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    Lord Peter Wimsey

    Lord Peter Wimsey

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    BBC (ended 1975)
    Welcome to the Lord Peter Wimsey guide at TV.com. Lord Peter Wimsey, younger brother of the Duke of Denver, is a scholar with time on his hands and a penchant for solving murder mysteries, aided by Bunter, his manservant and partner in crime-detection. This popular series adapted five of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy L. Sayers, these ones first published between 1926 and 1934. Ian Carmichael reprised the role of Wimsey in a series of BBC Radio productions, but these fall outside the scope of this guide. A further series of adaptations of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels was produced by the BBC in 1987 and broadcast as A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery.moreless
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    Little Dorrit

    Little Dorrit

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    Little Dorrit is a fourteen-part period drama from the BBC based on the 1850s serial novel by Charles Dickens. The series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison in London. Amy and her family's world is transformed when her boss's son, Arthur Clennam, returns from overseas to solve his family's mysterious legacy and discovers that their lives are interlinked.moreless
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    Howard's Way

    Howard's Way

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    BBC (ended 1990)
    The BBC's answer to Dynasty, Howards' Way was launched in 1985 with an enormous 1 million pound budget. The main characters in the show were 'best boat designer in the world' Tom Howard, his boutique running wife Jan Howard, 'I'll have a drink' Jack Rolfe and a nasty man called Ken Masters. It starred Maurice Colbourne. Simon May and Leslie Osborne (now composers for EastEnders) put together a classical and yet unforgettable theme tune which you will be humming away for weeks once you hear it, you've been warned!moreless
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    Ivor the Engine

    Ivor the Engine

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    BBC (ended 1982)
    Welcome to the Ivor the Engine guide at TV.com. "...Not very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway. It wasn't a very long railway or a very important railway, but it was called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, and it was all there was. And in a shed, in a siding at the end of the railway, lives the Locomotive of the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, which was a long name for a little engine so his friends just called him Ivor..." ...And that was how it began, back in 1959: one of Oliver Postgate's most loved creations, Ivor the Engine. It was a series about the Welsh adventures of a little green railway engine and his many friends. But Ivor wasn't an ordinary steam engine. He pretty much wished he was a person and ended up doing things like singing in a choir and swimming in the sea! One season of six, 10 minute, Black and White films was made for and screened by Associated-Redefusion. These were told entirely by Postgate, showing how Ivor got his famous pipes and got to sing with the Grumbly and District Choral Society. There followed another two 13-episode seasons for Associated-Redefusion (also in black and white) in 1962 and 1963. These told the further adventures of Ivor, introducing the Dragons and Alice the Elephant. In 1975, Smallfilms got the rights to stories back and remade the previous two seasons, along with some new stories, in colour. These were screened by the BBC in two 20-episode seasons, between 1976 and 1982. Repeats of Ivor have recently been screened on Channel 4 and Nick Jr. Unfortunately the first six episodes are never shown, but were released on a video some years ago - this has now been deleted. The good news is a video containing all 40 colour episodes is available from Universal. This guide lists the first six black and white episodes and the two colour BBC seasons.moreless
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    Ace Lightning

    Ace Lightning

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    BBC (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the Ace Lightning guide at TV.com. Ace Lightning combines live action with CGI animated characters.
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    Hope Springs

    Hope Springs

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    A gang of female ex-cons plan an elaborate £3 million fraud that they hope will help them flee to Barbados but instead they end up stranded in a small Scottish village. Written by the creators of Bad Girls and Footballer's Wives, the 8-part series stars ER's Alex Kingston and Cutting It's Sian Reeves.moreless
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    The Agatha Christie Hour

    The Agatha Christie Hour

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    BBC (ended 1982)
    Image hosted by Photobucket.com This ten episode program was based on ten short stories written by Agatha Christie but with wide-ranging themes. Some were romances, several had supernatural themes, and a couple were youthful adventures. They were set in the England of the nineteen twenties and thirties, and much care was taken to present them as authentically as possible, with great attention to detail. Their common link was that all came from the talented pen of Agatha Christie, all were entertaining, and each program was carefully crafted and well cast, with many of the best of Britain's actors represented.moreless
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    Emma

    Emma

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    Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000)

    Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000)

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    Welcome to the Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) (2000) guide at TV.com This is a remake of the 1969 edition ofRandall & Hopkirk (Deceased). Marty and Jeff are partners in a detective office, but Marty gets killed and helps Jeff from now on in form of a ghost with supernatural powers.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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    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

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    Jane Eyre is a 1983 television mini-series on BBC (British Broadcasting Channel). The series is a fresh television adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's 1947 novel, Jane Eyre. The series follows, with great dramatic prowess, the orphan from childhood and on into her adulthood. The young Jane Eyre lives a miserable life with her aunt. After years of mental torture she is sent to Longwood, a school for those that cannot afford a proper education. Upon advice from a friend she posts a job listing advertising her services as a governess. She is quickly scooped up and goes to live and work for Edward Rochester, a cold and mysterious man. As the story unfolds we start to see a blossoming love affair between the young governess and her employer, but everything isn't always what it seems. Around every corner, Jane seems to be seeing shadowy figures in windows and mumbling voices behind doors and walls. There is someone else in the household, but no one will admit to it. There is a great secret in the Rochester house, one that might be strong enough to keep the two love-birds apart. The series received great praise for it's outstanding adaptation and went on to win numerous awards of excellence.moreless
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    You Rang, M'Lord

    You Rang, M'Lord

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    BBC (ended 1993)
    Alf Stokes (Paul Shane) and James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland) first meet as soldiers in the trenches in France during the First World War. They find the body of an officer and, assuming that he's dead, Alf robs him of his valuables. Then they find that the officer, the Honourable Teddy Meldrum (Michael Knowles), is still alive so they carry him off to a field hospital. Ten years later, James is working in the household of Teddy's brother, Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett). Alf suddenly turns up and is taken on as the new butler, against James' wishes. Alf's daughter, Ivy (Su Pollard) also starts working in the household as a parlour maid. Her relationship with Alf is kept secret. Many of the original cast followed on to this Upstairs Downstairs take-off which was set in a stately home in 1927, and the social differences between the servants and their rich employers. Paul Shane and Su Pollard starred again, and were joined by Donald Hewlett as the rich Lord Meldrum. The story beginns: The show aired four seasons from 1988 to 1993! The theme song is composed by Jimmy Perry & Roy Moore and performed by Bob Monkhouse and Paul Shane.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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    Big Kids

    Big Kids

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    BBC (ended 2000)
    Big Kids follows the lives of two siblings, Simon and Kate, whose parents are hypnotised, causing them to act like young children at seemingly random moments. The programme shows the trial and tribulations the two kids have to cope with to look after their two 'big kids', whilst all the time trying to work out what it happening and how to stop it.

    A genius, one-off series by the BBC, Big Kids makes for tremendously funny viewing!



    BROADCAST HISTORY

    Big Kids aired on BBC1 and the CBBC Channel in the UK and Noggin in the US. Though popular in both countries, it did not return for another series.

    It's popularity is mirrored in the fact that the BBC have now repeated the series 14 times in the past six years!moreless
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    Target

    Target

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    BBC (ended 1978)
    Welcome to the Target guide at TV.com.

    Target was an action-packed police drama series based on the operations of the 13th Regional Crime Squad. The squad deals with large scale crimes ranging from drugs and murder to immigrant smuggling. It is led by Detective Superintendent Hackett, its tough and ruthless chief of operations.

    Conceived as a riposte to ITV's The Sweeney, the show starred Patrick Mower from Euston Films' Special Branch and was the first BBC police drama series to be made entirely on film. It was much criticised at the time for its excessive violence, which was toned down for the second series, and the show was cancelled to make way for the gentler Shoestring.moreless
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    Breakfast

    Breakfast

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    The show has been simulcast on both BBC ONE and BBC NEWS 24 for the last four years. Presented initially by Jeremy Bowen and Sophie Raworth, the show is presented by many different people including Natasha Kaplinsky, Dermot Murnaghan and Bill Turnbull. On 2 May 2006, Breakfast had a complete revamp with a new set, music, opening titles and colour scheme etc. It moved into a new studio which is shared with the 1, 6 and 10 o'clock news on BBC1. The colour scheme is based on a sunrise and is designed to look pleasant. The sunrise image was taken from above one of the BBC's buildings in London.moreless
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    Chigley

    Chigley

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    BBC (ended 1969)
    Chigley is the third and final stop-motion British children's television series in Gordon Murray's Trumptonshire trilogy, following Camberwick Green and Trumpton. The action takes place in a small hamlet near Trumpton and Camberwick Green. Chigley is more of an industrial area, and according to Gordon Murray, the three communities are at the corners of an equilateral triangle. Chigley consisted mainly of Winkstead Hall, Treddles Wharf, the Biscuit Factory, and the Chigley Pottery, all of which are linked by a private railway. In most episodes, Lord Belborough's steam engine Bessie would put in an appearance, accompanied buy "The Little Steam Engine" song. The main characters in Chigley are: Lord Belborough (Owner of Winkstead Hall) Brackett (Lord B's butler) Mr Bilton (Lord B's gardener) Mr Cresswell (Biscuit factory owner) Mr Fletcher (Biscuit factory manager) Harry Farthing & Winnie (Chigley Pottery) Mr Swallow (the Wharfinger at Treddles Wharf) Mr Rumpling (the barge owner) Mr Clutterbuck (the builder) Mr Gubbins & Mr Sneed (the dustmen) WIllie Munn (Biscuit factory worker) Chigley included many guest appearances by characters from the previous two series, including Windy Miller of Camberwick Green, and the Trumpton Fire Brigade. This was at least partly for economic reasons, as it allowed the existing characters' theme songs to be re-used, saving money on recording. The programme began with one of the characters being asked: "Are you going to Trumpton? Camberwick Green? Chigley? Can we come with you ?" At the end of each episode, any problems have been solved, the the 6 O'Clock whistle at the biscuit factory blows and Lord Belborough invites everyone to the gardens of Winkstead Hall, where he and Brackett play his vintage Dutch organ while the locals dance. Freddie Phillips' songs and music were very important to the programmes as virtually every character had his or her own song. Unfortunately, the original masters seem to have been lost, and the surviving versions of most episodes are extremely grainy and scratched.moreless
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    HolbyBlue

    HolbyBlue

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    BBC (ended 2008)
    The police force at Holby South is tasked with the toughest job yet. Not only are they fighting the usual crime with drug offenders and gang members, but today they are faced with the threat of terrorism on their own soil. Watch how they handle the intensity in this BBC series.moreless
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    Rebel Heart

    Rebel Heart

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    Set in Northern Ireland from 1916 to 1922, this mini-series follows the life of Ernie Coyne. Ernie, young and full of ideals is just 18 years old. From a well-off family, he decides to fight for the independence of Ireland and joins the rebels. He sees death, finds love and ultimately pays the highest price for independence.moreless
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    Clive Anderson Now

    Clive Anderson Now

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    Clive Anderson Now is a talk show that originally aired on BBC from January 5, 2001 to February 9, 2001. This series consists of six thirty-minute episodes that were broadcast once per week on Friday. It is directed by Paul Wheeler and is hosted by Clive Anderson, a well-known comedy writer and television presenter in the United Kingdom. Anderson is a former barrister who uses his legal skills and help from the studio audience to cross-examine his guests, who are typically British celebrities. This series also examines current events and celebrity gossip with a satirical bent. The first episode in the series features Richard Wilson and Mariella Frustrup. Wilson is a Scottish actor best known for his role as Victor Meldrewe in "One Foot in the Grave." This popular British comedy series had just finished a 10-year run at the time of this interview. Frostrup is a presenter for arts programs in British television and radio.moreless
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