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    A Fine Romance (1981)

    A Fine Romance (1981)

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    BBC Two (ended 1984)
    A Fine Romance which starred real-life married couple Judi Dench and Michael Williams is about two middle-aged people who are terribly shy and who fall in love. Their courtship is a rocky one as both characters are set in their ways and are tired of the rules of dating. A Fine Romance is British comedy at its most delicious, never over-the-top, and with a cast of Britain's finest actors.moreless
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    Star Cops

    Star Cops

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    BBC Two (ended 1987)
    Welcome to the Star Cops guide at TV.com. It's 2027, and manned space explorations are finally underway. The world's powers are developing space for industrial research, trade, mining military purposes and political prestige. There are now five major space stations, a base on the Moon, a small colony on Mars, and numerous satellites, all linked by space shuttles. So far, there has been little crime to speak of, and a few engineers, traffic controllers and scientists on each outpost have simply been paid a little extra to maintain law and order as and when necessary. Unfortunately, the bungling inefficiency of these amateur detectives has turned the International Space Police Force into a worldwide laughing-stock, and earned them the nickname "Star Cops". But space settlement is expanding, and it is felt that the force now needs a superhero, a professional who can give it some credibility and control the increasing crime rate.moreless
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    Flog It!

    Flog It!

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    BBC Two
    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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    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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    The Trip

    The Trip

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    Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play versions of themselves in an improvised tour of the north of England.
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    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

    Never Mind the Buzzcocks

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    BBC Two
    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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    Mr Benn

    Mr Benn

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    BBC Two (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the Mr Benn guide at TV.com. This show is all about a man called Mr Benn who visits a fancy dress store every day. He tries on a costume, and then he embarks on different fantastical adventures, which always relate to the costume he has just put on. Mr Benn ran for thirteen episodes in the early 70s and there was a special episode in 2005. The protagonist's characteristic bowler-hatted appearance, and the spinning wheel-of-fortune design of the opening sequence, have become iconic emblems of children's television, and Mr Benn still has a cult following to this day.moreless
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    Time Commanders

    Time Commanders

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    BBC Two (ended 2005)
    Historical battles are recreated on a simulator using the same software as for the Total War computer games. Four contestants have to fight battles while a couple of military historians comment on their progress from the gantry above. At the end the battles are played to show how the battle was really fought.moreless
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    Cold War

    Cold War

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Cold War is an epic, 24-part documentary series that takes a sweeping look at the era known as The Cold War. A joint effort by Turner Original Productions in association with BBC News, the series combines historical footage with personal interviews. The series took over three years to be completed, with the production teams shooting more than 1,000 hours of original footage and screening 1,500 hours of film reference material. Cold War is noted as being the definitive record of this era of global history by the judges who awarded the series the Peabody Award.moreless
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    Fawlty Towers

    Fawlty Towers

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    BBC Two (ended 1979)
    The genesis of Fawlty Towers came when John Cleese and the rest of the Pythons went filming in the Southwest of England in May 1971. They were scheduled to spend two weeks at the Gleneagles in Torquay, but cut their stay to one night. It all had to do with the "wonderfully rude" hotel manager, the late Donald Sinclair. Sinclair hated all the guests who had the shortsightedness to stay in the Gleneagles. Worse, Sinclair was only 5'4" and was married to a large, domineering wife. Cleese turned Sinclair into a character for a Doctor in the House script for the BBC in 1973. This was just after Cleese had finished his TV chores on Monty Python's Flying Circus. Cleese wanted to strike out with his now-separated wife, Connie Booth, so the BBC gave both the offer to do a series. It didn't take long at all for Cleese and Booth to make the series out of that Torquay hotel, which they named Fawlty Towers. Cleese cast himself as manager Basil Fawlty, who felt that the main nuisances in a hotel were the guests. Wife Sybil Fawlty was Basil's equal and opposite, the competent co-owner who could lash out at Basil and win on the first stroke. ("We reversed the sizes [of manager and wife]," said the 6'4" Cleese.) Rounding out the regular staff at Fawlty Towers were Andrew Sachs as Manuel, the dumb waiter from Barcelona who could not make sense of Basil's commands (¿Qué?), and Connie Booth as Polly, whose calmness was sorely tested in each of Basil's schemes and cover-ups. While most sitcom writers spend two weeks turning out an episode, John Cleese and Connie Booth spent six weeks writing each episode of Fawlty Towers. Cleese said each program started with two or three plot threads, which start parallel, but begin to intertwine. The best shows, of course, are those in which the plot threads touch at the end. The production team spent nearly an hour editing each minute of every program, spending up to 25 hours on each show. With such intense work put into each episode, Fawlty Towers drew raves around the world, exceeding the success of Monty Python's Flying Circus in some countries. But Cleese limited the run of Fawlty Towers to approximately twelve shows. He did not want to diminish the impact Fawlty Towers has had. And there has been plenty of impact. America tried three times to regenerate the show, none of which worked. The best U.S. homage to the show may be a hotel called "Fawlty Towers" in Cocoa Beach, Florida (near Ron Jon's Surf Shop). Its owners have adopted the pseudonyms Basil and Sybil. The show won 3 BAFTA Awards and one Broadcasting Press Guild Award. Despite being very short - lived and not airing too often, Fawlty Towers is recognised as one of the greatest British TV shows of all time. It was ranked #5 in the British Comedy Guide's list of Top 50 British Sitcoms. Fawlty Towers was voted #1 In the British Film Instuite TV 100. Other awards the show has won are; 'The Royal Television Society Programme Awards'for outstanding creative achievements which went to John Cleese in May 1976, In April 1982, the two episodes of Fawlty Towers that were used as training films won a Queens Award for Export Acheivement, In 2001 the new Fawlty Towers DVD set won the 'Quality Street DVD award' for being the best comedy on DVD, Basil Fawlty was recognised as the most Monstrous Boss on British TV in May 2003 by UK Satellite Channel UK Gold, just beating David Brent from The Office. Fawlty Towers has aired in over 60 countries in places like Tonga, China, Pakistan, Latvia, Malta and Denmark.moreless
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    Law and Order (1978)

    Law and Order (1978)

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    BBC Two (ended 1978)
    Law and Order was a highly-controversial drama series looking at the legal system through the sequence of events from the commission of a crime, through the police investigation and trial to the imprisonment of the man convicted of that crime. Individual episodes related these events from the perspectives of those involved, and highlighted the corruption and cynicism of police officers, lawyers and prison staff.moreless
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    Middlemarch

    Middlemarch

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    BBC Two (ended 1994)
    Middlemarch, based on the novel by George Eliot, tells the story of English society on the verge of the Industrial Revolution. The 6-episode mini-series was produced by BBC.
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    The Money Programme

    The Money Programme

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    BBC Two
    The Money Programme is a finance and business affairs television programme on BBC2. First broadcast in 5 April 1966, The Money Programme is the BBC's longest running business affairs programme. In the early years the Money Programme was fronted by "commentators" - distinguished financial journalists who gave viewers an insight and an understanding into Britain's new economic reality. The programme was not an immediate success. Audiences started at around half a million. But the programme had soon established itself and was making headlines - like the edition in November 1977 when Sir James Goldsmith accused the programme of telling lies and promptly stormed off the set. The Programme was completely transformed in the 1980’s into a new glossy magazine format. Introduced with two new presenters, Valerie Singleton and Brian Widlake, who helped to bring the programme to a wider audience. In 2001 the Programme was given a new look, changing from a magazine to a single subject documentary, such as 50 Cent’s business acumen, PPI’s and The World According To Google. The new format, produced in association with The Open University, has proved a great success with increased audiences, even greater press attention and a clutch of awards for its programmes.moreless
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    The Hollow Crown

    The Hollow Crown

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    BBC Two (ended 2012)
    The Hollow Crown is a series of British TV that adapts William Shakespeare's historical tetralogy, the Henriad. This includes Richard II, Henry IV part 1 and 2, and Henry V. Each episode is directed by a notable British stage director and the project as a whole was produced by Sam Mendes.moreless
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    Bottom

    Bottom

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    BBC Two (ended 1995)
    Richard Richard & Edward Elizabeth Hitler, two men with no hope of fitting in with society. Two men who will forever fall foul of life's little jokes, mainly because they are too stupid to avoid them! Adrian Edmondson and Rik Mayall take an anarchic look into the lives of these two friends who are forever threatening, and committing, violence on each other. This series could be said to be a follow up, of a kind, to The Young Ones. Same stars and same attitude but the young ones are now heading into middle age. A successful series that spawned three live tours [and three videos of these shows] and a big screen film, Guest House Paradiso. Although the film was not released as such it is advertised as a Bottom film on the video release.moreless
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    The Crimson Petal and The White

    The Crimson Petal and The White

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    BBC Two
    This BBC four-part adaptation of Michel Faber's international best-selling novel tells the tale of Victorian London's underground society.
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    Louis Theroux: Series Three

    Louis Theroux: Series Three

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    In March 2006, investigative journalist Louis Theroux signed a deal with the BBC for him to make ten documentaries over three years. In the series he takes on controversial topics and looks at the unique lives of many people.

    The show is also known as Louis Theroux: The Strange and the Dangerous, as seen on the first DVD release.

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    Line of Duty

    Line of Duty

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    DS Steve Arnott is transferred to AC-12, the anti-corruption unit, after a counter-terrorist operation goes badly wrong. He is initially assigned to investigate one of the force's most successful and charismatic officers, whose crime figures seem too good to be true.

    Line of Duty is a compelling police drama that takes a cynical view of a target-driven police culture, while sympathetically portraying how basically decent individuals may find themselves drawn towards corrupt practices, misconduct and criminal behaviour.

    Line of Duty is a World Productions production for BBC Two.moreless
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    Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

    Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    Louis Theroux gives viewers the chance to get brief glimpses of things they wouldn't normally come into contact with. In most cases this means interviewing people with extreme beliefs of some kind, or diving into obscure or marginalized subcultures.moreless
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    The Goodies

    The Goodies

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    BBC Two (ended 1982)
    Created, written and performed by comedians Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor, The Goodies was a British comedy that ran for 9 seasons between November 1970 and February 1982 on the BBC. With the motto 'We do anything, anytime', The Goodies often found themselves dealing with all sorts of bizarre situations such as giant kittens, the Loch Ness monster, dodo birds, lighthouses, the destruction of the Earth, black puddings and beanstalks, just to name a few. The plot for most episodes was relatively simple: One member of the trio goes nuts and the other two desperately try to stop him. Using a unique blend of sketch comedy, slapstick and almost cartoon-like humour the show was often outrageously madcap, and only rarely failed to hit the mark. The Goodies have received something of a revival in recent years with selected episodes being released on DVD in the UK and Australia, and a number of live tours performed by the trio. In the U.S.A. the Goodies are often compared to the Three Stooges when fans are trying to describe the show to some one who has never seen it. You can see some of what made the Three Stooges so great in the things the Goodies do.moreless
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