a hostile alien force - the nDs - is planning to turn Earth into a breeding farm. The series ended inconclusively, leaving the way open for a second season. However, ratings weren't as high as expected and the show was cancelled.moreless
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    The Magician's House

    The Magician's House

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    BBC (ended 2000)
    Three courageous children and a sometimes wise, sometimes wrongheaded magician come together to stop the destruction by the magician's rebel apprentice-400 years in the past!
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    Home Farm Twins

    Home Farm Twins

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    BBC (ended 2000)
    Home Farm Twins follows the adventures of twins Helen & Hannah around the local countryside in this series dramatized by Elly Brewer from the Home Farm books by Jenny Oldfield.

    The first Season started with the Moore family moving from the big city "London" to the country village of "Doveton". Hannah (Polly Duniam) is a dreamer and an idealist - much more 'girly' than her tomboy sister Helen (Sophie Duniam), who is more outspoken, daring and sarcastic. The girls quickly got to know the locals and began a long-term friendship with Sam (Ben Evans) from Crackpot Farm who teased them for being 'townies' but still loved to join in their adventures but Sam had dreams elsewhere and dropped a bombshell on the twins during Season 3 by announcing he was to leave Doveton. The twins' mum, Mary (Jacquetta May) is famous for making cakes at the Curlew Cafe which is the business she started up after moving to Doveton, while her husband David (Martin Ball) is a wildlife photographer and studies animals. The twins parents also gave birth to a baby girl during Season 3 and the girls eventually learned that animals were no longer the only species who needed looking after and promptly watched their baby sister on numerous occasions getting into big trouble for regular accidents involving their methods. The final Season broadcast on the BBC ended with the twins facing the realities of growing up and looking back at their time spent living on Home Farm and wondering what life had in store for them next...moreless
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    Little Lord Fauntleroy

    Little Lord Fauntleroy

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    BBC (ended 1995)
    British miniseries
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    Jack of Hearts

    Jack of Hearts

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    BBC (ended 1999)
    Problems of a probation officer with a troubled home life.
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