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    Top Gear

    Top Gear

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    The 'pokey little motoring show on BBC2' that went global. Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond drive, crash, sail and bicker their way around the world in the most expensive, desirable, cheapest and frankly dangerous cars. Meanwhile, Stig is still illegal in 17 US states.moreless
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    Torchwood

    Torchwood

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    BBC Two (ended 2009)
    Torchwood, a spin-off from the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who, follows a group of investigators working for the secret organisation of the same name. Set in Cardiff, Wales the team specialise in alien technology that has landed on Earth, and crime, whether it be alien or human. The mysterious Captain Jack Harkness is the leader of the equally mysterious Torchwood, and vows to guard humanity against alien threats. Curious PC Gwen Cooper accidentally discovers the group, and soon becomes entangled in a series of events. This leads up to her being hired, and becoming involved in the exciting affairs of the organisation. Together with medic, Owen Harper, and the tech expert, Toshiko Sato, and the impressible Ianto Jones, the five explore the thrilling world of Torchwood.moreless
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    Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf

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    3 Million Years from Earth, the mining ship Red Dwarf Its crew: Dave Lister, the last crew member alive Arnold Rimmer, a hologram simulation of his dead bunkmate Cat, a humanoid, evolved from Lister's cat. Additional: The ship's crew has come across new members: Kryten, a series 4000 mechanoid rescued from the Nova 5 Navigation Officer Kristine Kochanski, from a parallel universe. I am Holly, the ship's computer with an IQ of 6000 (and rapidly decreasing). Message Ends. ========================== Welcome to the Red Dwarf guide. Enjoy the backstory and details of one of the best SF parodies ever created for TV.moreless
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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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    The Kumars at No. 42

    The Kumars at No. 42

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    BBC Two (ended 2006)
    This is a sitcom/talk show. The Kumars are an asian family who have their own talk show! Sanjeev Kumar, the host, talks to the guests while his family asks questions! Sanjeev who is a very big attention-seeker and keeps thinking he's such a handsome professional talk show host is a loser, really. His father, Ashwin, is the show's producer and is always interested in business and money. In interviews, he would say these pointless stories to the celebrities with no punchline. Sanjeev's mother, Madhuri, loves having guests around and always offers food. She usually asks questions about the guest's family or love life. But the real star of the show is Sushila, Sanjeev's gran who likes to ask cheeky questions and flirts with the handsome male guests. The Kumars had a No 1 single! With Gareth Gates that is. It was a cover of "Spirit in the sky". It was for Comic relief and was at number 1 for 3 weeks. Gareth did the singing while the Kumars commentate over it.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. Since 2009, the show has been presented by different guest hosts each week.
    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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    Lab Rats

    Lab Rats

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    Chris Addison (The Thick of It) brings BBC Two a brand new, multi-camera surreal comedy. St. Dunstan's University is hiring out their state of the art new lab, "The Arnolfini Research Laboratory". The aim is to research projects and conduct scientific experiments to bring the college money and respect. Unfortunately, they hire it out to the "lab rats", who specalise in less than usual science.

    Six episodes were ordered for season 1, the show is currently on hiatus as the BBC have yet to renew it.moreless
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    Postman Pat

    Postman Pat

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    Welcome to the Postman Pat guide at TV.com. Postman Pat was based on a series of books by John Cunliffe, the program is about a rural postman who helps his friends in the village of Greendale, based supposedly in Cumbria, England. The first series of thirteen 15-minute episodes was produced by Woodland Animations and broadcast by the BBC in 1981. Ivor Wood, a vetaran of animations like The Magic Roundabout, was at the helm as producer. Ken Barrie sang the well known theme tune and provided the narration. The stories were very successful and have seen endless repeats over the years. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show in 1991, the old production crew was reunited for two one-off 25 minute specials, again shown by the BBC. Two more came in 1995, and these were followed by a second full series of 13 adventures. Then, after almost 10 years of absence from our screens, Postman Pat returned in 2004 for his third series. This consisted of 25 new episodes and several specials. The charming model animation was a far cry from the simple look of the early 80's, with brighter sets, much smoother puppet movements and characters voices lip-synched. Ken Barrie is still the voice of our favourite postman, but he is also joined by a cast of other talented voice artists, like Carole Boyd. More episodes are promised to be on the way, so it looks like Postman Pat may still be with us in another 20 years! Lead Editor - greendale88moreless
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    Classic Top Gear

    Classic Top Gear

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Featuring many presenters over the years including Jeremy Clarkson, Classic Top Gear, or Top Gear as it was once known was a car show that ran from 1978-2001. Classic Top Gear wasn't the entertainment extravaganza it is today and focused purely on reviewing cars and keeping motorists up to date with the latest motoring info. When the more popular presenters left the show viewership dropped and it was cancelled with Fifth Gear and modern Top Gear starting the following year.moreless
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    The Weakest Link (UK)

    The Weakest Link (UK)

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    The Weakest Link started in the UK and other countries like the USA, New Zealand and Australia liked it so much they bought it's format. The Weakest Link and the frightening Anne Robinson is now famous worldwide! The concept is simple. Contestants compete to win a prize money which is gathered over 7 rounds. The players must answer a chain of correct answers and say BANK to save the current amount they are on. If they have a chain of nine correct answers or reach their target of £5,000 then that round is over. At the end of each round every player is asked to vote off who they believe is the weakest link. The person who is the weakest link is asked to leave the show and not continue the game. At the end when only two remain, each must answer 5 questions and whoever has the most questions wins the total money banked over the eight rounds. The series is shown everyday on the BBC with the ordinary public but many times throughout the year a special edition is shown. These include famous celebrities where they try and raise money for a charity of their choice. These are usually aired on a Saturday evening whereas the normal episodes are shown weekdays early evenings.moreless
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    The Office (UK)

    The Office (UK)

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    "Trust, encouragement, reward, loyalty... satisfaction. That's what I'm..you know. Trust people and they'll be true to you. Treat them greatly, and they will show themselves to be great." - David Brent.

    The Office tells a story of a few people working in a British office working hard to not lose their jobs. This hilarious comedy won a Golden Globe award for best comedy series. It was created by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant.

    David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is a manager of low intelligence and has no sense of humor, but is convinced that he is the best, the most entertaining and the most well liked boss of all time.

    Today the show has been sold in more than 60 countries and it even had a remake in America. The Office is the first non-American show nominated in the category of best television musical or comedy for a Golden Globe Award; and Ricky Gervais was the first non-American actor nominated for the lead role in a television comedy for the same award. The Office won both awards and left Sex and the City & Matt LeBlanc empty handed.

    When the series aired the first season, they did not even know how popular it would get in some future episodes. The fact that its release on the DVD format proved to be the BBC's best selling comedy release shows its mass popularity and appeal.

    The writers at the start did not imagine that a second season would be created and after bowing to pressure to create one they would not do it again for a third. The show ended on a high note after two Christmas specials which tied up knots and rounded off wonderfully the first two seasons.

    Opening Theme Song: "Handbags and Gladrags" performed by Fin.

    WARNING: some episodes contain quotes with strong language.moreless
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    The Big Read

    The Big Read

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    The Big Read was a project that was orchestrated by BBC Two in order to determine what was England's best-loved novel. The show allowed viewers to cast their votes through the internet, vis text message or telephone. The intention of the show was to both raise public awareness of reading and to develop a list of the best and most popular novels. Initially, the British public was asked to vote for any novel that they wished, and then the voting was narrowed down to a list of 200 top books. Of this list of 200 books, the top 21 novels were put forward for more voting. Of the top 21 novels, only one book was allowed per author. The show was a great success in generating enthusiasm for literature and encouraging public participation. The Big Read ultimately compiled a list of the winning books that included some of the most entertaining and inspirational novels of all time.moreless
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    Fireman Sam

    Fireman Sam

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    Fireman Sam was first broadcast on the BBC and S4C (the UK's Welsh language broadcaster) in 1986 and it continues to be broadcast on both channels today and has been sold to broadcasters in over 40 countries from Poland to Korea.moreless
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    Extras

    Extras

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    BBC Two (ended 2007)
    Andy Millman has given up his day job to be an actor, but finds he just can't land the big parts. In fact he's never even had a speaking role, so spends much of his time hanging around on set with fellow extra and best friend Maggie Jacobs. Andy envies the A-list stars but never misses an opportunity to ingratiate himself with them, hoping it will lead to that first elusive line of dialogue.moreless
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    Heroes Unmasked

    Heroes Unmasked

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    BBC Two (ended 2008)
    Fans of Heroes in the UK can load up on their knowledge of show trivia with this informative series. The BBC brings inside info on characters and episodes.
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    Barristers

    Barristers

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    Every year thousands of British students train to become barristers, but only one in four make it. This new BBC Two series follows a group of students as they attempt to make it in one of the world's most respected careers. The show is planned for broadcast in Autumn 2008.moreless
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    Miranda

    Miranda

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    Written by and starring comedian Miranda Hart this sitcom delves into her semi-fictional, clumsy world where whatever she attempts in life seems to end in a disastrous way. Trying to have a happy love life, a fulfilling social one or a satisfying relationship with her overbearing mother prove particularly hard to accomplish.moreless
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    Mock the Week

    Mock the Week

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    Mock the Week is a political comedy improv show from the producers of Whose Line Is It Anyway? The series features teams of comedians improvising sketches about current political events in a humorous and often satirical manner. Mock the Week stars Dara O Briain and currently features Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons and Chris Addison with a different set of celebrity comic guests each week making up the panel. Former regular panelists were Rory Bremner, Frankie Boyle and Russell Howard.

    On 3 March 2013, a highlights show titled Mock the Week Looks Back At... began broadcasting and each episode showed highlights from the first 11 series of Mock the Week. Each episode contained clips of a specific category (for example the first episode featured highlights under the category health). In total there was 10 episodes broadcast and the series concluded on 19 May 2013.moreless
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    Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

    Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps

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    Sitcom which follows the sex-fuelled lives of five early twentysomethings in the northern town of Runcorn, Manchester. Janet is going out with Jonny, his best friend Gaz has started to date Janet's best friend Donna, and student Louise just adds to the weird chaos with her annoying squeaky voice. Storylines follow the on/off relationships of the young protagonists who get themselves into the weirdest situations.moreless
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    Flog It!

    Flog It!

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    This is a British show that features ordinary people selling what might not be ordinary possessions. Paul Martin and his team of antique experts give advice about the value of the items in question and in some cases, follow the sale of the items through auction.moreless
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