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    Pebble Mill

    Pebble Mill

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    BBC (ended 1996)
    This is the 4th version of a legendary BBC chat show. It started off as Pebble Mill at One, was renamed to Daytime Live, to Scene Today and finally to Pebble Mill.moreless
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    Tenko

    Tenko

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    BBC (ended 1985)
    Welcome to the Tenko guide at TV.com

    Based on real-life experiences, Tenko remains one of the most fondly remembered and acclaimed BBC dramas of the early 1980s. It follows a group of women, formerly comfortably well-off ex-pats living in Singapore, as they are captured by the Japanese during World War II. The first season, set in 1941-42, charts the drama from the women being captured and sent to live in squalor and depravation in a Japanese POW camp. Season 2, set in 1942-43, began with the women on a long march to a new camp, where things seem much more luxurious at first, but they find they have troubles settling into the strange regime of their new home. The final season took up two years after the previous one, as the war drew to a close and the women were returned to their normal lives. Well, as normal as they could be after their imprisonment. A two-part Christmas special, Tenko Reunion, picked up the lives of the surviving women five years later, reuniting them in Singapore, where treachery and deceit lay in wait for them. An impeccable cast of terrific actresses made the prisoners' torment all the more believable, with Stephanie Beacham, Stephanie Cole and Ann Bell among the lead players. Tenko may have dated, after twenty years, but IMHO it remains as powerful and moving today as it did back then.moreless

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    Small Island

    Small Island

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    This adaptation of Andrea Levy's award-winning novel tells the story of a romance determined to overcome every obstacle it faces.
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    Jim'll Fix It

    Jim'll Fix It

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    BBC (ended 1994)
    Between 1975 and 1995 Jimmy Saville made children's dreams come true each and every week. Through the infamous catchphrase, "Jim'll fix it!" Saville would read a child's letter aloud and promise to make or her dream a reality. The series ran for 19 long years, and forever a place in the heart's of an entire generation of children.moreless
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    Formula One

    Formula One

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    Formula One is a famous racing sport around the world. Teams that compete in the sport include some of the world’s most famous car manufacturers and motor names, including McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams, BMW-Sauber, Honda, Toyota and Renault. The teams have two race drivers, one or two reserve and test drivers. There are two Championships the teams compete for: the main championship is the Drivers’ Championship, as the drivers race on circuits around the world in intense battles against each other for the ultimate racing title. The second championship is the Constructors’ Championship where the teams work hard on making the ultimate racing package for their drivers to use to get the points needed to win the constructors’ title. In 2006 Formula One had 18 circuits in different countries across the world, including Britain, USA, France, Germany, Australia and Japan.moreless
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    South Riding

    South Riding

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    BBC (ended 2011)
    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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    Play of the Month

    Play of the Month

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    BBC (ended 1983)
    Welcome to the Play of the Month guide at TV.com. Play of the Month is a collection of plays produced by BBC-1 that aired roughly once per month, initially on Tuesdays and later on Sunday evenings. Although a small number of the plays were written specifically for the series, the majority were adaptations of classic stage works of British and other well-known playwrights. The plays featured many familiar stage performers, as well as some newcomers who later achieved stardom.moreless
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    Good Neighbours

    Good Neighbours

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    Good Neighbours is the BBC comedy television series about the relationship between two couples who are polar opposites. On his 40th birthday, Tom Good (Richard Briers) and his wife Barbara (Felicity Kendal) tire of the rat race and decide to adopt a simple, back to nature lifestyle that includes pigs, chickens and animal waste induced electricity. The Good's newfound lifestyle doesn't go over well with their more conventional, social-climbing neighbors Jerry (Paul Eddington) and Margo Leadbetter (Penelope Keith).moreless
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    Jackanory

    Jackanory

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    BBC (ended 1996)
    Jackanory is a British TV show for kids that features over 40 years of children's stories and fairy tales narrated by some famous actors. The British Broadcasting Company films hundreds of actors sitting down with kids each week with an interesting story to tell. Actor Lee Montague stops by the show to read Cap of Rushes and the fairy tale Mr. & Mrs. Vinegar. British Shakespearean actress Dilys Hamlett gives kids her rendition of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm. Jackanory presents a range of well-known classic stories, including Mary Poppins, Pippi Longstocking, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Tom Thumb. Helena Bonham Carter reads Ann Philippa Pearce's Way to Sattin Shore, and Enid Lorimer narrates Hans Christian Andersen's tale of trolls and sorceresses in the Snow Queen. Some of the other famous faces that stop by the show to tell stories include Judi Dench, Arthur Lowe, Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart. moreless
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    Berkeley Square

    Berkeley Square

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    BBC (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the TV.Com Guide for Berkeley Square. Berkeley Square is a British television miniseries that follows the lives and loves of Matty Wickham, Hannah Randall and Lydia Weston. These three young women from different backgrounds are hired as nannies for upscale Berkeley Square households in London. Set in London in 1902, we peer into the lives of upstairs Lords and Ladies and below stairs butlers and nannies.moreless
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    Lilies

    Lilies

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    BBC (ended 2007)
    Watch as three beautiful sisters struggle to come of age in a post-World War One world where the tough reality of being on the brink of poverty is ever-present and familial love is the only thing they can count on.moreless
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    Walking with Beasts

    Walking with Beasts

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    BBC (ended 2001)
    The followup series to the popular Walking with Dinosaurs series, this is the series the producers wanted to do! Follow the lives of several mammals in an ever changing world. This series is not only the story of how mammals took over the world after the extinction of the dinosaurs, but is also the story of humanity's own rise to dominance.moreless
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    Green Green Grass

    Green Green Grass

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    Green Green Grass is a new comedy series and is a spin-off from Only Fools And Horses. It features the characters of Boycie (John Challis) and Marlene (Sue Holderness) and introduces their son, Tyler, now 15 years old. Since we last met them, Boycie's second-hand car empire has gone from strength to strength, yet, despite his success, Boycie is becoming tired of life in Peckham and is secretly (at least, secretly from Marlene) craving a more tranquil existence in the English countryside. His decision to finally make the move is prompted by a chance conversation with Denzil (Paul Barber) who has some rather disturbing news. Within two weeks Boycie, Marlene and Tyler have left London - forever.moreless
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    Walking With Cavemen

    Walking With Cavemen

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    Walking With Cavemen begins with Professor Robert Winston's discovery of Lucy, the first upright ape, and then goes on the three-million-year journey to civilization. Broadcast in 2003, Walking with Cavemen combined special effects with the latest scientific theories, to show us what it really means to be human.moreless
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    Tripods

    Tripods

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    BBC (ended 1985)
    Set in the year 2089, huge machines known as Tripods have taken over earth. Controlling humans with a 'cap' (A mind control device in-planted on the head at the age of fourteen) which erases imagination, curiosity and independent thought, mankind now lives without technology in a rural/medieval existence. Cousins Will and Henry Parker only a year away from being 'capped' hear of a place where free (un-capped) men live and fight the Tripods. Their travels take them from their home in England to France where they meet Jean-Paul'Beanpole'Deliet who joins them on their journey to the white mountains of the Alps, home of the free men.moreless
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    The Singing Detective

    The Singing Detective

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    BBC (ended 1986)
    The best-known work of celebrated TV dramatist Dennis Potter, The Singing Detective is actually the second of a trilogy of series by Potter using the device of lip-synching to well-known recordings of popular music. The first, set in the 1930s, was Pennies from Heaven (1978), the third, set during the 1956 Suez Crisis, was Lipstick on Your Collar (1993). The Singing Detective focusses musically on the 1940s. (Much earlier, Potter had briefly used lip-synching in his 1969 play for ITV, Moonlight on the Highway.)
    There are four mutually interfering narrative strands in The Singing Detective. First is the hospital-ward story, described by Potter as a "sitcom", which owes a certain debt to an earlier play, Emergency--Ward 9 (itself a satirical reaction to the popular hospital soap opera of that time, Emergency--Ward 10, which Potter had watched while hospitalised, like his protagonist Philip Marlow, with a flareup of psoriatic arthropathy). Second is the detective story being created mentally by the protagonist, Philip Marlow, as he lies helpless in his hospital bed. The third strand consists of flashbacks to Marlow's childhood in the Forest of Dean, and the traumatic experience of witnessing his mother's infidelity one day in the woods, combined with guilt over her later suicide in London. The fourth strand concerns Philip's ex-wife, Nicola, whom he imagines is conspiring with a shady film producer to bilk him out of film rights to his novel. Shortly before his death in June 1994, Potter completed his final two television dramas, and the first of these, Karaoke (1996), not only makes the device of lip-synching its central metaphor but extensively refers to this trilogy, as well.moreless
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    The Indian Doctor

    The Indian Doctor

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    It's 1963 and Dr. Prem Sharma (Sanjeev Bhaskar) and his wife have moved to the small Welsh mining village of Trefelin. People around there aren't used to seeing people of different ethnicity, let alone be treated by them, so there's a real culture clash in store. This five-part series first aired in 2010 on BBC One and has since been renewed for a second season.moreless
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    Sahara

    Sahara

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    BBC (ended 2002)
    The Sahara is the size of the United States with a population the size of Norfolk, a small UK county. The temperatures are extreme, the camels are poisoned ... this is another of Michael Palin's exciting globe-trotting adventures. During his travels across theSahara Desert, Michael meets interesting people, learns about their cultures, and goes through what they do in their everyday lives. He visits the countries of Gibraltar, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria. But this is no easy task. Traveling in the immense heat of the Sahara, our host suffers through illness, dangerous lands with no government, and harsh climates to learn more about the world. In just four episodes, Michael teaches viewers about life in the Sahara Desert.moreless
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    Sherlock Holmes (1965)

    Sherlock Holmes (1965)

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    BBC (ended 1965)
    Welcome to the Sherlock Holmes (1965) guide at TV.com. BBC Television commissioned a series of adaptations of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes in 1965, following a successful one-off adaptation of The Speckled Band, broadcast as part of the Detective anthology series. Douglas Wilmer played the famous detective, with Nigel Stock as his friend and associate, Dr Watson. The BBC revived the show, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, with Peter Cushing playing opposite Stock, in 1968.moreless
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    Rockliffe's Babies

    Rockliffe's Babies

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    BBC (ended 1988)
    Welcome to the Rockliffe's Babies guide at TV.com.

    In this series, devised by Richard O'Keefe, maverick Detective Sergeant Alan Rockliffe is given the job of training seven new young recruits to the C.I.D., all fresh out of uniform. Under his irascible guidance it is hoped that they will blossom into full-blown detectives. But Rockliffe is human - so human that he makes more mistakes than the 'babies' he is supposed to be training.moreless
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