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    Bless Me, Father

    Bless Me, Father

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    ITV (ended 1981)
    Produced by London Weekend Television, this series was written by Peter de Rosa and is based upon his autobiographical novels written as "Neil Boyd". The series is an engagingly idiosyncratic situation comedy based on the post-war experiences of a young priest sent to the parish of St. Jude's in the London suburb of Fairwater in 1950. Although it is not necessary to understand the sociological underpinnings to enjoy the comedy, the series gains extra bite from the relatively embattled situation of the parishioners as (mainly Irish) Catholics in a firmly Protestant Britain just recovering from the war and still smarting under Government rationing and other restrictions. (It should also be noted that St. Jude is the Catholic patron saint of lost causes...) Period detail is understated but convincing, particularly the hideous clothes worn by the pious women.

    The core of the series is naive and rather shy, Father Boyd's education at the hands of Father Duddleswell, an experienced parish priest whose staunch faith occasionally seems dangerously old-fashioned to Father Boyd but is usually revealed to be tempered by shrewd common sense and genuine goodness. Veteran character actor Arthur Lowe is quite magnificent in the role, conveying Father Duddleswell's limitations as well as his strengths, and making the growing affectionate bond between the two priests convincing and subtly moving. It is Father Duddleswell's nemesis Mother Stephen (head of the local convent) and Bishop Reilly who embody the hidebound and sometimes cruel aspects of the Church hierarchy. (It should be noted that novelist de Rosa is a formerpriest himself.) Daniel Abineri is convincingly earnest and gauche as the newly ordained curate embarrassed by his own good looks and appeal for the female members of the congregation. (So far as I know this is the only series Abineri appeared in.)

    Sharp-tongued housekeeper Mrs. Pring has a love-hate 40-year relationship with Father Duddleswell which produces some delightful insult matches, as does his conflict with next-door neighbour Billy Buzzle, a Cockney bookie and black-marketeer. Most of the Irish ethnic comedy is embodied in Doctor Daley, usually seen downing a whiskey with a fag end still in his mouth while reminiscing about the Connemarra childhood he shared with his oldest friend.moreless
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    Joe 90

    Joe 90

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Daredevil Excitement Every Boy Dreams Of
    Nine year-old Joe McClaine becomes the "Most Special Agent" of the World Intelligence Network thanks to a device called the BIG RAT (Brain Impulse Galvanoscope - Record And Transfer) capable of recording the brain patterns of one person and transferring them to another.moreless
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    Sooty & Co

    Sooty & Co

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    ITV (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the Sooty & Co guide at TV.com I can say with great admiration that Sooty & Co was one of the greatest kids shows ever! It had everything that the original series had, and much more! The camper-van was a great addition to the series, and the show ran for an enjoyable 6 years. It was a shame to see dear Matthew Corbett retire as, for me, he was the 'grown-up' of kids TV, and was the star of the show! I needed to make sure his hard work was recognized. Cast your mind back to the last ever The Sooty Show and fought it was sad to see a series that has lasted so long was about to end. And then missing it. We were all sad but we have the second Sooty Series called 'Sooty & Co' Theme Song: Mathew singing. Hey ho its Sooty & co Everybody say Hello!!!(children: Hello!!!) There's Sooty & Sweep a panda called Soo Little cusion Scampi too Its sooty & com-pany Sooty & com-pany. About this series well Matthew helps Sooty, Sweep, Soo and Scampi to move into their new home. A second hand Junk Shop called 'Sooty & Co' where they sell everything, buy everything but never actually sell anything to a customer. This gives Sooty & Co its charm, even know it got politically correct, it improve on the Original Sooty Show when may wasn't to sure it can. But when you think about it many people wasn't sure Matthew could take over his father Harry and not fail and many people doubt Richard could take over Matthew's Job and not fail but he is doing a great job and lives up to the name Sooty. How you can forget the great customer to Sooty & Co. Mo from the Market became much love from this series. Mo run a Fruit Stall in the local market and stops by at Sooty's Shop because its just around the corner from the market and just to come in and have a nice chat, talk about her day and everything else apart from buying everything from the shop. If she ever had a last name we will never know and if she will ever buy everything from the shop we will never know. I hope Mo can find Sooty Heights so we can see her again as we do miss her. Its good to see Rod, Jane & Freddy in this series for the old sing-a-long. Harry Hill with his Puppet Cat and Matthew saying its only a puppet its not real. Matthew Kelly coming in to do Supermarket Sweep (because Sweep is in the title) and that they could get Dale Walton to come in so they got the next best thing. Neil from Art Attack coming in to make stuff for the Christmas Show, Sooty & Co put on. A great addition to this series was the Sooty Camper Van that Matthew made in his work-shop for the Sooty Show with a special episode (the third episode in the first series) to bring in the Camper Van. And I may say its nice Sooty our childhood hero now has a van to travel about in, Batman has his batmobile and Sooty has his camper van. Its perfect addition to the episodes for Sooty & Co, From when they go to Scotland to find Sooty's past to the Cake Bombs from the Joke Shop that they had to get rid of to Sweep trying to drive the Sooty Camper Van. A great addition to the Sooty & Co series. And at the last series Richard and shortly after Liana join Sooty & Co as extra helpers to shop but as we were to find out later on this series that they were to take over Matthew as he was leaving Sooty. There wasn't a newspaper TV column in the country that didn't forget Matthew's last ever Sooty Show and all said 'This would be a sad day for TV, A end of a era, everyone should watch this' and with that, Sooty & Co's last ever episode was so popular it reach into ITV Top 10 rating Shows of that week. Something that CITV will never see happening again. As if you can agree Matthew was the 'grown up' of kids TV and him retire was a great loss to Children's Television. No one should forget the hard work he put into Sooty and everyone make sure his work is recognized. But he didn't leave without saying those famous words that Matthew, his dad Harry and Sooty say 'Bye, Bye, Everybody Bye, Bye'. Please visit our Yahoo Group = Reaching Brand New Sooty Heights Supplys a place for photos, a place to chat about things sooty for members from around the world. It still runs today and holds all the pictures we got. Yahoo Group: Reaching Brand New Sooty Heightsmoreless
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    Sapphire and Steel

    Sapphire and Steel

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    ITV (ended 1982)
    All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.

    Welcome to the Sapphire and Steel guide at TV.com.

    Sapphire and Steel was a unique blend of science-fiction and thriller. The series concerned two time detectives (played David McCallum and Joanna Lumley) who rectified time disturbances and their bizarre effects. The fact that they often used less-than-decent means to achieve their aims meant that the viewer never entirely trusted them.

    The series was intensely claustrophobic and theatrical in its settings, with the atmosphere of menace and unease being conveyed by lighting, sound-effects and moody music. The production team took the restrictions of the show (low budget, small cast, simple special effects, no location filming) and turned them into strengths. Direction was extremely taut with much use being made of cleverly composed visuals. Sapphire and Steel was use of the televisual medium at its best although it never managed to be properly repeated or sold abroad.

    After a sporadic four-year run the show ended in 1982 due to the high production costs, frequent unavailability of the two lead stars and loss by ATV of its ITV franchise. Little was seen of the series until its home video release in 1992, when highly respectable reviews and sales of the tapes showed that the stories were still just as fresh and imaginative as they were over a decade earlier.moreless
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    At Home with the Braithwaites

    At Home with the Braithwaites

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    "At Home With the Braithwaites" is a production for the British ITV. Peter Davison and Amanda Redman are starring as David and Alison Braithwaite in this brilliant mixture of comedy and drama. Four seasons were made, and were broadcast from January 2000 to April 2003. The story begins with Alison being given a European lottery ticket by her youngest daughter Charlotte for her 40th birthday and guess what - she happens to be the winner of £38m. First Alison cannot believe it herself and then she is afraid of how such sudden wealth will affect her family, so she decides to keep a secret, and use the money to help others. She uses her middle name and her maiden name to create Jane Crowther and sets up a charity called the Jane Crowther Trust. The first season is mostly about Alison's efforts to keep the secret of the lottery winnings from her family. The humour in the show gets darker from season to season. Infidelity, jealousy, a lesbian wedding and murder all being part of, not to mention the loss of the money due to a legal technicality and its subsequent return. Amazing ups and downs in every single episode!moreless
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    Case Sensitive

    Case Sensitive

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    Case Sensitive is a series of psychological crime dramas adapted from the novels by Sophie Hannah. It relates a series of murder investigations by DS Charlie Zailer and DC Simon Waterhouse. Each story is broadcast in two parts. The show was referred to during production of the first story as The Point of Rescue, and was based on the novel of that name. A second two-part story, based on the novel The Other Half Lives, followed in 2012. Case Sensitive is a Hat Trick Production for the ITV network.moreless
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    Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home

    Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home

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    Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home is a touching tale of a young girls life before and after WWII. Judith Dunbar (Emily Mortimer) at the beginning of this British television two-part mini-series, is a young girl. Her parents are busy with their careers and they move to Singapore with Judith's little sister. Meanwhile they have enrolled Judith in a boarding school where she becomes best friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis(Katie Ryder Richardson). As the two girls grow they become like sisters. Due to the fact Judith's parents are always away Loveday's family becomes her home away from home. After Judith's Aunt her legal guardian passes away and a broken heart Judith enrolls in the Royal Navy at the beginning of WWII. The trial and tribulations the war has on Judith, and those around her takes a toll on her she did not expect. This captivating story is full of love heart ache and family drama.moreless
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    Dalgliesh

    Dalgliesh

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    ITV (ended 1998)
    Welcome to the Dalgliesh guide at TV.com. Roy Marsden stars as Commander Adam Dalgliesh in this series based upon the novels of P.D. James. It began in 1983 with the six-part mini-series "Death Of An Expert Witness" and subsequently returned for five more six-part mini-series, two 120-minute specials and a further two three-part mini-series - over the course of fifteen years. Each of the stories was based on a novel written by P.D. James. Ten of the Dalgliesh novels were made by ITV: 01) Cover Her Face (1962) 02) A Mind To Murder (1963) 03) Unnatural Causes (1967) 04) Shroud For A Nightingale (1971) 05) The Black Tower (1975) 06) Death Of An Expert Witness (1977) 07) A Taste For Death (1986) 08) Devices And Desires (1989) 09) Original Sin (1994) 10) A Certain Justice (1997) There are a further three novels: 11) Death In Holy Orders (2001) 12) The Murder Room (2003) 13) The Lighthouse (2005) After Roy Marsden left the role in 1998, the BBC produced two further stories Death In Holy Orders (2003) and The Murder Room (2005), which both starred Martin Shaw as Adam Dalgliesh.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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    Doctor in the House

    Doctor in the House

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    The "Doctor" series follows the misadventures of the Medical personnel at St Swithin's Hospital. the first 2 series entitled "Doctor In the House" sees a group of students trying to achieve the "Doctor" title Inside St Swithin's. This Group was constituted by Michael Upton (Barry Evans), Dick Stuart- Clark (Geoffrey Davies), Paul Collier (George Layton), Duncan Waring (Robin Nedwell), Huw Evans (Martin Shaw), Dave Briddock (Simon Cuff) and Danny Hooley (Jonathan Lynn). The third series Entitled "Doctor At Large sees Robin Nedwell, Martin Shaw, Simon Cuff and Jonathan Lynn out of the series. By this time we get the chance to see Doctor Upton's career as a medical doctor, and the obvious disasters that come with it. Also in that series is Richard O'Sullivan's introduction as Dr. Lawrence Bingham. The 4th and 5th series Entitled "Doctor In Charge" Saw Barry Evans departure from the series, and the return of Robin Nedwell.moreless
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    The Unforgettable...

    The Unforgettable...

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    The Unforgettable... profiles classic entertainers, featuring classic clips and interviews with friends, family and colleagues of each of the episodes subject. After an initial run between 2000 and 2002 featuring acts such as Tommy Cooper, Diana Dors and Eric Morecambe, no new episodes were made with frequent repeats on Sunday afternoons and in late night slots. The series eventually made a return in 2010 beginning with two new editions looking at Bob Monkhouse and Jeremy Beadle and has been a ratings success for its channel ITV1.moreless
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    ITV (ended 1958)
    This Robin Hood series, intended primarily for children, featuring Robin of Locksley and his merry men in Sherwood Forest, who protect England from the evil machinations of Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham, while good King Richard is away at the Crusades. An unusual television series at the time in that it frequently re-used the same actors in different roles, or different actors in a recurring roles.moreless
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    Jamie and the Magic Torch

    Jamie and the Magic Torch

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    ITV (ended 1979)
    Jamie and the Magic Torch follows the characters Jamie and his dog Wordsworth into the magical world of Cuckoo Land. Each night after bedtime, Jamie and Wordsworth use a magical light to open up the portal to Cuckoo land and help the residents there with their problems.moreless
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    Grim Tales

    Grim Tales

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    ITV (ended 1991)
    Grim Tales starred Rik Mayall (The Young Ones), in every episode Rik (Dressed ready for bed) sat in a over stuffed chair complete with claws and legs and would tell whacky versions of such fairy tales as Rupunzel, and The Little Tailor. The stories were also told through cartoons and puppet animation that would appear while Rick was telling his story.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 Jeremy Kyle Show (UK)

    The Jeremy Kyle Show (UK)

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    The Jeremy Kyle Show has been around for almost two years and viewers have seen the show's host assist a wide range of people with their relationships, families and overall quality of life. Through harsh love and lie detector tests, partners find out the truth, children get the parents they never knew they had and everyone's eyes are opened to some some hard-hitting realities.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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    Mystery and Imagination

    Mystery and Imagination

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    Welcome to the Mystery and Imagination guide at TV.com. "Mystery and Imagination" was an anthology series featuring 60-min spooky stories from Victorian authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood, Sheridan Le Fanu, and others; this series was produced by ABC Weekend Television until July 1968. In November 1968, the series was renamed "Tales of Mystery and Imagination," was produced by Thames Television, and featured 75-min teleplays of "Dracula," "Frankenstein," and other famous horror novels. A Victorian adventurer named Richard Beckett (pictured; played by David Buck) hosted the series and also sometimes participated in the stories.moreless
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    Department S

    Department S

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    WELCOME TO DEPARTMENT S AT TV.COM!! (From the ITC trailer) When a case proves too challenging for the collective minds of Interpol, they turn to the talents of Department S. Department S is an elite branch of the international police agency Interpol. Routine cases are not for them. Only the most baffling, unique, bizzare cases get handed to Department S. The Department has three agents: Stewart Sullivan (Joel Fabiani) is the field leader of the group, the man who makes the decisions for the team and answers to the head of the Department. Jason King (Peter Wyngarde) is a best-selling author of a series of crime novels featuring hero Mark Caine. When Jason can tear himself away from women, he approaches the cases the way his fictional sleuth would, which is frequently infuriating to his co-workers. Annabelle Hurst (Rosemary Nicols), a computer expert, sees things much the way her computer, named "Auntie", would: black and white, 1's and 0's, yes and no. Jason's wild theories annoy her, but Stewart is not always so quick to toss the author's ideas out the window because, as he said, "he has a nasty habit of scoring near misses" with the outlandish notions. Sir Curtis Seretse (Dennis Alaba Peters) is the African diplomat who is ultimately responsible for the cases the Department takes. Although he is usually involved in his diplomatic chores, Sir Curtis occasionally finds himself working with the Department to solve the case. International cases presented with drama, suspense, and humor is on the agenda at Department S!moreless
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    How 2

    How 2

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    ITV (ended 1991)
    How 2 is a world-famous children's programme dedicated to science and general trivia. Originally aired in 1966 under the title How, TVS brought it back to life in 1990. Though the name was changed, the format stayed the same: Three presenters sit around a table, and ask rhetorical questions such as "How way-out can I be?" (about pivoting and moments), "How can failure lead to fortune?" (about the invention of the Post-it note) and "How can lighting blow your socks off?" (the question says it all!). A firm favourite of many, many children, spanning quite a few generations, How 2 is still going strong.moreless
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