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    Inspector George Gently

    Inspector George Gently

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    Welcome to the Inspector George Gently guide at TV.com. Chief Inspector George Gently of Scotland Yard is an old-fashioned policeman who has gained respect but few friends through his single-minded pursuit of law-breakers and his disgust with the corruption in the police force. Gently decides to retire after the murder of his wife, but not before solving one final case. Relocating to Northumberland, where he is aided by the ambitious young Det Sgt John Bacchus, Gently deploys a combination of reason, deduction and a somewhat jaded understanding of man's nature to get his man. Inspector George Gently is adapted from the Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter, but relocates him from Norfolk to Northumberland. The 46 novels, published between 1955 and 1999, were contemporary, but the show is set firmly in the 1960s. The first season was broadcast under the George Gently banner. Inspector George Gently is a Company Pictures production for the BBC.moreless
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    Hustle

    Hustle

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    From the makers of Spooks and acclaimed writer Tony Jordan comes this slick and stylish drama. An action-packed blend of humour and intrigue, following the fortunes of a gang of expert cons on the loose in London.
    Hustle follows the fortunes of a gang of five expert con artists let loose on the streets of London. They are specialists in the way of the grifter and all are keen to liberate cash from the amoral and undeserving.
    Each episode comprises of a main plot or 'long con' whilst also squeezing in some sub plots known as 'short cons'.
    From faking film sets and expensive paintings to double-crossing the duplicitous head of a bank's security system... THE CON IS ON.
    There is also now a spin off series The Real Hustle which is a way of showing viewers how the cons can be acheived.moreless
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    Monarch of the Glen

    Monarch of the Glen

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    Inspired by the highland novels of Compton Mackenzie, this show follows Archie MacDonald as he finds himself thrown into the role of the new Laird of Glenbogle, his family's financially failing Scottish estate. With the help, and sometimes hinderance, of his family and faithful retainers he works to get the noble estate back on its feet.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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    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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    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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    Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility

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    From award-winning director Andrew Davies comes the latest adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. The story follows two young sisters, Marianne and Elinor Dashwood, whose lives are thrown into chaos after the death of their father, and they go on a journey of romantic and self discovery. Although their chances of marriage seem slim due to their social status, Elinor becomes attached to the secretive Edward Ferrars, and Marianne attracts older man Colonel Brandon and young and wild Willoughby. Is it true love or lust?moreless
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    Ashes to Ashes

    Ashes to Ashes

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    Welcome to the Ashes to Ashes guide at TV.com. DI Alex Drake of the Metropolitan Police is taken hostage and shot, and wakes to find herself apparently thrown back in time to 1981. She quickly recognises DCI Gene Hunt and his team from detailed reports made by DCI Sam Tyler about his own trip to 1973. Initially sceptical about the surreal nature of her new environment, Alex, a modern, no-nonsense woman, clashed regularly with her sexist colleagues but had to learn to adjust while she strove to find her way back to 2008. As time passed, Alex started to accept her situation, and wonder whether her life in the future had been the dream. Executive Producer Jane Featherstone described this spin-off from Life on Mars as "a touch of Moonlighting teamed with a measure of Miami Vice." The show aimed to build on the success of its award-winning predecessor, resurrecting Philip Glenister's ever-popular detective while taking the opportunity to wink at 1980s fashions and attitudes. Ashes to Ashes is a Kudos production in association with Monastic Productions for the BBC.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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    Outcasts

    Outcasts

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    Created by one of the writers on Spooks, Outcasts is a new sci-fi drama set in 2040. With Earth doomed, a group of pioneers has settled on a new, life-sustaining planet. The settlers plan to create a better world, but bring their human frailties with them. The show was filmed in South Africa, and is a Kudos Film and Television production for BBC Wales and BBC America, co-produced by Film Afrika/ApolloMovie Beteiligungs.moreless
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    Mayday

    Mayday

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    A 14-year-old girl goes missing ahead of her central role in the local Mayday pageant, and residents of the local community start to wonder which one of them might be responsible for her abduction. Some townsfolk must face the question of what to do when you suspect a loved one of an unspeakable crime?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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    WPC 56

    WPC 56

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    In WPC 56, Gina Dawson takes up duty as the very first woman police constable to serve at Brinford Police Station. Gina feels the strain of proving her mettle in a male-dominated environment. WPC 56 is a BBC Birmingham production for Daytime Television.moreless
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    House of Cards

    House of Cards

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    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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    The Ladies Paradise

    The Ladies Paradise

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    Denise Lovett, a young girl with only her wits to live on, is made homeless by the death of her father and moves to the city to try and make a life for herself. She gets a job as a sales woman at The Paradise, England's first department store, getting caught up in the charms of the modern world. Soon she falls in love with the store's owner, John Moray, a widower with a dark past. This series is based on Emile Zola's 1883 novel Au Bonheur Des Dames, relocating the story to North East England in the 1870s.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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    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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    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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    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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