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    Hollyoaks

    Hollyoaks

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    Channel 4
    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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    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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    White Teeth

    White Teeth

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    Channel 4 (ended 2002)
    Zadie Smith's anarchic comedy set in multiracial northwest London comes mind-blowingly to life in a four-part adaptation of her acclaimed first novel. Hailed as "street-smart and learned, sassy and philosophical" by the New York Times and "funny as hell" by Newsweek, Smith wrote White Teeth at the astonishing age of 24. Set in the cultural farrago of Willesden Green, where Smith grew up, White Teeth tells the story of three families in the hippy-to-hiphop era of 1974 to 1992 -- with a nostalgia-inducing soundtrack of popular hits from the period.

    "I wanted to write a book about a man who... lives a good life by accident," Smith says of White Teeth's protagonist, professional envelope-folder Archie Jones (played by Phil Davis), whom she compares to Jimmy Stewart. In British-music-hall fashion, she pairs Archie with a sidekick who is his opposite in nearly every way. Bengali waiter Samad Iqbal (Om Puri) is intellectual where Archie is clueless, a devout Muslim where Archie is a laid-back atheist, and a tormented adulterer where Archie is an oblivious family man. But they have been best friends since an experience involving a fugitive war criminal during World War II -- an incident that comes back to haunt Archie at crucial points in the plot. The story begins on New Year's Eve 1974, when Archie decides to end it all in a carbon monoxide-filled haze. Coincidentally, a nearby commune is celebrating the impending end of the world. Both Archie and the world survive to have some very unusual adventures.

    Smith populates White Teeth with an assortment of curious characters worthy of Dickens himself -- from Archie and Samad's headstrong spouses, lapsed Jehovah's Witness Clara (Naomie Harris) and tart-tongued Bengali Alsana (Archie Panjabi); to Clara's fire-and-brimstone mother, Hortense (Mona Hammond); Samad and Alsana's twin sons, brainy Magid and gang-leader Millat (both played by Christopher Simpson); and Archie and Clara's diffident daughter, Irie (Sarah Ozeke). Then there are the smugly scholarly Malfen family, the militant Keepers of the Eternal and Victorious Islamic Nation (an Islamic sect with an acronym problem), and a crazed animal liberation outfit called Fighting Animal Torture and Exploitation (FATE). All come together for a debacle at a pre-millennium bash for a genetically modified mouse. "White Teeth", the book by Zadie Smith, was commissioned by UK Network Channel 4 in the spring of 2002. Filming began in June of the same year and the first episode of four was aired on 17th September 2002. The show won praise from Film and TV critics and launched the career of one of it's stars Naomie Harris. The show gained healthy viewing figures throughout and peaked at 3.5 Million during the final episode. The Series has now been shown throughout the world and was aired in Australia, Sweden and most recently the USA to great success.moreless
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    You Are What You Eat

    You Are What You Eat

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    Channel 4
    Let holistic nutritionist Gillian McKeith rid you of your poor eating habits in this life-affirming cooking show. Gillian visits real-life people all over England and confronts them with their eating habits. She places all the food they've eaten for a week on a table before them and lets them stare in wonder. Gillian then dives into their other habits, nasty and naughty. Follow their journey through a healthy vegan diet for eight weeks. Each contestant is revisited after the program to see their success or failure in our own eyes.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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    Any Human Heart

    Any Human Heart

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    Channel 4
    Logan Mountstuart is a writer with a very interesting life. During his time he travelled a lot and a war, the death of a prime minister and the abdication of a king. But this is not what interests him - that remains the individual consciousness of these events, which he documents in a journal. Based on the novel of the same name this four-part adaptation for Channel 4 is scripted by the book's original writer, William Boyd.moreless
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    The Book Group

    The Book Group

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    Channel 4 (ended 2003)
    Who says good reading is good for you? American Claire has just moved to Glasgow and is extremely keen to meet some new and interesting people. She decides to start a book group. To her utter dismay, those who turn up for the first session are not the friends she had hoped for. There's Kenny, a handsome ex-climber in a wheelchair, Janice the frustrated wife of a famous Scottish footballer, and eccentric student Barney who Claire actually does fancy. The Book Group is about this intriguing cast of characters, who are all trying to make new friends, new lives and new versions of themselves. But pretty soon things get complicated. A little education can be a dangerous thing. Bad News! Channel 4 did confirm a third series was in the works due for broadcast mid 2004, However, I received an email from Annie Griffin (Creator of the show) explaining that no third series was in production for 2004, nor had she even yet written a third series due to commitments towards other projects, "...but perhaps some time in the future they'll be back" Currently I shall leave the status of the show as on hiatus, for it may return.moreless
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    Psychos

    Psychos

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Psychos was first broadcast on channel 4 in the UK between May and June 1999. The series was set in a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow. The Psychos in the title referred to the doctors and not the patients. The previews and publicity for the series were very positive and it was thought that the series would have a cult TV following and a second series was optioned. Then, those involved with the mentally ill began to complain about the title and the advertising campaign. A second series was cancelled, Channel 4 never repeated the series nor did they release it on video. Writer David Wolstencroft and John McKay both won Network Newcomer Behind The Screen Awards for Psychos in 1999 from The Royal Television Society. Fortunately the series was broadcast in other countries. In May 2000 it was nominated for a Bafta award. Actor Douglas Henshall won a Palmare at the Reims Television Festival 2000 for his portrayal of Dr Daniel Nash.moreless
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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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    As If

    As If

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    Channel 4 (ended 2004)
    As If was a ground-breaking British drama, following the exciting lives of six young adults living in London. The drama's success is partly because of the fantastic soundtrack and modern style of filming; flashbacks, dodgy camerawork and sureal sequences are extremely frequent in all of the individual 30-minute long episodes. Jamie, Sooz, Nicki, Alex, Sasha, and Rob are the six teenagers featured in this hit teen drama. Each episode of As If shows the story from the character's point of view, allowing the viewers to learn their thoughts and personal feelings on the drama unfolding around them. Season One: Jamie had a crush on Nicki, Sooz had a crush on Rob. Jamie moved on by getting involved with an older women off the Internet. Sasha and Rob faced problems in their complex relationship, while Alex dated policeman Dan, but lied about his age. Nicki learnt lessons in love and life, and at the end of the series, Jamie and Sooz kissed. In Season Two, Nicki and Sasha came to blows over the same guy, Riggs, and Sasha ended up cheating on Rob with him. Alex found new love with bi-sexual Mark, and Jamie and Sooz struggled with revealing their relationship to the group, and accepting their feelings. Season Three saw Sooz and Jamie on the rocks after he slept with Nicki, and she struggled with life, resulting in a suicide attempt. Alex messed things up with Mark, when he ended up back with Dan. Mark found new love, in the shape of Nicki, then cheated on her. In Season Four the six friends considered to tackle their way through life. Sooz and Jamie's on/off relationship hit a rock when Sooz cheated, Nicki continued to be her usual self, Alex meanwhile had more boy problems - mainly with young Allen. Sasha struggled with her carrer, while Rob got engaged, before finding true love, a little closer to home...moreless
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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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    My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

    My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

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    Beginning as a one-off show about gypsy brides this popular series gives viewers an insight into the wedding preperations of traveller families. From the bold colours to the wedding dresses that leave scars.moreless
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    How to Look Good Naked (UK)

    How to Look Good Naked (UK)

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    Gok Wan presents this style show with a twist, in which he takes women who are self-conscious about their body image and gives them the confidence to pose naked. Combining his knowledge of style and fashion he teaches ladies how to bring forth their inner and outer beauty without plastic surgery or extreme dieting. The series will return next year on Channel 4.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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    The Camomile Lawn

    The Camomile Lawn

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    Channel 4 (ended 1992)
    Welcome to The Camomile Lawn guide at TV.com. This British mini-series begins with a funeral in the 1980s, but the action is mostly set during the second world war. It follows the lives of Richard and Helena Cuthbertson and their nieces and nephews, and especially the complicated love lives of Polly and Calypso Cuthbertson. Based on a book by Mary Wesley and filmed in 1991-92, all four parts were released on DVD (UPC: 054961852093) in April, 2006.moreless
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    Scales of Justice

    Scales of Justice

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    Channel 4 (ended 1967)
    This was one of a number of similar crime dramas of the period, made for theatrical release between 1962 and 1967. It finally reached a television audience on Channel 4 in the 1980s.moreless
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    The Devil's Whore

    The Devil's Whore

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    Channel 4 (ended 2008)
    This four-part drama series looks at the Civil War through the eyes of Angelica Fanshawe, a spirited noble wife. During the War, Angelica's innocence is questioned as she becomes increasingly aware of the political turmoil facing the country.moreless
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    Underworld

    Underworld

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    British dramedy
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    The Queen

    The Queen

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    Channel 4 (ended 2009)
    Take a trip back in history as five British actresses play the Queen at pivotal times in her life.
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    G.B.H.

    G.B.H.

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    Channel 4 (ended 1991)
    As like as two peas in a pod; as different as chalk and cheese. Michael Murray and Jim Nelson are about the same age, grew up together in the same (unnamed) Northern city, are lifelong members of the Labour Party, and presently find themselves suffering inexplicable, extreme stress.

    Michael Murray is a charismatic and successful local politician, newly elected Leader of the City Council, poised to embark on a national career. An unscrupulous political opportunist surrounded by flunkies and yes-men, he has no friends, employs his elder brother Franky as an underpaid chauffeur, and scarcely remembers he has a wife and family at home.

    By contrast, Jim Nelson is rank-and-file, unambitious, high-principled, loyal to his many friends in the community, devoted to his job and to his wife and children.

    Michael is haunted by his past: by his humble birth, by the charismatic Union-leader father he never knew, by his classmates at school (and one sadistic little girl in particular), and most of all by the headmaster he blames for branding him a "loony" and sending him to a school for emotionally disturbed children.

    Jim is proud of his working-class roots, is nostalgic for the past, and… is headmaster of a school for emotionally disturbed children.

    Both believe they are being driven insane: Michael by a conspiracy he thinks he can unmask; Jim by something vague but terrible, inexorable, deadly, and having to do with bridges.

    Political agitators begin to drift into the area, led by the extreme-Left political theorist Mervyn Sloan and his two action men, Lou Barnes and Peter Grenville. When they convince Michael to call a Day of Action, the entire city comes to a standstill. Except for one small and insignificant site inadvertently overlooked by Murray's pickets: the school where Jim Nelson teaches.moreless
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