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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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    Garrow's Law

    Garrow's Law

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    A British period legal drama set in 18th century London and inspired by the court cases and life of pioneering 18th century barrister William Garrow.
    Garrow is a talented, young barrister determined to install justice into a corrupt legal system of Georgian England. His confrontational and sometimes arrogant stance in the courtroom does not earn him any favours with the political elite and creates enemies within the criminal underground. His associate John Southouse, a solicitor, is often disapproving of Garrow's rebellious attitude, but nevertheless offers him advice and help.
    Each episode features a case inspired by true legal proceedings as recorded at Old Bailey Archives: from rape and murder to high treason and corruption. The real William Garrow coined the phrase: innocent until proven guilty, in an age when defence counsel was for the minority. He was known for his forceful cross-examinations and more than once he offered to defend the accused for free.
    A major subplot is a love story between Garrow and Lady Sarah Hill. Their love affair gradually develops. It begins as an unspoken attraction. Then, Garrow's courtroom rival, Silvester, questions the appropriateness of Garrow's friendship with Lady Sarah. Garrow challenges him to a duel. This starts a chain of events, resulting in Lady Sarah Hill leaving her husband and Sir Arthur Hill accusing Garrow of Crmininal Coversation (legal jargon for adultery).
    The series is created by Tony Merchant, a British playwright and television dramatist: "I always wanted Garrow's Law to be a show that educated and entertained, using Garrow as someone whose work at the Old Bailey could tell us something new or too easily forgotten about our past and the rights he fought to gain."moreless
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    This Week

    This Week

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    A punchy, irreverent and satirical British current affairs show hosted by interviewer and former Sunday Times editor, Andrew Neil. Each week, Andrew is joined on his sofa by former Conservative Minister, Michael Portillo, and a left-leaning guest. At the beginning of each episode, a well-known person presents their Take of the Week on a topic they are concerned about. After a debate on this, it's on to Round Up of the Week with a political journalist or commentator and more debate. Finally, a celebrity is invited to give their opinions on a social/cultural subject in Spotlight.moreless
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    The Deep

    The Deep

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    Beneath the depths of the Arctic ocean a submarine and its crew are stuck under ice. With no power, limited oxygen and no communication with the surface how will they survive?moreless
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    South Riding

    South Riding

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    The First World War is over, so Sarah Burton is returning to her home in Yorkshire after helping with the war effort in London. A modern woman, her views are foreign to those of her friends. But her passion and ambition put off men, particularly that of Robert Carne, a handsome farmer who she loves to hate. This three-parter stars Anna Maxwell Martin and airs in February 2011 on BBC One and BBC HD.moreless
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    Strictly Come Dancing

    Strictly Come Dancing

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    Strictly Come Dancing is a celebrity dancing extravaganza, complete with the elegance and glamour of ballroom dancing, the glitz and show stopping moves of the Latin dances. Currently in its sixth season, Strictly Come Dancing has become a ratings success with over twelve million viewers tuning in every Saturday night. Hosted by the legend that is Bruce Forsyth, and the lovely Tess Daly, a group of celebrities are coupled with internationally renowned professional ballroom and Latin dancers who aim to teach them to dance both disciplines over the course of the series. Each Saturday night, in front of a live studio audience and the watchful eye of the judging panel – Craig Revel Horwood, Arlene Phillips, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Len Goodman, and the voting public, the couples have to then show off their dancing skills by performing their routine to the sound of a live band. Once the judges have given their criticism or praise and marked the performance out of ten, the vote is passed over to the viewers whose phone in scores are then added to the judges to decide which couples will be in the bottom two. In the first four series, the couple with the lowest votes was automatically eliminated, but the format changed for series five. The couples performed again in a dance off so that the judges could decide which of the two deserved to stay in the competition. Packed full of superb dancing, fantastic live music and more talent than you can shake a stick at, it is a show that cannot be missed.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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    Reggie Perrin

    Reggie Perrin

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    Martin Clunes stars in the modern remake of the 1970s hit show The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin. Reggie works as the head of disposable razors at a male-grooming firm and, as in the original, he's repeatedly late because of bizarre rail problems. Unhappy with the world, Reggie plods through life complaining about how things should be.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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    River City

    River City

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    River City is the only Scottish soap on TV. It is set in Shieldinch, a fictional place set in Glasgow.It is not showed in England and it cant be up for a soap award. I think that's unfair because it's the British Soap Awards not the English soap awards. But it is still the best soap on TV in my opinion. One of the great things about it is that it's Scottish so they talk with a Glasgow dialect.moreless
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    A Passionate Woman

    A Passionate Woman

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    Period drama based on a true story set in 1950's Leeds starring housewife Billie Piper whose life is turned around when a handsome Polish man asks her to dance.
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    One Night

    One Night

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    It's a blistering hot summer night when a seemingly inconsequential event occurs. The lives of four different people are affected and this series follows their opposing points of views over four episodes. This four-part series for the BCB is written by Paul Smith.moreless
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    Five Daughters

    Five Daughters

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    This three-part factual based drama tells the tragic story of the five women murdered in Ipswich in 2006 through the eyes of relatives and Suffolk Police.
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    The Paradise

    The Paradise

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    It's the story of a young country girl who comes to the city and starts working in a department store.
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    Doctor Who at the Proms

    Doctor Who at the Proms

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    The 2013 BBC Proms celebrate the 50th anniversary of classic series Doctor Who as the soundtrack to the series is performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Characters Madame Vastra and Strax introduce the concert with a little help from show stars past and present such as Matt Smith and Peter Davison.moreless
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    Frozen Planet

    Frozen Planet

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    Set in the Arctic and Antarctic, the BBC documentary Frozen Planet will explore the impacts of climate change on artic species like polar bears and arctic wolves.
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    Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

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    After 10 years in prison Eddie is released from prison, aged 28. He wants to reclaim his life but things aren't that easy.
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    Prisoner's Wives

    Prisoner's Wives

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    This BBC drama revolves around the lives of women whose partners are in prison. In between prison visits, life will change for these women and their families.
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