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    Shameless (UK)

    Shameless (UK)

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    Channel 4
    The critically acclaimed and brilliantly funny drama from award-winning writer Paul Abbott features the Chatsworth Estate's Gallaghers, probably the UK's most dysfunctional family.

    Head of the family, Frank, embarks on a series of adventures with his remarkably well-balanced children Fiona, Lip, Ian, Debbie, Carl and Liam - not forgetting the other two with Frank's valium-fuelled lover, Sheila. A shambolic family living on a Manchester estate, where eldest sister Fiona has to look after her five younger siblings after their mother's disappearance and their father became an alcoholic. After Fiona herself escapes, it's down to her twelve year old Sister Debbie to run the Gallagher household. With Sheila leaving and Monica's return it's a whole new ball game at the Gallagher residents, and it's not all plain sailing with Monica's estranged girlfriend Norma living in the van in the yard. No-ones life is ever going to be the same.

    Now in its eighth series things are still as dysfunctional as ever on the Chatsworth Estate with, Frank and Libby trying to get married with Monica coming back on the scene, Mimi's a new mother once again but still has the task of having to find out ho the father is. Also, Karen and Jamie are trying to get on with their lives after all the recent events and, there's also a whole load of new people on the scene just waiting to cause mayhem.

    Shameless is packed with sex, drugs, gratuitous violence, love and scams. Chaos ensues with more tales of how one extraordinary family goes about its normal everyday life.moreless
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    Hollyoaks

    Hollyoaks

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    Hollyoaks is set in the fictional borough of Hollyoaks in Chester. The first episode was broadcast on 23rd October 1995. The show attracts an average of 3 million viewers per week. The series was devised by Phil Redmond, who also created GRANGE HILL and BROOKSIDE.

    Hollyoaks was orignally only on one night a week but, a second weekly episode began in 1996, a third followed in 1999, and a fourth was added in 2001. The series then went five nights a week in November 2003.

    Hollyoaks is aimed mainly at 16-30 year olds. Like Brookside, Hollyoaks tends to deal with current affairs and topics that matter. It also appeals itself to a present day audience by playing a wide range of recent music and well known Bands.

    As the UK's fourth biggest soap, Hollyoaks is known for breaking bounderies. its story lines include, self-harm, serial murder, explosions, car crash, adultery, fires, sexuality, suicide, street crime, gangsters, drinking, drugs, mental health (schizophrenia), domestic abuse (men and women), cults, deception, credit card fraud, incest, perjury, false imprisonment and rape (inc male rape).

    Hollyoaks is an award winning show winning 3 awards at the 2007 Briitsh Soap Awards. Including Sexiest Female, Best Comedy Performance and Villain of the Year. On Saturday 3rd May 2008, Hollyoaks won 6 awards at the British Soap Awards including, Best Actor/Actress, Best Exit, Sexiest Female, Best On-Screen Patnrship, Most Spectacular Scene. In 2010 Hollyoaks won Most Spectacular Scene at the 2010 British Soap Awards and in 2010, Emmett J. Scanlan (Brendan Brady) won Villain of the Year and Best Newcomer.

    On the 26th February 2007 Hollyoaks under went a major revamp, with a brand new opening title sequence, which highlight's the shows major aim to appeal to a more mature audience. The opening credits have since been updated on various occasions, when a character has left or when new characters have joined. With the most recent version debuting on Monday 13th September 2010, which included a major revamp with a whole new design and reworked opening theme. This has since seen some minor changes with characters being both removed and added.

    It was announced 21st May 2008, that as of Monday 2nd June 2008, Hollyoaks will air its episode in HD format.

    Hollyoaks is on weekdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4. And the first look episode airs weeknights at 7pm on E4 with, a catch-up edition of the previous days episode at 2.05pm on E4.

    Three omnibus editions air every week, on Saturdays at 1.25pm on E4, Sunday mornings on 'T4' Channel 4 at 8.45am, but the time does vary and, in the early hours on Monday morning at 3.15am on E4. Spin-Offs Hollyoaks: In The City Hollyoaks: Later Hollyoaks: The Morning After the Night Beforemoreless
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    The IT Crowd

    The IT Crowd

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    Channel 4 (ended 2013)
    At the UK company Reynholm Industries, their corporate high-rise towers are full of beautiful happy people with one success story after another. Well, except for the employees that work in the basement - the IT department. While their colleagues work in fantastic surroundings, Jen, Roy and Moss must work below ground in the dark and horrible basement, struggling to make it into normal society. Jen (Katherine Parkinson) is a career person who is looking to climb the corporate ladder. Unfortunately, due to fibbing on her CV (resume), she finds herself the manager of the IT Department. The problem is, she knows nothing about technology! Roy (Chris O'Dowd) and Moss (Richard Ayoade) make up the IT Department and share a love of technology, science fiction and not having to work if at all possible. What they don't like is the idea of being supervised by someone who knows nothing about computers. Seeing that Roy and Moss may know a lot about computers, but very little about working with people, Jen takes on the role of "Relationship Manager" to help the guys and help herself in the process. The IT Crowd is a playful and somewhat surreal look at what it's really like to be the underof every company - the IT Department. In 2008, The IT Crowd won the Rose D'Or for Best Comedy.moreless
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    Peep Show

    Peep Show

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    Essentially, a take on The Odd Couple, Peep Show revolves around the lives of Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Osbourne; two twenty-somethings who share a flat. Mark works in an office and has a bleak outlook on life; he's infatuated with his colleague, Sophie Chapman. Jeremy, in contrast, is a lazy, shallow man trying to make it in the music industry. A unique twist that immediately sets the show apart form other sitcoms is the use of the first person view point [the original show title was POV], where we get to see from the characters own eyes. We also get to hear internal thoughts and opinions which reveals things they wouldn't say out loud.moreless
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    Utopia

    Utopia

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    In this Channel 4 suspense/thriller, four Internet forum friends learn from a fifth that Part 2 of a rare graphic novel, "The Utopia Manuscript," has come to light. What they are initially unaware of is that a mysterious organization known as The Network will do anything to get their hands on it. After their friend is killed, the remaining four friends--Grant, Becky, Ian, and Wilson--find themselves framed for crimes they didn't commit and on the run from The Network and the authorities. To survive, they must recover the graphic novel and uncover the secrets that it holds... secrets that could endanger the world.moreless
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    8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

    8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown

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    Channel 4 (Returning Feb 21st, 2014)
    Jimmy Carr hosts 8 Out of 10 Cats and Countdown, while Sean Lock and Jon Richardson compete against one another in this bizarre British quiz show.
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    Queer as Folk (UK)

    Queer as Folk (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Stuart Jones (Aidan Gillen) has got it all. He's rich, drop-dead gorgeous and always the centre of attention. He can be forgiven the arrogance because he's pretty close to perfection. His best mate Vince Tyler (Craig Kelly) is funny, adorable and definitely a babe but, unlike his friend, has zero confidence in himself. Since time began, Vince has carried a torch for Stuart but his love remains firmly unrequited. They're both 29, hitting Canal Street every night, stalwarts of the scene but just starting to wonder where else their lives may be going. Then along comes Nathan Maloney (Charlie Hunnam). Young, wild and coming out with a vengeance, he crowbars his way into their world and once he arrives, nothing is ever the same again.moreless
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    NY-LON

    NY-LON

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    Channel 4 (ended 2004)
    This drama series from Channel 4 follows the trans-Atlantic love affair between New York record store clerk Edie (Rashida Jones) and London banker Michael (Stephen Moyer), two very different personalities drawn together by fabulous chemistry. Watch as they juggle travel, jobs, and family responsibilities, whilst pursuing a deepening love against a stupendous soundtrack that helps tell the story. Opening Titles Music: "Oh Katrina" by Tender Trap. Closing Titles Music: "Tuesday's Girl" by Akayzia Parker. US TV-MAmoreless
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    Love in the 21st Century

    Love in the 21st Century

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Love in the 21st Century was broadcast on Channel 4, and it was a British television mini series. This sixty-minute show portrayed how love has become much more complicated in the 21st century. The program revealed that the number of singles have drastically increased in the 21st century. The singles of today are trying out all they can to find that special one in their life, but they are trying out at the wrong places which is making matters worse. The show revealed how brave the new world is, keeping in mind the current dating scenario. Love in the 21st Century also provided some interesting insights of how the online high-tech services and wild parties are actually destroying the aspect of love in today's times. The show was quite bold, keeping up with today's advancement in matters of love. The show went on air in July 1999, and was cancelled in August 1999.moreless
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    Green Wing

    Green Wing

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    Set in a hospital and from the production team behind Smack The Pony, Green Wing has been described as "part surreal soap, part innovative comedy drama" and follows the sometimes strange, and often amusing, antics of its staff.

    There's new doctor Caroline Todd whose first day on the job is far from perfect. Then there's Dr. Alan Statham, the boring Consultant Radiologist who is constantly being outsmarted by his juniors and who is having a secret affair with hot tempered and no-nonsense Head of Human Resources Joanne Clore.

    To help the staff with any of their problems there is Staff Liaison Office Sue White (who is more likely to laugh at, then help solve, your troubles) and the object of her affection, smooth talking surgeon Dr. "Mac" Macartney who spends most of his time making stupid competitive bets with Anaesthetist Guy "I'm God's gift to women" Secretan.

    Senior Paediatrics Register Dr. Angela Hunter has very little problems, except trying to get that kink out of her boyfriend's ‘perfect' nose, while the girls in admin Kim, Harriet, Naughty Rachel and Karen spend more time talking about their sex lives than actually doing any work.

    And then there are the junior doctors; the confident and sarcastic Boyce and the drippy, useless Dr. Martin Dear who is hated by the patients and desperate for a woman, preferably Dr. Todd if he can manage it.

    Green Wing was devised and produced by Victoria Pile.moreless
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    Black Mirror

    Black Mirror

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    Described by Channel 4 as "a hybrid of The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected", this three-part series is made up of three standalone episodes that offer a suspenseful and satirical look at the paranoia surrounding modern technology.moreless
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    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

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    This UK series is all about food. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shows his softer side at his London restaurant, The F Word, from which the show has taken its name. In case you have been wandering the F stands for Food of course. Each season has its own theme.

    Season one is centred on Ramsay preparing a three-course meal at the F Word restaurant for 60 invited diners. He has adapted some of his restaurant recipes so that everything that he cooks on the show can be cooked by anyone. The Times' restaurant critic Giles Coren acts as a field correspondent. Food writer Rachel Cooke also provides several reports on healthy eating. Two (or three) commis "battle" each other in every episode to earn a position at one of Ramsay's restaurants. 12 commis chefs appeared in the series out of a thousand applicants. Furthermore this season has turkeys as the featured animal that Gordon raised in his back yard, for food, so that his children gained a better understanding of where their food came from.This season also features Gordon's "Get Women Back in the Kitchen" campaign, for the promotion of which he visited several English households to help women who wanted to improve their culinary skills. A pudding (dessert) challenge, usually between Ramsay and a celebrity guest is also featured, the winner of which had the honour of serving his or her pudding to the guests at the F-Word restaurant.

    From the second series onwards the restaurant sits 50 paying guests served by a different brigade. The brigades featured in season two are amateur brigades. If guests found any of their food unsatisfactory, they could choose not to pay for that item. Janet Street-Porter became the series' field correspondent instead of Giles Coren who only appeared as a guest star. Pigs are the seasons featured animals raised once again By Gordon and his family in his back yard. The recipe challenge in this season includes any kind of food instead of pudding only. This series empha on the importance of Sunday lunch. Due to a schedule change bad language is not beeped out from this season onward.

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    Sugar Rush

    Sugar Rush

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    Channel 4 (ended 2006)
    Sugar Rush explores the world of Kim and her earth-shattering lust for the gorgeous and sassy Maria Sweet, otherwise known as Sugar. And if Sugar wasn't enough to blow Kim's mind, there's also her dysfunctional, embarrassing family - a mini-freak for a brother, an obsessively house-proud dad and a mum who's behaving as if she's the one who's 15 years old. Each episode is a different journey inside Kim's world as her wry observations take us into the mind of a screwed up, loved up, lustful adolescent experiencing the bright lights of Brighton and the rush of forbidden love for the first time.moreless
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    Grand Designs

    Grand Designs

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    Welcome to the Grand Designs guide here at TV.com! Each episode Kevin McCloud follows different couples / families who are trying to build / improve a property. They can go from the downright stupid to the most high class and dignified properties.moreless
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    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

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    Each week Gordon travels to a different restaurant in dire need of help. He often has to deal with chefs and waitresses stuck in their ways, ready-made meals and slow service, none of which he allows in any of his own restaurants. With a long history in the food industry, Gordon uses his wealth of knowledge to try to get them back on track and into financially viable businesses.moreless
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    It's Me or the Dog (UK)

    It's Me or the Dog (UK)

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    From unruly hounds to pampered poodles, dog trainer Victoria Stilwell has seen them all. Filmed in the United Kingdom, this show provides easy hands on advice on how to correctly train your dog! Victoria uses her 10 years of experience to help you find harmony in your house.moreless
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    Ultraviolet

    Ultraviolet

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the Ultraviolet guide at TV.com. Ultraviolet charted the exploits of an investigative government unit, armed with the latest weaponry, whose aim is to track down and exterminate Code 5 infected subjects while attempting to work out their agenda. A policeman, Michael Colefield, is reluctantly drawn into the group after a confrontation with his 'turned' former best friend, Jack Beresford, when Michael, defending himself after being bitten, is forced to 'kill' Jack. Stylish, dark and often humourous, Ultraviolet delivered a blend of vampire myth with a modern slant. It is notable that the programme never once mentions the word vampire, instead referring to the antagonists as 'leeches' or a 'code 5 infection'. A pilot for a potential US series was made, a composite of all that was good in the 6 episodes of the British version, but no series was commissioned.moreless
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    Phoenix Nights

    Phoenix Nights

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    Channel 4 (ended 2002)
    Award-winning comedy. Peter Kay plays Legendary social club owner Brian Potter and his hapless band of staff and regulars are determined to make the Phoenix Club a success no matter what.moreless
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    Alan Carr: Chatty Man

    Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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    Alan Carr combines celebrity interviews, comedy sketches and weekly musical guests as he turns chat show host for Channel 4.
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    Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands

    Shipwrecked: Battle of the Islands

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    This is a British reality contest show with a twist. Instead of trying to eliminate others, the contestants try to get people to choose to hang out with them on 'their island'. Ten people are split between two islands. One group is called Tigers, the others Sharks. Each week, a new contestant arrives and spends 3 days with the Tigers, and then 3 days with the Sharks. On the seventh day, the groups all get together and have a 'beach party' during which the new arrival must decide who they want to stay with for the remainder of the show. Whichever island has more people at the end of 5 months wins £100,000. For the 2009 season, only one person will walk away with a £70,000 prize fund.moreless
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