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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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    Bad Girls

    Bad Girls

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    Bad Girls introduced viewers to the real world of female inmates inside HMP Larkhall. Full of corrupt officers, vying prisoners and tragic lives, the prison is also unexpectantly a source of joy and comfort, with strong friendships, kind officers and a lot of laughs!moreless
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    Sharpe

    Sharpe

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    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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    Girls in Love

    Girls in Love

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    Girls In Love, seen through the eyes of 13 year old Ellie Allard, is about the important things in life: friends, fun and kissing boys! As narrator, Ellie tells the story of the lives of herself and her best friends, Nadine and Magda, with wicked honesty and comic insight. Life through Ellie's eyes is embarrassing, desperately miserable and fantastically exciting! Based on Jaqualine Wilson's hit book, Girls in Love.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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    The Darling Buds of May

    The Darling Buds of May

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    Based upon the popular books by author H.E. Bates, this series is a touching and often hilarious tribute to family life and made a star out of actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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    Danger Man

    Danger Man

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    ITV (ended 1968)
    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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    Rebus

    Rebus

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    Welcome to the Rebus guide at TV.com. Rebus is a series based on the novels of Ian Rankin, one of Scotland's well known contemporary writers of mysteries. Detective Inspector John Rebus of Edinburgh CID takes to the streets in search of the criminals committing the murders, drug dealing, money laundering and other crimes in the city. The first season of Rebus featured John Hannah as the eponymous detective and was jointly produced by Scottish Television and Hannah's own production company, Clerkenwell Films. Rankin was said to feel that Hannah was miscast in the role. The fourth episode was postponed in light of the subject matter and the events of 11 September 2001, and finally surfaced for the launch of the ITV3 channel some three years later. By this time, Hannah had decided to move on and the show was put on hold pending a search for a new star. New feature-length episodes, now featuring an all-new cast and with Ken Stott in the lead role, were filmed in 2005. The show was cancelled in Feruary 2008, following an announcement by Stott that he would not make any further episodes. Rebus was an SMG production.moreless
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    Mind Your Language

    Mind Your Language

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    ITV (ended 1986)
    Barry Evans stars as Teacher Jeremy Brown who is attempting to teach English to a class of mixed nationality students. The first series had 13 episodes and was shown from December 1977 to March 1978. The second series had only 8 episodes and was shown from October 1978 to November 1978. The third series of 8 episodes was shown from October 1979 to December 1979. Seven years later in 1986 an independently produced fourth series of 13 episodes of Mind Your Language was shown.moreless
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    Trisha

    Trisha

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    Background Story Trisha Goddard was a television unknown to British viewers when she arrived at Anglia in September 1998 to become ITV's new Queen of Chat. She was immediately plunged into a hectic round of studio recordings for the five-days-a-week Trisha show. For the first few weeks, her feet hardly touched the ground. But the public took her to their hearts and her show has been a ratings winner from the outset. The Show Trisha aims to help people, people like you and me. Stories ranging from Cheaters being proved wrong and right and cosmetic surgery addiction. Trisha helps all. Related Shows Trisha Extra A Behind-the Scenes look at what happened in the days show including extra unseen footage presented by Karl Newton . This accompanying programme aired on ITV2 after the main show was repeated at around 2 pm. Trisha Goddard The new show that saw Trisha move to five and to a later afternoon slot. The show is going to be moved to 9.25am-10.30am (ITV's old slot) to run face-to-face with ITV's The People's Court [UK]moreless
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    Mr. Bean

    Mr. Bean

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    ITV (ended 1995)
    Mr. Bean is a comedy show about a man whose whole life is one funny situation after another. He hardly talks, but words are not needed. Everything he does is funny. From playing golf, going to the dentist, and going to church. Mr. Bean is a grown man, but he acts like a child. He has a stuffed bear named Teddy that he carries around with him all the time. This show is full of laugh after laugh!moreless
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    Inspector Morse

    Inspector Morse

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    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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    The Professionals

    The Professionals

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    THE PROFESSIONALS (1977 - 1983) "Anarchy, acts of terror, crimes against the public. To combat it I've got special men - experts from the Army, the Police - from every service. These are The Professionals." The Professionals is one of British television's most popular and successful action series of the 1970s and 80s. At their peak in 1980 The Pros were earning as many as 17.6 million viewers. The A Squad The Professionals began life in early 1977, provisionally titled The A-Squad, in an idea conceived by Brian Clemens, the then head of the independent TV company Avengers Mark I Productions. His aim was to create a rival for Thames television's hugely successful long-running police series The Sweeney. Bodie, Doyle and Cowley could have looked very different to how we remember them as. A number of very different actors were considered for the three central roles, with neither of the final chosen team being the original choices. The final three were more or less drafted in when the first choice stars either declined or were axed. Gordon Jackson (formerly the distinctly unmenacing Butler Hudson in Upstairs Downstairs) and Martin Shaw (whose first TV appearance was as a hippie in 1960s Coronation Street) were first to be cast. During the filming of the first episode, Old Dog with New Tricks Bodie was in fact played by Anthony Andrews. Unfortunately, old mates Shaw and Andrews spent much of the time cracking up with laughter - hardly a recipe for ensuring the renowned edgy banter between the two leads. Lewis Collins (best known by this time as Gavin Rumsey in comedy series The Cuckoo Waltz) was brought in to play Bodie, with Andrews being given the heave-ho. Collins and Shaw had previously worked together just months earlier in an episode of The New Avengers, and were cast alongside each other again thanks to the 'sparky, abrasive' on-screen partnership that they generated. In other words, they didn't particularly like each other! But with the central cast complete, filming began on 20 June 1977, with the first episode Private Madness Public Danger debuting on Friday 30 December 1977. Criminal Intelligence 5 The basis of The Professionals was CI5 - Criminal Intelligence 5 - an organisation lead by surly Scotsman George Cowley (played by Gordon Jackson), a former MI5 head who founded the team as an 'umbrella organisation' to help alleviate London's ever-increasing level of criminal activity. CI5 consisted of up to forty men and women agents, but the main action was centred around Cowley's two top operatives; William Andrew Philip Bodie (Agent 3.7) and Raymond Doyle (4.5). Bodie (Lewis Collins) - he of the close-cropped hair, polo necks and smart suits - was a mercenary in Africa, who deserted the Merchant Navy to join the Paras and later the SAS, before being signed up to CI5 by Cowley. He was, on the surface, an uncompromising thug with a penchant for the 'hit first, ask questions later' theory - thinking nothing of causing 'damage' to a suspect if it meant getting the right results. Doyle (Martin Shaw) was a former Docklands Police Constable, and his more placid nature was reflected in his memorable bubble-perm hairstyle and casual clothing attire (i.e. old plaid jackets and skintight jeans). However, he possessed a tougher streak to match that of Bodie if ever riled by a particularly awkward suspect. Chalk and Cheese The show's major appeal lay in its well-balanced mix of strong acting and direction, coupled with Bodie and Doyle's sparky partnership and chalk-and-cheese personalities. Cowley's preoccupation with pure malt scotch and occasional bullet-wound limp were also a source of amusement for the Lads, but overall they each viewed one another with a great mutual respect. The fifty-seven episode run produced a great variety of gripping plots, most notably the destruction of a German terrorist group in Close Quarters, the testing of a potentially deadly laser gun in Hunter Hunted, a supposed crime-free town masking a squad of corrupt policeman in In the Public Interest and the trial of CI5 in The Rack to name but a few. Like any show, however, there were a number of dodgy episodes to contend with, the chief honour going to The Gun and Blood Sports during the generally below-par fourth season. Banned! The Professionals wasn't without controversy, though - and no, we don't mean Martin Shaw's hair (which was, amazingly, his own idea!). Klansmen, the thirteenth (unlucky for some?) and final episode was banned and remains unaired in the UK even to this day because it dealt with the subject of racism. Only now with the DVD release will British fans be able to see the episode for themselves. Eventually Lewis and Martin quit the series in 1981 when their four-year contracts expired and although Gordon was said to have been happy to continue, it was decided not to cast a set of new characters because of Lewis and Martin's popularity. However, both had become tired of the monotony of playing their characters - least of all Martin, who had begun to express his dislike of playing 'violent puppet' Doyle at approximately six weeks into the role! Filming was quickly wrapped up with Spy Probe in mid-1981, but due to several ITV strike disputes in the late 1970s, several episodes were held back and the fifth season did not begin transmission until November 1982. The final edition, No Stone was broadcast on Sunday 6 February 1983. Martin allegedly barred any further repeats being broadcast on British terrestrial TV until 1992 and now the only UK-based channel that regularly screens re-runs is satellite station Granada Plus, albeit with a ridiculous series of censorship rules in place (of course, to conceal unnecessary violence we assume, not to make way for more washing powder adverts). Then and Now The Professionals will forever be remembered for sparking such hard-hitting debate as: who was the best looking, Bodie or Doyle? (for the women), who had the smartest motor? (for the blokes) and who was going to be the first victim to be injured by Doyle's erupting perm? (for those mourning the demise of decent hairstyles as the Seventies kicked in). Since the series ended more than twenty years ago, the cast have had mixed fortunes in their careers. Gordon Jackson continued to work successfully in a number of high-profile film and TV roles until he very sadly passed away in 1990, at the age of 66. Martin Shaw appeared in The Chief and Rhodes in the mid-1990s, and has recently made a comeback to prime-time television, with starring roles in A&E and Judge John Deed. In 2003 he became the new face of P.D James' long-running detective, Adam Dalgliesh. Lewis Collins unfortunately fell victim to the dreaded typecasting, appearing in a series of ill-advised foreign action movies in the 1980s (although we rather liked Who Dares Wins!) His most recent UK TV appearances were in Cluedo - a thankfully now defunct quiz show presented by the likes of Richard Madeley - in 1991 and a cameo appearance in the dodgy ITV1 'comedy' series The Grimleys in 1999. He has spent the past few years concentrating on theatre work, including a role in the thriller Dangerous Corner, also in 1999. In 2002 Lewis guest-starred in an episode of police series The Bill. The New Professionals The series was revived in 1999, now under the very imaginative alias of The New Professionals. At first it was thought Lewis Collins would be making a comeback appearance, with Bodie being elevated to the position vacated by Cowley, but negotiations for this later fell through. Martin Shaw, on the other hand, was 'not invited' to reprise his role. Interest in the show was less than forthcoming; the first series being pushed into a rather unsociable time slot on the satellite channel Sky One. It now seems unlikely that another season will be made. Over the past decade there has been a renewed interest for The Professionals and all things retro. The memorable 1996 Nissan Car advertisement ("This car's well-sprung" / "A bit like your hair!") and the release of all 57 episodes on DVD in 2002, will ensure that the show is likely to gain a whole new generation of fans following its Silver Jubilee year.moreless
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    The Persuaders!

    The Persuaders!

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    Welcome to The Persuaders! guide at TV.com. Lord Brett Sinclair and Danny Wilde, two wealthy playboys from very different backgrounds, are paired up by a judge who tasks them with becoming international crimestoppers. The Persuaders! was a Television Reporters International Tribune production for ITC.moreless
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    The X Factor (UK)

    The X Factor (UK)

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    A UK based music reality show with a difference: "anyone and everyone can audition". The contest is open to 4 different categories: under 28 Girls, under 28 Boys, over 28, and groups. The current judges are Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos. The Judges: Gary Barlow: -The lead member of the band, Take That.The band have won multiple BRIT Awards and have received 11 numberonesingles. Tulisa Contostavlos: -At just 23 years of age, Tulisa has been with N-Dubz , a hip hop group from London for 5 years. She rose to fame whenN-Dubz releaseda song entitled Ouch and got over 4 million viewers on Youtube. Louis Walsh: - he's the man behind such pop acts as Boyzone, Westlife, Samantha Mumba and Girls Aloud - has had 21 number 1 singles - is best known as the judge on Popstars: Ireland and Popstars: The Rivals Kelly Rowland: -Kellystarted off working with Destiny's Child but then went solo and has now been fornearly 10years. Her first solo single was Stole which got to #1 in the UK. ROUND 1: The Auditions In the first round, each of the contestants must audition for the judges. They either go through to the next round or go home . ROUND 2: Boot Camp In the second round of the contest the judges are each assigned a category to mentor. Each judge will then get to assemble a team of people to help turn their wannabes into stars! The contestants will then be put through a boot camp and afterwards only 8 will remain in each category. ROUND 3: Judges' Home Visits Next, the remaining contestants will get to live the life of luxury with their mentors! But it won't be all fun and games as the mentors must whittle their teams down to just 3 each . ROUND 4: Live Shows The 12 remaining contestants/groups will now get the chance to showdown live on ITV1 along with a wildcard pick by each judge. Week by week more contestants will be voted off the show and we will eventually find out who Britain thinks has got The X Factor!moreless
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    The Famous Five

    The Famous Five

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    This show is adapted from the famous Enid Blyton's books 'The Famous Five', the series filmed in summer 1995 and 1996 was not the first one. The first adaptation : a film in 1957 The first TV series : 1978. In 1978, the action was set in the 70's, whereas in the 1996 series, the action was set in 1953. It means to say, the decade when the original books have been written.moreless
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    The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

    The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

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    Welcome to The Ruth Rendell Mysteries guide at TV.com. The guide takes in over thirty hours of crime drama productions, based on the novels and short stories of Ruth Rendell. In most of these, veteran actor George Baker plays Chief Inspector Reg Wexford of Kingsmarkham (a fictional town in the real English county of Hampshire), with Christopher Ravenscroft as his partner-in-detection, Inspector Mike Burden. Wexford's wife Dora is played by Louie Ramsay. She had known George Baker for many years, but they became close while working on the series and married in real life. The Inspector Wexford stories were filmed on location in and around Romsey, Hampshire, and most were broadcast under The Ruth Rendell Mysteries banner. In 1992, having exhausted the supply of Wexford stories, Meridian started adapting other Rendell mysteries, thus belatedly justifying the use of the confusing umbrella title for the show. The final episode was broadcast under the Inspector Wexford banner, and this is the title used for DVD releases and repeat broadcasts of the Wexford stories on the ITV network.moreless
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    A Mother's Son

    A Mother's Son

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    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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    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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    Cracker

    Cracker

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    ITV (ended 1995)
    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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