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    Elizabeth R

    Elizabeth R

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    BBC Two (ended 1971)
    Historical mini-series documenting the reign of Elizabeth I. Each episode focuses on one dramatic period in the lengthy reign of the Virgin Queen, including her ascension to the throne, her various marital intrigues, her problems with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, and the threatened invasion of the Spanish Armada. The series is dominated by a tour de force performance by Glenda Jackson, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Elizabeth.moreless
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    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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    BBC Two (ended 1970)
    "Divorced, Beheaded, Died / Divorced, Beheaded, Survived..." this mini-series investigates the women behind the most active bridegroom in the history of the British monarchy. Each episode is seen through the eyes of one of Henry's six Queens, and the series as a whole illustrates England's movement from Roman Catholicism to a new form of Protestantism, all courtesy of a king in search of a son. Keith Michell's performance as Henry VIII, aging from a naive teen-ager to his corpulent death, remains the definitive portrait of this complex king. The series first aired in Great Britain beginning on January 1, 1970. It aired in the United States in the fall of 1971 to great critical acclaim and was re-run as an entry of Masterpiece Theatre in 1972. Also, in 1973, a theatrical version of the series was filmed and released with star Keith Michell reprising his role as Henry VIII. However, six different actresses from the ones who appeared in the series portrayed Henry's six wives.moreless
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    The Borderers

    The Borderers

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    BBC Two (ended 1970)
    BBC Scotland drama series set in the Scottish Borders in the 16th Century. These were turbulent times: raids and skirmishes across the border with England; cattle and sheep rustling; disputes settled by sword or gun. Iain Cuthbertson stars as Sir Walter Ker of Cessford (referred to throughout as 'Cessford') the Warden of Liddesdale. (A Warden was roughly the equivalent of a modern day Sheriff.) Michael Gambon co-stars as Gavin Ker, male head of the family the Kers of Slitrig, kinsfolk of Cessford.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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    Holding On

    Holding On

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    BBC Two (ended 1997)
    British dramatic series
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    Jane

    Jane

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    BBC Two (ended 1984)
    Jane is a Second World War drama serial, bringing to life the Daily Mirror newspaper's wartime heroine, whose most notable characteristic was a tendency to lose most of her clothes for complicated reasons. In the television version, the actors appear against comic strip backgrounds. Season Two was also billed as Jane in the Desert.moreless
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    Eureka Street

    Eureka Street

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Eureka Street is a BBC Northern Ireland adaptation to mini-series of Robert McLiam Wilson's 1996 novel of the same name. Set in Belfast in the six months before and after the 1994 ceasefire, it commences with an anonymous hand typing the words, "All stories are love stories." The novel opens with the same text. The story follows the lives of two friends: the Catholic Jake Jackson - struggling with a failed relationship, his job as a repossession agent and the effect of the Troubles on the world around him - and the Protestant Chuckie Lurgan, "fat" and unemployed until circumstances and a previously untapped entrepreneurial spirit lead him to a world very different to Eureka Street.moreless
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    Codename

    Codename

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    BBC Two (ended 1970)
    Codename was a spy thriller about the secretive MI17, a government department operating from the residential hall of a Cambridge College. Eventually the series attained a more international flavour, although its base was always in Great Britain. Codename dealt primarily with the themes of espionage and counter-espionage at the time of the Cold War of the 1960s. The series was developed from Codename: Portcullis, a stand-alone drama broadcast under the Drama Playhouse banner.moreless
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    The View from Daniel Pike

    The View from Daniel Pike

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    BBC Two (ended 1973)
    Daniel Pike is a tough and canny private investigator operating within the seedy underclass of Glasgow.
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    The Lotus Eaters

    The Lotus Eaters

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    BBC Two (ended 1973)
    British dramatic series
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    Microbes and Men

    Microbes and Men

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    BBC Two (ended 1974)
    British dramatic series
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    Firm Friends

    Firm Friends

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    BBC Two (ended 1992)
    A fairly well to-do, upper-class housewife ventures into a catering business with her Indian cleaning lady friend.
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    Out of the Blue

    Out of the Blue

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    BBC Two (ended 2009)
    A group of 30-something friends from high school return home from a high school reunion in this Australian drama. When one of them is found dead, it's clear that one of the group is the killer. Friendships and loyalties are tested in this joint BBC One & Northern Star Australia offering.moreless
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    The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

    The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

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    BBC Two
    Being a lesbian in the 19th century was not easy, take it from Anne Lister. The Yorkshire landowner had to conceal her true sexuality from society, as she lived with her female lover.moreless
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    The Sinking Of The Laconia

    The Sinking Of The Laconia

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    BBC Two
    A two part drama which focuses predominantly on the human side of events to tell this true story of human heroism in the face of war.
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