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    Mistresses

    Mistresses

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    BBC 1 presents a part-drama, part-thriller that focuses on the lives of four 30-something women and their relationships.
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    Merlin

    Merlin

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    BBC (ended 2012)
    This BBC series shows the dramatic outcomes of living in a land of myth and a time of magic, putting a new spin on the story of the famous sorcerer Merlin (Colin Morgan). Set in the Kingdom of Camelot, the story follows young Merlin's dangerous journey as he, a young prince Arthur (Bradley James) and other characters come face to face with legendary and fantastical foes and forces. Merlin originally aired on BBC-1.moreless
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    Silent Witness

    Silent Witness

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    Welcome to the Silent Witness guide at TV.com. Silent Witness is a forensic thriller series, which was first broadcast in 1996, created by ex-police officer Nigel McCrery. The programme originally followed the activities of pathologist Dr Sam Ryan (who was later promoted to professor), played by Amanda Burton. However, Ryan's character departed early in the eighth series in 2004. During the sixth series in 2002, Dr Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) and Dr Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward) had joined the team, and now remained in the series and continued as lead characters following Ryan's departure, with Dalton replacing her as professor. Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) joined the team shortly after Ryan's departure. Orginally set in Cambridge, the main action of the series was then relocated to London. The programme is typically made up of a series of two-part stories, usually with six to eight episodes per series. The tenth series saw the number of stories go up to five. Creator Nigel McCrery has also published five novels based on the series.moreless
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    EastEnders

    EastEnders

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    EastEnders began in 1985 as a rival for ITV's Coronation Street. It focuses on the lives of the inhabitants of Albert Square in the rough EastEnd of London. For the past 25 years, EastEnders has entertained audiences with dramatic storylines focusing on real life situations.moreless
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    Doctor Who (1963)

    Doctor Who (1963)

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    "My name is William Hartnell, and as Doctor Who, I make my debut on Saturday 23rd November at 5.15." Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction TV series in history, airing initially from 1963 to 1989. The series told the story of the Doctor, a mysterious traveller in space and time, whose TARDIS can take him and his companions anywhere in time and space. Inevitably he finds evil at work wherever he goes… The series was postponed indefintely in 1989, but fans of the series would not allow it to die, and a whole cottage industry was created around original novels and audio-only productions. There was an abortive attempt to renew the franchise as a series of telemovies in the U.S., but ratings for the pilot were judged insufficient. In 2003, the BBC announced that, at long last, it would commission a revival of Doctor Who. The series, initially starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, was launched in 2005. You can read about the new series here. Traditionally listed by production, the data on this site has now been amended to TV.com standards and lists each of the 697 broadcast episodes from the original series. I hope that you find the site useful, and that it might act as a springboard to the wider world of Doctor Who appreciation. TheOldBillmoreless
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    Waking the Dead

    Waking the Dead

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    Welcome to Waking the Dead at TV.com. Led by Detective Superintendent Peter Boyd (Trevor Eve) the Cold Case Squad investigates serious crimes which have gone unsolved. Armed with the latest technological advances and old fashioned hard work, Psychological Profiler Grace Foley (Sue Johnston), Forensic Pathologist Frankie Wharton (Holly Aird), Detective Constable Mel Silver (Claire Goose) and Detective Sergeant Spencer Jordan (Wil Johnson) wake the dead for clues and answers. moreless
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    Spooks

    Spooks

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    Welcome to the Spooks guide at TV.com.

    Take a trip into the world of deception and espionage that is MI5. Spooks… They do not exist, you will never know their names, and they are all that stand between you and those who would do your country harm.

    The show aired as MI-5 on BBC America.moreless
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    Doctors

    Doctors

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    The award winning BBC soap Doctors follows the day to day events at a busy medical practice based at The Mill Health Centre in the Midlands. The dedicated staff constantly face medical and moral dilemmas, as well as struggles with their turbulent personal lives. Each episode features numerous guest and recurring stars as we follow a different storyline within each show. It currently airs Monday to Friday on BBC One at 1.45pm. The show began airing on BBC One on March 26th 2000 and recently celebrated it's ten year anniversary with a series of short 5 minute episodes, following on from the main show between Monday March 22nd and Friday March 26th.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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    Last of the Summer Wine

    Last of the Summer Wine

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    The longest running comedy series in the world started out, as many British comedy successes did, with a 1973 episode of the BBC series "Comedy Playhouse". The basis was simple but complex at the same time, telling the stories of three old men, who in all essence couldn't be more young at heart. The original trio consisted of Bill Owen, as Compo Simmonite, the scruffiest man in Yorkshire, with only two passions in life: his ferrets and Nora Batty (Kathy Staff). The second man of the group, Norman Clegg, played by Peter Sallis, was from the beginning shown as the most timid of the group, and also the one who gets carried away by the crazy ideas and schemes of his companions, which always seem to get him in trouble. Initially the third man of the group was Blamire, played by Michael Bates, but he was soon replaced by Foggy Dewhurst (Brian Wilde) who always seems to have a scheme or a story that somehow leads to his old days as a war hero... or so he says. In 1986 Brian Wilde left the series, to start filming his new sitcom, which proved to be a wrong move, as the show hadn't the success needed to sustain even a second series. during his 4 year absence from last of the summer wine Michael Aldridge played Seymour, the new third man of the trio, until 1990. Brian Wilde returned to do the next seven years of the show. When Brian Wilde left the series for the second time in 1997 Frank Thornton replaced him as the new third man on the trio as Truly Truelove of the Yard, an ex-police officer who's always remembering his past, both in the police force and in his former marriage to the former Mrs Truelove. When Bill Owen passed away, his son Tom joined the series, replacing him for the rest of the season as Compo's long lost son, Tom. Compo's permanent replacement would come the next year when Keith Clifford joined the cast as Billy Hardcastle, a man who fancies himself the descendant of Robin Hood. In 2003, the traditional trio became a quartet with the addition of Brian Murphy as Alvin Smedley, Nora Batty's new next door neigbour. With the addition of Alvin, an element of physical humour missing since Compo's death returned to the series. The quartet once again became a trio when Keith Clifford left the series in 2006. In 2009, the series was once again redesigned to allow Sallis and Thornton a reduced role on the series. A new third man was introduced in the form of Hobbo Hobdyke (Russ Abbott), a former milkman who fancies himself a former MI-5 agent. By combining Hobbo with Alvin and the electrical repairman, Entwistle (Burt Kwouk), a new trio was formed, proving once again the ability of the show to redesign itself over time. The main cast has always been surrounded by some amazing supporting cast throughout the run of the series, who helped to mantain the series as fresh today as it was when it premiered on 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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    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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    This is Your Life (UK)

    This is Your Life (UK)

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    Each week, a celebrity guest of honour is surprised and presented with a 'Red Book' by the show host. The host conducts a biography of the guest with the help of family members, friends, and acquaintances.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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    Bargain Hunt

    Bargain Hunt

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    Bargain Hunt is a game show that gives two teams of amateur antiques collectors £500 on the prime time show and £200 on the day time show and just one hour to go out into an antiques fair and find themselves a bargain. In about a week's time the items they've bought will go into a real life auction to be sold hopefully for a profit. The team who makes the most profit is the winner. But any profit the teams make is theirs to keep. Bargain Hunt achieved the highest viewing figures for BBC daytime television, netting around 2 million viewers every day. It picked up the National Television Award for Most Popular Daytime Show in 2002. The first series aired in Spring 2000. All series have received many repeat showings on BBC1, BBC2, and UK Style. Special hour long live editions have been a huge success with audiences too.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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    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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    The Vicar of Dibley

    The Vicar of Dibley

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    The Vicar of Dibley begins after the old Vicar Pottle dies, Dibley needs a suitable replacement for him. It would be assumed that they'd find a young interesting man but instead they get Geraldine Granger (Dawn French). She's not exactly the kind of person you'd expect for that sort of position, with her jokes and honest, yet sweet attitude. She quickly became popular with the people in Dibley, because of her enthusiasm and caring personality. Each episode uses the clashing of personalities, to bring great comedy. A lot of plots revolve around Geraldine and Alice Tinker (Emma Chambers) who is the Verger, and a good friend to Geraldine despite her complete lack of common sense. Other important characters include David Horton (Gary Waldhorn) the local councillor, who is amazingly full of himself, Hugo Horton (James Fleet) David's withdrawn son who is later married to Alice, Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock) who struggles to get out a full sentence, Owen Newitt (Roger Lloyd Pack) a farmer who likes his animals alot, Letitia Cropley (Liz Smith) was an important character who's recipes would never be forgotten, however the character passed away in the Easter Special in 1996.moreless
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    Antiques Roadshow (UK)

    Antiques Roadshow (UK)

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    A group of experts go all throughout Great Britain appraising antiques for people who bought them at auctions or sales.
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    The Graham Norton Show

    The Graham Norton Show

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    Graham Norton presents a show focusing on the people, trends, stories and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him most, featuring trademark Norton comedy monologues and celebrity chat. Each week celebrity guests join the camp comedian to discuss their latest projects and the celebrity gossip hitting the news stands during the week. Graham is often joined by a band or artist to play the show out with.moreless
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