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    The White Queen

    The White Queen

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    In 1464, the War of the Roses between the Houses of York and Lancaster is in its ninth year. Although the sly Earl of Warwick has succeeded in having the easily-controlled Edward IV of York crowned, all his work could be undone when the new monarch falls in love with Elizabeth Woodville, a commoner. This BBC adaptation of Philippa Gregory's series, The Cousin’s War, follows the women caught up in the battle to be the rightful king of England. This show was commissioned by the BBC and aired in the UK first. However, an 'uncut' version of the show was later shown by Starz in the US.moreless
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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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    Inspector George Gently

    Inspector George Gently

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    Welcome to the Inspector George Gently guide at TV.com. Chief Inspector George Gently of Scotland Yard is an old-fashioned policeman who has gained respect but few friends through his single-minded pursuit of law-breakers and his disgust with the corruption in the police force. Gently decides to retire after the murder of his wife, but not before solving one final case. Relocating to Northumberland, where he is aided by the ambitious young Det Sgt John Bacchus, Gently deploys a combination of reason, deduction and a somewhat jaded understanding of man's nature to get his man. Inspector George Gently is adapted from the Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter, but relocates him from Norfolk to Northumberland. The 46 novels, published between 1955 and 1999, were contemporary, but the show is set firmly in the 1960s. The first season was broadcast under the George Gently banner. Inspector George Gently is a Company Pictures production for the BBC.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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    The Sarah Jane Adventures

    The Sarah Jane Adventures

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    "I saw amazing things, out there in space. But there is strangeness to be found wherever you turn. Life on Earth can be an adventure too... you just need to know where to look!" The Sarah Jane Adventures features the previous companion of the Third and Fourth incarnation of the Doctor from the original series of Doctor Who, Ms. Sarah Jane Smith! Elisabeth Sladen reprises her role once again and is back in action, discovering alien plots to take over the world, or simply helping a lost one get home... Sarah Jane and her new friend Maria Jackson, and her newly (and genetically grown) adopted son Luke Smith have no problem taking on any challenge!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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    Jonathan Creek

    Jonathan Creek

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    Welcome to the Jonathan Creek guide at TV.com. While writing a piece about the death of a prominent artist, investigative journalist Madeline Magellan enlisted the help of Jonathan Creek, a man who makes a living inventing tricks for magician Adam Klaus, and who has a brilliantly lateral mind. The pair worked together to solve the case and struck up a friendship as they went on to solve a series of baffling murders. When Maddy became a successful writer, Creek enlisted the support of theatrical agent Carla Borrego as he carried on his freelance investigations. Carla got married to get Jonathan out of her system, but he soon crossed paths with paranormal investigator Joey Ross.moreless
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    Not Going Out

    Not Going Out

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    After Kate moved out (back to the US? never really explained) Lee is faced with losing the flat and his rather inadequate cleaner Barbara (thankfully she disappears in series 4). Lee rents the spare room to Tim's younger sister, Lucy. Of course this doesn't work out. Tim obviously becomes suspicious of Lee's influence on sister, in the same way as he as with Kate (his ex-girlfriend, in season 1. Series 1 was very different. Things used to be great between Lee and Kate, two flatmates who counted Tim as their best friend and boyfriend respectively. But ever since Tim and Kate broke up, things are more complicated. Tim can't get over the break-up, and how is he supposed to handle the deepening friendship between Lee and Kate?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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    Pointless

    Pointless

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    Alexander Armstrong presents Pointless, a game show where, unlike the others, it is the lowest scoring teams who proceed into the subsequent rounds. Before an episodes is recorded 100 people are given questions which can have multiple answers (e.g: Name countries beginning with D), then the contestants answer and the points they receive is equal to how many of the 100 said it. So they need an aswer that few of the 100 gave, if none of the 100 said it the contestant gets 0 points (aka 'Pointless'). It was played by five teams of two in the first season and then four teams of two from the second season onwards. It originally aired on BBC-2 up to episode 135 and then BBC-1 from episode 136.

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    • Pointless: The Board Game
    • Pointless: The Travel Game
    • The 100 Most Pointless Things in the World (book)
    • The 100 Most Pointless Arguments in the World (book)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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    Absolutely Fabulous

    Absolutely Fabulous

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    Sin Is In! This hit British comedy series began 1992 and remains one of the BBC's highest rated and most popular shows. Absolutely Fabulous follows the lives of three (and later four) generations of the Monsoon family and the people around them. It began as a short French & Saunders sketch with Jennifer Saunders in her familiar role as Edina and Dawn French playing her daughter. A pilot for the series was filmed with the comediennes in those respective roles but Julia Sawalha was cast to replace French. Add a dash of actress Joanna Lumley and the immensly popular and entertaining series was born. Wheel's on fire, Rolling down the road! Best notify my next of kin, This wheel shall explode!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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    Would I Lie to You?

    Would I Lie to You?

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    Fact or fiction? Find out when two comedy teams go head to head; revealing unbelievably funny and embarrassing personal stories. The burden to uncover the truth falls upon a panel of comedians, actors, presenters and other personalities. Hosted by Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, The Keith Barrett Show) and featuring David Mitchell (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) and Lee Mack (Not Going Out, The Sketch Show) as team captains, this BBC One comedy panel show features four celebrity guests each episode. The show was originally hosted by Angus Deayton (Have I Got News for You, Nighty Night).

    Produced by Zeppotron, a division of Endemol UK, series one was recorded at Fountain Studios in Wembley, London between 5th March and 4th April 2007 in front of a live audience. The second series premired on Friday 11 July 2008, at the new time of 9:00pm. The 3rd series premiered with, Rob Brydon taking over from, Angus Deayton Monday 10th August 2009 in the new time slot of 10.35pmmoreless
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    Outcasts

    Outcasts

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    Created by one of the writers on Spooks, Outcasts is a new sci-fi drama set in 2040. With Earth doomed, a group of pioneers has settled on a new, life-sustaining planet. The settlers plan to create a better world, but bring their human frailties with them. The show was filmed in South Africa, and is a Kudos Film and Television production for BBC Wales and BBC America, co-produced by Film Afrika/ApolloMovie Beteiligungs.moreless
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    Mayday

    Mayday

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    A 14-year-old girl goes missing ahead of her central role in the local Mayday pageant, and residents of the local community start to wonder which one of them might be responsible for her abduction. Some townsfolk must face the question of what to do when you suspect a loved one of an unspeakable crime?moreless
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    Let's Dance for Sport Relief

    Let's Dance for Sport Relief

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    A new format came about to raise money for Comic Relief in 2008. A celebrity dance show, presented by Steve Jones and Claudia Winkleman, promised unforgettable performances from a host of celebrities who trained and perfected some iconic routines from films such as Grease and Dirty Dancing. The show proved so popular it returned for the Sport Relief event in 2010.moreless
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    WPC 56

    WPC 56

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    In WPC 56, Gina Dawson takes up duty as the very first woman police constable to serve at Brinford Police Station. Gina feels the strain of proving her mettle in a male-dominated environment. WPC 56 is a BBC Birmingham production for Daytime Television.moreless
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    Blue Peter

    Blue Peter

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    Blue Peter is the longest running British childrens television show, celebrating it's fiftieth birthday in October 2008. The show airs as part of the CBBC strand of programming on BBC One on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. It is currently in it's 52nd series. The show began on October 16th 1958, and since then has gone through a cycle of 31 presenters, with Andy Akinwolere, Helen Skelton and Joel Defries currently presenting. The name Blue Peter comes from the blue and white flag which hoists a ship in port when it's getting ready to sail. The logo for the show is a blue and white boat designed by Tony Hart. Blue Peter badges are worn by presenters and different variations of the badge are awarded to both viewers and celebrity guests. The theme tune to the show is a take on the sea shanty Barnacle Bill and was originally composed by Ashworth Hope and has since been re-recorded ten times, the current version is orchestrated by Murray Gold. Throughout it's first series it ran for 15 minutes on Monday nights. From the 1960s until 1995, the show ran twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, at 4.35pm until the mid 1970s, when it moved to 5.10pm. Throughout 1995 until 2001, three shows aired, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, in 2002 the show moved to 5pm and in 2007 remaining in the same time slot, shows aired on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. From September 2007, the show began airing twice a week and from February 2008 moved to it's current slot Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4.35pm. The show has many features and traditions that it carry's from series to series. The show always features 'Blue Peter Pets', Petra the dog been the first. Their's been five dogs, seven cats, four tortoises and a parrot that have all appeared, before the current line up of two dogs - Mabel & Lucy, two cats - Socks & Cookie and a tortoise, Shelley. Another regular feature on the show is the 'Blue Peter Garden', based in the BBC Television Centre were Blue Peter is filmed, alot of features are based in the garden, so their's need for a regular Blue Peter gardener, Percy Thrower (who also originally designed the garden), Chris Crowder and Clare Bradley have all had the job, before Chris Collins took it on. The show has also made an appeal every year since the show began, these range from bring and buy sales been organised and endorsed by Blue Peter or to the more recent, Mission Nutrition campaign, helping kids eat better here and abroad.moreless
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    The Voice UK

    The Voice UK

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    The Voice UK is a British TV show based on The Voice of Holland. There are four phases in the show. Producers' auditions, blind auditions, battle phase, and live show. The panel of judges are Jessie J, will.i.am, Tom Jones and Danny O'Donoghue.moreless
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