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    Newsnight

    Newsnight

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    BBC Two
    Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news programme and runs on BBC2 five nights a week. Its format, with a limited number of items covered in each show, allows an in-depth analytical approach to news stories, with a particular emphasis on political and economic affairs. The show largely eschews the "human-interest" stories favoured by many news programmes. As of March 2003, the regular presenters were Gavin Esler, Jeremy Paxman and Kirsty Wark. The most-seen correspondents were Robin Denselow (international news), Liz McKean (UK news), Martha Kearney (UK politics), Tom Carver (US Politics), Mark Urban (world politics) and Stephanie Flanders (business & economics).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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    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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    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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    Coast

    Coast

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    Coast explores the British Isles from the perspective of the coastline surrounding the islands. From the tip of Cornwall to the Highlands of Scotland, the team look at the history, geography, and evolution of our unique landscape.moreless
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    Postman Pat

    Postman Pat

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    BBC Two (ended 2008)
    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 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 favorite postman, but he is also joined by a cast of other talented voice artists, like Carole Boyd. For the final season in 2008, the series was titled Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service. The show aired on BBC2 from 1981-2002, CBBC from 1986-2002 and at CBeebies from 2003-2008. Reruns continue today on CBeebies.moreless
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    Red Dwarf

    Red Dwarf

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    BBC Two
    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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    Sensitive Skin (UK)

    Sensitive Skin (UK)

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    Sensitive Skin (UK) is a British dark comedy-drama series revolving around the lives of a wealthy couple, Al and Davina Jackson. The couple, who are now past 50, lives in metropolitan London, while being embattled by sexual temptation and professional jealousy from their friends. Al (Denis Lawson), works as a pundit for a newspaper publication company, while his wife Davina (Joanna Lumley), is an artist in a nearby art gallery. However, together with their own personal problems, they have a 30-year old son, Orlando (James Lance), who still thinks and acts as a spoiled adolescent. Al and Davina may seem to have everything, but they are actually unsatisfied with their own lives and fears the future. Sensitive Skin follows the journey of Al and Davina as they struggle to rediscover personal happiness, while coping to understand whatever outcome the future may bring. The show first aired in BBC 2 channel in 2005, and a second series later followed in 2007. 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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    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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    The Long Firm

    The Long Firm

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    BBC Two (ended 2004)
    The Long Firm is the BBC Adaptation of Jake Arnott's novel of the same name. The book, and essentially the series, is a short collection of stories, surrounding racketeer Harry Starks, told through the eyes of different characters. These include a struggling actress, a low life drug dealer, a lecturer and a disgraced peer.moreless
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    Horizon

    Horizon

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    Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated its 40th anniversary and it continues to enjoy outstanding critical acclaim. Recognised as the world leader in its field, it regularly wins a sweep of international science, medical and environmental film accolades, and has recently won the Royal Television Society Award and the Prix Italia. In 2002, the British Academy of Film & Television Arts presented Horizon with the BAFTA Television Award for Best Factual Series or Strand. In 2003 it won the prestigious Images et Science award for best medical documentary and the Carl von Linne Award at the Living Europe film festival in Sweden. That year, a Horizon co-production with WGBH Boston won the Emmy for best documentary.moreless
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    Xchange

    Xchange

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    BBC Two (ended 2006)
    Xchange was a childrens' programme that aired every Tuesday at 7:30am. Repeats of the show would air the same day at 1pm and again at 4:30pm. The show premiered on Tuesday, 2 April 2002 and began airing at 7:00am for 30 minutes, it moved to a 7:25 starting time but it was later moved up 5 minutes. The 7:30am show aired live and was interactive. The series would show the lives, hobbies, and interests of the children all over the UK. It was mostly a comedy series but with commentary, competitions, entertainment, games, music and sports. One person comes with their friend into the studio after they get 1000 xid points and participates in games like 'Breakfast In Bed' and 'Snot Me.' Celebrities would often make surprise guest appearances.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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    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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    Eggheads

    Eggheads

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    Eggheads is hosted by Dermot Murnaghan and is a quiz show where a team of five players tries to beat the 'Eggheads', five of Britain's most brainiest people including the first Millionaire winner and the European Mastermind champion. Individual players play an egghead in the head-to-head rounds on certain topics and the winners of each head-to-head get to play in the general knowledge final.

    The Eggheads: Christopher Hughes - Winner of Mastermind, International Mastermind and Brain of Britain Daphne Fowler - Twice winner of Fifteen to One and winner of Brain of Britain and Going for Gold Kevin Ashman - Winner of Fifteen to One, Mastermind and Brain of Britain Judith Keppel - First British winner of one million pounds on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? CJ De Mooi - Winner of Fifteen to One, BrainTeaser and The Weakest Linkmoreless
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    Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection

    Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection

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    BBC Two (ended 2007)
    Chef Heston Blumenthal, known for his 'molecular gastronomy' and use of unusual ingredients, tackles popular recipes in his kitchen/lab to create the perfect version of the the dishes. His choice of dishes range from Peking Duck through to hamburgers and Christmas dinner.moreless
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    I'm Alan Partridge

    I'm Alan Partridge

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    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Alan is a self-obsessed DJ who has had several TV jobs in the past (including chat show Knowing Me Knowing You) and has failed to bounce back from his long dead career. Each episode normally sees Alan resorting to embarrassing anecdotes, insulting someone without noticing and failing to revive his career. In Series One he lives in a motel after a divorce leaves him homeless.

    Between promotional films for Norwich firms and his early (3am!)radio show, we see Alan ineptly flirting with the receptionist and sneaking larger plates into the breakfast buffet. By Series Two he has 'upgraded' to a mobile home next to his partially built new home and can't avoid delaying the builders' work on the house with his pedantic requests.moreless
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