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    The League of Gentlemen

    The League of Gentlemen

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    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Welcome to Royston Vasey, a small town in northern England inhabited by an odd bunch of people. Amongst the residents you will find Edward and Tubbs, who run the Local Shop; the toad-worshipping Denton family; Dr. Chinnery, the vet who tends to turn sick animals into dead ones; Pauline, the pen-obsessed Job Centre employee; butcher Hilary Briss, who has some very suspicious sausages; and the enigmatic Papa Lazarou.moreless
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    Two Fat Ladies

    Two Fat Ladies

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    British cooking show with two chefs, Jennifer Patterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright. Each episode is filmed from a different location from a brewery to a cathederal, from a samll town home to a manor house. This was never filmed on a set. You always get to see an interesting part of Great Britan.moreless
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    Neverwhere

    Neverwhere

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    BBC Two (ended 1996)
    Descend into the shadows of London Below...
    Richard Oliver Mayhew (Gary Bakewell) is an ordinary man trying to live an ordinary life in London. When Door (Laura Fraser) stumbles, literally, across his path he is moved to help her. This kindness destroys his normal existence as he is drawn into the world of London Below. Pursued by the evil Mr. Croup (Hywel Bennett) and Mr. Vandemar (Clive Russell), Richard, Door, Hunter (Tanya Moodie) and The Marquis De Carabas (Paterson Joseph) must solve the mystery of the murder of Door's family and find a way to get Richard back home.
    Neil Gaiman wrote this series for the BBC. While producing it he decided that he could flesh the world out more in a novel, which he published two years later.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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    Shooting Stars

    Shooting Stars

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    Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer ask two teams, captained by Jack Dee and Ulrika Jonsson, the silliest questions on the daftest panel show of them all.
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    Ready, Steady, Cook

    Ready, Steady, Cook

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    BBC Two
    Ready Steady Cook has been one of BBC's most successful shows to date. Two members of the public provide two celebrity chefs with some ingredients they have bought. Each member of the public will team up with a chef and they have a cook-off.moreless
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    Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

    Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    Louis Theroux gives viewers the chance to get brief glimpses of things they wouldn't normally come into contact with. In most cases this means interviewing people with extreme beliefs of some kind, or diving into obscure or marginalized subcultures.moreless
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    People Like Us

    People Like Us

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Documentary-maker Roy Mallard makes fly-on-the-wall films about Britain’s unsung professionals - 'people like us'. The fact that he's not too sensitive to the mood of the people he interviews, is linguistically challenged and struggles to blend into the background mean he more often that not, brings out the more ridiculous aspects of his subjects' character.moreless
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    The Planets

    The Planets

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Welcome to The Planets guide at TV.com.

    Screening over eight episodes, The Planets presents the incredible story of the discovery and exploration of our solar system, revealing the deepest secrets of our neighbors in space.

    From the first faltering attempts to magnify the sky with crude telescopic lenses to the sophisticated probes revealing even the most distant planets today, this amazing footage relive the gripping stories of adventure and discovery.

    Using a unique blend of state of the art computer graphics, unseen space race archive and first hand testimony from scientists around the world, The Planets is the most comprehensive account of space explorations ever compiled for television.moreless
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    Come Outside

    Come Outside

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    BBC Two (ended 1997)
    Come Outside is an entertaining children's program produced by the BBC that offers life lessons through adventure and curiosity. Come Outside's main character, Auntie Mabel (Lynda Baron), along with her dog, Pippin, explore and explain aspects of everyday life - everything from how bricks are made and dandelions grow to the behavior and habits of hedgehogs, butterflies and frogs. Depending on the subject, Auntie Mabel and Pippin might climb into their spotted plane, a Slingsby T-67 Firefly. Each program begins with Auntie Mabel's signature phrase, "Hello Me Dears," and evolves into a fascinating look at how the world around us works, in ways that adults might not even ponder. Children will appreciate the exploits of Pippin, who is known to carry out acts of mischief during each program, such as the time she hides a bar of soap. Music is integral to Come Outside, with Auntie Mabel presenting a song that highlight's aspects of a show's particular subject. Clever and heartwarming, Come Outside helps children see life in new and different ways. moreless
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    Alas Smith and Jones

    Alas Smith and Jones

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    BBC Two (ended 1998)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Big Train

    Big Train

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    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Before and after Father Ted, Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews had been sketch show writers; contributing to the likes of Spitting Image, The Day Today and the Friday and Saturday Night Armistice. Big Train picked up on the surrealism found in their earlier work. From the World Stare-Out Championship to herds of wild jockeys being hunted by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, from show jumping firefighters to the most erratic 100m runner ever seen, the show broke new ground, was much imitated and, arguably, launched the careers of Simon Pegg, Catherine Tate, Mark Heap and Amelia Bullmore.moreless
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    BBC News 24

    BBC News 24

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    Not only is BBC News 24 a channel. Both BBC 1 and BBC 2 broadcast it early morning at the Moment BBC 2 is airing News 24 from any time in between 12.00am-2.00am everyday until BBC's Learning Zone Starts.moreless
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    Rex The Runt

    Rex The Runt

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Welcome to the Rex the Runt guide.
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    Rab C Nesbitt

    Rab C Nesbitt

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    BBC Two
    Rab C Nesbitt is a scottish sitcom based around an angry alcoholic street philosopher from the Govan area of Glasgow.
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    Stressed Eric

    Stressed Eric

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    BBC Two (ended 2000)
    Eric Feeble is a middle-class divorced father of two who resides in London, England. An average man, with a less than average life, Eric is endlessly at his wits end -- stressed out with his family, coworkers, and his life in general. For starters, there's his children. His precocious daughter, Claire is allergic to everything, from peanuts to dolls and everything in between. Eric's toadish son, Brian, sticks everything into his mouth that he can get his hands on. The family's live-in au pair, Maria, is a drunken nymphomaniac with a bad habit of disappearing for days at a time. Eric's ex-wife, Liz, is a whiny psycho who's involved in every kind of "rights" act imaginable, from "animal rights" to "tree rights" to Buddhism. Just to make his oddball family dynamics look worse, the next door neighbors are the aptly named Perfects, who are wealthy and snobbish. At work, Eric has to put up with his insufferable boss, P.P., who is prone to insane fits of rage and over-use of the word "arseburger." And then there's his secretary, Alison, who does nothing more than spend her days gabbing on the phone to her friends. Others in Eric's life are his self-obsessed doctor, Doc, whom Eric often contacts for advice. And last, but not least, is Mrs. Wilson, the little old lady who's always slowly inching her way towards the mailbox with a letter, which eventually falls into the sewer. At the end of each episode, a throbbing vein in Eric's head bursts out and chokes him.... Stressed Eric premiered on BBC-2 in 1998. Touted as the UK's answer to "The Simpsons," it grabbed the attention of the USA's NBC network, who quickly bought the rights to air the show later that summer. This was the first animated series that ran on NBC primetime since 1982's short-lived "Joke Book," but it was quickly pulled from the air after 4 episodes due to lackluster ratings. An NBC affiliate in Utah even refused to air the series, because they felt it was stupid and not up to the same standards as the rest of the "Must See TV" schedule, so "Mad About You" was rerun in it's place. The NBC versions of the episodes shaved off around 4 minutes, so that they could add in their standard 8-minutes of commercial time per half hour. But the biggest problem with NBC's version was their decision to change Eric's voice. To appeal to US audiences, they foolishly felt Eric should be an American living abroad, so his voice was redubbed by Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons"). The original title sequence (and theme) were dumped and replaced with a scrapbook montage opening -- featuring photos of Eric in the US, moving to the UK, getting married and having kids. Comparably speaking, the US opening credits were dopey. The unaired episodes with Azaria's voice have never seen the light of day. A second season was made and finally aired on BBC2 in 2000. This second season boasted a new opening sequence identifying all the regular characters, accompanied by a new, jazzy arrangement of the theme tune (in contrast to the harsh electric guitar version used in season 1). The most dramatic change, however, was that the new episodes were made in 16:9 widesreen, which may make it the first major animated series to appear in this format.moreless
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    The Money Programme

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    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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    Murder Most Horrid

    Murder Most Horrid

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Started in 1991 as a pilot, "Murder Most Horrid" has become a classic Dawn French comedy. As various characters, Dawn French embarks on a different mystery every episode - but there not to be taken too seriously. In some way or another she is involved with murder - either commiting the crime herself or even getting bumped off herself! Four series of the show have been produced, and aired in 1991, 1994, 1996 and with the last airing in 1999. The series was made by TalkBack productions, and has won two 'British Comedy Awards' for 'Best Comedy Drama' and also 'Best Comedy Series'. BBC2 Broadcast History: • Season 1 - 14th November to 19th December 1991 - BBC2, Thursdays, 9pm • Season 2 - 3rd March to 7th April 1994 - BBC2, Thursdays, 9pm • Season 3 - 10th May to 14th June 1996 - BBC2, Fridays 9pmM • Season 4 - 19th February to 2nd April 1999 - BBC2, Fridays 9pmmoreless
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    A Very Peculiar Practice

    A Very Peculiar Practice

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    BBC Two (ended 1992)
    A Very Peculiar Practice was a British comedy show from the mid-1980s -very dark in it's humor, with extreme characterization and bizarre situations, set around a University Medical Practice. The main characters were Dr Steven Daker (the new, young, impressionable one), Dr Jock McCannon (the old, alcoholic, world-weary one), Dr Bob Buzzard (the bitter, egotistical, abrasive one) and Dr Rose Marie (the feminist, bisexual, politically motivated one). Add to these a smattering of students, lecturers, the regular love interests for Dr Daker (Lyn in Series 1, and Greta in Series 2) and the strangely compelling nuns that roamed the campus causing mayhem. Then throw in plots that cause emotional, physical, or mental reactions, and sit back to watch.moreless
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    Mr Benn

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    BBC Two (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the Mr Benn guide at TV.com. This show is all about a man called Mr Benn who visits a fancy dress store every day. He tries on a costume, and then he embarks on different fantastical adventures, which always relate to the costume he has just put on. Mr Benn ran for thirteen episodes in the early 70s and there was a special episode in 2005. The protagonist's characteristic bowler-hatted appearance, and the spinning wheel-of-fortune design of the opening sequence, have become iconic emblems of children's television, and Mr Benn still has a cult following to this day.moreless
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