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    Newsnight

    Newsnight

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    BBC Two
    Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news programme and runs on BBC2 five nights a week. Its format, with a limited number of items covered in each show, allows an in-depth analytical approach to news stories, with a particular emphasis on political and economic affairs. The show largely eschews the "human-interest" stories favoured by many news programmes. As of March 2003, the regular presenters were Gavin Esler, Jeremy Paxman and Kirsty Wark. The most-seen correspondents were Robin Denselow (international news), Liz McKean (UK news), Martha Kearney (UK politics), Tom Carver (US Politics), Mark Urban (world politics) and Stephanie Flanders (business & economics).moreless
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    Fireman Sam

    Fireman Sam

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    Fireman Sam was first broadcast on the BBC and S4C (the UK's Welsh language broadcaster) in 1986 and it continues to be broadcast on both channels today and has been sold to broadcasters in over 40 countries from Poland to Korea.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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    Not the Nine O'Clock News

    Not the Nine O'Clock News

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    BBC Two (ended 1982)
    Not The Nine O'Clock News was a satirical show broadcast on BBC2 (UK) from 1979 to 1982. Noted for its topical sketches and skits, it made stars of Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys-Jones and Pamela Stephenson.

    The show required a large number of writers, and to this end operated an "open door" policy, accepting sketch ideas from anybody who wanted to contribute. With a large number of contributing writers, there was plenty of material to go round, and only the best ideas made it to the screen; thus the series was able to maintain a remarkably high quality of material across four series.

    The series ended in 1982, partly due to the various cast members wanting to pursue their own projects instead. The format was subsequently copied in the USA where it became Not Necessarily the News.

    For those wishing to see Not The Nine O'Clock News on video, two VHS compilations are available: Nice Video Shame About The Hedgehog and The Gorilla Kinda Lingers. Both are deleted but should be easy enough to find. Three albums were also released: Not The Nine O'Clock News, compiled from the soundtracks of series 1+2; Hedgehog Sandwich taken from series 3, and The Memory Kinda Lingers, taken from series 4. The latter two albums are available as a combined long-play BBC cassette.moreless
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    Top Gear

    Top Gear

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    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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    Coast

    Coast

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    Coast explores the British Isles from the perspective of the coastline surrounding the islands. From the tip of Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland, the team look at the history, geography, and evolution of our unique landscape.moreless
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    Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf

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    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 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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    Postman Pat

    Postman Pat

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    BBC Two (ended 2008)
    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 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 favorite postman, but he is also joined by a cast of other talented voice artists, like Carole Boyd. For the final season in 2008, the series was titled Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service. The show aired on BBC2 from 1981-2002, CBBC from 1986-2002 and at CBeebies from 2003-2008. Reruns continue today on CBeebies.moreless
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    The Long Firm

    The Long Firm

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    BBC Two (ended 2004)
    The Long Firm is the BBC Adaptation of Jake Arnott's novel of the same name. The book, and essentially the series, is a short collection of stories, surrounding racketeer Harry Starks, told through the eyes of different characters. These include a struggling actress, a low life drug dealer, a lecturer and a disgraced peer.moreless
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    Miranda

    Miranda

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    Written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart this sitcom delves into her semi-fictional, clumsy world where whatever she attempts in life seems to end in a disastrous way. Trying to have a happy love life, a fulfilling social one or a satisfying relationship with her overbearing mother prove particularly hard to accomplish.moreless
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    The Forsyte Saga (1967)

    The Forsyte Saga (1967)

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    BBC Two (ended 1967)
    The Forsyte Saga so captured the imagination of end of the decade TV viewers that it inspired what is today known as the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to create a series called Masterpiece Theater. Originally broadcast in the United Kingdom in 1967, The Forsyte Saga crossed the "pond" in 1969, airing on Sunday nights. It not only inaugurated the arrival of the British drama to the US but also the dramatic form of the mini-series. Although sharing some qualities with the soap opera format, The Forsyte Saga had a beginning and an end and was never intended for more than one season. The story, roughly, is that of a large family in Victorian England. We see three generations of Forsytes struggle with love, money, and family secrets that will hang over them. The series can be safely divided into two sections thematically. The first half of the series focuses on the older generations of Forsytes while the second half portrays the trials of the younger set. The first half ends with the death of Young Jolyon who has up to that point, been the series narrator. The second half proceeds until the series finale and the death of Soames. The series, based on the novels of John Galsworthy, challenges us to examine our values. Can love drive us to want to possess someone else? Does a preoccupation with material things root out love and caring? These are the most fundamental themes explored in the series.moreless
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    Edge of Darkness

    Edge of Darkness

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    BBC Two (ended 1985)
    Welcome to the Edge of Darkness guide at TV.com.

    Edge of Darkness was a landmark mini-series from the BBC. A classic suspense thriller set in contemporary Thatcherite Britain, the series captured accurately the paranoia of an age where Trident missiles shared headlines with anti-nuclear protestors.

    The programme bears all the hallmarks of a classic, from the quality writing and subtle acting to the score, which is by turns mournful and suspenseful. The drama made stars of Peck and Whalley, and was rated by the British Film Institute as the 15th all-time best British television programme.moreless
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    Sensitive Skin (UK)

    Sensitive Skin (UK)

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    Sensitive Skin (UK) is a British dark comedy-drama series revolving around the lives of a wealthy couple, Al and Davina Jackson. The couple, who are now past 50, lives in metropolitan London, while being embattled by sexual temptation and professional jealousy from their friends. Al (Denis Lawson), works as a pundit for a newspaper publication company, while his wife Davina (Joanna Lumley), is an artist in a nearby art gallery. However, together with their own personal problems, they have a 30-year old son, Orlando (James Lance), who still thinks and acts as a spoiled adolescent. Al and Davina may seem to have everything, but they are actually unsatisfied with their own lives and fears the future. Sensitive Skin follows the journey of Al and Davina as they struggle to rediscover personal happiness, while coping to understand whatever outcome the future may bring. The show first aired in BBC 2 channel in 2005, and a second series later followed in 2007. moreless
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    The Hollow Crown

    The Hollow Crown

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    BBC Two (ended 2012)
    The Hollow Crown is a series of British TV that adapts William Shakespeare's historical tetralogy, the Henriad. This includes Richard II, Henry IV part 1 and 2, and Henry V. Each episode is directed by a notable British stage director and the project as a whole was produced by Sam Mendes.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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    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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    Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection

    Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection

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    BBC Two (ended 2007)
    Chef Heston Blumenthal, known for his 'molecular gastronomy' and use of unusual ingredients, tackles popular recipes in his kitchen/lab to create the perfect version of the the dishes. His choice of dishes range from Peking Duck through to hamburgers and Christmas dinner.moreless
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    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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    BBC Two (ended 1979)
    Tinker, tailor,soldier, sailor, Rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief. George Smiley, the aging master spy of the Cold War and once heir apparent to Control, is brought back out of retirement to flush out a top level mole within the Circus. Smiley must travel back through his life and murky workings of the Circus to unravel the net spun by his nemesis Karla 'The Sandman' of the KGB and reveal the identity of the mole before he disappears.moreless
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