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    Match of the Day

    Match of the Day

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    BBC
    Match of the Day on BBC1 provides football (soccer) coverage of premiership highlights, live coverage of FA Cup and international matches. Normally hosted by Gary Lineker with Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson they will provide game analysis and comment on the days matches. Very often there will be guest stars who will take a third chair to provide their insights. Match of the Day has had guest stars such as David Beckham and even Tony Blair. It is generally aired on a Saturday night for the premiership highlights and repeated on Sunday Morning. The BBC normally have priority over International games and have the rights to cast them Live. This is the same with FA Cup matches.moreless
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    Comic Relief

    Comic Relief

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    BBC
    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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    Mulberry

    Mulberry

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    BBC (ended 1993)
    Welcome to the Mulberry guide at TV.com The advertisement read: "Wanted: young person to render general domestic assistance." According to Bert and Alice, the two surly servants who have worked for the formidable Miss Farnaby since they were children, the notice should have read "Wanted: masochist to be at beck and call of cantankerous old trout." Suddenly, out of nowhere comes the mysterious Mulberry, arriving at Farnaby Manor to fill the recently vacated position of companion to the reclusive Miss Farnaby, even before the advertisement could be posted. He has no experience and no references, in fact nothing at all except his large carpet bag. And how did he know about the job? Mulberry, with his charm and wit, secures the position and the manor, Miss Farnaby, and the staff will never be the same again. This strange yet unique and enchanting British Comedy is set in rural England and the manor of the spinster Miss Rose Farnaby, a cantankerous and lonely lady nearing the end of her life. Over the years a distrust has developed between Miss Farnaby and her staff of Bert and Alice Finch. Bert is the gardener and grounds keeper and his wife Alice serves as the cook and housekeeper. Even though they and Miss Farnaby grew up together at the manor, a gap has continued to widen in their relationship. Miss Farnaby, thinking that their loyalty is only an effort to insure she will leave them a good pension when she passes on, while they think she is distancing herself in order to cut them out of her will completely. Into this situation comes Mulberry, the strange and mysterious new companion for Miss Farnaby, who turns everyone's lives upside down by his wit, his manner, and his determination to "change the old routine" and make the gloomy manor a fun place to live. But Mulberry is not what he seems to be. He is in fact the son of Death, and has been sent to the manor to collect Miss Farnaby for his father, the Grim Reaper, and escort her into the next world. But the plan doesn't quite work out as his father wanted it to since Mulberry becomes attached to Miss Farnaby and is determined to make her life happy and enjoyable, well, for what time she has left. This he does much to the dismay of Mulberry's father, who appears occasionally to remind Mulberry why he is there and that he needs to "get on with it." In one episode in frustration, to buy more time for him and Miss Farnaby, he asks his mother, Springtime, to intercede with his father and delay Miss Farnaby's departure a little longer. She does and thus Mulberry is given more time to bring Miss Farnaby out of her doldrums and into a whole new world that had passed her by for all those years. With each episode Mulberry continues to bring out the buried enthusiasm and youthfully delight of the elderly spinster. Unfortunately, the show ended abruptly after the second season, without any actual true ending of the series. The shows Producer/Director John Hobbs had fully intended upon there being a third and final season, to properly end the series so viewers would know what happened to Miss Farnaby as well as Bert and Alice, and of course Mulberry. But, according to Chris Nicolaides, one of the music writers for the series, apparently at BBC1 some new directors came on board, one of which stated that the show was, "not his cup of tea." Thus ended one of the most original and delightful of British Comedys. Even more unfortunate, it is not available on video and according to sources, there are no plans to make it available.moreless
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    Maddigan's Quest

    Maddigan's Quest

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    BBC (ended 2006)
    Set in a post-apocalyptic future, Maddigan’s Quest follows the circus troop ‘Maddigan’s Fantasia’, who come from the only remaining city, Solis. Each year, the Fantasia leave Solis to perform and earn a living, but this year is different: they have been set the task of obtaining a new Solar Converter to replace the existing converter – the only power source in Solis – which is failing.

    At the centre is 14-year-old Garland – the final Maddigan. However, as the Fantasia are attacked on their quest, two mysterious boys, Timon and Eden, appear with their baby sister Jewel. They claim to be from the future, from Solis, where the Fantasia have failed in their quest and the evil, revolting Nenog has taken power. They have come back with a Talisman which appears to give Eden extraordinary powers, to help the Fantasia succeed in their quest. But they also bring danger, in the form of Ozul and Maska, two men who will stop at nothing to capture the boys. Can the Fantasia protect Timon and Eden, and succeed in their quest to obtain a new solar converter for Solis

    Maddigan’s Quest is a vivid tale of magic, adventure and time-travel, from the internationally renowned children’s author Margaret Mahy.



    Currently Airing:

    Nowhere, but has been bought by the following channels:

    USA: HDNet (HD format - dates unknown)

    Middle East: MBC (dates unknown)

    Israel: IETV (dates unknown)

    Lithuania: LNK (dates unknown)

    Bulgaria: Proxima (dates unknown)


    Previously Aired:

    UK: Mondays to Thursdays, 4:30pm, BBC One (From 26th January to 16th February 2006)

    New Zealand: Saturdays, 7:00pm, TV3 (From 11th February to 6th May 2006)

    Australia: Fridays, 4:30pm, Nine Network (From 31st March to 23rd June 2006)



    Latest News:

    08-Jun-2006 DVD Release:

    Maddigan's Quest is to be released on DVD in the UK on the 7th August 2006 by 2|Entertain, with an RRP of £14.99.

    The disk will be region-2 encoded, in PAL format, and with a PG certificate. The disks will include special features, which are also to be announced.

    There will be other versions released in other countries, with different region encoding. Dates are not known at present, though.

    • ASIN: B000FZDH14
    • Catalogue Number: 2EDVD0011

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    22-Apr-2006 World Quest (Quoted from the New Zealand Herald):

    TV3 Drama Maddigan's Quest has been picked up by TV networks in North America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

    The futuristic family series, written by Margaret Mahy and starring Danielle Cormack, Tim Balme and Rose McIver, will screen on HDNet in the US, MBC in the Middle East, IETV Israel, LNK Lithuania and Proxima in Bulgaria.

    Britain's 2|Entertain has also bought DVD and video rights to the title.

    The show features special New Zealand elements, from rugged West Coast beaches to aspects of Maori culture.

    Watch out Lord of the Rings tourists, the next generation is coming!



    A huge thank you to both Zane Holmes and Simon Bennett, who have both donated vast amounts of trivia and information, and without whom this guide would be nothing. Thank you also to Mrs. Fox for the same reasons.moreless
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    The Wombles

    The Wombles

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    BBC (ended 1975)
    Based on the books by Elizabeth Beresford, this animated series follows a group of creatures living in Wimdeldon Common who spend their time picking up litter left by humans.

    At the head of the group is Great Uncle Bulgaria who mans the burrow and sends out his fellow wombles.

    The original series aired in 1973 for the BBC and a second series was commissioned 1996 for ITV.

    The first season (1973) aired on random weekdays at 5:40pm. Come season 2 (1975) however, a more rigid schedule was used: the show aired each weekday, but still at 5:40pm.moreless
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    The Wednesday Play

    The Wednesday Play

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    BBC (ended 1970)
    Welcome to The Wednesday Play guide at TV.com. The Wednesday Play is a series of plays that ran from 1964 to 1970 (a total of 172 plays) and involved a variety of up-and-coming writers (e.g. Dennis Potter, John Mortimer, and David Mercer) and directors (e.g. Ken Loach, Gareth Davies, and Alan Clarke). The storylines often addressed important and controversial issues, including abortion, racial prejudice, class conflicts, and nuclear warfare. In 1970, the series was replaced by Play for Today, broadcasting on a Thursday.moreless
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    In the Night Garden

    In the Night Garden

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    BBC
    In the Night Garden is a magical place that exists between the waking and sleeping imagination of children close to the representation of a nursery rhyme.
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    The Ladies Paradise

    The Ladies Paradise

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    BBC
    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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    Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice

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    BBC (ended 1995)
    This is the 1995 mini-series of Jane Austen's romantic comedy of upper class life and games of love in early 19th century England. The story revolves around the pretty but sharp-tongued Elizabeth Bennet, whose sharp wit and good sense usually keep her out of mischief and trouble, as she spars with the haughty Fitzwilliam Darcy. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's sisters Jane and Lydia have admirers of their own. The mini-series is available on DVD as well as VHS.moreless
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    Survivors

    Survivors

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    BBC (ended 2010)
    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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    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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    BBC
    Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a 4 hour British television miniseries adaptation from 2008 based on Thomas Hardy's classic novel from 1891. The story follows the poverty stricken young country woman Tess (Played by Gemma Arterton) who tries to improve her life and social status upon realizing her family is connected to the extremely wealthy D'Uberville family. However she ends up enduring heavy heartache and shame as she falls in and out of love with Alec D'Urberville (played by Hans Matheson) and Angel Clare (Eddie Redmayne). The script for this adaptation was written by David Nicholls. He wanted to focus on Tess as not just a 'passive victim,' but an 'active, forceful and opinionated young working class woman.' It was directed by David Blair. Unlike most BBC television shows it was shot on actual 35mm film as opposed to digital film. The show later aired in the United States as a two part 'Masterpiece Classic' program on PBS.moreless
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    Cranford

    Cranford

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    BBC
    This historical five-part show based on three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novellas is brought to the BBC with an all-star cast including Judi Dench. The story follows the lives and loves of the inhabitants of the northern market town over a year in the mid 1800s. Amongst other things the arrival of a new doctor and the ever-encroaching railway provide the townsfolk with plenty to get excited about.moreless
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    Jekyll

    Jekyll

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    BBC (ended 2007)
    James Nesbitt stars as Tom Jackman, who struggles to deal with his dark alter ego, Mr. Hyde. This is a modern reworking of the world famous tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. Tom employs modern technology to keep his other half in check and protect his family. Tom is not aware that he is being monitored by a secret society and that he and Hyde are part of a terrifying centuries-old plot.moreless
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    Waiting for God

    Waiting for God

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    BBC (ended 1994)
    Welcome to the Waiting for God guide at TV.com. Eccentric Tom Ballard moves to Bayview Retirement Vilage. He moves next door to a former reporter, Diane Trent, a feisty old woman who complains about everything. Harvey Baines, the head of Bayview, constantly finds himself in conflict with the two old folks. They want decent living standards, while Baines prefers everything that will save money. Tom and Diane form a friendship (which includes helping each other out of tight situations), and eventually a romance. Geofrey Ballard, Tom's son, pays a lot of visits to the Retirement village, sometimes with his wife Marion (whom Tom doesn't particularly like). Jane works in the home and is very cheerful, most of the time, and quite fancies Harvey (Diane doesn't particularly like Jane's constant cheerfulness).moreless
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    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

    The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

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    BBC (ended 2008)
    Welcome to The Inspector Lynley Mysteries guide at TV.com. This BBC series is based on the crime thrillers of Elizabeth George, an American writer who sets most of her crime work in England. The central characters of the show are Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and his partner, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small). The two are from opposite ends of the social spectrum: Lynley is an earl, though he keeps quiet about it, while Havers is almost aggressively working class. While that causes friction and misunderstandings between them, it also means they see things differently and complement one another in their police work.moreless
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    Judge John Deed

    Judge John Deed

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    Welcome to the Judge John Deed guide at TV.com. In this BBC drama series, Mr Justice Deed (played by Martin Shaw) is an unusual English High Court judge. An idealistic lawyer from a working-class background, Deed has got near to the top of his profession by his intellect and his charm, and despite an obsessive belief in justice. Judge Deed wants to uphold the law (and his own independence) at all costs, and this leaves him at odds with a series of British government stooges who try to influence him. Outside court, Deed is a womanizer who has an up-and-down relationship with fellow barrister Jo Mills (played by Jenny Seagrove), and his glamorous ex-wife Georgina Channing (called 'George', another barrister, played by Caroline Langrishe) is somehow never quite out of his life. He and George have a daughter called Charlie (Louisa Clein), at first a law student, later a young barrister, whose escapades have a way of getting Deed into hot water. Row Colemore (Christopher Cazenove) is a senior London policeman and one of Deed's oldest friends.moreless
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    Changing Rooms

    Changing Rooms

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    BBC (ended 2004)
    British Series on Home Modernization and Interior Decorating This show inspired the US hit show, Trading Spaces Ever sat in your neighbor's home and dreamed about how different it would look if only you were allowed to strip, rip and paint as you pleased? Two sets of neighbors swap keys to transform a room in each other's home. With only two days and a set budget, it's a tough job. Fortunately, the novices have the services of a top interior designer and an expert handyman. The only condition is that they're not allowed back into their own house – until the moment of truth. -- BBC America This show airs on BBC ONE in the UK, and now airs in the US on BBC America.moreless
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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

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    BBC (ended 1974)
    And now for something completely different: Monty Python's Flying Circus was simply the most influential comedy program television has ever seen. Five Englishmen, all working under the constraints of conventional TV shows such as The Frost Report (for which the five Englishmen wrote), gathered together with an expatriate American in the spring of 1969 to break the rules. The result, first airing on BBC-1 on October 5, 1969, has influenced countless future men and women in the media and comedy since.moreless
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    The Fast Show

    The Fast Show

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    BBC (ended 1997)
    The Fast Show was a multi BAFTA award winning tv show primarily written and produced by Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson. Higson and Whitehouse became friends at their university (East Anglia). Paul quit after one year and Charlie started performing in a band. They ended up in a flat together with Harry Enfield. Charlie and Paul were painters and decorators while Harry worked on his comedy character. One night there was a call from a producer who wanted Enfield's character Stavros to do the UK version of 'Saturday Night Live', and Charlie and Paul became his writers. Harry produced his own series 'Harry Enfield and chums' then later the group made The Fast Show a reality. The Fast Show injected a new lease of life into sketch shows. If you look at pre-Fast Show sketches you will see they move much slower but the premise for the Fast Show was, get them on, say something funny, get them off.moreless
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    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Upstairs, Downstairs

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    BBC
    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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