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    UFO

    UFO

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    ITV (ended 1973)
    Around 1970, the British and American governments receive incontrovertible evidence that aliens exist and are abducting humans. In cooperation with the United Nations, they set up a secret worldwide organization, SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation), which operates in the 1980s. With resources and equipment under the seas, in the air, on land, in orbit and on the Moon, SHADO's purpose is to stop the alien incursions and find out why the aliens want humans.

    SHADO is based in England, with headquarters beneath Harlington-Straker Studios, a working motion picture studio constructed purely as a cover for SHADO. Its uppermost echelon was made up of a commander and colonels.

    Commander Ed Straker - SHADO's commander in chief, involved in the UFO program even before SHADO was formed. Formerly a USAF colonel, he sacrificed ten years of his life to get SHADO up and running. His cover is as chief executive of Harlington-Straker Studios.

    Colonel Alec Freeman - A friend of Straker from military service. When SHADO was first approved, Freeman became its first recruit on Straker's recommendation.

    Colonel Paul Foster - A test pilot who was nearly killed in a UFO incident, Foster impressed Straker with his resourcefulness, tenacity and unwillingness to accept anything but the truth.

    Colonel Virginia Lake - A brilliant systems designer and technician, the beautiful Colonel Lake took the place of Colonel Freeman in the second half of the season.

    The series was actually filmed in two blocks of episodes months apart because the original studio it was filmed at closed down. By the time production restarted, some of the cast was no longer available. Others had left soon after the series began either to avoid typecasting or because of dissatisfaction with very short-term contracts.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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    A Touch of Frost

    A Touch of Frost

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    ITV (ended 2010)
    Welcome to the A Touch of Frost guide at TV.com. Detective Inspector Jack Frost is a disorganised DI for the Denton Police Force and will do anything to see that justice is done, even if he has to break the rules.moreless
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    Sharpe

    Sharpe

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    ITV (ended 2008)
    Welcome to the Sharpe guide at TV.com.

    This is a spectacular drama about the career of a British soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. In the first episode, Rifleman Richard Sharpe saves the life of the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Talavera and is commissioned from the ranks. In later episodes, Sharpe battles his way across Spain and France, defeating French spies and generals, and womanizing along the way. The original series, based on the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell, ended with the Battle of Waterloo. Two further stories were made, in which Sharpe is called out of retirement and sent to India.

    The traditional song, Over the Hills and Far Away, is heard at the end of most episodes, as performed by John Tams, who played the part of Rifleman Hagman.moreless
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    Cadfael

    Cadfael

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    Welcome to the Cadfael guide at TV.com. Brother Cadfael is a twelfth-century Anglo-Welsh monk created by the late Edith Pargeter, writing under the pen name of Ellis Peters. A retired crusader disappointed in love, now a herbalist in charge of the gardens of Shrewsbury Abbey, Cadfael (played by Derek Jacobi) is often called on to solve murders and other crimes in and around Shrewsbury, Shropshire, in the border country where England meets Wales. The producers decided to film the series on location in Hungary, seemingly on the grounds that it looks more medieval than present-day England. This is why quite a number of Hungarian actors appear as guests. The original Cadfael books are: A Morbid Taste for Bones (1977), One Corpse Too Many (1979), Monk's-Hood (1980), Saint Peter's Fair (1981), The Leper of Saint Giles(1981), The Virgin in the Ice (1982), The Sanctuary Sparrow (1983), The Devil's Novice (1983), Dead Man's Ransom (1984), The Pilgrim of Hate (1984), An Excellent Mystery (1985), The Raven in the Foregate (1986), The Rose Rent (1986), The Hermit of Eyton Forest (1987), The Confession of Brother Haluin (1988), The Heretic's Apprentice (1989), The Potter's Field (1989), The Summer of the Danes (1991), The Holy Thief (1992) and Brother Cadfael's Penance (1994).moreless
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    Danger Man

    Danger Man

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    The Danger Man is back! One of the most popular characters ever introduced to television screens, the original Danger Man swept the world, bringing international fame to the talented and good-looking star, Patrick McGoohan. Danger Man is now produced as one-hour programs, with vivid new stories which take Special Security Agent John Drake into even more tensely dramatic adventures in every part of the globe. He is a man who jousts with danger, a man who takes calculated risks, a man dedicated to his ideals. He respects his adversaries, and he respects the beautiful women who came into his life. Big-name stars support Patrick McGoohan throughout the series, and the producer is once again Ralph Smart, the man who created and devised Danger Man. All the episodes are directed by leading motion pictures directors who are masters of their craft. Excitement and suspense are the keynotes of stories which live up to the title. The emphasis is on Danger.moreless
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    Inspector Morse

    Inspector Morse

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    ITV (ended 2000)
    Welcome to the Inspector Morse guide at TV.com. Morse (played by the late John Thaw) is not the ideal policeman, his superiors think. He is prickly and sarcastic, a bachelor, an Oxford graduate, an intellectual snob, and he doesn't always follow protocol strictly as he should. But he gets results. Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately) is a plain family man, he follows orders, and the thing that keeps him from advancing in the Force is that he seems a little slow. The show takes place in and around Oxford, where many a mysterious murder occurs. Colin Dexter, the author of the Morse novels from which most of these dramas developed, appears in cameo roles in very nearly every episode. The books are: Last Bus to Woodstock (1975), Last Seen Wearing (1976), The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1977), Service of All the Dead (1979), Winter's Crime (short stories) (1981), The Dead of Jericho (1981), The Riddle of the Third Mile (1983), The Secret of Annexe 3 (1986), The Wench Is Dead (1989), The Jewel That Was Ours (1991), The Way Through the Woods (1992), The Daughters of Cain (1994), Morse's Greatest Mystery and Other Stories (1995), Death Is Now My Neighbour (1996) and The Remorseful Day (2000). Barrington Pheloung's theme tune for the series is based on the Morse code for m-o-r-s-e. Less well known is the fact that he weaves other characters' names into the score in Morse code at suitable moments. Pheloung appears as a choirmaster in The Remorseful Day, the last episode of the series featuring John Thaw. The Inspector Morse concept waslater revived by ITV,with spin-off seriesLewis (starring Kevin Whately as Inspector Lewis) and prequel episode Endeavour featuring Shaun Evans as a young Endeavour Morse.moreless
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    A Mother's Son

    A Mother's Son

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    ITV (ended 2012)
    A community is torn apart after the murder of a local teen. When Rosie (Hermione Norris) finds evidence that her son may have something to do with the murder, she is faced with her motherly bond and her conscience. Unsure what to do, Rosie turns to her ex-husband. Together the embark on a journey to find out what really happened. moreless
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    Cracker

    Cracker

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    Welcome to the Cracker guide at TV.com.

    Dr. Eddie "Fitz" Fitzgerald is an avowed drunkard and gambler, as well as being an expert criminal psychologist. In spite of marital and family problems, he has a knack for getting inside the minds of the criminally disturbed, and is called upon to assist the police in difficult cases that they cannot otherwise solve.

    Cracker ran for three seasons and was a consistent ratings success. It subsequently returned to British screens with a two-hour special in 1996 and 2006.moreless
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    Prime Suspect

    Prime Suspect

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    Welcome to the Prime Suspect guide at TV.com. This is a long-running occasional detective drama series starring Helen Mirren as DCI (later Detective Superintendent) Jane Tennison, based on stories by Linda La Plante. The show has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic.moreless
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    William and Mary

    William and Mary

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    ITV (ended 2004)
    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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    We'll Meet Again

    We'll Meet Again

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    British period drama series. During World War II a group of U.S. Eight Air Force 525th Bomb Group air crew and pilots are stationed in the small Suffolk town of Market Wetherby much to the initial distrust of its older inhabitants and the delight of the younger female ones.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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    Rosemary & Thyme

    Rosemary & Thyme

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    Welcome to the Rosemary and Thyme guide at TV.com.

    Rosemary Boxer and Laura Thyme first meet through their troubled lives and a mutual love of plants. Together they start a new life as a gardening consultancy called Rosemary and Thyme, tackling all kinds of horticultural problems. But they are also amateur sleuths who seem to meet with murder and mayhem wherever they go. As soon as they start any new assignment, they find plots, conspiracies and killers between the garden paths, if not dead bodies on them.

    On 12 May 2006, ITV announced that the third series was the last. The final two episodes, Racquet Espanol and (ironically) Enter Two Gardeners were pulled from ITV's schedules and have not yet been broadcast in the UK, although they have been seen overseas.

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    The Royal

    The Royal

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    The Royal is a British drama series that is a spin-off from the highly successful ITV series Heartbeat. The Royal is set in a small Yorkshire town, Elsinby, in the 1960s. Elsinby neighbours the Heartbeat town of Ashfordly. Each episode is accompanied by a musical score of classic hits from the 1960s. Each episode takes place in the small hospital, The Royal. Among the many staff is Dr. Ormerod, Dr. Weatherill, Sister Brigid and Mr. Rose. Throughout the years many stars have come and gone including Julian Ovenden (Dr. David Cheriton) and Paul Fox (Dr. Jeff Goodwin).moreless
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    Father and Son

    Father and Son

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    Dougray Scott and Sophie Okonedo lead the cast in this new drama series which follows Scott's character (Michael O'Connor) after his recent release from jail. He hopes to settle down in Ireland but a gang shooting in Manchester, which involves his family, draws him back into a life of crime.moreless
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    Place of Execution

    Place of Execution

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    ITV (ended 2008)
    High-flying TV journalist Catherine Heathcote investigates the death of a 13-year-old girl who vanished without a trace in 1963. The mystery of her disappearance was never solved and Catherine sets out on a mission to uncover the truth in a documentary she's making over 40 years later.moreless
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    Wild at Heart (UK)

    Wild at Heart (UK)

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    This is a British show about Danny Trevanion (Stephen Tompkinson), a Bristol-based veterinarian and his family as they relocate to South Africa to set up a game park. Danny's wife Sarah (Amanda Holden) and her two children Evan (Luke Ward-Wilkinson) and Olivia (Rafaella Hutchinson) joined Danny's child Rosie (Lucy Jo-Hudson) who met Anders Du Plessis (Deon Stewardson) who was already at the park before the Tevanion's bought it. Since the start of series four both Sarah (who died at the end of the third series) and Olivia no longer appear. Previous stars also include Hayley Mills (Caroline) and Jessie Wallace (Amy Kriel). Whilst Dawn Steele (Alice Collins), Juliet Mills (Georgina) and Megan Martell (Charlotte Collins) joined the cast at the start of series 4. The show has aired a series every year since 2006 in the timeslot which is normally occupied with a family orientated show such as Heartbeat, or The Royal. Since series 4, the show moved from 8.00pm to 8.30pm. The series inspired American channel The CW, so much so that they tried out their own version of the series entitled Life Is Wild, the formula however didn't prove as popular with an American audience and the show was cancelled.moreless
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    Footballers' Wives

    Footballers' Wives

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    They're beautiful, they're filthy rich and they can have anything money can buy... so why are they hardly ever happy? The makers of hit ITV1 show 'Bad Girls' invite you to join the wives of the Earls Park FC footballers as they discover the perils, both in the spotlight and out, of being married to their famous husbands.moreless
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    Kingdom

    Kingdom

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    ITV (ended 2009)
    In his first drama for ITV since Jeeves and Wooster in the 90s, Stephen Fry plays a delightful village solicitor in Norfolk, in a picturesque setting and living a wonderful listed house while driving an Alvis.

    Surrounded by eccentrics including a nymphomaniac sister just out of rehab played by Hermione Norris (Spooks), a dotty aunt in a home (Phyllida Law) and a bizarre collection of local clients.

    To top it all, his brother is missing, presumed dead, when his clothes turn up on the beach.moreless
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