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    Doc Martin

    Doc Martin

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    Martin Clunes stars in comedy-drama Doc Martin, as a doctor whose truculence and tactless manner causes mayhem in a small Cornish community. Martin plays surgeon Martin Ellingham, whose glittering career comes crashing down around him when he develops a phobia which prevents him conducting operations. He makes a life changing decision to retrain as a GP, and applies for a vacant post in the sleepy Cornish hamlet of Portwenn, where he spent childhood holidays. If the patients are expecting tea and sympathy from their curmudgeonly GP they are going to be disappointed. Despite his surgical brilliance, he has no personal skills, and his understanding of humans is practically non existent. Martin is joined by a prestigious cast which includes Eileen Atkins as his Aunt Ruth. Caroline Catz stars as primary school headmistress Louisa Glasson, who Martin is attracted to - but his hopelessness with people ensures that the pat to true love will not be smooth...moreless
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    Agatha Christie's Marple

    Agatha Christie's Marple

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    Welcome to the Agatha Christie's Marple guide at TV.com. Geraldine McEwan (series 1-3) and Julia McKenzie (from series 4) star in the latest TV adaption of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple stories. Following in the footsteps of Gracie Fields, Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Helen Hayes and Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan brought the part of the elderly amateur sleuthwith an extraordinary knack of solving crimes back to the small screen in 2004. The series is based on the Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie. Early episodes were adapted from Miss Marple novels and short stories, while later episodes see the character of Miss Marple inserted into other works by Agatha Christie. Opinions diverged as to McEwan's suitability to the role, while changes made to give the stories a more modern edge proved controversial. Despite this, the series proved popular and attracted large viewing figures in the UK and around the world. After the completion of filming of the third series, Geraldine McEwan decided to retire from the role, and the part of Miss Marple was awarded to Julia McKenzie. A documentary entitled Behind The Scenes: Agatha Christie's Marple was shown on ITV3 after the final episode of the first series. The documentary is available on the DVD release of the first series. Agatha Christie's Marple is co-produced by ITV Studios and Agatha Christie Ltd.moreless
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    The Benny Hill Show

    The Benny Hill Show

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    This guide strives to be as complete a resource as possible for the third TV series to bear Benny Hill's name in the title, which ran on Thames Television (ITV) from 1969-1989, and has appeared around the world in countless formats and re-edits ever since.

    This is a guide to the original hour-long version.

    In America, the show was usually presented in a specially-edited half-hour format, which ran for a total of 111 editions (although Comedy Central did screen the hour-long format in the early-to-mid '90's, albeit with sections edited out, typically the musical guest or dance numbers). 30-minute repeats (not the same as were made for the American market) often aired in Britain when the show was "between seasons."

    Comedy Central aired the original hour-long format for Shows 32 - 58 (except for Show 40). Also, USA Network aired the shows in the original hour-long format in the late '80s/early '90s. At least Shows 54 - 58, possibly others, along with the independently-produced Benny Hill's World Tour: New York special (both channels had a few minutes cut for extra commercial time).

    In the U.S., the original hour-long shows have been issued on DVD (Region 1) under the umbrella title Benny Hill - Complete & Unadulterated. The first three sets were released with the subheading The Naughty Early Years, covering the years 1969-1971 (Shows 1-11, including three B&W episodes previously unseen in America), 1972-1974 (Shows 12-21) and 1975-1977 (Shows 22-31, plus his 1970 half-hour silent film Eddie in August). The final three sets bore the subheading The Hill's Angels Years, and covered the years 1978-1981 (Shows 32-41), 1982-1985 (Shows 42-50) and 1986-1989 (Shows 51-58). Also, the Golden Greats set that came out in 2001 (now out-of-print) included 6 episodes, Shows 46, 47, 50, 55, 56 and 58.

    In England, the original hour-long shows (complete with production slates and adcaps) have been released on DVD (Region 2) on a year-by-year basis, under the umbrella of The Benny Hill Annual, each set representing a different year. The 1970 set (Shows 3-6) contains the aforementioned Eddie in August, and the 1974 set (which only saw two new editions air, Shows 20 and 21) features his first two Thames specials from 1969. As of October 2006, the total releases go up to 1979 (Shows 34 and 35). The Benny Hill Annual sets from 1976 and 1977 onwards have adcaps but not VT slates.moreless
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    Mr. Bean: The Animated Series

    Mr. Bean: The Animated Series

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    Mr. Bean, star of film and television, is back -- but this time he's a cartoon hero, appearing in a new series of hilarious animated adventures! This show actually appears on NickToons TV but is not listed and used to show on ITV1 when it was first aired. Mr. Bean is a daft man living in an apartment with an old landlady called Mrs. Wicket, who is cold-hearted and always grumpy, and always seems to break something of Mr. Bean's. Luckily, Mr. Bean has Teddy, his loving compainion who he treats as a pet and always takes him wherever he goes. Mr. Bean also has his "girlfriend" Irma Gobb, who Mr. Bean doesn't treat well. Join Mr. Bean in 10 minute long episodes as he gets into many crazy scrapes and adventures like traffic problems, theft and losing Teddy!moreless
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    Cold Feet

    Cold Feet

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    Cold Feet is about three couples. Adam Williams (Systems Analyst; James Nesbit) and Rachel Bradley (Helen Baxendale) start the series about a year and six or so weeks into their relationship. The pilot shows this couple coming together. Jenny (Fay Ripley) and Pete Gifford (John Thomson) are a married couple that start the series with the birth of their first child. Karen (Hermione Norris) and David Marsden (Robert Bathurst) are another married couple, and when the series starts they already have a child, and are thinking of having another. The three couples end up friends after going through the "friends of friends" process. Jenny, Pete and Adam are friends, and Adam's relationship with Rachel pulls Karen (Rachel's friend) and David (Karen's husband) into the friends relationship.moreless
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    Mr. Bean

    Mr. Bean

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    Mr. Bean is a comedy show about a man whose whole life is one funny situation after another. He hardly talks, but words are not needed. Everything he does is funny. From playing golf, going to the dentist, and going to church. Mr. Bean is a grown man, but he acts like a child. He has a stuffed bear named Teddy that he carries around with him all the time. This show is full of laugh after laugh!moreless
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    Harry Hill's TV Burp

    Harry Hill's TV Burp

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    BAFTA winning comedian Harry Hill takes us on a surreal ride around the past week on television in the UK. He parodies scenes from popular programmes such as "Eastenders", "Coronation Street" and "Life on Mars", and presents his own unique and sometimes bizarre observations which regularly succeeds in making the audience laugh out loud. After over ten years and eleven series, Harry decided to call it a day on the popular series in 2012.moreless
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    William and Mary

    William and Mary

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    William Shawcross' (Martin Clunes) search for love is complicated by his job - not many women want to date an undertaker!Mary is a divorced mother of two boys has a more ambivalent approach to the whole idea of dating. But she is cautiously prepared to give it a go to find the right man. William and Mary is the story of how these two people meet and fall in love while life throws various challenges at them that test their devotion to each other. Will their love survive?moreless
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    Kidnap and Ransom

    Kidnap and Ransom

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    Trevor Eve stars as Dominic King, an international hostage negotiator who fights for the release of kidnap victims. The three-part series is produced by 24's Patrick Harbinson and is filming for the first episode in South Africa.moreless
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    My Parents Are Aliens

    My Parents Are Aliens

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    Mel, Josh and Lucy Barker have been in foster care since their parents died, and have survived being shoved around into various new families. But this time they've ended up in the care of two aliens, Sophie and Brian, who have recently landed on earth. Now it's up to the children to keep their foster parents' real identities secret whilst dealing with the normal problems of everyday life.

    A Granada Production for Children's ITV.

    Awards & Nominations

    2001: RTS Awards: won Best Children's Drama Banff Television Festival: won Best Children's Programme for episode "The Family Way"

    2002: RTS Awards: won Best Children's Fiction Programme for episode "Enter the Duck"

    2003: BAFTA Awards: Best Drama.moreless
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    You've Been Framed

    You've Been Framed

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    Welcome to the You've Been Framed guide at TV.com. You've been Framed is about people who send in videos that are pure comedy and win £250. It is one of the most popular shows on ITV.moreless
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    That's My Boy

    That's My Boy

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    This long-running British sitcom features Mollie Sugden as Ida Willis, an interfering housekeeper who finds out her employer is actually the son she gave up for adoption when he was a baby.moreless
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    Jeeves and Wooster

    Jeeves and Wooster

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    Jeeves and Wooster is the story of Bertie Wooster, a member of the idle rich in pre-World War II England, and Jeeves, his valet. Despite being independently wealthy via inheritance, Bertie still finds himself bowing to the will of his overbearing Aunt Agatha, who is bent on finding a wife for her bachelor nephew. Episode plots generally involve Bertie receiving assignments thrust upon him by his aunts, friends, and even casual acquaintances. Complications arise, but all problems are inevitably solved by the brilliance of Jeeves, whose encyclopedic knowledge and flawless logic are at the center of each of Bertie's triumphs, allowing him to make his friends happy, keep his aunts at bay, and stave-off dreaded nuptials.moreless
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    Monday Monday

    Monday Monday

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    The head office staff at a struggling supermarket chain, Butterworths, are forced to re-locate miles from their friends, families, and familiarities. The show follows head of Human Relations, Christine (Fay Ripley) and her assistant Sally (Morven Christie) and their day to day life within the office. The seven part series aired from July to August in 2009 on ITV1.moreless
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    Bless Me, Father

    Bless Me, Father

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    Produced by London Weekend Television, this series was written by Peter de Rosa and is based upon his autobiographical novels written as "Neil Boyd". The series is an engagingly idiosyncratic situation comedy based on the post-war experiences of a young priest sent to the parish of St. Jude's in the London suburb of Fairwater in 1950. Although it is not necessary to understand the sociological underpinnings to enjoy the comedy, the series gains extra bite from the relatively embattled situation of the parishioners as (mainly Irish) Catholics in a firmly Protestant Britain just recovering from the war and still smarting under Government rationing and other restrictions. (It should also be noted that St. Jude is the Catholic patron saint of lost causes...) Period detail is understated but convincing, particularly the hideous clothes worn by the pious women.

    The core of the series is naive and rather shy, Father Boyd's education at the hands of Father Duddleswell, an experienced parish priest whose staunch faith occasionally seems dangerously old-fashioned to Father Boyd but is usually revealed to be tempered by shrewd common sense and genuine goodness. Veteran character actor Arthur Lowe is quite magnificent in the role, conveying Father Duddleswell's limitations as well as his strengths, and making the growing affectionate bond between the two priests convincing and subtly moving. It is Father Duddleswell's nemesis Mother Stephen (head of the local convent) and Bishop Reilly who embody the hidebound and sometimes cruel aspects of the Church hierarchy. (It should be noted that novelist de Rosa is a formerpriest himself.) Daniel Abineri is convincingly earnest and gauche as the newly ordained curate embarrassed by his own good looks and appeal for the female members of the congregation. (So far as I know this is the only series Abineri appeared in.)

    Sharp-tongued housekeeper Mrs. Pring has a love-hate 40-year relationship with Father Duddleswell which produces some delightful insult matches, as does his conflict with next-door neighbour Billy Buzzle, a Cockney bookie and black-marketeer. Most of the Irish ethnic comedy is embodied in Doctor Daley, usually seen downing a whiskey with a fag end still in his mouth while reminiscing about the Connemarra childhood he shared with his oldest friend.moreless
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    Rising Damp

    Rising Damp

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    Rumour has it that somewhere deep in the rain forests of South America, there still exist undiscovered tribes of people completely cut off from civilization, untouched by technology, and oblivious to the existence of the great world beyond the waterfall. If this is so, then these people are quite possibly the only humans on the entire planet that have never stood with hands on hips, nodded their heads vigorously back and forth and uttered the line "Yes, Miss Jones." Certainly everyone else, however, has. Such is the legendary status of one miserly, prejudiced, scheming and generally unlikeable bed-sit landlord called Rigsby. Rising Damp originated as a script for a stage play, The Banana Box, in 1970. It's author, Eric Chappell, was inspired by a newspaper article about a black man who had guested at a hotel for a year, pretending to be an African prince as a means of avoiding discrimination. The play enjoyed a short lived run in 1971, with Wilfred Brambell as landlord Rooksby, and again in 1973 where regular stars Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington and Frances De La Tour were cast. It was on this final run that a Yorkshire Television executive was invited to see it, and recognised it's potential as sit-com material. In 1974, The Banana Box became one of six sit-com pilot episodes commissioned by YTV, the others being Badger's Set, Brotherly Love, Slater's Day, You'll Never Walk Alone and Oh No, It's Selwyn Frogit! During production of The Banana Box, the title was deemed unsuitable and changed to Rising Damp (after a line from the script). Also, due to a complaint from a real Mr Rooksby, the lead character's name was altered to the more familiar Rigsby after a flick through the phone book. Audience reaction to the pilot were deemed favourable enough for YTV to commission a series. In fact, the show ran to four series, a Christmas special and a successful feature film, winning multiple awards along the way.moreless
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    Vicious

    Vicious

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    Acting legends Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi star in this sitcom as Freddie and Stuart, a bickering couple living in London who are joined by their best friend Violet and new younger neighbour Ash.moreless
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    The Palace

    The Palace

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    A young prince of 24 ascends to the throne after the untimely death of his father, King James III, in this modern-day drama about power, lies and politics.
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    Benidorm

    Benidorm

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    Join a group of holiday-makers at an all-inclusive resort in sunny Spain as they work to get the most value for their money. An all-star cast promises big laughs from this ITV series.moreless
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    Danger Mouse

    Danger Mouse

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    Danger Mouse is about a cartoon mouse being a secret agent and living in a mailbox in London, England. This show originally broadcast in England/UK only until the fledgling network, Nickelodeon, picked it up and ran with it.moreless
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