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    Victoria Wood As Seen On TV

    Victoria Wood As Seen On TV

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    BBC Two (ended 1986)
    Victoria Wood, supported by four brilliant comedians, hosts this sketch and variety show. This team always surprises the viewer with new ideas and a brilliant transfer from the written text lines into their acting. The shows had many famous running jokes and famous characters. Often named as something of the best about this show is Victoria Wood's authentic dialogue.

    Broadcasting details: Series One: 6 episodes (35 minutes). Aired from 11th January till 15th February 1985 on BBC2. Fridays 9pm. Series Two: 6 episodes (35 minutes). Aired from 10th November till 15th Dec 1986 on BBC2. Mondays 9.35pm.moreless
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    Rotten Ralph

    Rotten Ralph

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Rotten Ralph was a show based on a series of children's books written by Jack Gantos, about a cat called Ralph, who lived with his owner, Sarah, and her family. The trouble is that Ralph is Rotten! He loves playing tricks and practical jokes on his family and friends. Wherever he goes he causes trouble. Sarah knows how rotten he is, but despite this, she loves Ralph, and could never be without him.moreless
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    Goodness Gracious Me

    Goodness Gracious Me

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    BBC Two (ended 2000)
    This award-winning and often ground-breaking Asian sketch show unexpectedly also attracted mainstream audiences in the UK, with innovative sketches and hilarious comic creations mainly centered around the way that traditional Indian culture interacts with life in Britain today.moreless
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    Our Friends in the North

    Our Friends in the North

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    BBC Two (ended 1996)
    Welcome to the Our Friends In The North guide at TV.com.

    Our Friends in the North was a highly acclaimed nine-part BBC TV series about the lives and loves of four individuals from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne between 1963 and 1995. The series also examined sociological and political changes in England over the thirty year period. The principal characters were Nicky (Christopher Eccleston), Mary (Gina McKee), Tosker (Mark Strong) and Geordie (Daniel Craig). Other notable characters were Nicky's parents, Florrie and Felix (Freda Dowie and Peter Vaughan) and the ruthless Benny Barratt (Malcolm McDowell).

    "Our Friends" was the biggest and most ambitious contemporary serial ever produced for BBC2. They spent all of their 1996 drama budget on the series. The eleven hours took forty weeks to film and features a cast of thousands, with 160 speaking parts and 3000 extras. The series was written by Peter Flannery and directed by Stuart Urban, Pedr James and Simon Cellan-Jones. Flannery adapted the series from a play he had written. The programme won many awards, including BAFTAs for Best Drama Serial and Best Actress (Gina McKee).

    Producer Charles Pattinson said of the series: 'The heart of this magnificent tale is a simple story of four friends who grow up and apart and - albeit briefly - together again. It is the story of parents and their children, of families and generations torn apart. And it is the story of a passionate thirty year relationship between a man who dreams of changing the world and the woman he loves...'moreless
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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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    The High Life

    The High Life

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    BBC Two (ended 1995)
    Set aboard a plane for the fictitious Scottish airline, Air Scotia, The High Life was a vehicle for the up-and-coming young Scottish commedians Alan Cumming (now best known for his turns in Goldeneye, X-Men II and musical theatre) and Forbes Masson. The show mixed very camp humour with ludicrous situations and bizarre dance routines to great effect.

    The series span out of a pilot made for the series "Comic Asides" (this still exists and has been made available on the Region 0 DVD distributed by Network Videos) but sadly only one series of six episodes was made before the series was cancelled. Alan Cumming started taking higher profile movie roles whilst Forbes Masson returned to the theatre where he has gained much critical acclaim as a playwright.

    The show never really struck a chord with a wide audience, although it does still have a cult fanbase, but it was equally praised and derided for its breakneck pace and energy and for its use of Scots. At a time when comedy was seemingly either formulaic or archaic "The High Life" bridged the gap by taking a traditional sitcom set-up but injecting many of the trappings of alternative comedy.

    The pilot episode aired on January 9, 1994.moreless
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    Joking Apart

    Joking Apart

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    BBC Two (ended 1995)
    Welcome to the Joking Apart guide at TV.com British sitcom; pilot episode aired on July 12, 1991
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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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    BBC News 24

    BBC News 24

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    BBC Two
    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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    Is It Bill Bailey?

    Is It Bill Bailey?

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    BBC Two (ended 1998)
    Is It Bill Bailey? was a 1998 show which featured musical comedian Bill Bailey performing songs, sketches, and stand-up routines. It was sadly cancelled after one series with no sign of a DVD release. But Bill Bailey has now gone on to become one of the country's best comedians, and no doubt this show will have had a big part in that.moreless
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    Resistance is Useless

    Resistance is Useless

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    BBC Two
    This one off documentary takes a look back at the first 26 years of the classic series Doctor Who featuring a wealth of classic clips. The documentary marked the beginning of a season of repeats on BBC Two in 1992 of classic stories featuring each of the first seven Doctors.moreless
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    How Do You Want Me?

    How Do You Want Me?

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Welcome to the How Do You Want Me? guide. This twelve part comedy is centered around the lives of Ian and Lisa Lyons as they re-locate from London to her rural childhood home in Snowle. Ian finds adapting to village life problematic, and things are not helped by the animosity shown towards him by his mother and father in law. Written by Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye, this series stars an array of British comedic talent including: BAFTA and Perrier Award winning comic Dylan Moran as Ian Lyons,the late Charlotte Coleman, who starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral, as Lisa Lyons, Emma Chambers from The Vicar Of Dibley as Lisa's sister Helen, Peter Serafinowicz as Lisa's aggressive brother Dean and Frank Finlay, CBE, as Lisa's iracible father.moreless
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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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    Hippies

    Hippies

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Notting Hill Gate, London, the swinging sixties. Ray Purbbs is the editor of Mouth, a 'radical' underground magazine. Aided and often hindered by his colleagues Alex, Hugo and Jill, it's Ray's aim to change the world, which is a bold ambition for a man who still gets his mum to wash his pants.

    Idealistic and clueless about how to do it, (but with clean pants) he doesn't get much help from his colleagues who appear to be clueless about everything.moreless
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    Fist of Fun

    Fist of Fun

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    BBC Two (ended 1996)
    Fist of Fun started life as a BBC Radio One series in 1993, written by comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. After the station moved away from the half hour comedy format, the show was commissioned as a television series, which began on BBC 2 in early 1995. Fist of Fun went out at 9pm on Thursday nights and was an immediate success, if not a ratings winner. Th second series was aired in the Friday night prime time lineup of BBC 2, coming up against Channel 4's Roseanne. Although Fist Of Fun perforemed relatively well in the ratings, the show suffered from lack of preparation, a slashed budget and poor promotion. The show was not given a third series, instead Lee and Herring went on to produce This Morning With Richard Not Judy for BBC 2.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 Smell of Reeves and Mortimer

    The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer

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    BBC Two (ended 1995)
    British sketch comedy show
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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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    Harry Enfield's Television Programme

    Harry Enfield's Television Programme

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    BBC Two (ended 1992)
    Welcome to the Harry Enfield's Television Programme guide at TV.com.
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    The Saturday Night Armistice

    The Saturday Night Armistice

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    BBC Two (ended 2000)
    Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, David Schneider carried on where they left off on the Day Today. There was no Chris Morris now, well at least not credited, but they took hold of the mantle well. At first glance it was an ordinary BBC2 sketch show. It didn't take long for the surrealism and absurdity of their earlier work on the Day Today to creep in. 'Spot the Old Woman' a regular skit wherby viewers were challenged to spot the old lady planted in the audeince of another show or piece of news footage, Newsnight, Kilroy, Question Time etc.. There was the puppet of Tony Blair that travelled the country. Then there was them digging up the Blue Peter time capsule and replacing the contents with porn, or draping the BBC headquarters with a 'Vote Conservative' banner. The schedules eventually forced the show to Friday night, and the Friday Night Amistice, with the Saturday night repeat being Last Friday Night's Amistice. There were a couple of specials, two Christmas and an Election 1997 show where they had a accopello choir singing the tunes of famous news shows over the years. Strange but never dull the show was last aired in 1999 for a New Year Special.moreless
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