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    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

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    With a cheeky gag never too far away and a wit sharper than his own suits, don't expect the guests to get an easy ride on the way to plugging their latest film, book, session in rehab or range of underpants. Funny, likeable and unlike any other chat show host, if you get to sit with Jonathan you're doing something right. Either that, or you're just Ricky Gervais.moreless
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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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    Comic Relief

    Comic Relief

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    Comic Relief is the BBCs biennial fund raising event, which raises millions for the charity of the same name. The charity supports people suffering both in the UK and the third world.
    Comic Relief began on Christmas Day 1985 with a fund raising event on the BBC's Late, Late Breakfast Show hosted by Noel Edmonds. More live events followed until finally Comic Relief was allowed to take over the BBCs main channel on February 5th 1988 for the first of the 'Red Nose Day' variety shows. The result has been a phenomenal success, gaining national cult status and taking over the normal life of millions of people who pull out all the stops to do something seriously daft for charity and put their hands in their pockets for a good cause. The most common thing to see in the UK, in the run up to Red Nose day, is the Red Nose itself which has taken on many different forms over the past 20 years.
    The effect of Comic Relief's variety show cannot be understated, raising the total raised from £15 million in 1985 to £337 million in 2003 and all of it goes to charity.
    Each 6-hour show is an amalgamation of hundreds of TV Celebrities, Comedians and Musicians work, as they all pull together to partly amuse the British public, but most importantly make sure we know exactly why they're doing it. Regular film inserts are featured demonstrating the poor life people suffer and what we, the viewers can do about it. Celebrities like Lenny Henry, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Billy Connelly, Victoria Wood and Davina McCall deliberately subject themselves to poverty and famine in Ethiopia and other third world countries to create devastatingly real and poignant accounts of what the more unfortunate people around the world have to put up with every day of their lives.
    This isn't just a show, it's a national institution and without it, there would be a lot more people a lot worse off around the world today.moreless
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    The Ladies Paradise

    The Ladies Paradise

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    Denise Lovett, a young girl with only her wits to live on, is made homeless by the death of her father and moves to the city to try and make a life for herself. She gets a job as a sales woman at The Paradise, England's first department store, getting caught up in the charms of the modern world. Soon she falls in love with the store's owner, John Moray, a widower with a dark past. This series is based on Emile Zola's 1883 novel Au Bonheur Des Dames, relocating the story to North East England in the 1870s.moreless
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    Survivors

    Survivors

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    Welcome to the Survivors (2008) guide at TV.com. This BBC drama series follows a group of survivors in the immediate aftermath of a devastating virus that has killed most of the world's population. The show is a reinterpretation of the 1970s BBC drama series of the same name, and based on the novel by Terry Nation. This version takes a bleak assessment of our ability to cope with the loss of technology, and explores the background to the emergence of the virus.moreless
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    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Upstairs, Downstairs

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    A reversioning of the 1970s show, BBC One presents the sequel to Upstairs, Downstairs. It picks up almost 5 years after the original series ended, in London's Belgravia in 1936. The show follows a wealthy family and their servants as they deal with the changes of a pre-war society.moreless
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    The Body Farm

    The Body Farm

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    The Body Farm is a police procedural in which DI Craig Hale solicits the assistance of Dr Eve Lockhart and her team at the Body Farm, a private forensics facility, in dealing with a variety of murder investigations. A spin-off from Waking the Dead, The Body Farm is a BBC Production in association with Projector Productions.moreless
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    The One Show

    The One Show

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    The One Show is a topical magazine-style television programme, broadcast on weekdays at 7pm on BBC One. Originally presented by Adrian Chiles and Nadia Sawalha in 2006 the show was the biggest single commission outside returning drama the BBC has ever handed out. Chiles was later joined by Myleene Klass when the show returned after a break in 2007 and then her replacement Christine Bleakley. Following a number of presenting changes it is currently presented by Alex Jones with Matt Baker on Monday's to Thursday's and Chris Evans on Friday's.moreless
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    Pointless Celebrities

    Pointless Celebrities

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    Pointless Celebrities is the BBC quiz hosted by Alexander Armstrong where celebrities go head-to-head in a general knowledge quiz where contestants try to think of answers that the public might not have. One hundred members of the public are surveyed and give as many answers as they please, and the object is to guess the most obscure ones, not the most popular. Whoever scores the lowest wins in this hilarious celebrity quiz.moreless
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    Have I Got News for You

    Have I Got News for You

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    "Have I Got News For You" is a long-running, satirical panel quiz, poking fun at the news stories of the past week. Each week two guests join team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton, with a guest host presiding over the points.moreless
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    Single Father

    Single Father

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    Dave's (David Tennant) wife has just died, leaving him to bring up their four children alone. Follow as the drama unfolds, as the single father battles his feelings as he tries to keep his family afloat.moreless
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    Come Fly with Me

    Come Fly with Me

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    From the creators of Little Britain comes Matt Lucas and David Walliams' latest comedy: a six-part series set in a busy airport in which the two men play nearly all the characters.moreless
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    Birds of a Feather

    Birds of a Feather

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    Sharon (Pauline Quirke) lives in a council flat, while her sister Tracey (Linda Robson) lives in a luxurious house on a private estate. The two women lead very different lives until their husbands are sent to prison for armed robbery. Sharon moves in with Tracey to keep her company and to help pay the bills. They quickly become close friends with their neighbour Dorien (Lesley Joseph), whose chief interest in life is chasing after much younger men.moreless
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    Panorama

    Panorama

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    With the first episode being broadcast on November 11, 1953, Panorama is the BBC's flagship current affairs programme and the longest-running public affairs TV programme in the world. Panorama's job is to investigate and uncover stories about Britain and the world. The range of stories that the programme covers is wide but the guiding principles for Panorama are always the same:
    • To make programmes with authority which make waves and withstand scrutiny.
    • To report the world we live in with a depth of understanding often missing in many other programmes.
    • To scrutinise the use and abuse of power, both public and private.
    • To get to stories first.
    • To make the stories we tell relevant, accessible and engaging for the audience.
    • To treat fairly the people with whom we deal.
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    The Andrew Marr Show

    The Andrew Marr Show

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    The BBC's former political editor, Andrew Marr, hosts this weekly flagship morning talk show, originally known as Sunday AM. In addition to topical political discussions with politicians and commentators, there is usually a cultural segment with guests from the world of theatre or cinema, as well as a musical act to finish.moreless
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    Newsround

    Newsround

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    This guide covers the 5 minute Newsround bulletin that airs on CBBC2 at 7.25am Monday through to Friday and the main 10 minute 5.05pm bulletin on CBBC1 from Monday to Friday. The CBBC bulletins have their own seperate guide. John Craven's Newsround started on 4th April 1972, with just two typewriters and three people based in the corner of the BBC's foreign news room. Primarily anchored by John for 17 years, on the 22nd June 1989 John hosted his last ever Newsround. Since then the main show has seen a cycle of different presenting and reporting teams, in October of 2008 the presenting team was condensed to two main hosts, Sonali Gudka (previously Breakfast Co-Anchor) and Ore Oduba, who acts as deputy. The breakfast bulletins began airing on CBBC2's breakfast show in 2003, all bulletins since the 2008 cast reshuffle are presented by Ore, if he's unavailable Sonali fills in. Reporters currently on the show are Ricky Boleto who is based in Manchester and Hayley Cutts and Leah Gooding who are based in London. The cast are credited by their main role to the show, however may appear as reporters in a later show. The show itself presents the days main headlines in a way that relates more to children. It's popularity has spawned many short-lived spin-off series and additional broadcasts on the CBBC Channel (these episodes are included within the Newsround(CBBC) TV.com guide) The set has been updated on many occasions, as has the shows theme tune and titles, the most recent has been in place since 29th September 2008.moreless
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    World's Strongest Man

    World's Strongest Man

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    Starting in 1977 with The Hulk's Lou Ferrigno competing, The World's Strongest Man is an event held once a year, it brings champion strongmen from around the globe to compete against each other.moreless
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    Wallander

    Wallander

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    Kenneth Branagh plays a Swedish detective called Kurt Wallander in this crime drama for the BBC. The show is an adaptation of Swedish author Henning Mankell's critically acclaimed book series, the Kurt Wallander Mysteries.moreless
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    My Family

    My Family

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    Meet the Harper family, who, on the face of it, seem quite normal; a married couple with 3 children. However, this family is far from normal. Ben is a Dentist who wishes he'd become a doctor. He frequently tries to understand his wife and kids, often with little success. He just cannot wait until his children have left home, something that unfortunately for Ben, never seems to happen. Played by Robert Lindsay. Susan is a tour guide in a museum, with her second failed passion being cooking. She knows how to get what she wants...even if Ben doesn't want it! Emotional blackmail is one of her strong points. Played by Zoe Wanamaker. Nick is definitely the joker of the family, who's main determination in life is to get a job and keep it for more than a few hours. He's been through several jobs, each one more surreal than the last, but ultimately he gets sacked anyway. He never loses his determination and seems happy with his lack of success, even though his father isn't. Played by Kris Marshall. Janey is your typical teenage girl with a selfish streak as big as her shopping list. Like Susan, she loves to get her own way. She made Ben and Susan Grandparents by a one-night stand at University, which lead to the birth of Kenzo and consequently her being expelled. Played by Daniela Denby-Ashe . Michael is the most intelligent and, he thinks, the most sane member of the family. He thinks of his family mostly as an oppression, permanently scaring him psychologically with their mad behaviour which he also blames for his lack of success with girlfriend relationships. It's unwise for another Harper to attempt to trick Michael, as he will always have the last laugh. Played by Gabriel Thomson. Abi is the daughter of a one of Ben's cousins. She's naive and about as bright as spent light bulb. She can never seem to do anything right but this isn't helped by the fact that most of the time she's completely oblivious she's doing anything wrong.Played by Siobhan Hayes from Series 3 onwards. Roger works in the dentist practice above Ben's and in many ways, without realising it, is Ben's arch nemesis. This is mainly because, like his love interest Abi, he's not very bright although unlike Abi, is quite irritating with it. Regardless of how often Ben makes it blatantly obvious he doesn't like Roger, it doesn't seem to faze him continuing to believe all is perfect with the world. Abi and Roger make the perfect couple if only either one of them would be honest about their feelings. (Played by Keiron Self from Series 4 onwards).moreless
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    Shetland

    Shetland

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    Douglas Henshall stars as DI Jimmy Perez in this detective drama loosely adapted from the works of Ann Cleeves. Shetland is adapted from the "Shetland" quartet of novels by Ann Cleeves: Raven Black (2006), White Nights (2008), Red Bones (2009), Blue Lightning (2010), and from Dead Water (2013), the first in a new quartet. A two-part drama, based on Red Bones, was broadcast in 2013. A full series of three two-part stories, each adapted from a different novel, was commissioned later that year. Shetland is an ITV Studios production for BBC Scotland.moreless
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