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    Our Friends in the North

    Our Friends in the North

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    BBC Two (ended 1996)
    Welcome to the Our Friends In The North guide at TV.com.

    Our Friends in the North was a highly acclaimed nine-part BBC TV series about the lives and loves of four individuals from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne between 1963 and 1995. The series also examined sociological and political changes in England over the thirty year period. The principal characters were Nicky (Christopher Eccleston), Mary (Gina McKee), Tosker (Mark Strong) and Geordie (Daniel Craig). Other notable characters were Nicky's parents, Florrie and Felix (Freda Dowie and Peter Vaughan) and the ruthless Benny Barratt (Malcolm McDowell).

    "Our Friends" was the biggest and most ambitious contemporary serial ever produced for BBC2. They spent all of their 1996 drama budget on the series. The eleven hours took forty weeks to film and features a cast of thousands, with 160 speaking parts and 3000 extras. The series was written by Peter Flannery and directed by Stuart Urban, Pedr James and Simon Cellan-Jones. Flannery adapted the series from a play he had written. The programme won many awards, including BAFTAs for Best Drama Serial and Best Actress (Gina McKee).

    Producer Charles Pattinson said of the series: 'The heart of this magnificent tale is a simple story of four friends who grow up and apart and - albeit briefly - together again. It is the story of parents and their children, of families and generations torn apart. And it is the story of a passionate thirty year relationship between a man who dreams of changing the world and the woman he loves...'moreless
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    The Expert

    The Expert

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    Welcome to The Expert guide at TV.com. Dr. John Hardy was a forensic pathologist at the Home Office. The irascible doctor was assisted in his work by Sandra Hughes, and supported at home by his wife, Dr. Jo Hardy. Professor John Glaister, a former professor of forensic medicine and public health at the University of Glasgow, was employed as a technical adviser to ensure that The Expert maintained a high level of authenticity. The show, created by N. J. Crisp and Gerard Glaister, was the first BBC-2 drama series to be made in colour.moreless
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    The Borderers

    The Borderers

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    BBC Two (ended 1970)
    BBC Scotland drama series set in the Scottish Borders in the 16th Century. These were turbulent times: raids and skirmishes across the border with England; cattle and sheep rustling; disputes settled by sword or gun. Iain Cuthbertson stars as Sir Walter Ker of Cessford (referred to throughout as 'Cessford') the Warden of Liddesdale. (A Warden was roughly the equivalent of a modern day Sheriff.) Michael Gambon co-stars as Gavin Ker, male head of the family the Kers of Slitrig, kinsfolk of Cessford.moreless
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    Boys from the Blackstuff

    Boys from the Blackstuff

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    BBC Two (ended 1982)
    A successor to his earlier, 105-minute TV play The Black Stuff (1980), Alan Bleasdale's five-part series relates the further experiences of unemployed Liverpudlian tarmac layers Dixie, Chrissie, Loggo and Yosser and their revered older friend, retired longshoreman and union leader, George Malone. As they struggle to make ends meet in a depressed economy and to hold together their financially battered families, they are harassed by the petty bureaucrats of the D.H.S.S. But the lumbering investigative juggernaut is, both comically and tragically, guided by drivers with only a provisional licence.moreless
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    Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

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    From radio to TV, Dead Ringers brings Doctor Who, Tony Blair, George Bush and many more to our screens in unexpected and extremly funney sketches and stunts. With their own twist on programmes such as Restoration, How Clean is Your House, Dr Who and The Office, Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Kevin Connelly, Phil Cornwell and Mark Perry prove once again that nothing is sacred and no-one is safe. Derren Brown, Paul Burrell, Simon Cowell and Kim and Aggie from 'How Clean Is Your House' had also better look out - they’re amongst the new characters to be given the Dead Ringers treatment, joining such favourites as Simon Schama, Sophie Raworth, Robert Winston, Gandalf and the Osbournes in this topical round-up of the year’s events. Christmas has never been so spicy. Dead Ringers started life on BBC Radio Four. Listeners loved the witty way it lampooned the station's shows and personalities: newsreaders Brian Perkins and Charlotte Green were transformed into "The Daddy", and a sultry sex-kitten, respectively! When the show made the leap to TV, a host of new targets walked into the line of fire including Ricky Gervais, Ozzy Osbourne, Fiona Bruce, Dirty Den and Kirsty Allsop (from Location Location Location). All of these characters (and more) are brought to you by a cast of just four regulars (Kevin Connelly, Jon Culshaw, Mark Perry and Jan Ravens). And unlike some sketch-based comedies that have blighted British screens, a crack writing team means that there's zero padding in each episode.moreless
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    Elizabeth R

    Elizabeth R

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    BBC Two (ended 1971)
    Historical mini-series documenting the reign of Elizabeth I. Each episode focuses on one dramatic period in the lengthy reign of the Virgin Queen, including her ascension to the throne, her various marital intrigues, her problems with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, and the threatened invasion of the Spanish Armada. The series is dominated by a tour de force performance by Glenda Jackson, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Elizabeth.moreless
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    Spywatch

    Spywatch

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    BBC Two (ended 1996)
    Wecome to the Spywatch guide at TV.com. It is 1942, World War II. Britain it being bombed. To be safe lots of children have been evauated to the countryside. Three children: Norman, Dennis and Mary are sent to Westborn in the country. The boys are staying on the farm, with Amy Hobbs aka Auntie Amy, and her daughter, Polly, while Mary is staying at Westboune Hall with the sinister, Miss Millington and Mr Grainger. Spies are on the loose in the countryside, but there are too many suspects. It's up to the four friends to find out who they are.moreless
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    Look and Read

    Look and Read

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    BBC Two (ended 2004)
    Look and Read is a longrunning Children's educational show which has been shown in British schools since the 1960s.
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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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    Rotten Ralph

    Rotten Ralph

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    BBC Two (ended 2001)
    Rotten Ralph was a show based on a series of children's books written by Jack Gantos, about a cat called Ralph, who lived with his owner, Sarah, and her family. The trouble is that Ralph is Rotten! He loves playing tricks and practical jokes on his family and friends. Wherever he goes he causes trouble. Sarah knows how rotten he is, but despite this, she loves Ralph, and could never be without him.moreless
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    Operation Good Guys

    Operation Good Guys

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    UK, BBC (Fugitive Group/BBC), Sitcom, colour, 1997 Starring: David Gillespie, Ray Burdis, Dominic Anciano A sparkling fly-on-the-wall documentary spoof, ostensibly covering a police action code-named 'Operation Good Guys'. The head of operations, DI Beach, has hand-picked his task squad from across the board, the team including his long-term sidekick DS Ash; armed-response expert Sgt de Sade; undercover drugs-squad man 'Bones'; deep undercover officer Gary Barwick; another undercover man, the 1960s-throwback and would-be rock musician 'Strings'; and naive new recruit Mark Kemp, who just happens to be the Commissioner's nephew. Beach has permitted a documentary unit to film every step of the operation, surmising that the successful outcome of the venture will reflect well upon him. But his faith is misplaced - the team is excruciatingly inept, bungling even the simplest of tasks and, embarrassingly, often embroiling famous faces in their foul-ups (including the Arsenal and England goalkeeper David Seaman, and the businessman Victor Kiam, both of whom appeared in first-series episodes as themselves). The running joke at the start of the second series was that the squad hadn't been telegenic enough in the first and needed to sharpen up their act. They had also been demoted back into uniform following their all-too-public exposure. The third series saw the lads in ever more outrageous situations, the comedy venturing into areas of naked embarrassment - literally so in one edition, when the team were left to fend for themselves on a survival course. Peopled extensively by former alumnus of the Anna Scher acting school in London, Operation Good Guys was a marvellously inventive satire, overflowing with good ideas and memorable characters. Any thoughts that the initial premise might be too thin were dispelled by the creativity of the actors and the strength of the ongoing plot (which could have stood on its own without the fly-on-the-wall-film gimmick). The fact that the dialogue within the structured storylines was mainly improvised also added to the spontaneous, 'real-life' feel of the series. Executive producers Jim Beach and Geoffrey Perkins themselves turned up in episodes, Beach as the Commissioner, Perkins as the Head of Interpol. Production Details Written by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick Directed by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick Produced by: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis, Hugo Blick 3 series, 19 episodes Transmitted: 1997-2000 TV Channel: BBC2 BBC Television Fugitive Group Productionsmoreless
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    Clochemerle

    Clochemerle

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    BBC Two (ended 1972)
    Adapted for television by Ray Galton & Alan Simpson from the novel by Gabriel Chevallier. The year is 1925 and the place is Clochmerle, a small wine-growing village in Beaujolais. When Mayor Barthelemey Piechut (Socialist) decides that his town of Clochmerle requires a monument that will extol the virtues of the Republic and his own administration he ponders long and hard for something suitable. He follows the lead of the ancient Romans, famed for hygiene and noble edifices. He decides that the perfect expression of these two concepts would be a public urinal. Little was he to dream that this would lead to scandals that would shatter the peacefulness of the town and eventually have world-wide repercussions.moreless
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    Posh Nosh

    Posh Nosh

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    Simon and Minty Marchmont are married TV chefs who 'create extraordinary food for ordinary people'. Their spikey relationship is obvious throughout their ten minute cookery demonstrations. While Minty sweats in the kitchen, Simon is pre-occupied with his wine cellar and his live-in tennis coach Jose-Luis. The relationship between Simon and Minty - particularly his sardonic put-downs - made these shorts an enjoyable watch. Moreover they brilliantly satirised the pretentious language of TV cookery shows as you were taught to 'learn to relax an avocado, bamboozle a parsnip or shave a fennel'.moreless
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    Party Animals (UK)

    Party Animals (UK)

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    The title says it all: Party Animals. This program delves into the party politics, and the partying habits of several twenty-somethings within and around Westminster. Originally conceived as a comedy about New Labour's spin tactics, this show has been updated to comment on the culture of David Cameron's 'New Conservatives'. The drama gives viewers a glimpse into the world of Westminster and includes Labour and Conservative characters, as well as lobbyists and journalists. The two main characters are brothers Scott and Danny. Their father was a Labour MP and Danny has followed in his footsteps - he is now a political researcher for Jo Porter MP. Danny spends his days working hard and fawning over the office intern, Kirsty. However, his brother Scott, an increasingly dissatisfied lobbyist, spends his days partying just as hard as he works and can get any girl he wants. Which ultimately causes trouble when he finally falls for one girl, a Conservative up-and-coming, Ashika Chandrimani, though journalist Sophie still has her eye on him.moreless
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    Wild China

    Wild China

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    This documentary captures the dazzling array of landscapes and creatures that can be found across China. The six-part series reveals the little-known natural treasures and secret wildlife havens of China's wildest regions.moreless
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    Back to the Floor

    Back to the Floor

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    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    How would you boss fare if he or she had to leave their cushy office and were forced to go back and labor among the ranks of the lower paid staff? That's exactly what the bosses did on this award-winning UK series.moreless
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    International Cabaret

    International Cabaret

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    BBC Two (ended 1974)
    International Cabaret was a variety show, presented by Kenneth Williams, in which three international acts, from around the world, would perform in each show.
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    The Cambridge Spies

    The Cambridge Spies

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
    Welcome to the Cambridge Spies guide at TV.com. This four-part drama relates the story of the Cambridge Spy Ring. The notorious traitors Burgess, Maclean, Blunt and Philby met at Cambridge University and went on to spy for the Soviet Union during the 1940s and 1950s. Cambridge Spies was a BBC production in association with Perpetual Motion Pictures.moreless
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    The Robinsons

    The Robinsons

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    Ed Robinson (The Office’s Martin Freeman) works in re-insurance until his colleague (and secret lover) is promoted and fires him. He realises that re-insurance is not where his passions lie and, after being asked “Tell us about yourself” and being unable to come up with an answer (“Well, I’m medium height, brown hair ...), decides to reasses his life. Ed’s sister, Victoria (Abigail Cruttenden), is struggling to find a man to meet her exceedingly high standards. One is jettisoned because he sniffs too much. Another because he reminds her of her father (causing her to scream in horror each time they attempt to have sex). Their time-management consultant brother George (Hugh Bonneville) is a competitive control freak, struggling to keep his wife happy and his son, Albert, educationally stimulated. Their parents are constantly - and entertainingly - at each other’s throats.moreless
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    Marion and Geoff

    Marion and Geoff

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    BBC Two (ended 2003)
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