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    The Secret Life of Machines

    The Secret Life of Machines

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    Channel 4 (ended 1993)
    Welcome to The Secret Life of Machines guide at TV.com.

    Tim Hunkin explains how the machines we use every day actually work, using a fascinating combination of experiments, analogies, animation, and larger-than-lifesize working models.

    The TV series was the outgrowth of a series of cartoons for the Observer newspaper called "The Rudiments of Wisdom", which Tim researched and drew for 14 years.

    Series 3 was also known as The Secret Life of Office Machines because an office theme ran through the episodes.

    The theme music is a version of Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" by Val Bennett, retitled "The Russians are Coming".moreless
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    The Estate Agents

    The Estate Agents

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    Channel 4 (ended 2002)
    Welcome to The Estate Agents guide at TV.com
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    River Cottage Spring

    River Cottage Spring

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    Channel 4
    British chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, returns to River Cottage to celebrate the food of spring. Throughout the series he helps people grow their own vegetables and keep their own chickens and pigs.moreless
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    That Peter Kay Thing

    That Peter Kay Thing

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Like Kay's The Services before it, the show proceeds as a spoof documentary and captures six different yet similar slices of life in Bolton, with the now-familiar cast of Phoenix Nights playing multiple roles. Each episodes focuses on a different set of hilarious characters, including Brian Potter and the staff of the ill-fated Neptune club. The back story of Potter and the others is told here for the first time. If more restricted than Phoenix Nights, That Peter Kay Thing is still winningly hilarious and, unlike other BBC comedies which have since copied its format, extends a deep generosity to the people it lays bare on the screen.moreless
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