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    The First Lady

    The First Lady

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    BBC (ended 1969)
    British political drama
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    Brett

    Brett

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    BBC (ended 1971)
    British dramatic series
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    Plotlands

    Plotlands

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    BBC (ended 1997)
    Sold a small plot of land for a tiny outlay, Cockney widow Chloe Marsh and her two daughters flee the slums of post-war London for a better life in the country. But rural life in 1922 is hard. Chloe and her fellow pioneers have no mains water, no gas, no electricity and no jobs. Forced to live in tents until they can afford a shack, they carve a community out of the hostile countryside.moreless
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    The Witch's Daughter

    The Witch's Daughter

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    BBC (ended 1971)
    A story set on a Scottish Island about Perdita, the witch's daughter, blind Janey and her brother, Tim, and a gang of dangerous thieves.
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    Champion House

    Champion House

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    BBC (ended 1968)
    British dramatic series.
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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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    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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    Shakespeare Retold

    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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    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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    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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    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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    Tom Jones

    Tom Jones

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    In this BBC adaptation of Henry Fielding's masterpiece, Tom Jones (Max Beesley), a young man of questionable birth, is raised as the son of a member of the minor gentry, only to fall prey to the cruelties of his malicious cousin and the wiles of the neighboring heiress. One of literature's beloved heroes comes alive in a glorious romp across 18th-century England, from the bedrooms of rural inns to London's dangerous streets.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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    Days Like This

    Days Like This

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    Days Like This is a series of animated shorts based off of BBC Radio Ulster's show of the same name.
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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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    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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    Byron

    Byron

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    Byron is a BBC biography chronicling the life of Lord Byron (Jonny Lee Miller), the British poet and legendary iconoclast from the early 19th century. The production takes up Byron's life from 1811, shortly before the publication of his narrative poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" in 1812, which made him famous. Following his meteoric rise to fame, Byron became the toast of London society and he played the part of restless romantic artist to the hilt. He is portrayed as both self-indulgent in drink and romantic pursuits as well as devoted passionately to political causes. His defense in the House of Lords of the Luddites, the textile laborers who protested against the use of mechanized looms, is seen as symbolic of his devotion to lost causes. His scandalous personal life, including affairs with his half-sister, Augusta Leigh (Natasha Little), and the equally infamous Lady Caroline Lamb (Camilla Power) was the tabloid fodder of its day. While Byron's poetry is given less attention than some of the other aspects of his short life in this teleplay, Byron is a worthy biography to the complex man himself.moreless
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    Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice

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    Pride and Prejudice is a 1980 mini series on BBC based on Jane Austen's novel of the same name, originally published in 1813. While the arrival of wealthy gentleman sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits
    with haughty Mr. Darcymoreless
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    What Remains

    What Remains

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    David Threlfall stars as Detective Len Harper who is called in to investigate the death of Melissa Young when her decomposed body is found in her flat. As his investigations continue, Len discovers each of the other tenants in the building is hiding their own secrets.moreless
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