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    Life with the Lyons

    Life with the Lyons

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    BBC (ended 1960)
    Life with the Lyons stars the American husband and wife duo Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels. Long resident in Britain, Lyon and Daniels came over in 1935 after having both enjoyed successful movie careers in Tinseltown, where they were known as 'Hollywood's happiest married couple. In Britain they became just as popular in films and several successful radio series, which included Life with the Lyons, a family sit-com that also featured their real-life children, Barbara and Richard. Not wanting to miss the chance of making yet another film with built-in audience appeal, Hammer secured the movie rights from the BBC. The film proved successful enough to provoke a sequel, The Lyons in Paris, which appeared the following year. The result was a cheap but cheerful romp centred on the Lyons family moving into their new home. They create such chaos that the landlord refuses to sign the lease. They try to persuade him, but disasters pile one on top of another. After a broken chandelier, a flooded basement, parties, craters in the garden, explosions in the kitchen, the landlord finally relents and signs the lease. -------------------------------------- Written by: Bebe Daniels, Bob Block, Ronnie Hanbury, Bob Ross, Richard Waring, Bill Harding Directed by: John Phillips, Joan Kemp-Welch --------------------------- Company credits: Production Companies * Associated-Rediffusion Television (1955-1956) * British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (1957-1960)moreless
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    True Crime

    True Crime

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    British documentary series
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    The Secret Policeman's Balls

    The Secret Policeman's Balls

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    The Secret Policeman's Balls is the collective name informally used to describe the long-running series of benefit shows staged in England to raise funds for the human rights organisation Amnesty International. The shows started out in the mid-1970s primarily as comedy galas featuring popular British comedic performers and later expanded to include leading musical performers.moreless
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    Michael Palin: Himalaya

    Michael Palin: Himalaya

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    Michael Palin: Himalaya is the BBC TV series that follows comedian and adventurer Michael Palin as he embarks on a six-month trip through the Himalayas. Michael has traveled through many countries in his travelogue series, and this is one of the most beautiful. He journeys through Afghanistan, through India and to the region known as the Death Zone near Everest's base. Michael traveled 3,000 miles through the Himalaya mountain range, trekking up several of the mountains. The highest point on the journey goes all the way up to Everest Base Camp, an altitude of 17,500 feet. He also journeys to locations like the Bhutanese capital, the Tiger Leaping Gorge, and the Bay of Bengal. Along the way he meets fascinating characters like the Dalai Lama, the Bhutanese royal family, and the Konyak headhunters, learning about their histories and customs. Join Michael as he continues his BBC travelogue series in Michael Palin: Himalaya.moreless
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    The Atheism Tapes

    The Atheism Tapes

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    The Atheism Tapes is a six-part documentary series originally airing on the BBC that features prominent academics discussing Atheism. The series is hosted and presented by Jonathan Miller. Each of the six episodes features an extended interview with one of the following academics and scholars: Colin McGinn, Steven Weinberg, Arthur Miller, Richard Dawkins, Denys Turner and Daniel Dennett. Colin McGinn, an English philosopher, talks about a number of reasons why someone should or should not believe in God. Steven Weinberg, an American physicist, discusses the Design Argument and its effectiveness is proving the existence of God. Arther Miller, American playwright, explains atheism through the perspective of Judaism, as well as the history of antisemitism that derives from the notion that Jewish people do not believe Jesus Christ was the son of God. Richard Dawkins, an English biologist, discusses his idea that evil may exist because of a personification of a deeply-held belief. Denys Turner, a British theologian, wonders whether or not being an atheist or theist depends on the questions you ask yourself to begin with. Finally, Daniel Dennett, an American philosopher, talks at length about his own atheist, as well as why he believes Darwin's Theory of Evolution was such a dangerous idea to his contemporaries.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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    Apparitions

    Apparitions

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    Father Jacob, played by Martin Shaw, is caught up in a sinister battle between good and evil. His priestly duties are turned on their head when he begins exorcising demons in an attempt to save the world.moreless
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    Land Girls

    Land Girls

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    This week-long drama follows the trials of four land girls, working in the countryside during the second World War. The series marks the 70th anniversaty of the outbreak of World War II.moreless
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    Stephen Fry in America

    Stephen Fry in America

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    In this six-part series, actor and presenter, Stephen Fry travels, through all 50 states of America - a country that was very nearly his home, to explore the diverse country and highlight the differences between American and British culture.moreless
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    The Story of India

    The Story of India

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    The history of India begins almost 500,000 years ago when man first appeared on the subcontinent. The Stone Age man shared their habitat with many animals and took shelter in caves. They lived the lives of hunter-gatherers for thousands of years.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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    The Life of Mammals

    The Life of Mammals

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    This is the fourth of David Attenborough's nature series exploring the complexities of various mammal species in the animal kingdom. The series features 10 episodes exploring in depth the day to day habits of mammals in the wild.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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    To Play the King

    To Play the King

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    A new Conservative politican, Francis Urquhart, is appointed to Prime Minister and the series follows him as he tries to crush all opposition, including the newly crowned king. The drama is an adaptation of Michael Dobbs' novel of the same name, the second part of the House of Cards trilogy.moreless
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    Emma

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    Messiah

    Messiah

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    Welcome to the Messiah guide at TV.com. This series of intelligent psychological thrillers, inspired by the novel by Boris Starling, sees the uncompromising Detective Chief Inspector Red Metcalfe investigate a series of ritualistic murders on a religious theme: all of the victims are slain in the manner of one of the twelve disciples. In subsequent stories, Metcalfe (replaced by DCI Joseph Walker from 2008) and his team investigate further serial killings carried out on a macabre and epic scale. Messiah is a BBC Northern Ireland and Paramount International Television production.moreless
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    The Thin Blue Line

    The Thin Blue Line

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    The Thin Blue Line is about Chief Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson) of uniformed division his life Gastherth police station, coping with his failing 10 year girlfriend who is receptionist, Patrica or 'Cabbage', the insolence around him A.K.A. C.I.D. officer Derek Grim and his non-personal life (Which he doesnt have) Starting in 1995 (Season 1) and ending in 1996 (Season 2) this 14 episode Ben Elton comedy gets you drawn in and laughing for ages, truly a classic for the video shelf!moreless
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    The Worst Week of My Life

    The Worst Week of My Life

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    Welcome to The Worst Week of My Life guide. Getting married should be the best experience of your life, but for Howard Steel it turns into the week from hell. There are just seven days to go before he marries Mel Cook in the beautiful grounds of her parent's house. The couple have a few last minute preparations to complete, like choosing up the ring, co-ordinating the stag and hen do and finalising the seating plan - what could possible go wrong? In September 2008 an American version of the show will premire on CBS.moreless
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    David Attenborough Wildlife Specials

    David Attenborough Wildlife Specials

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    David Attenborough Wildlife Specials are award-winning documentaries narrated by naturalist David Attenborough. Enter the wild as you journey through the natural habitats of some of the world's most exotic animals. Travel across the seven continents to see some of the world's finest natural landscapes. Join Sir David in his journey across the globe to watch amazing animals like the polar bear or crocodile. Try to keep up while watching the leopard or the wolf. Soar with the eagle or learn about the endangered humpback whale. You can also get a great view of amazing animals and landscapes with the help of satellites. Watch millions of Monarch butterflies in Mexico; see cranes dancing in Japan or watch dolphins leaping off the coast of New Zealand. A thousand miles away, see flamingos gathering by the millions on the lakes of East Africa or view the Great Barrier Reef. Travel through waterfalls and ice caves and all from within the comfort of your home.moreless
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