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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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    Law & Order: UK

    Law & Order: UK

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    The longest-running crime series in U.S. television history has made its way across the pond for a UK reworking. Series creator Dick Wolf has given Law & Order a makeover-for fans in the UK. Law & Order: UK sets out to retain the grittiness of the original series, but be uniquely British. The show commenced broadcast in 2009 and is not to be confused with the 1978 crime drama Law and Order.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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    A Touch of Frost

    A Touch of Frost

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    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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    Taggart

    Taggart

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    Welcome to the Taggart guide at TV.com. In the early 1980s, Robert Love, Controller of Drama at Scottish Television, and Glenn Chandler, pathologist-turned-writer, created a Glaswegian police detective named Jim Taggart, a creation that resulted in a world-wide successful television drama that lasted for twenty-seven years. Over the course of 110 stories the series, which followed the exploits of Maryhill CID, continued to win over viewers old and new despite major changes in the cast which caused most in the business to write it off. From the pilot broadcast, "Killer", to the final episode, the show presented more grizzly murders and plot twists than even the most ardent of fans can remember. Its film noir quality, along with the stunning setting of Glasgow, the second city of the empire, helped it remain a success even after the death of the titular character. The excellent cast, both past and present, have provided characters that have become much loved and remain in the hearts of fans even after their departure. This guide is dedicated to the memories of Mark McManus, Iain Anders, Robert Robertson and Tom Watson. Taggart was made by Scottish Television (later Scottish Media Group) Productions and broadcast on the ITV network across the UK. In 2010, with ITV assessing their output due to financial issues, the show was at risk of being cancelled. The two broadcasters agreed a co-production arrangement for the next series, which was broadcast first on STV, and later aired in the rest of the UK on ITV1. However, despite the new format and the series' continuing popularity in Scotland, viewing figures across the rest of the UK were disappointing, and ITV announced in May 2011 that it had decided not to commission any further series.moreless
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    Afterlife (2006)

    Afterlife (2006)

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    Afterlife is a paranormal thriller television series about a woman named Alison Mundy. She is a reluctant medium, troubled by her gift. During a clairvoyant evening she encounters university lecturer and psychologist Robert Bridge. Robert decides to research her for a book he is writing and with a view to "curing" her, as he believes that all mediums are either charlatans or delusional. Unfortunately for him Alison is the real thing and exposes him to things which no matter how hard he tries he cannot explain away with his science. Worse is to come, in that Alison is seeing visions of Robert's dead son, who was killed in a car accident. The psychologist is in denial, but his beliefs are tested to the limit, when he and Alison are involved in a stance that Alison may be unable to survive.moreless
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

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    Welcome to the Sherlock Holmes guide at TV.com. This listing takes in several series (all made by Granada, between 1984 and 1994) in which the late Jeremy Brett played the great detective :- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, together with a number of specials. Granada Television had set themselves the task of filming every one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. A number of the mysteries were still waiting to be filmed at Jeremy Brett's death in 1995, but Granada decided not to continue without him.moreless
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    Kingdom

    Kingdom

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    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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    Callan

    Callan

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    Welcome to the Callan guide at TV.com.

    David Callan, only good at one thing, well maybe two, killing people and collecting toy soldiers. He worked for a secret government agency called the Section under Hunter, head of the Section. The Section's speciality was 'disposing' of people through bribery, frame-ups, blackmail and very often death.

    Callan was a solitary figure whose only, and sometimes reluctant, ally was a smelly snivelling small-time crook called Lonely. He defied his superiors on more than one occasion and became a liability to them because he cared too much. The Section itself had often tried to rid themselves of Callan, permanently, but ended up relying on his expertise or being out-maneuvered by it.

    After a successful pilot, a series was commissioned and ran to four seasons, the latter two in colour. There was also a feature film, Callan (1974) and a one-off TV film, Wet Job in 1981.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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    Hammer House of Horror

    Hammer House of Horror

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    Welcome to the Hammer House of Horror guide at TV.com. This old British series is the television stage in the long and curious career of Hammer Films, which originated in the early years of the twentieth century. Each episode of the series stands alone and has its own cast. All live up to Hammer's high standards of psychological tension, in the best traditions of British horror. Look out for British stars of the later 1980s appearing in some of their earliest on-screen roles, including Simon MacCorkindale, Rosalyn Landor, Caroline Langrishe, and Pierce Brosnan.moreless
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    Van der Valk

    Van der Valk

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    Welcome to the Van der Valk guide at TV.com. In his time with the Amsterdam Police, Commissaris Piet van der Valk has seen it all. His cynicism sometimes shocks even his assistant Johnny Kroon. Their caseload brings them into contact with the city's many subcultures from drug-users to sexual perverts. Van der Valk is known for his ability to break difficult cases by pursuing his famous hunches. However, his superior, Hoofdcommissaris Samson, is always more concerned with the political and public relations ramifications of van der Valk's investigations. The city meanwhile provides an attractive backdrop for the stories. The character of van der Valk was created by the author Nicolas Freeling in a popular series of novels, though none of the storylines in the televison series are directly based on the books. Van der Valk initially ran for two series, but was resurrected in 1977 by Thames Television's Euston Films subsidiary, shooting on location using 16mm colour film. A second revival followed in 1991. The theme tune, Eye Level, was very popular when the show was first broadcast, spending several weeks in the British music charts.moreless
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    The Blackheath Poisonings

    The Blackheath Poisonings

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    "The Blackheath Poisonings is a Victorian era murder drama starring Christine Kavanagh and Zoe Wanamaker and based on the novel by Julian Symons. Two families, The Collards and the Vandervents live together in a spacious villa in the London suburb of Blackheath in what appears to be a picture perfect life, but which actually holds many wicked secrets."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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    Murder Investigation Team

    Murder Investigation Team

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    Welcome to the Murder Investigation Team guide at TV.com. Each episode began with the discovery of a body and followed the investigation as it unfolded. The team used all the resources at their disposal from the latest forensic techniques, victimology, criminal psychology as well as their own sharp wits, to deliver on their duty to the public and to catch the killers. The series provided a contemporary take on the murder genre and delivered a strong sense of what a murder investigation was really like. From the second series, extended episodes allowed the on-screen development of the complex relationships between the four main characters - DI Trevor Hands, DS Rosie MacManus, DC Eva Sharpe and DCI Anita Wishart - as they dealt with the stresses and strains of working in this highly-charged environment.moreless
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    Without Motive

    Without Motive

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    Without Motive is a six-part British drama series that stars Ross Kemp as detective Chief Jack Mowbray. When detective Mowbray's city is terrorized by a serial killer, Mowbray fights to track down the killer before he can murder again. As the killers continue to ellude the police and detectives, Mowbray's boss, DCS Henderson (Kenneth Cranham) criticizes Mowbray for his bad work and even blames him for the murders. Not only must Mowbray deal with his unhappy boss, but also his personal life that has been going down hill since the serial killers first struck. The series follows the detective as he solves clues to track down the killers and tries to fit the pieces of his broken personal life back together while keeping his job and the city safe from criminals. The series was first aired on January 1, 2000 and was aired until November 5, 2000. It is directed by James Hawes and Tristram Powell. moreless
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    The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

    The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

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    Welcome to The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes at TV.com. This British show dramatized twenty-six stories by writers of more or less the same era as Sherlock Holmes. They were all popular in their day, but are less well known today. Each episode stands alone and has its own cast, all from the top drawer of British acting talent. The show is in colour but is not available on DVD - while a very high quality production in its day, definitely of the standard required by the later US compendium Mystery, The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is almost forgotten now.moreless
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    Class of '76

    Class of '76

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    Welcome to the Class of '76 guide at TV.com Robert Carlyle stars as Det. Insp. Tom Monroe, a maverick detective carrying his own psychological hang-ups. In the pilot episode, Monroe investigates a series of deaths, whose victims are all from the same primary school class.moreless
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    Daddy's Girl

    Daddy's Girl

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    Seventeenyear old Emma lost her mother ten years ago when Fiona walked out of the family home. Deciding that she wants her declared legally dead, Emma sets off a chain of events that involve the police and uncover a side to her father Chris that she has never seen before...moreless
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    Ghostboat

    Ghostboat

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    David Jason stars as Jack Hardy, the only survivor of a World War II submarine that was thought to be destroyed and that has reappeared suddenly. When a new crew starts boarding the vessel, Hardy realizes all is not as it should be.moreless