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    Harry Hill's TV Burp

    Harry Hill's TV Burp

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    ITV (ended 2012)
    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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    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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    The New Statesman

    The New Statesman

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    ITV (ended 1994)
    Welcome to The New Statesman guide at TV Tome. A British comedy that might be described as a combination ofYes, Minister and Blackadder, this is the story of A. B'Stard, a statesman in the tradition of Genghis Khan, who will stop at nothing to make himself richer and more comfortable. Arguably the most conservative member of the British Parliament, he is aided by a witless colleague, MP Piers Fletcher-Dervish.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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    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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    Robin's Nest

    Robin's Nest

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    ITV (ended 1981)
    Robin Tripp from Man about the House has left Chrssy and Jo behind and set up his own bistro along with his fiancee Victoria (Tessa Wyatt), with her father as a not-so-silent "silent partner". The spin-off series was once again created and written by Johnny Mortimer and Brian Cooke and aired on Thames Television from January 1977 to March 1981. Following the trend to Americanize the Man About the House/George & Mildred franchise, an American version of Robin's Nest was made, called Three's a Crowd.moreless
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    Do Not Adjust Your Set

    Do Not Adjust Your Set

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Welcome to the Do Not Adjust Your Set guide at TV.com. British children's sitcom
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    A Bit of a Do

    A Bit of a Do

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    ITV (ended 1989)
    British comedy drama series about two feuding families in a fictional town in Yorkshire, who bump into each other regularly at various social functions.
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    That's My Boy

    That's My Boy

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    ITV (ended 1986)
    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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    Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown

    Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown takes place in Holly & Stephen's flat. Every week there will be a showdown between boys & girls and whoever has the most point come out on top. Celebrity Guests pop in to help around the flat, and there's also fun with Ray & The Hyenas.moreless
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    The Norman Conquests

    The Norman Conquests

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    ITV (ended 1977)
    British dramatic series
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    At Last the 1948 Show

    At Last the 1948 Show

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    This precursor to Monty Python's Flying Circus is a showcase of the Britain's young comedy talent of 1967. Fresh from their successful writing on The Frost Report were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Marty Feldman, the latter of whom made At Last the 1948 Show his television debut. Each writer brought his own forte to the scripting of At Last the 1948 Show. Feldman introduced the internal logic of sketches. "You could have everyone sitting in dustbins or dressed as carrots," John Cleese explained, "but if someone walks in who isn't dressed as a carrot, or isn't wheeled in in a dustbin, you have to explain why not…There mustn't be any inconsistent bits or contradictions…I think that's how people's minds work." Graham Chapman's comedic mind worked in strange and wondrous ways. In his obituary for Graham in 1989, Cleese wrote: "As a writer, he had two rare gifts: the ability to get us unstuck with some inspired off-the-wall conceit whilst I was enmeshed in very on-the-wall musings, and the priceless talent of knowing whether something was funny or not. I noticed this early and relied upon it shamelessly." None of these men relied on the conventions of television comedy. At Last the 1948 Show began to fool with the shape of TV comedy, a direction that would bring forth Monty Python's Flying Circus. For many years, the tapes of At Last the 1948 Show were believed to have been wiped out or erased, but copies have shown up from Britain to Sweden. One network, BBC-4, highlighted At Last the 1948 Show for a night-long selection of 1960s comedies billed as "Missing, Believed Wiped." Cleese admitted the quality of the recovered shows isn't good, but "it is fascinating to see some of Marty's first screen stuff."moreless
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    Doctor at Sea

    Doctor at Sea

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    Doctor at Sea is a 1955 British comedy and the second installment of the lighthearted Doctor in the House series of films. Dr. Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) decides to escape from women and the potential for matrimony by signing on as the ship's doctor for a cargo vessel named the SS Lotus. There he meets the gruff captain (James Robertson Justice) and the ship's motley crew who are cool to him as an inexperienced and seasick prone novice. Adding to the complications, two female passengers are unexpectedly taken on board, the daughter of the ship's owner and her friend, a beautiful young nightclub singer named Helene (Bridgette Bardot). Dr. Sparrow must find his sea legs and find a way to deal with unforeseen romance at the same time. Doctor at Sea followed quickly after the first in the series, Doctor of the House which was released in 1954. In all, the series spans seven films up to 1970 with Dirk Bogarde starring in the first three.moreless
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    Paul Merton in Galton & Simpson's...

    Paul Merton in Galton & Simpson's...

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    Paul Merton in Galton & Simpson's... is a one man show from the British comedian in which he recreates the scripts of two of his heroes, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Merton first made it big through his work on Saturday Night Live and Whose Line Is It Anyway?. In this show, he takes some famous comedy scripts and recreates them over the course of fifteen episodes that first appeared in 1996. His style is consistently deadpan and dark, familiar to those who love British comedy and who have followed Merton's rise to fame. Episodes include "I Tell You It's Burt Reynolds" in which a mental case desperately tries to prove that he's spied Burt Reynolds. Other shows include "Sealed With A Loving Kiss," "Lunch In The Park," and "Don't Dilly Dally On The Way." For those who love good sketch comedy and for committed fans of Merton, Paul Merton in Galton & Simpson's... captures a significant moment in the development of a comedian's career. moreless
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    The Piglet Files

    The Piglet Files

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    This is a British comedy about an electronics expert who gets a job at MI5. His name is Peter Chapman - code name Piglet. Of course, he can never tell his wife what he really does for a living...moreless
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    It'll Be Alright on the Night

    It'll Be Alright on the Night

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    Denis Norden and his clipboard present a range of outtakes from television shows from the past five decades in front of a studio audience (some specials were presented from the most bizarre of locations including an empty Drury Lane theatre!). Following a farewell show in 2007, comedian Griff Rhys-Jones took over from 2008, this time without a clipboard.moreless
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    See You Friday

    See You Friday

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    Greg and Lucy meet on the final night of their separate holidays in Greece. They want to see one another again, but he lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and she is based in London. Over the coming weeks, they attempt to maintain a long-distance romance, taking it in turns to travel every Friday. See You Friday was a Yorkshire Television production for the ITV network.moreless
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    The Dustbinmen

    The Dustbinmen

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    Cheese And Egg is the leader of a gang of work-shy refuse collectors who operate a council dustcart (garbage truck) they call "Thunderbird 3." He's in charge of Smellie Ibbotson, Heavy Breathing (so named because he believes he had a way with women), Eric and Winston (an ardent Manchester City supporter). The inspector from the Corporation Cleansing Department, whom they nickname Bloody Delilah, is their sworn enemy. The foul-mouthed, beret wearing Cheese and Egg—so nicknamed because CE are his initials—is respected by the others for his brains. Together, the dustbinmen flout every rule, shirk work whenever possible and discuss (usually disparagingly) local residents by their address or some other recognizable feature, hence "Mrs 23 Valetta Street", "Mrs 14b Kimberley Terrace", "Mrs 24 The Alley" or "Mrs Manchester United". The series originated from a 90 minute Playhouse production titled There's A Hole In Your Dustbin, Delilah. Writer Jack Rosenthal drew his characters from real-life refuse collectors he had met while out and about conducting research, and he set his play in the Lancashire coastal town of Fylde, near Blackpool.moreless
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    Ours is a Nice House

    Ours is a Nice House

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    Welcome to the Ours is a Nice House guide at TV.com. "The great Thora Hird starred in this show as a Lancashire boarding-house landlady named (what else?) Thora Parker. A widowed mother of two teenagers, workshy son Alan and sensible though trendy daughter Vera. She runs a clean, respectable house ("nice, you know, none of your tat"). "The comedy sprung from Thora Parker's all-knowing, canny housekeeping for her resident boarders, the itinerant lodgers who flitted into and then out of the weekly episodes, and friends and neighbours, like next door's Elsie Crabtree, Thora's former school buddy who was always popping around to scrounge something or other and have a natter. Thora's mother, Gran, was played by veteran comedy actress May Warden, mostly sans dentures, while one of the boarders, Alf Whittle, was played by the show's writer, Harry Littlewood." (BBC Guide to Comedy)moreless
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    Brighton Belles

    Brighton Belles

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    ITV (ended 1994)
    Bridget is the owner of a large Regency home in Brighton, Sussex. When costs become too much for this widow to afford on her own, she has to get some roommates to meet the costs of living. She decides to share the house with a happy-go-lucky farmer's daughter Annie and a headstrong retired headmistress Frances. Later, the crude Josephine, mother of Frances, joins them. Did You Know? -Brighton Belles was a remake of the hit American sitcom The Golden Girls which ran from 1985 to 1992 before being retitled The Golden Palace, which ended in 1993. -The original series one was ordered for 10 episodes but the ratings were such a flop, the network withheld the last four episodes until the end of the next year. The last four episodes are sometimes considered series two despite actually being series one. Who's Who? Frances is the Bristish version of Dorothy Zbornak, Annie is the British version of Rose Nylund, Bridget is the British version of Blanche Devereaux while Josephine is the British version of Sophia Petrillo. Gilbert is the British Stanley Zbornak.moreless
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