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    Keith Lemon's LemonAid

    Keith Lemon's LemonAid

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    Comedian Keith Lemon wants to help people out. Each week on LemonAid he meets real people, and his own zany way he tries to help them out.
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    Educating Marmalade

    Educating Marmalade

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    ITV (ended 1984)
    Marmalade Atkins is the naughtiest girl in the world, she must rank as the most ghastly female ever born! Marmalade was impossible to educate. She had already been expelled from as many as ten schools, and ten more soon passed by. In fact, she's so wicked that her parents and social worker decide that the only thing to do with her is to blast her into space. But, knowing Marmalade, it's not going to be that easy! A recurring theme in the Marmalade stories was that of parodying other TV shows, hence Cringe Hill and The Kids From Shame, and also casting guest actors within type: Z Cars and Softly, Softly tough 'tec Stratford Johns appeared as Chief-Superintendent Thumper and Windsor Davies, the barking officer in It Ain't Half Hot Mum was cast as an army sergeant major.moreless
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    Barrymore

    Barrymore

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    Michael Barrymore fronted this entertainment series in the mid nineties featuring members of the public performing at shopping centres with guest appearances from well known celebrities. The successful format led to the commissioning of My Kind of People which had a similar premise. After a two year break the series returned in the 2000 in a format more akin to the chat show which ran for a single six episode run.moreless
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    Hardwicke House

    Hardwicke House

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    ITV (ended 1987)
    British sitcom
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    The Benny Hill Show

    The Benny Hill Show

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    ITV (ended 1989)
    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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    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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    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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    Mumbai Calling

    Mumbai Calling

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    Kenny Gupta (Sanjeev Bhaskar), a British-born Indian, is sent on a transfer to Mumbai, India to work in the Teknobable call center. When arriving in India however, Kenny soon realises that the manager, Dev, is using the office to fund his own side business. Mumbai Calling is the first locally produced series for HBO India. A full series has been ordered by ITV1.moreless
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    The New Statesman

    The New Statesman

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    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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    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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    Robin's Nest

    Robin's Nest

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    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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    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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    At Last the 1948 Show

    At Last the 1948 Show

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    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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    The Norman Conquests

    The Norman Conquests

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    ITV (ended 1977)
    British dramatic series
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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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    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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