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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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    If I Ruled the World

    If I Ruled the World

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    BBC Two (ended 1998)
    British political quiz show
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    The Private Life of Plants

    The Private Life of Plants

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    BBC Two (ended 1995)
    Sir David Attenborough reveals plants as they have never been seen before - on the move and dangerously devious. Each programme takes one of the major problems of life - growing, finding food, reproduction - and the varied ways plants have evolved to solve it. Filmed from the plant's point of view, using computer animations, fibre-optics and unique time-lapse photography.moreless
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    Operation Good Guys

    Operation Good Guys

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    BBC Two (ended 2000)
    UK, BBC (Fugitive Group/BBC), Sitcom, colour, 1997 Starring: David Gillespie, Ray Burdis, Dominic Anciano A sparkling fly-on-the-wall documentary spoof, ostensibly covering a police action code-named 'Operation Good Guys'. The head of operations, DI Beach, has hand-picked his task squad from across the board, the team including his long-term sidekick DS Ash; armed-response expert Sgt de Sade; undercover drugs-squad man 'Bones'; deep undercover officer Gary Barwick; another undercover man, the 1960s-throwback and would-be rock musician 'Strings'; and naive new recruit Mark Kemp, who just happens to be the Commissioner's nephew. Beach has permitted a documentary unit to film every step of the operation, surmising that the successful outcome of the venture will reflect well upon him. But his faith is misplaced - the team is excruciatingly inept, bungling even the simplest of tasks and, embarrassingly, often embroiling famous faces in their foul-ups (including the Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman, and the businessman Victor Kiam, both of whom appeared in first-series episodes as themselves). The running joke at the start of the second series was that the squad hadn't been telegenic enough in the first and needed to sharpen up their act. They had also been demoted back into uniform following their all-too-public exposure. The third series saw the lads in ever more outrageous situations, the comedy venturing into areas of naked embarrassment - literally so in one edition, when the team were left to fend for themselves on a survival course. Peopled extensively by former alumnus of the Anna Scher acting school in London, Operation Good Guys was a marvellously inventive satire, overflowing with good ideas and memorable characters. Any thoughts that the initial premise might be too thin were dispelled by the creativity of the actors and the strength of the ongoing plot (which could have stood on its own without the fly-on-the-wall-film gimmick). The fact that the dialogue within the structured storylines was mainly improvised also added to the spontaneous, 'real-life' feel of the series. Executive producers Jim Beach and Geoffrey Perkins themselves turned up in episodes, Beach as the Commissioner, Perkins as the Head of Interpol. Production Details Written by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick Directed by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick Produced by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick 3 series, 19 episodes Transmitted: 1997-2000 TV Channel: BBC2 BBC Television Fugitive Group Productionsmoreless
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    The Cops

    The Cops

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Welcome to the guide to The Cops at TV.com. Set in and around Stanton, a faceless and grim Northern enclave,The Cops depicts the daily grind for a group of policemen and women out on the beat as they interact, and sometimes clash, with the local community. From its lace-curtained semis to the altogether harsher environs of the brutal and drug-infested Skeetsmoor Estate, the town of Stanton sees a lot of crime, and not all of it is committed by the general public... Like The Bill before it, the series used revolutionary hand-held camera techniques to attain a sense of authenticity, and police officers were featured in every scene. A brave departure from the style of earlier BBC police drama series, the show abandoned the cosy camaraderie in exchange for an unremittingly grim view of both officers and the community they serve, and this helped it to win widespread critical acclaim (including two BAFTA awards).moreless
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    Star Trek Night

    Star Trek Night

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    A series of special Star Trek shows to celebrate the 30th and 35th anniversaries of the classic sci-fi series StarTrek. BBC2 devoted two nights of special programming of documentaries and features in 1996 and 2001 with interviews with the cast and crews from the various series and films.moreless
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    The Real McCoy

    The Real McCoy

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    BBC Two (ended 1996)
    British sketch comedy show featuring an all-Black cast
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    The Ferguson Theory

    The Ferguson Theory

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    BBC Two (ended 1994)
    The Ferguson Theory was first screened by BBC in 1993 and starred Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson. The show blended his stand-up act with filmed sketches, usually about something that was bothering him. These formed the bulk of the shows, as the sketches were very short, most of them satirising advertisements or dramatising simple two-line gags.moreless
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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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    KYTV

    KYTV

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    BBC Two (ended 1993)
    Welcome to the KYTV guide at TV Tome. See also the Radio Active guide.
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    Colin's Sandwich

    Colin's Sandwich

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    BBC Two (ended 1990)
    Colin (Mel Smith) is an aspiring writer who works full time for British Rail. The series follows his struggles to write and be published.
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    The Crow Road

    The Crow Road

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    BBC Two (ended 1996)
    This award winning, four part BBC series is an adaptation of Iain Banks' acclaimed novel. It all begins when History student Prentice returns home to attend his grandmother’s funeral. As the McHoan the family gathers together to mark the solemn occasion, old disagreements continue to fester and old acquaintances are renewed. Following the unexpected death of another close relative, Prentice begins to question the past: why did his Uncle Rory suddenly disappear and where did he go? Reading his Uncle Rory’s unpublished novel may provide the answers he is seeking but it also unearths some dark family secrets he didn’t bargain for.moreless
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    Castles

    Castles

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    BBC Two (ended 1995)
    Castles is a British drama television series consisting of twenty-four episodes which originated and ended in the same year, 1995. The series is produced by Granada Television for BBC and directed by Jeremy Silberston. The 30-minute mini-series tells the stormy story of the Castle family who lives close by the North London neighborhood. The first episode starts with the birthday of the wife of James (Tony Doyle), the father of the family. At the birthday party, James meets Christean, who is one of their family friends, and they start having an affair.When their affair comes out, however, the family is not only deeply shocked at this affair, but also at other family problems that come to the forefront. It seems that everybody is occupied by something; bankruptcy, weddings, affairs or wanting to become a priest, and therefore the problem of cheating doesn't take top priority as the problems of the family.moreless
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    Local Heroes (1992)

    Local Heroes (1992)

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    BBC science programme in which Adam Hart-Davis, clad in his trademark yellow and pink lycra cycling gear, rides around Britain - and sometimes further afield - telling the stories of famous (and not so famous) scientists and inventors, and demonstrates scientific principles with his own home-made machines. The programme originated in 1992 as a local show broadcast in the ITV Yorkshire region as "On The Edge" (the title referring to the Yorkshire coastline) but transferred to the BBC under its new title in 1994. Each programme looked at between three and six scientists who worked in a particular geographical area, with some locations visited more than once during the show's six series on BBC2. Later seasons also saw Hart-Davis take his bicycle overseas, with editions from Holland, Rome and Athens, and there were also special themed editions looking at the inventions of 1897 (for National Science Week) and female scientists. The show ended on a high note in 1999 with an edition in which Hart-Davis recreated several of his best demonstrations before a live audience at the Royal Institution.moreless
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    This Morning with Richard Not Judy

    This Morning with Richard Not Judy

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
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    The Mary Whitehouse Experience

    The Mary Whitehouse Experience

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    BBC Two (ended 1992)
    Quick paced comedy sketch show based on the original radio series of the same name. In each episode comedians Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis, Rob Newman and David Baddiel would perform a selection of character based and monologue based sketches with a general irreverent and sometimes risqué style of humour that was aimed at the younger generations. It's title was a cheeky nod to the real Mary Whitehouse who was a sometimes over-active 'clean-up TV' campaigner during the latter half of the 20th century. Memorable characters (some of which spun off onto other series) included a man afflicted with a speech impediment which caused him to always talk sarcastically, a group of people who suffer from RSS (Restricted Seriousness Syndrome), A man with 101 uses for milk and none of them are pleasant and the infamous 'History Today' series whose elderly presenter and his regular guest relentlessly insult each other by describing horrible things and saying "That's you that is!".moreless
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    City Lights

    City Lights

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    BBC Two (ended 1991)
    City Lights is a Scottish television sitcom made by BBC Scotland and set in Glasgow.It starred Gerard Kelly as Willie Melvin, a bank-teller at the fictional Strathclyde Savings Bank (whose logo was very similar to the TSB), with dreams of becoming a novelist. Most of the plots revolved around his attempts to get his book, the autobiographical My Life Up A Close, published causing him no end of problems. His acquaintances also suffer, with friend and co worker Brian, boss Mr McLelland, and Chancer, a dodgy sort who spends some time in jail (between series one and two). Willie also has a couple of romances during the series, most notably with Janice, whom he almost marries. By the end of the run, however, he is courting Fiona. Writer Bob Black had served his apprenticeship on BBC Scotland sketch shows A Kick Up The Eighties and Naked Video before creating this successful and durable Scottish sitcom; Willie's home in the series was Black's own flat.moreless
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    Newman and Baddiel in Pieces

    Newman and Baddiel in Pieces

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    BBC Two (ended 1993)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Alexei Sayle's Stuff

    Alexei Sayle's Stuff

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    BBC Two (ended 1991)
    British surreal alternative comedy sketch show starring comedian Alexei Sayle.
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    Harbour Lights

    Harbour Lights

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    BBC Two (ended 2000)
    Harbour Lights is the story of the close-knit south coast community of Bridehgehaven, where Mike Nicholls is the newly appointed Harbour Master, in the town where he grew up. The community is bedevilled by the ruthless business dealings of Tony Simpson, the feuding of the Blade family, and the all-pervading majesty of the sea.moreless
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