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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Newsnight

    Newsnight

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    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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    Later... with Jools Holland

    Later... with Jools Holland

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    Later... with Jools Holland has become the show for music fans and performers. The eclectic mix of music and artists makes Later... unique and compelling viewing for any music fan. The show is currently airing it's 35th series.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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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. From 2009 to 2013, the show was presented by different guest hosts each week. In July 2014 it was announced that Rhod Gilbert would become the show's third regular host from the 28th series onwards. 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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    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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    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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    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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    Deadly 60

    Deadly 60

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    Steve Backshall travels across six continents to find the world's most dangerous animals.
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