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    The Avengers

    The Avengers

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    "Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds." [Mrs Peel] The Avengers is one of the most popular and beloved television series of all time. Its outrageous blend of wit and style and its unique mix of the fantasy and spy genres, coupled with the marvellous characters of John Steed and Emma Peel make it one of television's great classics. (Plot summaries are authorised by Paul Cornell, Martin Day & Keith Topping, authors of 'The Avengers Dossier' Copyright: Virgin Books, London: 1998)moreless
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    Primeval

    Primeval

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    ITV (ended 2011)
    Primeval, a high-budget series, follows Professor Nick Cutter and his team as they investigate anomalies in time found in the Forest of Dean. An unfortunate side-effect of the anomalies is that dinosaurs are moving through them and into the present time, making the team's investigations that much more stressful. Cutter's wife also disappears while investigating the anomalies and he makes it his mission to find and save her. This series originally aired on ITV and begins on BBC America on August 9, 2008.moreless
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    Prime Suspect

    Prime Suspect

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    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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    My Parents Are Aliens

    My Parents Are Aliens

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    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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    The Dreamstone

    The Dreamstone

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    ITV (ended 1995)
    The Dreamstone was first brodcast in the U.K on ITV as part of the "CITV" week-day children's block.

    It was created by Mike Jupp who had previously worked on cartoons such as "No Man's Valley",and "The Bluffers", and produced by Martin Gates

    The Dreamstone is set in the Land of Dreams, where all dreams are created. The Dreamstone itself is a beutiful, mystical jem which is used by it's guaridan, the wise old Dream Maker, to give the inhabitants of the world sweet, peaceful dreams.

    He is assisted in this by two Noops, Rufus and Amberley, as well as his faithful Watchdog fish Albert (A hybrid of a fish and a dog)

    But beyond the land of dreams, lies the Mists of Limbo, within the Mists of limbo, lies the Land of Nightmares, ruled over by the evil tyrant Zordrack , who schemes to infect the world's population with never-ending nightmares...

    The one force that stands in his way is the power of the Dreamstone, which can repel bad dreams, and so he makes plans to steal it from the Dreammaker and destroy it.

    With the aid of his squad of bungling Urpneys (commanded by Sergent Blob), Zordrack tries time and time again to aqquire the Dreamstone, but fails each time due to the courage and resolve of Rufus, Amberly, and the rest of the Noops, who will never let the dreams die!

    The series' music was provided by Mike Batt,(in) famously known worldwide for writing the song "Bright Eyes" for the Watership Down soundtrack...

    The series ran for 5 years, and was one of the biggest successes in the U.K...



    Characters:

    RUFUS: An adventurous, spirited young Noop, who often daydreams, and occasionly gets himself in mischief, but when it is time to stand up to Zordrack or peforming a challenging task, he shows no fear and proves he's up for the job...

    AMBERLY: Rufus's best freind, she always tries to steer Rufus away from doing anything mischevous, but ends up failing most of the time, and even gets into trouble HERSELF as a result.

    Neverthless she comes through for Rufus when it counts and accompnies him on his adventures

    THE DREAMAKER: This wise kindly wizard is the guardian of the mystic Dreamstone, he grants peaceful dreams to the real world using the powers of the dreamstone, his assistents are Amberly and Rufus. Often pulls more than a few plesant tricks out of his hat...

    ALBERT: The Dreamaker's loyal watchdog fish, Albert is very friendly and playful, but if danger lurks, he will not think twice about acting fierce to defend his friends and master...

    ZORDRACK: The master of the Land of Nightmares, and once a dreamaker himself before being exiled for misusing his power to create chaos, Zordrack is a collosal,cold-hearted ,dragon-like tyrant, fierce in power as well as in strength. He intends to blanket the world in nightmares, only the Dreamstone prevents this plan from reaching fruitition...

    URPNEYS: Zordrack's cheif troops, commanded by Sergent Blob...very sneeky, if a tad slow-minded..

    URPGOR: Zordrack's cheif scientest, the inventor of a thousand devilish devices designed to grab the Dreamstone and create havok in the land of dreams... which usually fail.

    Also detests the way Zordrack treats him and waits for the chance to seize control for himself...



    Dreamstone Lyrics (by Martin Gates)

    I used to dream myself to somewhere else each night,

    I dreamed in colour, 'cause I lived in black and white,

    Until I chanced upon this road that led to you,

    I could not see, how anything could be...

    (Main Chorus)

    Better than a dream, stranger than my wild imagination,

    If this is a real sensation

    It's better than a dream.

    Higher than the moon, hazy like a beautiful illusion,

    Crazy and in confusion

    And better than a dream.

    (2nd lyrics)

    I used to wish I was beyond some distant door,

    I knew there must be more to life and now I'm sure,

    No dream of pirate caves or indian braves,

    Or magic carpets could ever be this good.moreless
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    Robin of Sherwood

    Robin of Sherwood

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    ITV (ended 1986)
    Robin of Loxley is charged by Herne the Hunter, horned god of the forests, to become his son and champion. As "The Hooded Man," Robin must forge a band of outlaws and renegades into a force which will defy the Norman rulers who oppress the population of the region, especially Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

    This adaptation of the Robin Hood legend leans heavily on mysticism and magic. This mood was reinforced by the soundtrack by the Irish band Clannad.moreless
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    Lost In Austen

    Lost In Austen

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    ITV
    Amanda Price is an ordinary, modern day woman living in Hammersmith. She has a job she hates, a boyfriend she doesn't really love and a mother pushing her to get married. To escape from reality she immerses herself in the Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice and one day, while she's reading it, the main character, Elizabeth Bennet emerges in her bathroom! Amanda finds herself transported inside her favourite novel, meeting the characters she loves so much. The only problem? They don't know they are living out the story of a book. As time progress Amanda struggles to keep things together, and the various relationships on course.moreless
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    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

    Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    "The finger is on the trigger... about to unleash a force with terrible powers, beyond the comprehension of man. This force we shall know as, the Mysterons. This man will be our hero, for fate will make him indestructible. His name, Captain Scarlet." -- introduction by Captain Blue (Ed Bishop). Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons debuted on the U.K. terrestrial television network, ATV (the Midlands region only, at first), on Friday, 29 September 1967 at 5:25 p.m. After the "The Mysterons" was aired, the series immediately began to attract to-be addicted fans of all ages, and since then, it still has, with credit due to several re-runs on the likes of ITV (1985-1986), BBC 2 (1993-1994/2001-2002 - the channel which aired the digitally re-mastered prints for the first time, cleaned up and painstakingly restored by BBC Resources and Carlton), Sky One (2002-2003), and in the mid-90s, Bravo. The remaining 31 episodes were aired throughout the autumn and winter seasons of 1967, ending with ATV transmitting the series' final episode, "The Inquisition" on Tuesday 14th May 1968. Although only 32 episodes were produced, they all still consist of unique, though-provoking and original entertainment, in both adult-written and well-structured script-writing (with special thanks to script editor Tony Barwick, who wrote an amazing 18 scripts, and was shockingly not credited for this), expensive and truly-realistic miniature special effects and pyrotechnics (with a second thanks to the late Derek Meddings, who worked on various 1974-1995 James Bond 007 motion pictures, all 3 of the original Superman motion pictures and the original Batman movie) and the most advanced puppet techniques tested and tried to the limit and brought to our screens.moreless
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    H.G. Wells' Invisible Man

    H.G. Wells' Invisible Man

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    ITV (ended 1959)
    Welcome to the H.G. Wells' Invisible Man episode guide at TV.com. A series produced in the 1950s from ITV in the UK, this show was remarkable for its time for the special effects and action storylines. It is the story of a scientist who's pursuit for the secret of invisibility causes an accident where he himself becomes invisible. While trying to cure himself, he is drafted by the government to solve crimes and conduct secret spy missions. After broadcast in the UK, the series had a successful run on CBS in the USA.moreless
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    Adam's Family Tree

    Adam's Family Tree

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    ITV (ended 1999)
    Adam is a young boy with an amazing gift. By inputting a family tree CD into his computer and choosing a family member, he can call them up into the present to help him out with whatever spot of bother he's managed to get himself into. Adam's family tree was a children's show airing in the UK on ITV1 between 1997 and 1999.moreless
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    Wizadora

    Wizadora

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    Wizadora is a trainee wizard who gets along just fine with all her friends and helpers. Join Wizadora and meet TATTY BOGLE, a scarecrow that lives in a hollow tree in the garden where he invents strange contraptions; meet VERY OLD FISH, who has swum in all the oceans of the world and has many tales to tell; meet PHEOBE, the talking telephone; meet FILBERT, the half-plant half-animal, who is Wizadora's assistant; and meet TOPP, STICKY and BOTTOM, the impish and lovable THE DRAW PEOPLE and not forgetting her very own helpful & bossy cloak-hanger called HANGLE. With 5 Series', Wendy Van Der Plank, Joe Greco, Steven Ryde, Brian Murphy & Tessa hats star in the magical,wonderful world of WIZADORA will help provide the ground needed by pre-school children. In an amusing and entertaining way they will be introduced to basic learning skills and basic life skills.moreless
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    Into the Labyrinth

    Into the Labyrinth

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    ITV (ended 1982)
    This series originally aired from 1981 - 1982 overseas. I saw it as a young boy on American television a few years later. The show was part Nickelodeon's The Third Eye series. There were two other shows that rounded out the series: Under the Mountain and Children of the Stones. Into the Labyrinth is the only one I vividly remember. The show was on after You Can't Do That on Television.moreless