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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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    Horatio Hornblower

    Horatio Hornblower

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    The adventures of Horatio Hornblower based on the classic series of books by Author C.S. Forester, told in chronologic order.
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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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    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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    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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    The Commander

    The Commander

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    ITV (ended 2008)
    Welcome to The Commander guide at TV.com. Commander Clare Blake is assigned to the Serious Crime Group of the Metropolitan Police, where she commands the Murder Review Group. Her team includes D.C.I. Mike Hedges, who seems determined to make life difficult for his new boss. The Commander, conceived as a star vehicle for Amanda Burton, is a La Plante Production for the ITV network.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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    Rainbow

    Rainbow

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    ITV (ended 1992)
    Rainbow ran on ITV for 20 years, mostly at lunchtimes. It became one of the highest rating children shows of all time and one of most enduringly popular. After over 1500 shows, Rainbow came to an end in 1992, but the show remains a massive success with people of all ages.moreless
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    The Champions

    The Champions

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Welcome to The Champions guide at TV.com. "Craig Sterling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett… These are the Champions. "Endowed with the qualities and skills of superhumans - qualities and skills, both physical and mental, to the peak of human performance. Gifts given to them by an unknown race of people, when their 'plane crashed near a lost civilisation in Tibet. Now, with their secrets known only to them, they are able to use their fantastic powers to their best advantage… as the Champions of law, order and justice. Operators of the international agency, Nemesis!" The Champions was the first production from the team of Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman. Their company Scoton made the series for ITC in 1967 and established the format for many future ITC productions of casting three actors as the heroes.moreless
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    Lost In Austen

    Lost In Austen

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    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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    The Last Detective

    The Last Detective

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    ITV (ended 2007)
    Welcome to the The Last Detective guide at TV.com.

    "Dangerous" Davies is a detective constable working the streets of Willesden with heart and some self doubts, and the show relates his interactions with his sidekick Mod, his tough boss Yardley and his struggle with a marriage gone wrong.

    Flashes of humour pepper this police drama based on Leslie Thomas's series of novels. Nicknamed "Dangerous" because of his rather plodding and straightforward style, Davies none the less uncovers the solution to the crime through astute detective work.moreless
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    Life Begins

    Life Begins

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    This drama series is about Maggie Mee, a woman who is left by her husband near her fortieth birthday. We see her begin her new single life by getting a job, getting new friends and even a new lover...but soon she finds her new life spirals out of control, especially in the second season when she finds she has not one but two men in her life and both are fighting for her, she continues to struggle with her father's illness and almost loses someone very close to her.moreless
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    Peak Practice

    Peak Practice

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    ITV (ended 2002)
    Peak Practice was about a small country GP practice in the ficticious village of Cardale in the Derbyshire Dales. Having inherited the practice from her father Dr. Beth Glover (Amanda Burton) was the first Senior Partner. Along with Will Preston (Simon Shepherd) and Jack Kerruish (Kevin Whately) the three doctors ran the surgery for three series. Peak Practice follows the highs and lows of life in Cardale for these Doctors and others that followed them. The Series came to an end in 2002 after 12 succesful series.moreless
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    GMTV with Lorraine

    GMTV with Lorraine

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    ITV (ended 2010)
    Lorraine Kelly first began her show Top of the Morning on a Monday-Friday at 8.50am. In March, when the main show's GMTV anchor, Fiona Armstrong walked out, Lorraine moved to the GMTV slot and Fern Britton hosted Top of the Morning. When the station relaunched in April 1994, the programme was shortened by ten minutes, beginning at 9.00am. In September 1994 the show changed it's name to Nine O'Clock Live. The show proved so popular that it moved to the earlier 8.35am slot and was re-titled Lorraine Live. In the Autumn of 2000, to correspond with the earlier changes in the year to the GMTV setup, LK Today launched, the show contineud using the title up until it's latest series which began on January the 5th, were it's name changed to GMTV with Lorraine. Although the format of the show hasn't changed, the biggest change yet has happened with the shows latest incarnation, as Lorraine moves into the main GMTV studio, instead of having her own part of the studio to host from. The Show features the latest fashion, food and celebrity gossip. Their's also regular specialist guests, who make regular appearances. The show airs between Monday and Thursday from 8.35am to 9.25am.moreless
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    Crown Court

    Crown Court

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    ITV (ended 1984)
    Crown Court was a long-running courtroom drama shown in the afternoon, where each weekly case at the fictional Fulchester Crown Court, was split into three episodes. Ep 1 : the case for the prosecution, Ep 2 : the case for the defence, Ep 3 : summing up and verdict. (The verdict was given by a jury of real people and not actors, except the foreperson) The first case 'Doctor's Neglect?' was originally only shown in the Granada TV region. The series was produced by Granada for the ITV Network.moreless
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    SM:TV Live

    SM:TV Live

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    ITV (ended 2003)
    SM:TV Live was the ITV's answer to Live and Kicking. First broadcast in 1998, SMTV was tipped to be just another Saturday Morning Program. Ant, Dec and Cat were the original presenters trying their hardest to pull viewers across from BBC1. At first, nobody watched it. But ITV didn't give up that easily and in 1999, SMTV got the nod for a second series. The show was revamped with a new set and sketches. It also used the stars who would later be on CD:UK unlike before. Then 6 months into recommission of the 2nd season, ratings reached a record high for any show. And these figures kept up until Ant and Dec left in 2001. SMTV put Live and Kicking out of business!Anyway, Ant and Dec left and viewers worried about the future of the show. Someone from Hollyoaks I think he was James Redmond joined Cat but he is best forgetting about then he got sacked and Tess Daly and Brian Dowlingjoined Cat. Tess and Cat always argued and Tess wasn't budging so Cat Deeleycalled it a day. H and Claire joined Tess and Brian and H and Claire turned viewers away with their annoying voices and viewers flicked onto BBC1. Then H and Claire decided to leave and Tess and Brian were alone. So Ministry of Mayhem presenter Stephen Mulhern and Shavaughn Ruakere joined them. Never heard of Shavaughn? Well she was never there and she was the one who was dead annoying when she decided to turn up. but eventually she got sacked and Tess and Brian left about 5 weeks after each other. Des Clarke[/person joined Stephen as SM:TV Gold was aired for the very first time. SMTV Gold had classic clips and shown the best bits. There was no female presenter so each week a female celebrity would come in an guest present. People included Michelle Heaton and Cheryl Tweedy. At the start of each show, the guest presenter would "slap" Stephen. And as the name suggests(SMTV Gold) it was almost time for the show to come to a graceful end. Ratings were still sliding especially to the new and improved Saturday Show. So on the 27th December 2003, all of the cast of the past (rhyming there lol) came together for the final SM:TV Live/Gold. It came to a fantastic finale and now it was time to hand over the reigns to Stephen, Holly and Michael down at the Ministry of Mayhem. Ok, so Stephen already had the slot but ITV couldn't be arsed finding another presenter that looked good and presented good. Des Clarke had big eyes half way down his face and a big chin so they didn't let him carry on because of that. The very sexy [person]Holly Willoughby joined Mr Mulhern for the Ministry and Michael Underwood also switched channels to join. So for all of you who don't like M.O.M but loved SMTV, SMTV didn't get its good ratings until June 1999 so there is stil hope for M.O.M which will reach the same point in June 2005!Lets leave Stephen and Holly to it and stop living by the archives.moreless
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    OK! TV

    OK! TV

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    ITV (ended 2011)
    Originally a documentary style show on ITV1 hosted by Fiona Phillips (with a team boasting Twiggy, Nigel Havers, Patsy Palmer & Tracie Bennett) the show aired once a week on Friday nights. The show then returned as a regular slot hosted by Jeff Brazier and various other presenters on This Morning. After Richard Desmond's takeover of five in 2010, he decided to axe magazine show Live from Studio Five in favour of bringing back the OK! TV format. Originally Matt Johnson and Denise Van Outen were announced as the hosts of the show, however Denise pulled out at the last minute, so LFSF host Kate Walsh took on the role. With the launch of Celebrity Big Brother launching within August 2011, the show relocated to Elstree studios and rebranded with new hosts Jeff Brazier and Jenny Frost on August 17th 2011. Channel five then returned to ITN as it's news provider, thus the Sky produced OK! TV was cancelled and it's last episode aired on December 16th 2011.moreless
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    Island at War

    Island at War

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    ITV (ended 2004)
    Island at War is set on the fictitious Channel Island of Saint Gregory's during the Second World War. It tells the story of how three families are affected by German invasion.moreless
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    Hammer House of Horror

    Hammer House of Horror

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    ITV (ended 1980)
    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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    Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

    Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

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    The show is hosted by the comedic duo Ant & Dec, and typically runs for two series of 6-10 episodes a year. Each episode is approximately 1 hour which advert breaks. The variety show's primary focus is the chance for those in the audience to "Grab The Ads" - win the items featured in a given commercial break on ITV1 during the past week - but to pad the show out, there are many other (mostly comedy-based) sections such as "Ant and Dec Undercover", "Little Ant and Dec" and "What's Next?". Episodes also regularly feature a musical guest.moreless
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