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    The Story of Tracy Beaker

    The Story of Tracy Beaker

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    BBC (ended 2005)
    The Story of Tracy Beaker is about young Tracy who, by no fault of her own, lives in a children's home with other children with other personal needs or problems. During the course of the show Tracy battles through the personal problems of having no family and sharing a house with a dozen other attention seeking kids.moreless
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    Waterloo Road

    Waterloo Road

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    Waterloo Road Comprehensive isn't doing very well. Many of the teachers feel that their job is pointless, and the pupils couldn't care less about their education. When the Headteacher of the school has a nervous breakdown, Jack Rimmer is promoted to the position, much to his dismay. He knows that if the school doesn't clean up its act soon, it could mean the end. So he decides to hire optimistic teacher Andrew Treneman, who gives up his private school teaching job, in order to improve the situation of Waterloo Road. Andrew is certain that with strict discipline and a house system, things will get better. Together with lively Guidance Head, Kim Campbell, the three teachers begin the process of turning around the failing school, painful step by painful step.moreless
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    Born and Bred

    Born and Bred

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    James Bolam and Michael French star as father-and-son doctors in the family drama series set in the 1950s, a decade of great change for the National Health Service. GP Arthur Gilder (James Bolam) has lived in the Lancashire village of Ormston all his life. His son Tom (Michael French), also a doctor, works in Manchester. Arthur misses his family and is determined to hand over his practice to Tom. Following in his father's footsteps is the last thing on Tom's mind - until he retraces his steps to the picturesque home where he grew up. On the cusp of change, yet caught in the golden glow of post-war tranquility, the offer proves irresistable. Tom, who's married with four children, faces more than he bargained for by returning to Ormston. He must contend with battles to modernise the surgery and cottage hospital, while Arthur tries to cling on to old-fashioned, tried and tested ways.moreless
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    Life on Mars (UK)

    Life on Mars (UK)

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    Welcome to the Life on Mars guide at TV.com. A detective chief inspector from 2006 is investigating a serial killer when he is knocked over by a speeding car. Waking up, he finds himself apparently in 1973. Is he mad, in a coma, or has he travelled back in time? Initially struggling to come to terms with his situation, Sam Tyler has to come to terms with the old-fashioned technology and attitudes of the day, convinced that, if he can find out how he came to be trapped in the past, he can find the way home. The actor John Simm described the show as "a cross between Back to the Future and The Sweeney". It makes effective use of the disorientation of the unwitting time-traveller while taking a post-modern romp through 1970s fashions and technologies, with due tribute paid to the classic police dramas of the day, to fashion a truly unique programme. A sequel series, Ashes to Ashes, followed in 2008.moreless
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    Survivors

    Survivors

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    Welcome to the Survivors (2008) guide at TV.com. This BBC drama series follows a group of survivors in the immediate aftermath of a devastating virus that has killed most of the world's population. The show is a reinterpretation of the 1970s BBC drama series of the same name, and based on the novel by Terry Nation. This version takes a bleak assessment of our ability to cope with the loss of technology, and explores the background to the emergence of the virus.moreless
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    Cranford

    Cranford

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    This historical five-part show based on three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novellas is brought to the BBC with an all-star cast including Judi Dench. The story follows the lives and loves of the inhabitants of the northern market town over a year in the mid 1800s. Amongst other things the arrival of a new doctor and the ever-encroaching railway provide the townsfolk with plenty to get excited about.moreless
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    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a 4 hour British television miniseries adaptation from 2008 based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel from 1891. The story follows the poverty stricken young country woman Tess (Played by Gemma Arterton) who tries to improve her life and social status upon realizing her family is connected to the extremely wealthy D'Uberville family. However she ends up enduring heavy heartache and shame as she falls in and out of love with Alec D'Urberville (played by Hans Matheson) and Angel Clare (Eddie Redmayne). The script for this adaptation was written by David Nicholls. He wanted to focus on Tess as not just a 'passive victim,' but an 'active, forceful and opinionated young working class woman.' It was directed by David Blair. Unlike most BBC television shows it was shot on actual 35mm film as opposed to digital film. The show later aired in the United States as a two part 'Masterpiece Classic' program on PBS.moreless
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    Jekyll

    Jekyll

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    James Nesbitt stars as Tom Jackman, who struggles to deal with his dark alter ego, Mr. Hyde. This is a modern reworking of the world famous tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. Tom employs modern technology to keep his other half in check and protect his family. Tom is not aware that he is being monitored by a secret society and that he and Hyde are part of a terrifying centuries-old plot.moreless
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    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

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    Welcome to The Inspector Lynley Mysteries guide at TV.com. This BBC series is based on the crime thrillers of Elizabeth George, an American writer who sets most of her crime work in England. The central characters of the show are Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small). The two are from opposite ends of the social spectrum: Lynley is an earl, though he keeps quiet about it, while Havers is almost aggressively working class. While that causes friction and misunderstandings between them, it also means they see things differently and complement one another in their police work.moreless
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    Judge John Deed

    Judge John Deed

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    Welcome to the Judge John Deed guide at TV.com. In this BBC drama series, Mr Justice Deed (played by Martin Shaw) is an unusual English High Court judge. An idealistic lawyer from a working-class background, Deed has got near to the top of his profession by his intellect and his charm, and despite an obsessive belief in justice. Judge Deed wants to uphold the law (and his own independence) at all costs, and this leaves him at odds with a series of British government stooges who try to influence him. Outside court, Deed is a womanizer who has an up-and-down relationship with fellow barrister Jo Mills (played by Jenny Seagrove), and his glamorous ex-wife Georgina Channing (called 'George', another barrister, played by Caroline Langrishe) is somehow never quite out of his life. He and George have a daughter called Charlie (Louisa Clein), at first a law student, later a young barrister, whose escapades have a way of getting Deed into hot water. Row Colemore (Christopher Cazenove) is a senior London policeman and one of Deed's oldest friends.moreless
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    Ballykissangel

    Ballykissangel

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    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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    Second Sight

    Second Sight

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    Welcome to the Second Sight guide at TV.com. Detective Chief Inspector Ross Tanner is a non-conformist workaholic cop who solves crimes by putting his faith in only the cold hard facts he can see. When a rare disorder attacks his cornea, causing intermittent blindness and hallucinations, Tanner conceals his problem for the sake of his pride – and his career. As Tanner faces a myriad of obstacles in learning how to adapt to his condition, he begins to learn that there is more to murder than visibly meets the eye. Intuition prevails over simple eyesight as he discovers that success (and his very survival) will depend on the use of all his senses.moreless
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    Hotel Babylon

    Hotel Babylon

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    Welcome to the Hotel Babylon guide at TV.com. This British drama show from the BBC was launched in January 2006. A second season of eight episodes began on 15 February 2007 and a third on 19 February 2008. The show takes us behind the the scenes of a luxurious five-star London hotel, where manager Rebecca Mitchell leads a team whose job is to give a superlative service to guests who are often less than five star. We see a series of dramas centering on the problems of the rich and the famous, with the hotel's staff always on hand to help - and keen to make a little extra money. The eight episodes of the first series were based on the book Hotel Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones and Anonymous - the unknown joint author was billed as the manager of one of London's leading five-star hotels.moreless
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    Paradox

    Paradox

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    If you saw the future would you change it? That is the dilemma facing Detective Inspector Rebecca Flint (Tamzin Outhwaite) and astrophysicist Dr. Christian King (Emun Elliott) who have seen the disastrous events awaiting the world, after they receive a mysterious transmission of images from space that show pictures of events lying 18 hours in the future.moreless
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    Bleak House

    Bleak House

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    Bleak House is a new adaptation of Dickens's great story. Three young orphans - Esther, Richard and Ada - are sent to live at Bleak House, where they receive a friendly welcome from their rich guardian John Jarndyce. But all is not as it seems at Bleak House, and nothing but bad luck follows those who stay there.moreless
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    Murphy's Law

    Murphy's Law

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    Welcom to the Murphy's Law guide at TV.com.

    Detective Sergeant Tommy Murphy is a maverick undercover cop with a dark past. After failing a psychiatric assessment, he is given one last chance and a dangerous undercover assignment. Murphy is a loner with little to lose and deals with everything on his own terms. This time around, however, he has an ally in Detective Inspector Annie Guthrie.moreless
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    Wallander

    Wallander

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    Kenneth Branagh plays a Swedish detective called Kurt Wallander in this crime drama for the BBC. The show is an adaptation of Swedish author Henning Mankell's critically acclaimed book series, the Kurt Wallander Mysteries.moreless
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    Apparitions

    Apparitions

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    Father Jacob, played by Martin Shaw, is caught up in a sinister battle between good and evil. His priestly duties are turned on their head when he begins exorcising demons in an attempt to save the world.moreless
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    Land Girls

    Land Girls

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    This week-long drama follows the trials of four land girls, working in the countryside during the second World War. The series marks the 70th anniversaty of the outbreak of World War II.moreless
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    Garrow's Law

    Garrow's Law

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    A British period legal drama set in 18th century London and inspired by the court cases and life of pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow.
    Garrow is a talented, young barrister determined to install justice into a corrupt legal system of Georgian England. His confrontational and sometimes arrogant stance in the courtroom does not earn him any favours with the political elite and creates enemies within the criminal underground. His associate John Southouse, a solicitor, is often disapproving of Garrow's rebellious attitude, but nevertheless offers him advice and help.
    Each episode features a case inspired by true legal proceedings as recorded at Old Bailey Archives: from rape and murder to high treason and corruption. The real William Garrow coined the phrase: innocent until proven guilty, in an age when defence counsel was for the minority. He was known for his forceful cross-examinations and more than once he offered to defend the accused for free.
    A major subplot is a love story between Garrow and Lady Sarah Hill. Their love affair gradually develops. It begins as an unspoken attraction. Then, Garrow's courtroom rival, Silvester, questions the appropriateness of Garrow's friendship with Lady Sarah. Garrow challenges him to a duel. This starts a chain of events, resulting in Lady Sarah Hill leaving her husband and Sir Arthur Hill accusing Garrow of Crmininal Coversation (legal jargon for adultery).
    The series is created by Tony Merchant, a British playwright and television dramatist: "I always wanted Garrow's Law to be a show that educated and entertained, using Garrow as someone whose work at the Old Bailey could tell us something new or too easily forgotten about our past and the rights he fought to gain."moreless
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