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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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    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. From 2009 to 2013, the show was presented by different guest hosts each week. In July 2014 it was announced that Rhod Gilbert would become the show's third regular host from the 28th series onwards. 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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    Mary Queen of Shops

    Mary Queen of Shops

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    Mary Porta is one of the most respected people in the fashion industry: she helped turn Harvey Nichols into the style warehouse it is today and now she's offering her wisdom to those struggling to start their own fashion outlet.moreless
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    Rough Science

    Rough Science

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    BBC Two (ended 2005)
    Rough Science takes five scientists to a remote location where they are set challenges to be undertaken with only basic equipment and whatever they can find or extract from the local environment, although a few special items are sometimes provided. US publicity called it "Survivor meets Junkyard Wars", though Rough Science actually went into production before Survivor. From a British point of view, the show fits into a similar niche to that occupied by the 1980s ratings-winners The Great Egg Race and Now Get Out Of That!, as well as belonging to BBC2's portfolio of "popular science" shows alongside such hits as What The Romans Did For Us and Hollywood Science. The scientists who take on the challenges cover most of the major specializations; the regular team comprises a chemist, a physicist, a botanist, an engineer and a geologist. Rough Science demonstrates how different specialisms can come together to solve scientific problems - or, conversely, how a problem can be solved from more than one angle. What rivalry exists among the scientists is purely of the friendly kind, in fact it's obvious that they're all good friends and their camaraderie is one of the things that makes Rough Science such a success. The team's challenges have thus far always taken place somewhere very hot or very cold. The first series took the original team - including Anna Lewington and Vanessa Griffths, who do not appear in the later series - to a secret island location, and their first task was to work out where in the world they were. For the second series, American Ellen McCallie replaced Lewington as the team's resident botanist, and Kathy Sykes also made her debut, around the same time that she began presenting another series from the same stable, Ever Wondered About Food?. This time the setting was a Caribbean island and the tasks were more technology-based. The third series was a complete contrast. The same team were sent to New Zealand, where they were set tasks on a gold-mining theme. Amid spectacular glaciers, they were set the challenge of finding enough gold to make a piece of jewelery, with four of the six episodes dedicated almost entirely toward this goal. Having used numerous different approaches to find gold (including a search for "buried treasure"!), the team eventually achieved their goal, and the pendant they made was given away in a competition on the Rough Science website. For the fourth series, it was back into the heat. Based near a NASA testing ground on the edge of Death Valley, the team (now including geologist Iain Stewart) faced a series of challenges on the theme of space exploration, with high points including Ellen's "moonwalk" in a spacesuit built from scrap material, and a closing rocket-building challenge with a memorable finale. Note that when shown in the USA, the first two series were combined into one, with the order swapped round so that the second series episodes appeared first. The third and fourth series were similarly combined into a single, 12-episode series when they appeared in the USA the following year. Jonathan Hare's website provided details of filming dates for the various series.moreless
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    The Bubble

    The Bubble

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    BBC Two (ended 2010)
    David Mitchell hosts this new current affairs quiz show, in which panellists are kept away from the media up to four days before it's filmed. Once in the studio, they have to distinguish the real news stories which broke whilst they were in The Bubble, from fakes.moreless
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    Dragons' Den

    Dragons' Den

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    The 'dragons', a panel of tough business minds, decide whether or not to green light a fund-lacking entrepeneur's idea in this BBC2 series. Contestants pitch their ideas offering up a percentage of ownership in the imagined company in the hopes of winning the investment dollars of five critical venture capitalists.moreless
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    Mastermind

    Mastermind

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    BBC Two
    British game show which ran from 1972 to 1997, then returned in 2003.
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    The Best Show in the World...Probably

    The Best Show in the World...Probably

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    BBC Two (ended 1998)
    British game show
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    Breakaway

    Breakaway

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    BBC Two (ended 2012)
    Breakaway is a quiz show hosted by Nick Hancock. Six contestants compete to win up to 10,000 pounds.