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    Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule

    Rik Mayall: Lord of Misrule

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    Simon Callow narrates this look back at the life and career of comedian and actor Rik Mayall who passed away in 2014, featuring a wealth of classic clips and interviews with celebrity friends and colleagues.moreless
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    A Life on Screen

    A Life on Screen

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    A Life In Screen is an occasional series looking into the lives and careers of some of Britain's best loved talent including Julie Walters and Stephen Fry.
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    The Day Today

    The Day Today

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    BBC Two (ended 1994)
    The Day Today was a satire spoofing current affairs TV programmes which featured a team that was then relatively new to television. All the cast had been involved in a BBC radio show, On The Hour, which had taken a similar swipe at radio current affairs programming. Worryingly it now looks rather like the shows it was parodying. Both the radio and TV shows were produced by Armando Iannucci and featured a number of recurring characters, most notably the sports correspondent Alan Partridge, later to be granted his own TV show. Other regulars included political cartoonist Brant, 'enviromation' presenter Rosie May, business correspondent Collaterlie Sisters, inept political reporter Peter O'Hanrahanrahan and the show's smarmy front-man played by Chris Morris. The entire team were deadly accurate in their impressions of personalities one sees in current affairs TV, but Morris was particularly impressive, catching the mannerisms, vocal inflections and visual style of such presenters. The show also scored with its choice of targets, moving away from the hackneyed areas of previous media-based sketch shows to concentrate on modern, virtually untouched strands of programming like the real-life emergency shows (999), reconstructions (Crimewatch UK) and home-video exploitation (You've Been Framed). To make the spoof seem even more authentic, there was no studio laughter but liberal use of voice-over contemporary news stories, sports footage and library shots. There were also genuine 'vox pops' (random interviews) with the 'man in the street' about all manner of unlikely or fictitious subjects. To complete the parody, the show employed graphics and music that expertly caricatured the high-tech, dramatic style fast becoming commonplace in TV presentation.moreless
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    Murder Most Horrid

    Murder Most Horrid

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    BBC Two (ended 1999)
    Started in 1991 as a pilot, "Murder Most Horrid" has become a classic Dawn French comedy. As various characters, Dawn French embarks on a different mystery every episode - but there not to be taken too seriously. In some way or another she is involved with murder - either commiting the crime herself or even getting bumped off herself! Four series of the show have been produced, and aired in 1991, 1994, 1996 and with the last airing in 1999. The series was made by TalkBack productions, and has won two 'British Comedy Awards' for 'Best Comedy Drama' and also 'Best Comedy Series'. BBC2 Broadcast History: • Season 1 - 14th November to 19th December 1991 - BBC2, Thursdays, 9pm • Season 2 - 3rd March to 7th April 1994 - BBC2, Thursdays, 9pm • Season 3 - 10th May to 14th June 1996 - BBC2, Fridays 9pmM • Season 4 - 19th February to 2nd April 1999 - BBC2, Fridays 9pmmoreless
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    Takin' Over the Asylum

    Takin' Over the Asylum

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    BBC Two (ended 1994)
    Welcome to the Takin' Over the Asylum guide. Ken Stott plays Eddie McKenna, a double-glazing salesman who moonlights as a DJ for hospital radio in a Scottish mental asylum - St Judes. He nurtures close friendships with the patients there including Francine, a self-harmer and Campbell, a manic depressive, with whom he shares a dream to make it onto the commercial radio scene. Campbell's inspired antics promise to bring the pair closer to their aim, but the pressures of life outside of the hospital begin to tell on Eddie. A vindictive colleague leads his small-minded boss to ban his activities at 'the looney-bin' and his eccentric grandmother returns suddenly to Lithuania leaving him peniless and alone. Eddie finds himself drawn to the troubled Francine, but when the radio is threatened with closure it is to another 'wee friend' he turns for comfort. slowly we watch the roles reverse. As Campbell regains control over his life and courts success, Eddie goes into decline and is finally forced to face his own illness - alcoholism. With black humour this drama deals perceptively with the issues surrounding mental health and the prejudices faced by sufferers.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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    Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld

    Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld

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    BBC Two (ended 2006)
    Jeremy Clarkson, of Top Gear fame, brings his wit and passion for all things cool to this travel log about cars and car culture around the world., Be prepared to be informed, amazed, and amused as Jeremy finds the most unusual uses for the automobile, and makes even the ordinary become wonderfully bizarre. You may have watched travel shows before, but somehow when Jeremy is done with the interviews and the playing around, you feel like you’ve really been there and had a great time!moreless
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    MasterChef Goes Large

    MasterChef Goes Large

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    MasterChef Goes Large is the modern remake of the BBC's MasterChef its cookery gameshow. Contestants face a series of 3 part heats to continue to the quarter finals, further challenges to progress to the semi-finals with the ultimate goal being one of the last three contestants who make it to the final. Hosted by John Torode and Gregg Wallace with a voice over by India Fisher.moreless
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    James May's Toy Stories

    James May's Toy Stories

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    James May's Toy Stories is a documentary TV show that features James May bringing favorite toys of past eras into light with life-size large-scale endeavors. In each episode, May delves into the history of the featured toy and announces the grandiose building plans for the day. May's impetus for the show is to attract children away from video games and instead focus on playing with real toys with their parents and friends. Throughout the six-episode series, May builds spectacular structures such as a 1:1 model of a Spitfire aircraft using fiberglass pieces modeled off of the Airflix toys. Also included in the show's repertoire are a garden of Plasticine, a 75 foot Meccano bridge, a 2.75 mile-long Scalextric track, a full-sized Lego house, and a 10-mile miniature Hornby railway. Each of the structures is tested for soundness and utility, and the building projects can take up to a month to complete, even with hundreds of volunteers.moreless
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    Saxondale

    Saxondale

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    In this British-produced comedy, Steve Coogan plays Tommy Saxondale, an ex-roadie with anger management issues and a pest-control business. Tommy is a little arrogant, a little egotistical, and feels the world owes him more respect than it typically shows him. He has an assistant named Raymond who lives in a spare room in Tommy's house, a live-in girlfriend named Magz who owns a T-shirt business, and a receptionist named Vicky who has a tendency to drive him up the wall.moreless
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    A Very Peculiar Practice

    A Very Peculiar Practice

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    BBC Two (ended 1992)
    A Very Peculiar Practice was a British comedy show from the mid-1980s -very dark in it's humor, with extreme characterization and bizarre situations, set around a University Medical Practice. The main characters were Dr Steven Daker (the new, young, impressionable one), Dr Jock McCannon (the old, alcoholic, world-weary one), Dr Bob Buzzard (the bitter, egotistical, abrasive one) and Dr Rose Marie (the feminist, bisexual, politically motivated one). Add to these a smattering of students, lecturers, the regular love interests for Dr Daker (Lyn in Series 1, and Greta in Series 2) and the strangely compelling nuns that roamed the campus causing mayhem. Then throw in plots that cause emotional, physical, or mental reactions, and sit back to watch.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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    videoGaiden

    videoGaiden

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    This unusual, funny, and controversial video game review show debuted on BBC 2 Scotland at the end of 2005. The show stars Robert "Rab" Florence and Ryan Macleod as they perform skits (often video game-related) and review both console and PC video games employing their thick Scottish accents, crude language and occasionally controversial but subject-impassioned humor to great effect. This show is based on the popular internet video game-review show "Consolevania" produced by the same team of Florence and Macleod.moreless
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    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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    BBC Two (ended 1979)
    Tinker, tailor,soldier, sailor, Rich man, poor man, beggar-man, thief. George Smiley, the aging master spy of the Cold War and once heir apparent to Control, is brought back out of retirement to flush out a top level mole within the Circus. Smiley must travel back through his life and murky workings of the Circus to unravel the net spun by his nemesis Karla 'The Sandman' of the KGB and reveal the identity of the mole before he disappears.moreless
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    Big Train

    Big Train

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    BBC Two (ended 2002)
    Before and after Father Ted, Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews had been sketch show writers; contributing to the likes of Spitting Image, The Day Today and the Friday and Saturday Night Armistice. Big Train picked up on the surrealism found in their earlier work. From the World Stare-Out Championship to herds of wild jockeys being hunted by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, from show jumping firefighters to the most erratic 100m runner ever seen, the show broke new ground, was much imitated and, arguably, launched the careers of Simon Pegg, Catherine Tate, Mark Heap and Amelia Bullmore.moreless
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    Stephen Hawking's Universe

    Stephen Hawking's Universe

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    BBC Two (ended 1997)
    This six-part documentary series from Stephen Hawking covers the major theories in relation to the make up and creation of our universe, including the current thinking on the Big Bang, origins of the universe, dark matter, black holes, etc. The program includes interviews with leading astronomers and scientists, as well as commentary from Stephen Hawking himself. Viewers interested in Astronomy may also want to view the television series Cosmos by Carl Sagan, which offers a more in depth review of Astronomy, especially regarding the history of Astronomy.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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    Escape From Scorpion Island

    Escape From Scorpion Island

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    Two teams of young adventurers are marooned on an exotic island. What they don't know is that they are not alone - there are also 10 prisoners held on the island that they must try and rescue. Each day the Island will select a handful of contestants to do battle against each other. The winners will join either Team Sting or Team Claw – the losers will be returned to life behind bars. 2008 sees the second series of the adrenalin-fuelled real-life adventure game, presented by JK and Joel, in which teams compete in daring challenges in order to win the competition.moreless
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    Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney By Any Means

    Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney By Any Means

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    Adventurer Charley Boorman sets off on his most daring adventure yet--ditching his trusty motorbike to travel over 20,000 miles, through 25 countries from his home town Wicklow County, Ireland to Sydney, Australia, by any means. Avoiding commercial airlines wherever possible, Boorman explores the different ways to travel over land, sea and air. He uses more than 100 different modes of transport, including container ships, dug-out canoes, solar cars and an elephant. Boorman's first travelling documentary was with his friend, Ewan McGregor, on a motorbike journey from London to New York that created the 2004 show, Long Way Round. Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney By Any Means is also known simply as By Any Means.moreless
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    Early Doors

    Early Doors

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    BBC Two (ended 2004)
    Early Doors is set in a small pub in Manchester where daily life is bound up in the issues of love, loneliness, and blocked urinals. Regular drinkers Joe and Duffy pass the time with landlord Ken and his police officer cronies.moreless
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