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    Sherlock

    Sherlock

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    This three-part series retells the tale of England's most celebrated detective but in a modern-day setting, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman taking the leads as Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson respectively.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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    Spooks

    Spooks

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    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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    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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    Death in Paradise

    Death in Paradise

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    BBC (Returning January, 2017)
    A BBC light-hearted drama series about an English Detective Inspector who is forced to transfer to the small Caribbean island of Saint-Marie; unfortunately, he hates sun, sea and sand.
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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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    Shaun the Sheep

    Shaun the Sheep

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    Aardman Animations creates a series focusing on the breakout star of Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave: Shaun the Sheep. In this series, Shaun has many adventures the rest of his flock, the farm dog and other barnyard animals.moreless
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    New Tricks

    New Tricks

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    BBC (ended 2015)
    New Tricks is a BBC television drama series which follows the work of the Metropolitan Police Service's Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS). Led initially by Det Supt Sandra Pullman, it is a specialist unit staffed by retired police officers who have been recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes.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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    Holby City

    Holby City

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    This series is a spin-off from the long running BBC medical drama Casualty. Set in the same hospital as its sister series, this show follows the everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of Holby City General Hospital.moreless
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    Waking the Dead

    Waking the Dead

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    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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    Atlantis

    Atlantis

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    BBC (ended 2015)
    More than two millennia ago, Plato wrote about the legendary island of Atlantis, its rise and downfall. This show, produced by BBC and the same team who worked on another hit, Merlin, mixes fantasy and adventure. It follows the young Greek hero Jason as he arrives on the mysterious island of Atlantis. There, he encounters new friends and foes, magic and monsters.


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    Being Human (UK)

    Being Human (UK)

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    Life among the living is tough. Meet Mitchell, a 120-year-old vampire, George, a highly intelligent werewolf, and Annie an agoraphobic ghost who died under mysterious circumstances, whom all live together with just the slight bit of hope that they can fit into the community and smile at the thought of being human. But they soon discover that being human is not as easy as they hoped.moreless
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    Luther

    Luther

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    Luther is a psychological crime thriller featuring DCI John Luther, a brilliant detective whose passionate involvement in his work threatens to derail his personal life. Unlike most other dramas, each episode of this crime thriller opens by revealing a killer's identity. The murder is then investigated and the relationship between hunter and victim is explored. Luther was created by writer Neil Cross, and is a BBC Drama Production for BBC One. The show was broadcast on BBC America in the U.S.moreless
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    Outnumbered

    Outnumbered

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    BBC (ended 2014)
    BBC's family comedy following a beleaguered mother and father of three.
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    Silk

    Silk

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    BBC (ended 2014)
    From the creator of Criminal Justice comes a legal drama focussing on the barristers of Shoe Lane Chambers.  It stars Rupert Penry-Jones and Maxine Peake.
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    Lark Rise To Candleford

    Lark Rise To Candleford

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    This adaptation of Flora Thompson's memoirs is set in a late 19th century village known as Lark Rise and depicts the magical adventures of the writer's Oxfordshire childhood.
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    Tracy Beaker Returns

    Tracy Beaker Returns

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    BBC (ended 2012)
    Tracy Beaker (still played by Dani Harmer) is all-grown up and working as a care assistant at The Dumping Ground. The show is a spin-off of the children show Tracy Beaker, based on the books by Jacqueline Wilson.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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    Top of the Pops (UK)

    Top of the Pops (UK)

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    "It's still number one, it's Top of the Pops!"

    On Wednesday 1st January 1964 at 6.35pm, the BBC Television service (now BBC One) broadcast the first episode of Top of the Pops live from a disused church in Manchester. The show was only supposed to last a few episodes. Instead it exceeded all expectations, revolutionised music fans lives and become the longest running music show in the world.

    The original format of the show was of live preformances from the music artists headlining the charts of that week. The show always ended with a performance of the number one song. When artists were unavailable, dancing troupes were seen performing routines to the songs.

    40+ years on, after several image changes the show still follows a similar format, with the exception of the dancing troupes which have long since been made obsolete by the ability to pre-record artist performances and also the invention of promotional videos. In its final year the show also began to focus more on performances of upcoming releases rather than what was currently in the charts, reducing the amount of 'repeat performances'. Regardless, the show always ended with the 'number one' song.

    The show is currently being rested following low ratings with the Christmas specials remaining intact. Speculation was rife at the time of its weekly show axing that the show may, at some stage, return.

    Spinoffs

    As well as rival shows appearing over time, there have been many spin-offs from the show itself..

    Top of the Pops 2 Top of the Pops 2, had the voice talents of Radio DJ, Steve Wright, classic archive performances would be shown. Sometimes artists would film special clips to be shown throughout the 45 minute programme. Now that Top of the Pops has moved to Sundays on BBC 2, Top of the Pops 2's idea of archive performances has been mixed in with live new performances.

    Top of the Pops Plus Commencing October 2000 and running for two years, Top of the Pops Plus aimed to be interactive, letting viewers of the show on BBC TWO and UKPlay, to choose the playlist and vote for their favourite artists.

    Top of the Pops Saturday (click here for the guide) Originally airing as part of CBBC's The Saturday Show, Simon Grant & Fearne Cotton presented the 45 minute competition to ITV's CD:UK.

    Top of the Pops Reloaded Commencing Saturday 10th September 2005, a new look Saturday morning version of Top of the Pops featuring artist interviews, live perfomances and a behind the scenes look at the filming of the previous weeks Top of the Pops. In March 2006, Reloaded ended after a run of 28 weeks.

    The BBC has also licenced the name and branding of Top of the Pops to many different countries including USA, Germany, France and The Netherlands and offers the show as a package deal to any other countries interested in having their own slice of Top of the Pops.moreless
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