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    Rebus

    Rebus

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    ITV (ended 2007)
    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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    The Sweeney

    The Sweeney

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    ITV (ended 1978)
    Welcome to The Sweeney guide at TV.com. The Sweeney was one of the UK's finest action-drama series of the 1970s and is still talked about today. The Beginning Euston Films, the company behind The Sweeney, was founded as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thames Television in March 1971, to produce filmed drama for the UK with a view to sales abroad. This project began with a series of 90-minute TV films under the Armchair Cinema banner. The intention was to make 13 films, but only six - "The Prison", "Sea Song", "In Sickness and in Health", "Tully", "When Day is Done" and "Regan" - were made. Success… These films, at £85,000 each to make, were considered very expensive at the time, but this was rewarded when most of the films were sold to other countries, with "The Prison" and "Regan" going to 47 countries alone. "Regan" in particular was seen as having the potential to spawn a series, especially after receiving high TV ratings. Work began immediately on 13 one-hour episodes. Most elements of the original film remained, apart from the title, with "Regan" giving way to The Sweeney. "We're the Sweeney, son, and we haven't had any dinner!" The writers brought in to work on The Sweeney were given a series of strict guidelines. Each episode had to run for 48 minutes and 40 seconds, with a three-minute pre-title sequence, or 'teaser' to be followed by the actual opening credits. Each story was to consist of three parts, each running between eight and 19 minutes. As for the characters, Regan would appear in every episode, whilst his sidekick Carter would feature in at least 10 out of the 13 episodes. The scripts had to be centred around three main speaking roles, leaving up to 10 minor speaking parts. Writers had one month to write each script, but at times were pushed so hard to get them done that one episode was completed in three days. Any second drafts were greatly discouraged and third drafts would literally be unheard of. Each episode would take 10 working days to film and every day there would be five minutes of edited screen time. This led to there being a restriction on how many differing locations there could be, so it was limited to ten - one location per day. On Set The 'Flying Squad offices' had its own standing set, which gave an alternative option if the day's filming was affected by bad weather. Ten minutes of any episode was usually set in the offices and this amounted to two days' filming on the set. Exterior night shooting was expensive, due to filming being in the summer, so it was limited to three external night scenes per episode, despite the fact that the real-life Flying Squad operated primarily at night. Each episode would have an eight-and-a half week production schedule. This consisted of two weeks pre-production - for casting, deciding locations and so on; two weeks' shooting, four weeks' picture editing (the first two weeks of which would overlap the shooting), two weeks' sound editing and finally, two days of dubbing. The Sweeney on the Big Screen The great success of the first two series of The Sweeney led to a spin-off feature film. Sweeney! was filmed over the course of five weeks in the spring of 1976 and on location in London. A third and fourth TV series followed, as well as a second feature film, Sweeney 2, in 1978. "Shut It!" The Sweeney ran to 53 episodes across four series. It has since been shown in more than 51 countries and is still regarded by many people as one of British Television's most successful series ever made.moreless
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    The New Avengers

    The New Avengers

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    ITV (ended 1977)
    Welcome to The New Avengers guide at TV.com. Ten years after the end of the original Avengers, its creators brought the British spy series back with a 1970s twist. Instead of the classic man-woman team, John Steed was paired with two other agents - Purdey and Gambit. Just like its forerunner, the show had fantastical plots and diabolical villains, but The New Avengers gave the formula a facelift. Bold colours, spectacular locations, and sharper plots and characters combined to provide more thrills. In the second season, there were a lot of overseas locations, including Paris, France, and Toronto, Canada, where the final four episodes came from.moreless
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    You Bet!

    You Bet!

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    You Bet! was a British game show based on the format of the German show Wetten, dass..?. Each week a panel of celebrities along with the audience would bet on the outcome of a series of odd and challenging tasks, with the winning celebrity getting to donate the winning amount money to a charity of his/her choice. The losing celebrity had to endure a forfeit. The show ran for 10 series hosted initially by Bruce Forsyth, then Matthew Kelly and latterly Darren Day before being replaced by Don't Try This At Home.moreless
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    Father Brown

    Father Brown

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    ITV (ended 1974)
    Welcome to the Father Brown guide at TV.com. Adapted from the short stories by G.K. Chesterton, Father Brown is a devout Catholic priest who acts as a freelance private investigator, solving muder-mysteries through a spiritual and philosophical thought process rather than scientific deduction.moreless
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    Father Dear Father

    Father Dear Father

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    ITV (ended 1973)
    Patrick Cargill stars in Father Dear Father as Patrick Glover, Divorcee, Thriller Writer & Father to two teenage Daughters. His Life revolves around his writing, his family & their Saint Bernard dog H.G.(Wells). In 1978 a new series of Father Dear Father was made, (Father Dear Father in Australia.) Patrick & Nanny came to Sydney to look after Patrick's two nieces while his brother was away.moreless
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    The Grand (1997)

    The Grand (1997)

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    Welcome to The Grand guide at TV.Com. This ITV drama focuses on the Grand Hotel in Manchester post World War One. It examines the lives of the Bannisters as they struggle to restore the hotel to its former glory and the servants below stairs who struggle with their day to day lives in a class ridden, hypocritical society. Actress Julia St. John (The Brittas Empire) plays Sarah Bannerman, the angst ridden manageress, Tim Healy (Auf Wiedersehen,Pet) is Mr Collins, the diplomatic doorman and Mark McGann is the manipulative, amoral Marcus Bannerman. Veteran actress Susan Hampshire gives a superb performance as Esme Harkness, the ageing Madame, in this classic costume drama that aired for two series between 1997 and 1998.moreless
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    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

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    ITV (ended 1994)
    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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    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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    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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    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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    This Morning

    This Morning

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    Since 1988 This Morning has brought smiles to millions of housewives and husbands, with its mix of current affairs, celebrity gossip, food, wine, clothes, TV and anything else going on in the world. The show is currently in its 22nd series and was completely relaunched ahead of its start, as for the first time in some years it took 6 weeks off. From the weekend of Saturday 20th March 2010, the show began airing 7 days week, with additional episodes airing on the weekends This Morning: Saturday and This Morning: Sunday, featuring highlights of the weeks shows and new content, hosted by regular hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. Between Series 1 and Series 13 (1988 - 2001), husband and wife team Richard Madeley & Judy Finigan hosted, however from 1998 Fridays were hosted between Caron Keating & Ross Kelly (Series 10) and John Leslie & Fern Britton (Series 11). When Richard & Judy departed, originally Coleen Nolan and Twiggy hosted Mondays to Thursdays and John & Fern took over on Fridays. When the viewing figures dropped considerably, Coleen & Twiggy were replaced permanently by John & Fern. In 2002 when certain allegations were made in the press about John, he was dismissed and replaced by Phillip Schofield. In 2003 (Series 15) Lorraine Kelly joined the team replacing Fern on Mondays and Fridays, allowing her more time with her family. In 2006 (Series 18) Lorraine left the show to concentrate on her show on GMTV, meaning Phil & Fern presented Monday to Thursday and Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford presented on a Friday. Ruth & Eamonn also have presented on school holidays since joining the show. At the end of series 21, a pay dispute led to Fern Britton leaving the show and when it returned for its new look in September 2009, Holly Willoughby took over Mondays to Thursdays.moreless
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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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    Soldier Soldier

    Soldier Soldier

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    Welcome to the Soldier Soldier guide at TV.com. Soldier Soldier was a drama series that followed the lives of members of the King's Fusiliers (later the King's Own Fusiliers) regiment. Soldier Soldier was a Central Television production for the ITV network.moreless
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    Rumpole of the Bailey

    Rumpole of the Bailey

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    Welcome to the Rumpole of the Bailey guide at TV.com. Horace Rumpole (played by the late Leo McKern) is an untidy, ageing London barrister with one glass eye who defends in criminal cases. His clients rarely cut elegant figures. He is fond of red wine, poetry, and fair dealing, and is not looked on as a great success in life by his wife, Hilda ('She Who Must Be Obeyed'). Rumpole has had a few triumphs, and the Penge Bungalow murders are often on his mind... Rumpole shares Chambers at Number 3, Equity Court, with a mixed group of barrister colleagues, including Guthrie Featherstone (Peter Bowles) and Phyllida Trant (Patricia Hodge). He also takes pupils - notably Fiona Allways (played by Rosalyn Landor) and Liz Probert. The creator and writer of the series, Sir John Mortimer, received an Edgar Allan Poe Award for crime and mystery for Rumpole.moreless
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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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    Minder (1979)

    Minder (1979)

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    Welcome to the Minder guide at TV.com. This comedy drama series featured Terry McCann, a former boxer with a conviction for G.B.H., and Arthur Daley, a second-hand car-dealer with an eye for a nice little earner. Alongside his many business schemes, Arthur would regularly hire Terry out as a minder or bodyguard. After seven years, Terry McCann emigrated to Australia, and Arthur brought his nephew, Ray, into the business. Minder was revived in 2009, with another nephew, Archie, and his minder, Jamie.moreless
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    The Persuaders!

    The Persuaders!

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    ITV (ended 1972)
    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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    60 Minute Makeover

    60 Minute Makeover

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    Originally airing in 2004, Claire Sweeney found a deserving member of the public, and within a hour, Claire and her team of designers had transformed certain rooms within the house of the member of the public. The 4th Series is just starting with Terri Dwyer now hosting.moreless
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    The Vice

    The Vice

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    ITV (ended 2003)
    Welcome to The Vice guide at TV.com. The Vice told the story of the London Metropolitan police forces vice squad, where prostitution, murder and organized crime are everyday occurrences. Charged with leading a small, dedicated team, Detective Inspector Pat Chappel struggles to keep his home life separate from the tough world in which he works. Working at the seedy side of life takes its toll on the team (Sgt. Joe Robinson, PC Cheryl Hutchins, PC Dougie Raymond and new recruit PC Kirsty Morgan, many of whom do not make it intact to the end of the show's run. The show experimented with formats: 3 seasons of 2-part, one-hour episodes, a single season of 90-minute episodes, and a final extended seaon of self-contained one-hour episodes, but was not renewed following the departure of mainstay Ken Stott. The Vice is a Carlton production for the ITV Network.moreless
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