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    The Chronicles of Narnia (UK)

    The Chronicles of Narnia (UK)

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    BBC (ended 1990)
    The BBC brings to the small screen a magical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis seven-volume series “The Chronicles of Narnia”. The series covers the first four books over the course of three seasons with 18 thirty minute episodes. Season one brings “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” to life in a six episode installment. Season 2 covers “Prince Caspian” over the course two episodes, and then “The Voyage of The Dawn Trader” in 4 more episodes. The third season consists of a six-part adaptation of “The Silver Chair”. The BBC rendition of “The Chronicles of Narnia” first aired in 1988 and ended in 1990.moreless
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    The Lakes

    The Lakes

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    BBC (ended 1999)
    The Lakes is a BBC drama created by Jimmy McGovern, an English writer who become famous for Cracker. Danny Kavanagh, played by John Simm, leaves Liverpool and starts a new life in the Lake District where he meets the local girl Emma. The first season is mainly about him, who is torn between his obsessions for gambling and sex and his will to assimilate. Things become way more difficult when a tragic accident overshadows the seemingly ideal world. The second season takes a broader perspective on the community and was criticized for not keeping the high standards of the first season. There are multiple story arcs where adultery, revenge, and wounded pride take their toll. The series starts with a 90 minutes pilot and the remaining first season episodes have a duration of 50 minutes each. In the second season the episodes have a length of 40 minutes. The Lakes is largely based on McGovern's own experiences. He also moved from Liverpool to the Lake district where he had a low paid job in a hotel and struggled with early fatherhood and gambling problems.moreless
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    All Creatures Great and Small

    All Creatures Great and Small

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    BBC (ended 1990)
    This is a British comedy / drama that revolves around a veterinary practice owned by two brothers. A third vet comes to the practice and frequently finds himself caught up in the feuds between the brothers.moreless
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    Ground Force

    Ground Force

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    BBC (ended 2005)
    Ground Force have just two days and £1000 to transform a disused or dull garden into a space for enjoyment for the homeowners, often the Ground Force were invited to one half of a couple, or a member of the family. Specials have seen the team fly off to Africa, mainland Europe and America.moreless
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    Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

    Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

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    BBC (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the Hetty Wainthropp Investigates guide at TV.com.

    Armed with little more than her pocketbook and her prodigious common sense, the Lancashire housewife-turned-gumshoe has proved that she can easily match wits with the best of them - even if she has to take the bus to get to the scene of the crime. With her teenage sidekick, Geoffrey, and her doting hubby, Robert, how can she go wrong?

    The series is based on characters from the David Cook novel, Missing Persons. That was adapted as a two-hour special by Yorkshire Television in 1990, but ITV decided not to pick up a series. Six years later, the BBC bought the TV rights to Cook's novel, and Hetty Wainthropp Investigates was born.moreless
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    Goodnight Sweetheart

    Goodnight Sweetheart

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    BBC (ended 1999)
    Gary Sparrow is just an ordinary bloke; almost a devoted and attentive husband, a sometimes loyal and dependable best friend and a very bored and uninspired TV repairman. Then he accidentally discovers a time portal to the 1940s which changes and complicates his life - in both decades.moreless
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    Armstrong and Miller

    Armstrong and Miller

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    British sketch comedy show featuring Alexander Armstrong (Life Begins) and Ben Miller (Worst Week of My Life, Primeval). Aired for 4 series on Channel 4 until 2001 and returned as The Armstrong and Miller Show on BBC1 in 2007.moreless
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    Chef!

    Chef!

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    BBC (ended 1996)
    Gareth Blackstock (Lenny Henry) is a master chef with an obsessive drive for culinary perfection, with no friends or outside interests other than his wife Janice, (Caroline Lee-Johnson) and remarkable verbal talents used primarily to creatively abuse his unfortunate staff of assistant cooks, although he is perfectly prepared to give the same treatment to waiters, management, suppliers, bankers, and, occasionally, customers.moreless
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    Grace & Favour

    Grace & Favour

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    BBC (ended 1993)
    This show is a follow up of Are You Being Served?. Seven years after the original series, five main characters return in this sequel.

    Young Mr. Grace has died whilst scuba-diving in the Carribean, and leaves the remaining staff at his store the manorhouse 'Millstone Manor'.

    They decided to open it as a hotel, but they must first get it up and running, with comic results! Also known under the title of Are You Being Served? Again! in the United States and Canada.moreless
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    Crimewatch UK

    Crimewatch UK

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    Crimewatch UK is a BBC television appeal programme that helps police all over the UK solve cases with calls from viewers. The programme features various appeal request methods such as CCTV footage and reconstructions. In the 26 years, Crimewatch UK has been airing it has featured over 2500 cases and as a result of viewers calls providing information many arrests/convictions have been made. Nick Ross and Sue Cook originally presented the show, which began airing weekly in 1984. The pair continued presenting until 1995, when Sue left, replaced by Jill Dando. Jill herself became subject of the show, after been murdered in 1999. From here onwards, Fiona Bruce presented alongside Nick. In 2007 both Nick and Fiona left the show. From January 2008, the show began airing with a new look, presented by newsreader Kirsty Young, with Rav Wilding hosting segments of the show, as he has done since 2004, and the addition of a co-presenter in the form of Matthew Amroliwala. The show currently airs two episodes in the last week of each month, the first features the months cases and airs between 9pm and 10pm on BBC One. The second airs after the local news between 10.35pm and 10.45pm, and features updates on the cases featured in the earlier show.moreless
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    The Generation Game

    The Generation Game

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    BBC (ended 2002)
    British game show
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    Live and Kicking

    Live and Kicking

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    Live & Kicking was the fourth magazine programme to accommodate the live Saturday morning CBBC slot. The original presenters of the show were Andi Peters, Emma Forbes and John Barrowman. After series one, John took on a recurring role hosting the Electric Circus segment of the show. Andi & Emma continued presenting for the next two series, they were then followed by Jamie Theakston and Zoë Ball who hosted for the next three series, then Steve Wilson and Emma Ledden who hosted series 7 finally, Katy Hill, Ortis Deley, Sarah Cawood and Trey Farley. Katy Hill left the show, to be replaced by Heather Suttie. During it's run the programme had two spin-offs, L&K Friday with lasted for two series, with ran alongside series five and six of the show with the same presenters, except for series two, Emma Ledden couldn't present on Fridays so Liz Fraser took on the role. Alongside the last series of the show, a spin-off of the reality show Castaway merged with L&K to create a gameshow called L&K Castaway, the premise of the show was two teams of contestants joining hosts Tammy Huff and Toby Waterman to compete against one another, this series was narrated by Heather Suttie, unlike other Live & Kicking shows which was narrated by Mitch Johnson. The seventh series of the show saw the ratings drop, on July 4th 2000 it was announced that both Steve Wilson and Emma Ledden had left the show. After a major facelift, and the decision of returning with four new presenters, the show returned in September 2000. Then in an announcement on March 20th 2001 it was revealed that the eighth series was to be the last. The show was relocated to the BBC's Glasgow studios on April 21st 2001.moreless
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    Pie in the Sky

    Pie in the Sky

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    BBC (ended 1997)
    Welcome to the Pie in the Sky guide at TV.com.

    Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe dreams of running his own restaurant, but his superiors are reluctant to allow him to retire. When he is shot on duty, he decides to leave and open his own restaurant – The Pie in the Sky – but the Assistant Chief Constable keeps calling him back to duty.moreless
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    Berkeley Square

    Berkeley Square

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    BBC (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the TV.Com Guide for Berkeley Square. Berkeley Square is a British television miniseries that follows the lives and loves of Matty Wickham, Hannah Randall and Lydia Weston. These three young women from different backgrounds are hired as nannies for upscale Berkeley Square households in London. Set in London in 1902, we peer into the lives of upstairs Lords and Ladies and below stairs butlers and nannies.moreless
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    David Copperfield

    David Copperfield

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    BBC (ended 1999)
    David Copperfield is born shortly after the death of his father. Great aunt Betsey arrives for the event, eagerly anticipating a girl. Thwarted in her wishes, she leaves in disgust, never to return.

    Young David has a happy childhood, with a memorable visit to his nanny Peggotty's relatives, who live in a ship house on the coast. On his return, he finds his mother has married Mr. Murdstone, a paranoid disciplinarian. When David bites Murdstone during a beating, the boy is sent to a boarding school run by the severe Mr. Creakle.

    There, he falls under the protection of Steerforth, an older student. The school is the least of Murdstone's torments, for when David's mother dies the stepfather sends him to work at a sweatshop in London.

    Again, David finds a patron -- this time Mr. Micawber, a profligate family man with whom he lodges. But Micawber is soon sent to debtor's prison, and David is homeless.

    Destitute, he walks to Dover where he has heard his Aunt Betsey lives. She offers him a nurturing home, shared with her lunatic lodger, Mr. Dick. The first part closes as David matures into a young man with bright prospects before him.

    The plot thickens. David is residing with Aunt Betsey's lawyer, Mr. Wickfield and his daughter, Agnes. Wickfield's obsequious clerk, Uriah Heep, lurks malevolently on the margins.

    Meanwhile, David is apprenticed to another lawyer, Mr. Spenlow, who has a charming if flighty daughter, Dora.

    Oblivious to the charms of Agnes, whom he treats as a sister, David falls in love with Dora and begins courting her, although her father disapproves. Unbeknownst to all, Heep has his eye on Agnes and on Wickfield's business.

    By chance, David encounters his old schoolboy hero, Steerforth. Together they set forth to visit the ship house, where reside: David's old nanny, Peggotty; her taciturn husband, Barkis; Peggotty's fisherman brother, Daniel; his nephew, Ham; and Ham's cousin and fiancée, Little Em'ly.

    Secretly enamored with Em'ly, the unscrupulous Steerforth convinces her to run away with him. Daniel sets out in hot pursuit, following them through many countries.

    More villainy unfolds as Heep ruins not only Wickfield but also Aunt Betsey, who with Mr. Dick comes to live with David. Meanwhile, Micawber has reentered the picture as Heep's reluctant clerk.

    Spenlow expires, leaving Dora penniless and hence a fitting match for the equally destitute David. They marry and David pursues his new career as an author, but Dora, too, soon dies.

    All is not lost, for Micawber exposes Heep's financial fraud, restoring Aunt Betsey's wealth. And Daniel finally tracks down Em'ly, who has been abandoned to an appalling life by Steerforth.

    Just as David arrives at the ship house with news of Em'ly's rescue, Ham dies in a storm while trying to rescue a drowning man, who turns out to be Steerforth.

    Dickens ties up loose ends by seeing that David and Agnes are married; that the Micawbers, Daniel, and Em'ly start a new life in Australia; and that Aunt Betsey finally gets a niece.
    (Thank you, PBS)moreless
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    Children in Need

    Children in Need

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    Children In Need is, in itself, a charity which raises money for unfortunate children in the UK.

    Although the show as we know it today didn't begin airing until November 1980. Various radio appeals on behalf of the charity had aired since 1927 and then 'The Childrens Hour Christmas Appeal' aired, on Christmas Day in 1955, starting off the Children In Need Television campaigns, in between then and 1979, many famous faces of the time took to raising money for the charity, by hosting short 5 minute appeals, called 'Children In Need of Care'. Terry Wogan who has presented all of the telethons since they started in 1980, began with 2 of these appeals in 1978 and 1979.

    Since November 1980, the BBC has broadcast the show as a telethon. The show was hosted by Terry Wogan, Esther Rantzen and Sue Lawley and unlike todays shows, were the shows are in 2 parts with a break for the news in between, was split into 6 parts around the schedule on the night.

    The shows star an amalgamation of hundreds of TV Stars, Celebrities, Comedians and Musicians work, as they all pull together to entertain the British public, making sure that the message of why they're doing it is regularily emphasised.

    Regular film inserts are featured showing stories from various needy children and how the viewers pledges can help them, alongside Celebrity supporters.

    The show like the BBC's other fundraising telethon Comic Relief is often helped by many shows from ITV & Channel 4, over the years. The casts of Emmerdale, Coronation Street, How Clean Is Your House?, Birds of a Feather and EastEnders have all contributed with special mini-episodes featured within the main show, over the years.

    The mascot of Children in Need Pudsey Bear first appeared in 1985 and he got his registered charity status in 1989.moreless
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    Dangerfield

    Dangerfield

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    BBC (ended 1999)
    Welcome to the Dangerfield guide at TV.com.

    Set in the beautiful rural towns of Warwick and Leamington Spa, the show followed police surgeon Dr Paul Dangerfield, now relocated from London to Warwickshire following the tragic death of his wife Celia in a car crash. A single parent to teenagers Alison and Marty, Dangerfield first worked under the watchful eye of Birmingham-born DI Ken Jackson, but later years was presented with other police bosses including DS Helen Diamond and DI Frank Dagley.

    It wasn't all gloom and doom for widower Dangerfield, however, as he did find time, after a suitable mourning period, to briefly romance feisty barrister Kate Durrani and on a longer-term basis, his medical colleague Dr Joanna Stevens. Following his daughter Al's marriage, Dangerfield decided to leave Warwickshire at the end of the fourth series and was replaced by his GP friend Dr Jonathan Paige whose police boss was the attractive DI Gillian Cramer.moreless
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    Vets in Practice

    Vets in Practice

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    BBC (ended 2002)
    Vets in Practice, first broadcast on BBC One between August 1, 1997, and December 1, 2002, was the follow up to Vet's School, a show which followed a group of final year veterinary students at the University of Bristol Vet School. Vets in Practice showed the newly qualified vets at work. Glamorous Norwegian Trude Mostue and Maria Lowe fulfilled their ambition of opening their own practice, Sally Kingsley moved to the south of England to become an equine specialist, and romance blossomed between vets Emma Milne and Joe Inglis, culminating in a televised wedding. Mike Sandiford has moved to Botswana to become resident vet at an animal orphanage. Steve Leonard works at a veterinary practice in Lancaster. Each episode shows the vets dealing with sick and injured animals, wrestling with cattle and other farm animals, in addition to trying to sort out their own lives. Fans of Vet's School and animal programmes will enjoy Vets in Practice. moreless
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    Question Time

    Question Time

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    A British weekly debate show in which a panel answer topical question submitted by, and in front of, a studio audience. Broadcast from different locations around the UK, the panel usually contains at least 3 current or former politicians, with others selected from the world of industry, media and entertainment. Although, not broadcast live, it is filmed in one take, as if live and then shown 2 hours later in full. David Dimbleby is the current host of the programme; his predecessors are Sir Robin Day and Peter Sissons.moreless
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    Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook

    Celebrity Ready, Steady, Cook

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    BBC (ended 2000)
    A British cooking show where celebrities guest star and help chefs to cook meals, a winner is chosen by the audience and the winning celebrity choose a charity to give their prize too.moreless
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