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    Brass Eye

    Brass Eye

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    Channel 4 (ended 2001)
    Brass Eye was a controversial show that reported (so to speak) the issues confronting British popular society.

    Drugs, Animal Rights, Crime, Paedophillia, these are the issues that the tabloids seem to spend their days cashing in on. Brass Eye focused on the press and society's irational knee jerk reaction. It took full advantage of c-list celebrities desperate to look like they care about these 'important' issues but who only end up exposing their own ignorance and willingness to say anything if it gets them on TV.moreless
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    Just For Laughs (UK)

    Just For Laughs (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Hidden camera the British way. Not just any other comedy program. Unlike many others, this group of English comedians/actors do the most outrageous acts. But as a viewer, you are just meant to have a good time.moreless
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    Drop the Dead Donkey

    Drop the Dead Donkey

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the Drop the Dead Donkey guide at TV Tome.
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    Smack the Pony

    Smack the Pony

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    Channel 4 (ended 2003)
    Welcome to the Smack The Pony guide at TV.com.

    Take the banal, the irrelevant and the downright silly, add a female perspective, pour in a hefty dose of comic timing, stir well, and what do you get? Smack the Pony. The team of Sally Phillips, Doon MacKichan and Fiona Allen play on women's neuroses (snogging, pubic hair and size of boobs, not necessarily in that order), their preoccupations (finding a man, finding a man and finding a man), their weaknesses (Marks & Spencer, fashion and men) and their competitiveness (more covert than that of the male of the species, and therefore far more deadly).

    The spoof dating agency clips take in the full range of stereotypes and unfailingly hit the spot. And the prize for the most surreal sketch goes to the one which sets that most bourgeois of institutions--the wedding list--in a sex shop, with the coup de grace: "Two butt plugs ... with love from Kathy and Edward".moreless
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    Desmond's

    Desmond's

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    Channel 4 (ended 1994)
    Desmond's is centered around Desmond Ambrose played by Norman Beaton. Desmond owns a barber shop in Peckham, London which is a local gathering place for a group of West Indian immigrants. Little hairdressing gets done, as this is more a meeting place than a barber shop. This is one of the most successful home grown sitcoms Channel 4 has ever screened.moreless
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    Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths

    Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Greek Myths

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    Channel 4 (ended 1991)
    This is the second series, following Jim Henson's The Storyteller, which aired in 1988. The title role is played by Michael Gambon this time and his faithful dog is there, still voiced by Brian Henson. Instead of the European folk tales told in the first season, this series of four deals with the ancient Greek Myths. Please note: If you are planning on watching the series and are unfamiliar with the myths being portrayed, the episode descriptions in this guide will all contain spoilers.moreless
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    So Graham Norton

    So Graham Norton

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    Channel 4 (ended 2002)
    Channel 4's Friday night chat show was hosted by Graham Norton. The show featured celebrity interviews, shocking audience confessions and a glimpse at the more bizarre members of society. From May 2002, Graham Norton's Friday night programme was reformatted into a new weeknight show, V Graham Norton.moreless
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    Gamesmaster

    Gamesmaster

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    GamesMaster was more of a games show than a game show involving two or three challenges per show. These challenges saw people come on the programme and playing a game (usually arcade or console). It was the first video games programme. One challenge per show involved a celebrity taking part and these challenges involved commentary by a non-entity from the video games press e.g. Dave "Games Animal" Perry.

    Anyone who completed a challenge or got a better score than his or her opponent was presented with a Golden GamesMaster Joystick.

    The series was presented by Scottish stand up comedian Dominik Diamond (who now is currently a reporter for the newspaper The Daily Star). However, Dexter Fletcher presented Series 3. (Dominik left the series because of its two-year sponsorship deal with McDonalds, but eventually returned in Series 4.)

    The show also feature reviews of the latest games. Most episodes during the first four series saw kids come on the show and ask the Games Master: an animated floating head of astronomer Patrick Moore for tips and cheats on console games. The Games Master also introduced each challenge.

    Series Settings

    Each series had a different setting. These were:

    Series 1 (early 1992) – Church Series 2 (1992/3) – Oil rig Series 3 (1993/4) – Prison Series 4 (1994/5) – Hell Series 5 (1995/6) – Heaven Series 6 (1996/7) – Atlantis Series 7 (1997/8) – Desert island

    Interesting Facts

    Each series also featured a different servant who brought people in, out, brought the GamesMaster Golden Joystick etc. These were:

    Series 1 – Monk Series 2 – Diver Series 3 – Caretaker Series 4 – Goblins Series 5 – Angels Series 6 – Mermaids Series 7 – Girl Fridays

    A GamesMaster computer magazine was launched. It is still published today despite the fact that the series is no longer on air anymore.moreless
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    Harry Hill

    Harry Hill

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Welcome to The Harry Hill Show guide at TV.com. Given the on screen title of Harry Hill, this was a British sketch and stand up comedy show showcasing the talents of the comedian. Assisted by fellow comic Al Murray and veteran actor Burt Kwouk, the series featured a wide range of guest stars and ran for three series before Harry left Channel 4 to make his hugely successful TV Burp series for ITV.moreless
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    The Comic Strip Presents

    The Comic Strip Presents

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Broadcast history: C4 1982-1988 BBC2 1990-1993 C4 1998-2000 Running times are given in the production code field for episodes longer than 35 minutes.
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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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    Escape to River Cottage

    Escape to River Cottage

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    Channel 4 (ended 1999)
    Hugh has decided to quit the bustle of London and take on the life of a smallholder at River Cottage, a former gamekeeper's cottage in Dorset. The aim is self-sufficiency; to grow his own vegetables and raise his own animals for food.moreless
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    Wyrd Sisters

    Wyrd Sisters

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    Channel 4 (ended 1997)
    British animated movie based on Terry Pratchett's sixth Discworld novel.
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    TV Offal

    TV Offal

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    Channel 4 (ended 1998)
    British sketch comedy show; pilot aired on October 31, 1997
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    Vic Reeves Big Night Out

    Vic Reeves Big Night Out

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    Channel 4 (ended 1991)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Paul Merton, the Series

    Paul Merton, the Series

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    Channel 4 (ended 1993)
    British sketch comedy show
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    Eurotrash

    Eurotrash

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    Channel 4 (ended 2004)
    This soft-core 30 minute-long porn series aired in the UK over a 10-year period and had 16 seasons (some years they aired 2 full seasons). This was a low-budget comedy that included eroticism, titillation, sarcasm and a lot of bizarre situations.moreless
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    Nightingales (1990)

    Nightingales (1990)

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    Channel 4 (ended 1993)
    Nightingales was a surreal British comedy featuring three night-watchmen and a corpse (they keep the corpse around to collect his wages) in an office tower block somewhere in Britain. Anything can happen from a friendly part-time werewolf performing open heart surgery on one of them, to an allegorical Mary who turns up pregnant at their door on Christmas Eve.moreless
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    T4

    T4

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    Channel 4
    British talk show which includes performances from the latest music acts, interviews with the stars and a lot of top quality programmes.
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    The Manageress

    The Manageress

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    Channel 4 (ended 1990)
    The male-dominated world of professional football is broken when Gabriella Benson becomes the manager of a professional team in England.
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