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    Top Gear

    Top Gear

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    BBC Two
    The 'pokey little motoring show on BBC2' that went global. Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond drive, crash, sail and bicker their way around the world in the most expensive, desirable, cheapest and frankly dangerous cars. Meanwhile, Stig is still illegal in 17 US states.moreless
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    The Fall

    The Fall

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    This five-part BBC drama set in Northern Ireland, stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson who is brought in from the London Metropolitan Police to review an unsolved Belfast murder. As the killer, Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), strikes again and again, the police investigation uncovers an intricate story of the lives touched by events.moreless
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    Torchwood

    Torchwood

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    BBC Two (ended 2009)
    Torchwood, a spin-off from the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who, follows a group of investigators working for the secret organisation of the same name. Set in Cardiff, Wales the team specialise in alien technology that has landed on Earth, and crime, whether it be alien or human. The mysterious Captain Jack Harkness is the leader of the equally mysterious Torchwood, and vows to guard humanity against alien threats. Curious PC Gwen Cooper accidentally discovers the group, and soon becomes entangled in a series of events. This leads up to her being hired, and becoming involved in the exciting affairs of the organisation. Together with medic, Owen Harper, and the tech expert, Toshiko Sato, and the impressible Ianto Jones, the five explore the thrilling world of Torchwood.moreless
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    Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf

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    BBC Two
    3 Million Years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf Its crew: Dave Lister, the last crew member alive Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of his dead bunkmate Cat, a humanoid, evolved from Lister's cat. Additional: The ship's crew has come across new members: Kryten, a series 4000 mechanoid rescued from the Nova 5 Navigation Officer Kristine Kochanski, from a parallel universe. I am Holly, the ship's computer with an IQ of 6000 (and rapidly decreasing). Message Ends. ========================== Welcome to the Red Dwarf guide. Enjoy the backstory and details of one of the best SF parodies ever created for TV.moreless
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    QI

    QI

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    In today's world, the Information Age, there are a lot of things we don't know. What is life? What is consciousness? How did the universe begin and when will it end? As QI proves, we know a lot less about the universe, and even ourselves, than we previously thought. What colour is the universe? Beige. How many senses have you got? From nine to over twenty. How many moons does the Earth have? At least seven. Forget about the questions nobody has answers to. Immerse yourself in the Quite Interesting world of QI and never be bored again.moreless
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    The Kumars at No. 42

    The Kumars at No. 42

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    BBC Two (ended 2006)
    This is a sitcom/talk show. The Kumars are an asian family who have their own talk show! Sanjeev Kumar, the host, talks to the guests while his family asks questions! Sanjeev who is a very big attention-seeker and keeps thinking he's such a handsome professional talk show host is a loser, really. His father, Ashwin, is the show's producer and is always interested in business and money. In interviews, he would say these pointless stories to the celebrities with no punchline. Sanjeev's mother, Madhuri, loves having guests around and always offers food. She usually asks questions about the guest's family or love life. But the real star of the show is Sushila, Sanjeev's gran who likes to ask cheeky questions and flirts with the handsome male guests. The Kumars had a No 1 single! With Gareth Gates that is. It was a cover of "Spirit in the sky". It was for Comic relief and was at number 1 for 3 weeks. Gareth did the singing while the Kumars commentate over it.moreless
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    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

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    Unsympathetic to the precious pomposity of the rock and pop industry, 'Buzzcocks' takes a sledgehammer to the delicate egos of the biggest and most famous names in music - often whilst they are guests on the programme. The scathing wit of Mark Lamarr and later Simon Amstell, has literally caused guests to walk off the show. Since 2009, the show has been presented by different guest hosts each week.
    In 2013, the BBC aired a series called What a Load of Buzzcocks which is narrated by Blur's Alex James and looks at the best bits of a certain year of music including moments from 'Buzzcocks'.moreless
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    Lab Rats

    Lab Rats

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    Chris Addison (The Thick of It) brings BBC Two a brand new, multi-camera surreal comedy. St. Dunstan's University is hiring out their state of the art new lab, "The Arnolfini Research Laboratory". The aim is to research projects and conduct scientific experiments to bring the college money and respect. Unfortunately, they hire it out to the "lab rats", who specalise in less than usual science.

    Six episodes were ordered for season 1, the show is currently on hiatus as the BBC have yet to renew it.moreless
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    The Pallisers

    The Pallisers

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    BBC Two (ended 1974)
    Welcome to The Pallisers guide at TV.com. This epic length dramatization of six of Anthony Trollope's great novels-often called the best sequence of fiction based on British Parliamentary life-is one of the crown jewels of the Golden Age British period drama. The story follows the fortunes of the youthful Glencora and Plantagenet from the marriage that was forced on them through the joys and heartbreaks of both their personal and public lives over the years. Other characters, most notably Phineas Finn, come into their lives and the intrigue, scandal, loves and loss that each encounter adds depth and richness to the story. The BBC spared no expense on this production, thus, the acting, costuming, sets and locations are all extraordinary and help us move easily into this world of the Victorians. As episode after episode pass by we get caught up in the drama and passions of their lives. We look forward to seeing what will happen to them next and when the series comes to an end we feel a bit sad that they won't be stopping by anymore.moreless
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    Fawlty Towers

    Fawlty Towers

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    BBC Two (ended 1979)
    The genesis of Fawlty Towers came when John Cleese and the rest of the Pythons went filming in the Southwest of England in May 1971. They were scheduled to spend two weeks at the Gleneagles in Torquay, but cut their stay to one night. It all had to do with the "wonderfully rude" hotel manager, the late Donald Sinclair. Sinclair hated all the guests who had the shortsightedness to stay in the Gleneagles. Worse, Sinclair was only 5'4" and was married to a large, domineering wife. Cleese turned Sinclair into a character for a Doctor in the House script for the BBC in 1973. This was just after Cleese had finished his TV chores on Monty Python's Flying Circus. Cleese wanted to strike out with his now-separated wife, Connie Booth, so the BBC gave both the offer to do a series. It didn't take long at all for Cleese and Booth to make the series out of that Torquay hotel, which they named Fawlty Towers. Cleese cast himself as manager Basil Fawlty, who felt that the main nuisances in a hotel were the guests. Wife Sybil Fawlty was Basil's equal and opposite, the competent co-owner who could lash out at Basil and win on the first stroke. ("We reversed the sizes [of manager and wife]," said the 6'4" Cleese.) Rounding out the regular staff at Fawlty Towers were Andrew Sachs as Manuel, the dumb waiter from Barcelona who could not make sense of Basil's commands (¿Qué?), and Connie Booth as Polly, whose calmness was sorely tested in each of Basil's schemes and cover-ups. While most sitcom writers spend two weeks turning out an episode, John Cleese and Connie Booth spent six weeks writing each episode of Fawlty Towers. Cleese said each program started with two or three plot threads, which start parallel, but begin to intertwine. The best shows, of course, are those in which the plot threads touch at the end. The production team spent nearly an hour editing each minute of every program, spending up to 25 hours on each show. With such intense work put into each episode, Fawlty Towers drew raves around the world, exceeding the success of Monty Python's Flying Circus in some countries. But Cleese limited the run of Fawlty Towers to approximately twelve shows. He did not want to diminish the impact Fawlty Towers has had. And there has been plenty of impact. America tried three times to regenerate the show, none of which worked. The best U.S. homage to the show may be a hotel called "Fawlty Towers" in Cocoa Beach, Florida (near Ron Jon's Surf Shop). Its owners have adopted the pseudonyms Basil and Sybil. The show won 3 BAFTA Awards and one Broadcasting Press Guild Award. Despite being very short - lived and not airing too often, Fawlty Towers is recognised as one of the greatest British TV shows of all time. It was ranked #5 in the British Comedy Guide's list of Top 50 British Sitcoms. Fawlty Towers was voted #1 In the British Film Instuite TV 100. Other awards the show has won are; 'The Royal Television Society Programme Awards'for outstanding creative achievements which went to John Cleese in May 1976, In April 1982, the two episodes of Fawlty Towers that were used as training films won a Queens Award for Export Acheivement, In 2001 the new Fawlty Towers DVD set won the 'Quality Street DVD award' for being the best comedy on DVD, Basil Fawlty was recognised as the most Monstrous Boss on British TV in May 2003 by UK Satellite Channel UK Gold, just beating David Brent from The Office. Fawlty Towers has aired in over 60 countries in places like Tonga, China, Pakistan, Latvia, Malta and Denmark.moreless
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    Postman Pat

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    Welcome to the Postman Pat guide at TV.com. Postman Pat was based on a series of books by John Cunliffe, the program is about a rural postman who helps his friends in the village of Greendale, based supposedly in Cumbria, England. The first series of thirteen 15-minute episodes was produced by Woodland Animations and broadcast by the BBC in 1981. Ivor Wood, a vetaran of animations like The Magic Roundabout, was at the helm as producer. Ken Barrie sang the well known theme tune and provided the narration. The stories were very successful and have seen endless repeats over the years. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show in 1991, the old production crew was reunited for two one-off 25 minute specials, again shown by the BBC. Two more came in 1995, and these were followed by a second full series of 13 adventures. Then, after almost 10 years of absence from our screens, Postman Pat returned in 2004 for his third series. This consisted of 25 new episodes and several specials. The charming model animation was a far cry from the simple look of the early 80's, with brighter sets, much smoother puppet movements and characters voices lip-synched. Ken Barrie is still the voice of our favourite postman, but he is also joined by a cast of other talented voice artists, like Carole Boyd. More episodes are promised to be on the way, so it looks like Postman Pat may still be with us in another 20 years! Lead Editor - greendale88moreless
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    Yes Minister

    Yes Minister

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    BBC Two (ended 1984)
    This is the story of the endless battles between the Government in the form of Jim Hacker, a brand new Cabinet Minister and the Civil Service of his department run by Sir Humphrey Appleby. Stuck in the middle of it all is civil servant Bernard Whooley.moreless
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    To Serve Them All My Days

    To Serve Them All My Days

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    BBC Two (ended 1981)
    After barely surviving the trenches of World War I, an embittered young soldier takes a teaching post at Bamfylde, an elite boarding school in the uplands of West Devon. It is an unlikely job for a Welsh miner's son without a degree, but David Powlett-Jones (John Duttine) proves to be a rare schoolmaster, as passionate about learning as he is about teaching. Through two tumultuous decades, Powlett-Jones inspires his students with his courage and idealism, qualities that help prepare him to send another generation of young men off to fight yet another war.moreless
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    Line of Duty

    Line of Duty

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    DS Steve Arnott is transferred to AC-12, the anti-corruption unit, after a counter-terrorist operation goes badly wrong. He is initially assigned to investigate one of the force's most successful and charismatic officers, whose crime figures seem too good to be true.

    Line of Duty is a compelling police drama that takes a cynical view of a target-driven police culture, while sympathetically portraying how basically decent individuals may find themselves drawn towards corrupt practices, misconduct and criminal behaviour.

    Line of Duty is a World Productions production for BBC Two.moreless
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    Classic Top Gear

    Classic Top Gear

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Featuring many presenters over the years including Jeremy Clarkson, Classic Top Gear, or Top Gear as it was once known was a car show that ran from 1978-2001. Classic Top Gear wasn't the entertainment extravaganza it is today and focused purely on reviewing cars and keeping motorists up to date with the latest motoring info. When the more popular presenters left the show viewership dropped and it was cancelled with Fifth Gear and modern Top Gear starting the following year.moreless
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    The Weakest Link (UK)

    The Weakest Link (UK)

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    The Weakest Link started in the UK and other countries like the USA, New Zealand and Australia liked it so much they bought it's format. The Weakest Link and the frightening Anne Robinson is now famous worldwide! The concept is simple. Contestants compete to win a prize money which is gathered over 7 rounds. The players must answer a chain of correct answers and say BANK to save the current amount they are on. If they have a chain of nine correct answers or reach their target of £5,000 then that round is over. At the end of each round every player is asked to vote off who they believe is the weakest link. The person who is the weakest link is asked to leave the show and not continue the game. At the end when only two remain, each must answer 5 questions and whoever has the most questions wins the total money banked over the eight rounds. The series is shown everyday on the BBC with the ordinary public but many times throughout the year a special edition is shown. These include famous celebrities where they try and raise money for a charity of their choice. These are usually aired on a Saturday evening whereas the normal episodes are shown weekdays early evenings.moreless
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    The Office (UK)

    The Office (UK)

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    "Trust, encouragement, reward, loyalty... satisfaction. That's what I'm..you know. Trust people and they'll be true to you. Treat them greatly, and they will show themselves to be great." - David Brent.

    The Office tells a story of a few people working in a British office working hard to not lose their jobs. This hilarious comedy won a Golden Globe award for best comedy series. It was created by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant.

    David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is a manager of low intelligence and has no sense of humor, but is convinced that he is the best, the most entertaining and the most well liked boss of all time.

    Today the show has been sold in more than 60 countries and it even had a remake in America. The Office is the first non-American show nominated in the category of best television musical or comedy for a Golden Globe Award; and Ricky Gervais was the first non-American actor nominated for the lead role in a television comedy for the same award. The Office won both awards and left Sex and the City & Matt LeBlanc empty handed.

    When the series aired the first season, they did not even know how popular it would get in some future episodes. The fact that its release on the DVD format proved to be the BBC's best selling comedy release shows its mass popularity and appeal.

    The writers at the start did not imagine that a second season would be created and after bowing to pressure to create one they would not do it again for a third. The show ended on a high note after two Christmas specials which tied up knots and rounded off wonderfully the first two seasons.

    Opening Theme Song: "Handbags and Gladrags" performed by Fin.

    WARNING: some episodes contain quotes with strong language.moreless
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    Miss Marple

    Miss Marple

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    BBC Two (ended 1992)
    Miss Marple is an amateur detective created by famed mystery writer Agatha Christie. Marple, an elderly spinster, is always able to solve crimes that the professionals cannot, because of her keen eye and her experience with all the foibles of human nature through the years in her home town of St. Mary Mead in England. These 12 BBC productions are adaptations of the 12 novels Christie wrote about Miss Marple, originally published between 1930 and 1976.moreless
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    Naked Video

    Naked Video

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    BBC Two (ended 1991)
    Naked Video was a BBC Scotland comedy series, broadcast between 1986 and 1991 on BBC2. it started life as a radio show on Radio Scotland called Naked Radio, starring Gregor Fisher, Andy Gray, Elaine C. Smith, Tony Roper, Jonathan Watson, John Sparkes, Kate Donnelly, Louise Beattie, Ron Bain, and Helen Lederer (although Lederer and Sparkes were not part of the radio version). The series was produced by Colin Gilbert and the script editor was Philip Differ.

    Naked Radio proved to be a popular part of the local schedule, and in 1985 the cast successfully mounted the show on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Colin Gilbert realised that it had the visual potential for television and so Naked Video was born. Naked Video proved hugely popular with the viewing public and soared up massive audeince figures when first aired.moreless
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    Ripping Yarns

    Ripping Yarns

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    BBC Two (ended 1979)
    Ripping Yarns is just that, a collection of tales of great adventure, mystery, suspense and high drama, that make for ripping good television. The series was created by Monty Python's Flying Circus alum Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Michael played the lead role in each tale and his main character's name is denoted in the episode description in bold; however, that however wasn't enough for Michael because he would also play various other small roles in each tale. If you look carefully you'll also see other Python alum John Cleese and Eric Idle making cameo appearances.moreless
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