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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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    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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    A Year at Kew

    A Year at Kew

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    This program follows the daily life of various individuals at Kew over an entire year, showing work on the Gardens, behind-the-scenes science, and some overseas expeditions. It follows the trials and tribulations that affect the myriad of gardeners, horticulturists and the other people who work at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. A new series has been filmed and will air on the BBC in August. This new series, like the last, is narrated by Alan Titchmarsh and follows the work at the gardens for another year after series 1, i.e. 2004moreless
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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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    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 Thick of It (UK)

    The Thick of It (UK)

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    BBC Two (ended 2012)
    Part scripted and part improvised, The Thick of It is a British satirical comedy that takes place inside the gritty world of Westminster politics.
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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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    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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    Burn Up

    Burn Up

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    BBC Two (ended 2008)
    "Politics Vs. Climate change: In the end, it's all about power."

    Hardly a day goes by without the news reporting on oil shortages or global warming. This powerful new BBC miniseries, starring Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), addresses these issues within the context of a drama where oil executives, politicians and environmental activists collide.

    After the president of Arrow Oil suddenly retires, Tom McConnell is thrown into the hot seat. Unfortunately, Tom's clean world starts becoming increasingly murky.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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    Dragons' Den

    Dragons' Den

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    The 'dragons', a panel of tough business minds, decide whether or not to green light a fund-lacking entrepeneur's idea in this BBC2 series. Contestants pitch their ideas offering up a percentage of ownership in the imagined company in the hopes of winning the investment dollars of five critical venture capitalists.moreless
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    The Catherine Tate Show

    The Catherine Tate Show

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    Meet Catherine Tate, the woman who gives a new name to comedy with her brand new show ironically named, The Catherine Tate Show. Featuring various hilarious characters including a lippy teenager named 'Lauren' and a rather rude Old Lady. The show managed to win several awards: 2004: Banff Rockie Award - Best Comedy 2004: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Newcomer 2006: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Actress 2006: RTS Television Award - Best Comedy Performance 2006: RTS Television Award - Best Entertainment 2007: National Television Award - Most Popular Comedy Programme the show was nominated for even more awards: 2004: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Actress 2004: RTS Television Award - Best Make Up Design in Entertainment and Non-Drama Productions 2005: BAFTA TV Award - Best New Writer 2005: BAFTA TV Award - Comedy Programme or Series Award 2005: British Comedy Award - Best TV Comedy Actress 2005: British Comedy Award - People's Choice Award (Polled most votes but award not received) 2005: Emmy - Best Performance by an Actress 2006: BAFTA TV Award - Best Comedy Performance 2006: BAFTA TV Award - Best Comedy Programme or Series "production team" 2006: National Television Award - Most Popular Comedy Programme 2007: BAFTA TV Award - Best Comedy Programme 2007: BAFTA TV Award - Best Make Up & Hair Designmoreless
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    Mock the Week

    Mock the Week

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    BBC Two (Returning September 11, 2014)
    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 and Andy Parsons with a different set of celebrity comic guests each week making up the panel. Former regular panelists were Rory Bremner, Frankie Boyle, Russell Howard and Chris Addison.

    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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    tlc

    tlc

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    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    tlc follows the highs and lows of newly qualified doctor, Doctor Laurence Flynn (Reece Sheersmith - The League of Gentlemen). However, The South Middlesex Hospital is no picnic for Flynn, with registrar Doctor Stephen Noble (Alexander Armstrong - Armstrong and Miller) getting him into trouble, and the nurses playing practical jokes on him. Also take into account the rest of the staff are mad, and you get the picture!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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    Beautiful People (UK)

    Beautiful People (UK)

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    BBC Two (ended 2009)
    Simon has always dreamed of escaping suburban Reading for a life amongst the "beautiful people" in New York. He yearns to be one of them and can't even open a fridge door without belting out a show tune. This six-part comedy series from the creator of Gimme Gimme Gimme and the producer of Absolutely Fabulous explores what it's truly like for all of us to be fabulous via starry ambition, youthful optimism and one very loving, yet very dysfunctional, family.moreless
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    Lead Balloon

    Lead Balloon

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    When Rick Spleen (Jack Dee) was younger he dreamed of being a great stand up comic. Unfortunately, this didn't turn out so well. Now, he's a burned out comedian who spends too much time arguing with his American co-writer Marty, is continually distracted by his family who are after his money (which he avoids spending at all costs!), and by Michael, the local cafe owner. The show originally aired on BBC Four, before moving to BBC Two for its second season.moreless
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    Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

    Seven Wonders of the Industrial World

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    British documentary series looking at the Seven Wonders of the Industrial World and there impact on History.
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    Tribe

    Tribe

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    BBC Two (ended 2007)
    Former Royal Marine, Bruce Parry, travels the globe to explore some of the world's most unique tribal cultures. He lives with each tribe for a month to discover their cultures and day to day lives and during the course of the show he dines with cannibals, experiences painful rituals and tests his physical limits. The documentary lasted for there series on the BBC between 2005 and 2007.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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