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    Play School

    Play School

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    BBC Two (ended 1988)
    British children's series
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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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    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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    Horizon

    Horizon

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    BBC Two
    Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated its 40th anniversary and it continues to enjoy outstanding critical acclaim. Recognised as the world leader in its field, it regularly wins a sweep of international science, medical and environmental film accolades, and has recently won the Royal Television Society Award and the Prix Italia. In 2002, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts presented Horizon with the BAFTA Television Award for Best Factual Series or Strand. In 2003 it won the prestigious Images et Science award for best medical documentary and the Carl von Linne Award at the Living Europe film festival in Sweden. That year, a Horizon co-production with WGBH Boston won the Emmy for best documentary.moreless
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    Thirty-Minute Theatre

    Thirty-Minute Theatre

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    BBC Two (ended 1973)
    Welcome to the Thirty-Minute Theatre guide at TV Tome. Of all the drama anthologies produced by the BBC in the 1960s and 1970s, "Thirty-Minute Theatre" is possibly the most forgotten and least documented. Not as big-budgeted or well-publicized as "The Wednesday Play" and "Play for Today," this series nevertheless displayed high-quality writing in both its adaptations and original scripts. Some of its notable writers include Dennis Potter, David Rudkin, John Mortimer, Roy Minton, Charlotte and Denis Plimmer, and Tom Stoppard. In its 9-year run, the series presented a broad spectrum of themes, styles, and subjects, with a mixture of drama, comedy, satire, social comment, and fantasy, racking up nearly 300 teleplays in the process. When the BBC launched its color service in late 1967, "Thirty-Minute Theatre" became the first BBC drama series to be produced and broadcast in color. The photo is from "The Chequers Manoeuvre."moreless
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    Theatre 625

    Theatre 625

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    BBC Two (ended 1968)
    Welcome to the Theatre 625 guide at TV.com. Theatre 625 was an anthology drama series broadcast on BBC-2. A shop window for established writers, the show ran for a total of 114 episodes. The "625" refers to the higher-definition 625-line broadcasts that were used exclusively by BBC-2 at a time when BBC-1 and ITV were still using the old 405-line format. Programmes were made and broadcast in colour from 1967.moreless
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    Gardener's World

    Gardener's World

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    BBC Two
    This British show offers practical, seasonal gardening advice. The expert presenters offer step-by-step guides to creating the perfect garden, they also hold annual live shows and have an accompanying 'Gardener's World' magazine.moreless
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    Out of the Unknown

    Out of the Unknown

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    BBC Two (ended 1971)
    Out Of The Unknown was an anthology series of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories, featuring adaptations of works by leading writers in these genres, together with original screenplays. Initially broadcast in monochrome (black and white), the show was broadcast in color from its third season on starting in 1969.moreless
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    The Revenue Men

    The Revenue Men

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    BBC Two (ended 1968)
    Welcome to The Revenue Men guide at TV.com.

    This drama series concentrates on the work of an office of the Investigation Branch of H.M. Customs and Excise. I.B. officers, who can usually speak more than one foreign language, are trained in the techniques of detection and interrogation and have powers of arrest and confiscation. Theirs is a roving commission, and they can follow a case anywhere in Britain and abroad.

    Head of Branch Stuart Campbell is assisted by two Investigation Officers: the experienced C.S.R. "Caesar" Smith, formerly an officer in the Outdoor Service, and young Ross McInnes, newly promoted from the Waterguard. The remaining member of the team is departmental Clerical Officer Luke Fraser.moreless
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    The Money Programme

    The Money Programme

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    BBC Two
    The Money Programme is a finance and business affairs television programme on BBC2. First broadcast in 5 April 1966, The Money Programme is the BBC's longest running business affairs programme. In the early years the Money Programme was fronted by "commentators" - distinguished financial journalists who gave viewers an insight and an understanding into Britain's new economic reality. The programme was not an immediate success. Audiences started at around half a million. But the programme had soon established itself and was making headlines - like the edition in November 1977 when Sir James Goldsmith accused the programme of telling lies and promptly stormed off the set. The Programme was completely transformed in the 1980’s into a new glossy magazine format. Introduced with two new presenters, Valerie Singleton and Brian Widlake, who helped to bring the programme to a wider audience. In 2001 the Programme was given a new look, changing from a magazine to a single subject documentary, such as 50 Cent’s business acumen, PPI’s and The World According To Google. The new format, produced in association with The Open University, has proved a great success with increased audiences, even greater press attention and a clutch of awards for its programmes.moreless
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    The Expert

    The Expert

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    BBC Two (ended 1976)
    Welcome to The Expert guide at TV.com. Dr. John Hardy was a forensic pathologist at the Home Office. The irascible doctor was assisted in his work by Sandra Hughes, and supported at home by his wife, Dr. Jo Hardy. Professor John Glaister, a former professor of forensic medicine and public health at the University of Glasgow, was employed as a technical adviser to ensure that The Expert maintained a high level of authenticity. The show, created by N. J. Crisp and Gerard Glaister, was the first BBC-2 drama series to be made in colour.moreless
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    Look and Read

    Look and Read

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    BBC Two (ended 2004)
    Look and Read is a longrunning Children's educational show which has been shown in British schools since the 1960s.
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    International Cabaret

    International Cabaret

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    BBC Two (ended 1974)
    International Cabaret was a variety show, presented by Kenneth Williams, in which three international acts, from around the world, would perform in each show.
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    The Likely Lads

    The Likely Lads

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    BBC Two (ended 1966)
    Welcome to The Likely Lads guide at TV.com. British sitcom
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    Somerset Maugham Theatre

    Somerset Maugham Theatre

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    BBC Two (ended 1970)
    50-minute anthology series from the UK
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    Q5

    Q5

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    BBC Two (ended 1980)
    Q5, also Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9. In March 1969 BBC2 presented Q5,the show that pushed the comedy boundaries into surreal territory several months before Monty Python appeared on screen. Created by Former Goon Spike Milligan, the sketches followed one another in quick succession, with some often abandoned halfway through and the cast immediately launching another sketch or just milling about the set, muttering & gesturing and trying not to laugh. Q5 became Q6, then Q7, Q8 and Q9, but the BBC then decided that the Q prefix was too confusing, so series 10 was called There's A Lot Of It About (same writers and cast).moreless
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    Not Only... But Also

    Not Only... But Also

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    BBC Two (ended 1970)
    Welcome to the show Home for Not only... But Also...

    "A true television comedy classic - not only Peter Cook but also Dudley Moore combining to provide three brilliant series of sketch comedy, beginning in 1965 and ending in 1970. The two made a perfect double-act, the tall, elegant, rapier-witted Peter Cook contrasting with the small and more intense Moore."

    The opening credits were always different. One week the titles were painted on the deck of an aircraft carrier and another they would be dangling between the halves of Tower Bridge.

    Cast: Peter Cook (The Two of Us, Bedazzled (1967) Peter Cook (Dudley, Daddy's Girls, Bedazzled (1967)

    Peter Cook based his characters on observations of real life people.

    There are lots of guest stars... lots and lots... Every episode has a guest star. =================== Programming History Aired on BBC2 then availblized on BBC1.

    January - April 1965 January - February 1966 February - May 1970moreless
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    Story Parade

    Story Parade

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    BBC Two (ended 1965)
    The Story Parade was an anthology series from the BBC, with each drama adapted from a novel or short story writen in the previous 30 years.
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    Melissa

    Melissa

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    BBC Two (ended 1964)
    Welcome to the Frances Durbridge Presents Melissa guide at TV.com. Adapted from the novel My Wife Melissa by Francis Durbridge, this classic thriller serial has journalist Guy Foster returning home to find that his wife, Melissa, murdered, having apparently been strangled to death during a petty burglary. Foster retraces her steps and discovers that she has been leading a double life. The serial was critically acclaimed, and two further versions were made, for BBC-2 in 1974 and for Channel 4 in 1997.moreless
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    Bat Out of Hell

    Bat Out of Hell

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    BBC Two (ended 1966)
    Welcome to the Francis Durbridge Presents Bat Out of Hell guide at TV.com. Another presentation of a Francis Durbridge thriller,Bat Out of Hell investigates the motives of two lovers who decide to murder her husband. The five-part serial keeps the audience guessing, as further murders are committed.moreless
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