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    Robin Hood

    Robin Hood

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    Robin, Earl of Huntingdon, has returned home from the Holy Wars under orders from King Richard, to recuperate from injuries sustained in battle. He soon finds that the real battle for England needs to be fought against the Sheriff and his excessive taxation and corrupt administration. Along with an assortment of Outlaws, he outwits the Sheriff and his right hand man Guy of Gisbourne as he fights for the safety of the people of Nottingham.moreless
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    The State Within

    The State Within

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    This 6-part series stars Jason Isaacs (Brotherhood) as Sir Mark Brydon, the British Ambassador to the United States. Muslim British terrorists detonate a bomb on a British commercial airliner throwing the two countries and their representatives into political chaos. Brydon has to try to sort out the ensuing mess while trying to keep his head above water in both his professional and personal life. Knowing who he can trust will be the key to his survival and the stop to an oncoming war against Tyrgyztan.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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    Murder in Mind

    Murder in Mind

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    What does it take to drive apparently ordinary human beings to murder? In a BBC season of groundbreaking original movies,Murder in Mind takes viewers on a journey into the psyches of a disparate collection of killers. Exploring the psychology behind the darkest and yet most compelling crime of murder, each of the seven movies explores the ultimate crime through the eyes of the murderer and asks, not whodunit? but whydunit? Cold, calculating and in search of the perfect crime, each killer selects a different method of murder. From euthanasia, contract killing, vigilantes, accidental murder, to the bewildering act of sleepwalking, there is no set formula to the chilling thrillers, only one common theme: death in "suspicious" circumstances. "Murder should be about murderers," insists series creator Anthony Horowitz. "So our first rule was that the killer should take up most screen time. The murderer is the star, not just the plot mechanism." Some murderers appear to escape without retribution, some don't. All however, are driven to kill, they demonstrate a kaleidoscope of human emotions: anger, hatred, bitterness, remorse, guilt, horror; a roller coaster of emotions are on display as each self-contained movie hurtles towards its inevitable conclusion. Each of the seven movies boasts a nail-biting script with breathtaking twists and turns, plus some of the cream of British acting talent.moreless
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    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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    Little Dorrit

    Little Dorrit

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    Little Dorrit is a fourteen-part period drama from the BBC based on the 1850s serial novel by Charles Dickens. The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed when her boss's son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.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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    Occupation

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    The lives of three British soldiers spiral out of control after they go on mission to Basra, southern Iraq. United and yet torn apart by war the men struggle to overcome the perils they've seen. Set in 2003 and starring James Nesbitt, Stephen Graham and Warren Brown the show explores the impact war has on the lives of those who fight.moreless
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    Archangel

    Archangel

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    Archangel is a 2005 made for television crime drama released by the BBC Drama Group. Professor Fluke Kelso (Daniel Craig, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Road to Perdition, Munich, The Invasion) is an American historian giving a lecture on Stalin in Moscow. He is approached by an old man claiming to be the only eyewitness of head of security Beria hiding the personal notebook of Stalin. This being invaluable historical material, Kelso goes to retrieve the book. But he isn't the only on interested. FSB, the secret service, is suddenly very interested in his movements and communist party members want the book's information in the upcoming election. The notebook contains information leading to Archangelsk were a secret lies hidden that might threaten the fragile Russian democracy. The story is a classical treasure hunt, with hidden clues that need to be deciphered and followed to another clue that eventually leads to the treasure, albeit is set in recent times in Russia.moreless
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    The Murder Room

    The Murder Room

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    British drama based on the novel by P.D. James which aired on PBS' "Mystery" on August 20 and 27, 2006. The DuPayne museum is a rambling old building out in the English countryside, devoted to the period between the two world wars. It is most famous for its "murder room" containing exhibits about famous crimes. Old Mr DuPayne is dead and his three children are at odds about whether or not to continue the museum. Then Dr DuPayne, who held the casting vote, is found burned to death in his Jaguar sports car on Guy Fawkes Night when the sky is full of fireworks. Because of sensitive political connections, a very senior policeman, Commander Adam Dalgliesh of Scotland Yard, is put in charge of this upper-class investigation.moreless
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    The Bench

    The Bench

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    Welcome to The Bench guide at TV.com. This legal drama series was set in a Welsh magistrate's court. The Bench was a BBC Wales production. Initially broadcast exclusively on BBC1 Wales, it was repeated across the network in an afternoon slot.moreless
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    To the Ends of the Earth

    To the Ends of the Earth

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    To the Ends of the Earth is the BBC series that adapts William Golding's classic trilogy of novels, directed by David Attwood and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the protagonist Edmund Talbot. The year is 1812 and Edmund is traveling to Australia on a decrepit wooden warship, on his way to his new job in a Government post that his rich and powerful godfather got for him. Edmund is witty and naive, sometimes immature and cocky, and ready for adventure on his long sea voyage. The ship is filled to the brim with people; officers, seamen, and passengers, as well as poor emigrants, and the different ranks don't get along well. Captain Anderson is in charge of the ship, and isn't friendly to the cocky young Edmund. The adaptation covers all three of Golding's novels, Rites of Passage, Close Quarters, and Fire Down Below. Watch as Edmund makes his journey on BBC's To the Ends of the Earth.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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    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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    North and South (UK)

    North and South (UK)

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    Margaret Hale lives in the south of England with her family when her father has some trouble with the church and is forced to move north to the town of Milton. Margaret is soon faced with the extreme contrast between the rich and the poor in the town of Milton and decides that she must help. Mr. Thornton owns a cotton mill in Milton, and becomes embroiled in a bitter conflict with Margaret due to her tampering. Through the conflict, Mr. Thornton finds out that he is in love with Margaret.moreless
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    The Last Enemy

    The Last Enemy

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    This fast-paced thriller stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Ezard, a man bent on uncovering the truth about his brother's death. He soon finds himself in the midst of an international conspiracy and a torrid love affair.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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    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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    The Street

    The Street

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    Each episode of this British anthology series dramatizes the story of one of the families along a street in the North of England. Created by writer Jimmy McGovern, the ambitious series uses talented young writers to explore the dark underside of various ordinary families in the same community. Dramatic actors featured in the various episodes include Jim Broadbent, Jane Horrocks, Sue Johnston and Timothy Spall.moreless
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