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    Occupation

    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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    To Play the King

    To Play the King

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    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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    Wives & Daughters

    Wives & Daughters

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    Wives & Daughters is a romantic drama TV mini-series developed by BBC based on novel of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell that centers on the young and kindhearted Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell) whose life turns upside down when her widowed town doctor father, Mr. Gibson (Bill Paterson) rashly remarries Molly's negligent former governess Hyacinth Kirkpatrick (Francesca Annis). Trying her best to get along with the ambitious and egocentric Hyacinth, Molly befriends her new ' and very dissimilar - stepsister, Cynthia (Keeley Hawes), a worldly and manipulative flirt. As Clare tries to secure Cynthia's prospects with one of the richer Hamley sons, Osborne (Tom Hollander) and Roger (Anthony Howell) before scandals from their past come to light, Molly is torn between the realities of her prospects as she could never be worth anything to the likes of the Hamley family and the hope of any potential happiness. Based on Gaskell's unfinished novel, Wives & Daughters is a beautiful look at how love can grow and secrets can come to light.moreless
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    Canterbury Tales

    Canterbury Tales

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    Welcome to the Canterbury Tales guide at TV.com. These Canterbury Tales are Geoffrey Chaucer's stories updated to the present day. Producer Kate Barlett wanted to remain as faithful as possible to the spirit of the original tale. Each tale was scripted by a different writer and like the original tales they embody the timeless themes of love, lust, greed, power, anger and bigotry.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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    Prisoner's Wives

    Prisoner's Wives

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    This BBC drama revolves around the lives of women whose partners are in prison. In between prison visits, life will change for these women and their families.
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    Oliver Twist

    Oliver Twist

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    BBC (ended 2007)
    The BBC produced an adaptation of Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist for a new generation; the last BBC production was in 1985. This adaptation is by Sarah Phelps, one of the writers of the long-running UK serial EastEnders, and director Coky Giedroyc. The cast includes Tom Hardy as Bill Sikes, Sophie Okonedo as Nancy, and Timothy Spall as the leader of the pickpockets.moreless
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    A Horseman Riding By

    A Horseman Riding By

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    A Horseman Riding By is a 13-part BBC drama series that was first broadcast in 1978. The series was based on two of the three books in R F Delderfield's A Horseman Riding By trilogy and starred Nigel Havers as Paul Craddock, a young man who was invalided out of the Boer war and invited to become squire of the long neglected Shallowford estate in Devon. Paul has to use all his charm and guile to convince the old families of the valley that he is capable of doing the job. Fortunately he is assisted by estate keeper John Rudd (Glyn Houston) who knows their ways. After a disastrous marriage to flighty Grace Lovell (Fiona Gaunt) Paul eventually marries Claire Derwent (Prunella Ransome). They make a great couple and face the challenges that beset the valley together. The biggest challenge of all is the Great War, which sees the valley lose many of its inhabitants and Paul back in service. The series was well received on its first broadcast and gave Nigel Havers one of his first starring roles. There is also an early role for Pam St. Clement as Meg Potter, who is now better known for her many years as Pat Evans/Butcher in the BBC's Eastenders. The series was dramatised by Alexander Baron, Arden Winch, and John Wiles (who was the producer of Doctor Who way back in 1966), directed by Philip Dudley, Paul Ciappessoni, and Alan Grint, and produced by Ken Riddington.moreless
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    Mansfield Park

    Mansfield Park

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    Mansfield Park is a dramatic TV series directed by David Giles based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name that centers on the nineteenth century life of Fanny Price (Sylvestra Le Touzel), a young and relatively impoverished girl who is raised in the richer world of her uncle and aunt, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram (Bernard Hepton and Angela Pleasence). Even though she is raised with her four cousins, Tom (Christopher Villiers), Edmund (Nicholas Farrell), Maria (Samantha Bond), and Julia (Liz Crowther), Fanny is consistently treated as an inferior cousin to all but Edmund, who as a hopeful clergyman often acts towards her with compassion and kindness. As her love for her cousin grows, the vanity and lack of self control the other Betram children have spun to include the solicitous and devious siblings Henry and Mary Crawford (Robert Burbage and Jackie Smith-Wood) in a cruel game of affectionate cat and mouse. In a time where money and standing meant everything, the kind hearted and moral Fanny Price is torn between following her heart and taking any offer of future comfort.moreless
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    The Way We Live Now

    The Way We Live Now

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    The Way We Live Now is a television mini-series featured on the BBC network. The show is an adaptation of the book originally written by Anthony Trollope in 1875. The show centers around Augustus Melmotte (David Suchet), a financier who has recently decided to move to London for work. Shortly after moving to London with his family, Augustus reveals that he will be opening a new business, however, he does not reveal many details about the business itself. He urges the local aristocrats and businessmen to join him in his venture, ensuring that this newfound business will bring great wealth to those who choose to invest in it. The Way We Live Now portrays life during the 1870's in a satirical manner, illustrating a dishonest era during which many financial scandals transpired. The show stars Shirley Henderson, who plays Marie, Augustus' obstinate daughter, and Cheryl Campbell, Matthew Macfayden, and Paloma Baeza, who make up the aristocratic Cadbury family.moreless
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    The Love School

    The Love School

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    A six part dramatic series about the lives and loves of the members of the "Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood."
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    Horror in the East

    Horror in the East

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    Horror in the East is the BBC documentary series that looks at the actions of the Imperial Japanese Army in the time around World War II, which were often brutal and shocking. The show examines the attitudes of the Army, their refusal to surrender, and the attitudes the western world held towards the Japanese. Using archival footage, interviews with Japanese soldiers and Allied POWs, and historical experts, Horror in the East tells the complex story of relations with the eastern world at the time. Japan in the early 20th century had been enthusiastically adopting western values, but their monarchy was doing the opposite. They were taught that their emperor was a living god, and the Army used this to their advantage. The show examines their behavior after this shift in WWII, from their assault on Nanking to the brutal and shocking treatment of POWs in their camps. Join BBC as the tell the story of wartime atrocities in Horror in the East.moreless
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    The Final Cut

    The Final Cut

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    The Final Cut is a 1995 BBC television serial, the third and final part of the House of Cards trilogy. Directed by Mike Vardy, the serial, based on Michael Dobbs's 1995 novel of the same name, was adapted for television by Andrew Davies. It details the conclusion of Francis Urquhart's reign as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.moreless
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    He Knew He Was Right

    He Knew He Was Right

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    He Knew He Was Right is a TV adaptation of the eponymous novel by author Anthony Trollope, produced by the BBC. The story revolves primarily around Louis Trevelyan, a wealthy Englishman who falls in love with Emily Rowley, daughter of Mandarin Island's governor Sir Marmaduke Rowley. Impressed with Trevelyan, the Rowley family travels with him to London to see Louis and Emily get married. Their marriage begins pleasantly, as much as one would hope. Soon thereafter they have a baby boy and begin to start a family. Tensions begin to rise, however, as a family friend, Colonel Osborne, begins to visit Emily frequently...too frequently for Louis's liking. In a fit of rage, Louis prohibits Emily to not see Colonel Osborne, setting her off into her own anger at Louis's lack of trust of her. Because of this, they begin to become distant from each other and eventually separate. The TV adaptation of He Knew He Was Right was directed by Tom Vaughan and originally aired in 2004.moreless
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    Crime & Punishment

    Crime & Punishment

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    Crime & Punishment is a 2002 BBC television adaptation of the classic Russian novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, starring John Simm, Ian McDiarmid, Lara Belmont, and Katrin Cartlidge in a story about an unstable young man who must deal the the legal, societal, and psychological repercussions of a double homicide he haphazardly commits during an attempted robbery. Simm plays Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a confused nihilist living in squalor in Saint Petersburg. Raskolnikov has close friends in the city, as well as a family that loves him back home. However, his life and studies, with their many conflicting ideas, have led him to the dangerous fringes of society. He devises a plan to kill and rob an elderly pawn broker who lives above him and becomes convinced that the plan is beyond his control, that his actions are predetermined. The grisly crime doesn't go as planned, and Raskolnikov struggles to maintain his health and sanity as the guilt weighs on him, while at the same time developing the affections of his beautiful friend Sonya (Belmont) and avoiding a cunning detective (McDiarmid).moreless
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    Martin Chuzzlewit

    Martin Chuzzlewit

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    This Emmy-nominated BBC production stays faithful to the Charles Dickens classic, a pointed critique of greed and wealth in Victorian England. Martin Chuzzlewit (Paul Scofield) is a wealthy old man with a vast amount of money to pass on. But with no deserving relatives, to whom will he grant his inheritance? Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) and John Mills (Ghandi) round out the talented ensemble cast.moreless
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    Captain Zep - Space Detective

    Captain Zep - Space Detective

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    Captain Zep - Space Detective is a children's detective series that was split into part quiz and part drama. It's novel idea was to get the audience, which was made up of children, to solve the mysteries. The show also mixed live actors with an animated cast to good effect.moreless
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    Anna Karenina (1977)

    Anna Karenina (1977)

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    Tolstoy's classic novel about a married woman who embarks upon an affair with a dashing nobleman is brought to the small screen as a mini-series by the BBC. Nicola Pagett starred in the title role.moreless
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    Bootleg

    Bootleg

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    Two kids, Smudger & Huntley, are on a mission to save chocolate from being banned in the United Kingdom. They are helped by Mrs. Bubby, a chocolate store owner. So, they decide to make their own chocolate and sell it to people in their town in the UK. This could land them in lots of trouble - fines and jail sentences mostly. Will they get caught? It's thrilling, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment! Produced for the BBC . Awards: In 2003 the show won an ATOM Australian Teachers of Media Award for Best Children's Drama series. Also in 2003 a BAFTA British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Children’s Drama series and in 2004, a TV Week Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program.moreless
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    Catch Hand

    Catch Hand

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    BBC (ended 1964)
    British dramatic series
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