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    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

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    Channel 4 (ended 2004)
    Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is the brainchild of celebrated horror writer and self-styled "fabulist" Garth Marenghi, author of such genre classics as Afterbirth (a mutated placenta attacks Bristol) and Crab! ("One of the three best horror books about crabs I've ever read" - Hard Gore Magazine). Back in the 1980s, he branched out into television production, writing and starring in a series so radical, so scary and so downright crazy that when the bosses of Channel 4 saw what they had on their hands, they ran away screaming, like little girls. Only now, twenty years on and amid the worst programming drought in television history, have the station finally allowed the show on the air. Intercut with new interviews with Marenghi himself and his co-stars Dean Learner and Todd Rivers, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is perhaps the most disturbing vision of hospital life ever broadcast.moreless
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    How to Look Good Naked (UK)

    How to Look Good Naked (UK)

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    Channel 4
    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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    Da Ali G Show

    Da Ali G Show

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    Channel 4 (ended 2000)
    Da Ali G Show is a British comedic television series that ran for one season on Channel 4 of the BBC. It was later purchased by HBO and new episodes appeared on American television for three seasons. Da Ali G Show features comedian Sasha Baron Cohen, who appears as different characters in numerous skits with unwitting participants. His "Ali G" character is a white rapper who hosts his own talk show in which he asks guests outlandish questions about politics, the media and (mostly) their personal lives. Most guests believe Ali G is perfectly serious about his questions, despite their absurd nature. Another popular character is "Borat Sagdiyev," an immigrant from Kazakhstan who often embarrasses those whom he is interviewing by engaging in anti-Semitic, misogynistic speech and strange Kazakh customs. Another regular character on Da Ali G Show is "Bruno," a gay Austrian television personality who typically ridicules his guests by having them offer exaggerated praise or criticism of celebrities. Both Borat and Bruno would later appear in successful American features films. 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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    Scrapheap Challenge

    Scrapheap Challenge

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    Channel 4
    Before there was a Junkyard Wars in the States there was Scrapheap Challenge in the UK (Which gave birth to Junkyard Wars). Two teams of engineers give mechanical life to a pile of junk and go head to head over whose creation dominates.moreless
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    Friday Night Dinner

    Friday Night Dinner

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    Channel 4
    It's Friday night in the Goodman household and the family (a mum, dad and their two sons) sit down for their routine supper.
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    Cutting Edge

    Cutting Edge

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    Channel 4
    This documentary show delivers a number of stand alone shows that investigate different human interest stories froma cross the world.
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    Jamie Does...

    Jamie Does...

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    Channel 4
    Jamie Oliver travels to different countries to learn more about their local culinary culture.
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    The Last Leg

    The Last Leg

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    Channel 4
    A topical comedy show broadcast on Channel 4. It began in 2012 with the first season called The Last Leg with Adam Hills.
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    The Crystal Maze

    The Crystal Maze

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    Channel 4 (ended 1995)
    Welcome to The Crystal Maze guide at TV Tome. This highly popular Channel 4 game show saw a team of six contestants (three male, three female) led around four time zones by the host Richard O'Brien, playing games and winning crystals as prizes. The Crystal Maze wasn't really a maze at all. It can be better described as: a circuit of four inter-connecting play areas or "time zones" with the crystal dome in the centre. The Zones Aztec: Based on Aztec culture. This zone had a sand covered floor and a totem pole in the middle. Medieval: A 15th century castle with a banquet table in the middle. Futuristic: A space station filled with electronics and neon lights. Industrial: A factory with dirty metal doors, disused oil barrels and security fences. Ocean: Replaced Industrial in series 4-6. A sunken ship called the SS Atlantis, which was based on the Titanic. The Games The team played three or four games in each zone. There were four types of games: Physical – Emphasis on being agile, strong and flexible. Mental – Basically, word-association and mathematical puzzles. Skill – Testing dexterity and marksmanship. Mystery – Anything at all! One nominated team member would enter a cell containing a game. The others would remain outside, shouting encouragement and giving suggestions. Completing a game correctly caused a contraption of some variety to release a time crystal. Each game lasted between 2 and 3 minutes. If a contestant failed to get out of the cell before the time ran out (whether they won the crystal or not), they would be locked in. They could be released but only if the other team members decided to sacrifice one of the already won crystals. This could be decided on the spot or during the game before it was time to go to the Crystal Dome. Sometimes, games were "automatic lock-ins". For example, a player would be locked in if any part of their body touched the floor. If the team captain gets locked in, then the vice captain takes over. If the vice captain gets locked in (and it did happen once or twice), a replacement captain is decided on the spot. Interesting Facts Each zone had a different timer for the games: Aztec: water timer. Futuristic: digital clock. Medieval: sand timer. Industrial/Ocean: oversized analogue/stop clock on the wall. The Crystal Dome Once all the zones had been visited, the team members (minus ones who had been locked in and had been decided not to be bought out), travelled to the Crystal Dome. Each of the crystals won during the game were converted into 5 seconds. The team members went in the dome and once time began, fans would blow hundreds of gold and silver tokens which the players had to collect and post through a "magical letterbox". Once time was up, they had to stop collecting the tokens. One gold token was worth 1 point and one silver token was worth minus 1 point. The result was decided by gold minus silver. If the total came to 100 or more gold, then the team won a grand holiday somewhere i.e. an activity holiday and a crystal as a memento. If the total was 50 or more gold, it was a not-so-grand-holiday i.e. a day trip and a crystal. This 50 or more gold was eliminated in later series. If you didn't win a prize, all you got was a crystal. Although the team members were adults, four children's specials were made, as 40% of the audience watching the show were 16 or less. These specials transmitted at Christmas, gave previews of what the games would be in the next series e.g. the 1991 special showed viewers what the 1992 series games would be like and the 1992 special introduced the Ocean zone for the 1993 series. Entering the Maze When a team started the game, they had to overcome an obstacle to enter their first zone. Aztec: row across the river in canoes. Industrial: climb over or open a metal gate. Medieval: raise a portcullis or go over it. Ocean: remove a metal grill and climb down a net ladder. Futuristic: answer a question set by the computer. Travelling from Zone-to-Zone When it was time to leave a zone and go to another, the team had to overcome an obstacle to get to the next zone. These were: Aztec to Ocean/Industrial: crawl through a tunnel. Ocean/Industrial to Medieval: go up a ladder, crawl through a hatch and go down stairs. Medieval to Futuristic: cross a log over a swamp. Futuristic to Aztec: go up in a lift and climb down a steep wall. After Series 4, Richard O'Brien left and Ed Tudor-Pole took over, but wasn't as well-received by the audience. He presented the show for two more series before Channel 4 and Chatsworth TV called it a day.moreless
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    This Is England '86

    This Is England '86

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    Channel 4
    This Is England '86 is a drama that takes place at a time when Top Gun was in cinemas and when millions of Brits were unemployed - 1986. The show picks up a few years after the original 2006 film This Is England, and follows Shaun (Thomas Turgoose) as he comes to the realisation that he'll have to do something with his life after his final school exams. Shane Meadows, who wrote and directed the film, returns to helm this four-part series, with Jack Thorne (Skins) co-writing the scripts.moreless
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    The Sunday Night Project

    The Sunday Night Project

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    Channel 4 (ended 2009)
    Heralded as the UK's version of Saturday Night Live. The show was a mix of comedy and chat aired on Channel 4 on Sunday nights, under the title The Sunday Night Project. The show was also previously known as The Friday Night Project until the end of series 6. The show saw a celebrity take charge of their own show who would then feature throughout various items. A musical guest would also appear in each episode, playing out the show. The show began airing on the 5th of February 2005, with Jimmy Carr, Rob Rouse, Sharon Horgan and roving reporter Lucy Montgomery each hosting their own features within the show. Abi Titmuss also held a feature this series. In January of 2006, Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins took over from the old team, Debra Stephenson took on the role that Lucy Montgomery previously held for two series. The show has continued with this pairing until 2009. Both Alan and Justin have since started focusing on their solo chat show careers.moreless
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    Indian Summers

    Indian Summers

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    Channel 4
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    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

    Gordon Ramsay's F Word

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    Channel 4
    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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    TV Heaven, Telly Hell

    TV Heaven, Telly Hell

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    Channel 4
    Comedian Sean Lock hosts celebrity guests on this talk show about televisions. Guests weigh in on their television tastes as they watch a variety of clips.
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    Supersize vs Superskinny

    Supersize vs Superskinny

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    Channel 4
    Dr Christian Jessen and Anna Richardson take a look at extreme dieting and examine the ways that fad diets affect your health. Each week they compare the eating habits of two participants: an overweight person and an underweight person. The two are brought to a 'feeding clinic', and then live together for five days, swapping diets and discussing their differing lifestyles.moreless
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    Gordon's Great Escape

    Gordon's Great Escape

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    Channel 4 (Mini-Series 2010)
    This three-part special chronicles Gordon Ramsay's travels to India where he explores culinary traditions.
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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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    Heston's Mission Impossible

    Heston's Mission Impossible

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    Channel 4
    Heston Blumenthal sets about trying to improve the standards of food in large UK organisations.
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    Teachers (UK)

    Teachers (UK)

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    Channel 4 (ended 2004)
    Teachers was a highly successful Channel 4 comedy, which followed a group of immature teachers working at Summerdown School, in Bristol. The theme song for the show was "The Boy With The Arab Strap" by Belle and Sebastian. Teachers first series began in 2001 and in 2003 became the only Channel 4 series ever to have a third series. In 2004 it broke its own record with a fourth series airing. Unfortunately, in January 2005 after three successful series and a fourth series which viewers felt let them down, Channel 4 producers announced that Teachers had run its course and would not be returning for a fifth series. The show originally starred Andrew Lincoln (Simon Casey), Adrian Bower (Brian Steadman), Navin Chowdhry (Kurt McKenna), Raquel Cassidy (Susan Gately) and Nina Sosanya (Jenny Paige). The original cast were joined by Tamzin Malleson (Penny Neville), James Lance (Matt Harvey) and Shaun Evans (John Paul 'J.P.' Keating), in series two. At the end of this series Simon, Susan, Jenny and J.P. were all wrote out. In series three Vicky Hall joined the cast as Lindsay Pearce and Andrew Lincoln briefly returned to the role of Simon Casey. In series four, the remaining characters from the first series of the show, Brian and Kurt, left, alongside Matt. Whilst three new cast members joined in the form of Lee Williams (Ewan Doherty), Daon Broni (Damien Waller) and Mathew Horne (Ben Birkett). The supporting cast featured Lloyd McGuire (Bob Porter), Ellen Thomas (Liz Webb), Gillian Bevan (Clare Hunter), Ursula Holden-Gill (Carol Schicklgruber), Zoe Telford (Maggie), Jonas Armstrong (Antony Millington), Jason Boyd (Grint), Liz White (Eileen), Damien Goodwin (Alec), Suthas Bhoopongsa (Ping), Kara Tointon (Pauline Young), Phoebe Thomas (Cheryl Cassidy) and James Corden (Jeremy Stevens).moreless
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