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    Nearest and Dearest

    Nearest and Dearest

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    ITV (ended 1973)
    On the death of their father Joshua, siblings Eli and Nellie Pledge inherit the family business, Pledge's Purer Pickles, at Colne, Lancashire, in the north of England. Their faithful workers include the myopic Stan Hardman, Bert and Grenville. Never far away are cousin Lily and her husband Walter. While Nellie works hard to keep the business going, Eli prefers to indulge in the delights of beer, cigarettes, gambling and young women. Granada Television's most popular comedy series, "Nearest and Dearest" produced a feature film in 1972. Most of the regular cast are no longer with us, but their comic legacy remains.moreless
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    Sword of Freedom

    Sword of Freedom

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    ITV (ended 1961)
    Sword of Freedom, follow the adventures of the old days through modern plots. Sword of Freedom recounts the adventures of an Italian Robin Hood, 16th century painter Marco del Monte, who leads the fight of the people of Florence against the oppressive Medici family. During Marco's fights for justice, he tries to help his friends and his people as much as he can. We also meet Da Vinci, Ugo and other Italian famous faces of the period.
    A series that started as another Robin-Hood-like Drama, and ended as the most successful one.moreless
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    Bodyguards

    Bodyguards

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    ITV (ended 1997)
    Welcome to the Bodyguards guide at TV.com. Liz Shaw, a former Special Branch close protection officer, and Ian Worell, an ex-fighter pilot turned CID detective, are among the first recruits to the Close Protection Group (CPG), an organisation tasked with providing protection for high profile targets such as members of the Royal Family, foreign diplomats, and key witnesses to capital crimes. The officers of the CPG are trained to jump in front of an assassin's bullet if necessary; their commitment is not to survive the person they are protecting.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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    Coronation Street Family Album

    Coronation Street Family Album

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    ITV (ended 2004)
    Coronation Street Family Album features the strong storylines throughout the years on the cobbles, and characteristics of characters such as Richard Hillman & Tracy Barlow. The Show also features Interviews with the Cast and Behind the Scenes footage.moreless
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    National Television Awards

    National Television Awards

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    This British award show celebrates the best our television has to offer with a range of categories all voted on by the public.
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    Metal Mickey

    Metal Mickey

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    ITV (ended 1983)
    This show revolves around Ken and his family, including Metal Mickey, a robot built to do chores around the house. Mickey also has many magical powers which allow him to go on adventures battling aliens, travel through time and much more!moreless
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    In Suspicious Circumstances

    In Suspicious Circumstances

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    ITV (ended 1996)
    In Suspicious Circumstances is a documentary drama series that ran from June of 1991 to October of 1996. Edward Woodward narrates stories of newsworthy true crimes, the events of which are recreated using actors. In Suspicious Circumstances features mysteries that came to unsatisfactory resolutions. Facts about intriguing crimes that made headlines and captured public interest are presented in ways that encourage viewers to come to their own conclusions, with two true crimes featured in each episode. Old crime scenes and court cases are explored and any new evidence that has come to light over time is introduced to viewers. The crimes selected for this series all have different elements, including poisonings, identity confusion and unlikely killers, and they occur in a variety of locations and time periods. Fantastic true crime tales that occurred between the 1500s and the 1930s are identified and brought to conclusion as far as the available facts of each crime allow. Some crimes were never solved, whereas others may have been solved incorrectly.moreless
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    Zodiac

    Zodiac

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    ITV (ended 1974)
    British crime drama
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    CD:UK Hotshots

    CD:UK Hotshots

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    ITV (ended 2006)
    An early morning spin-off from the main show CD:UK. CD:UK Hotshots had the latest videos and interviews, with the various presenters that the main show went through since 2003.
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    Lawless (UK)

    Lawless (UK)

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    ITV (ended 2004)
    Welcome to the Lawless guide at TV.com. This crime drama starred Trevor Eve as a policeman caught up in the corrupt activities of his colleagues. A killer escapes justice on a technicality, and a senior police officer proposes that he and his colleagues take justice into their own hands. When the killer is found drowned in his bath, the innocent DI John Paxton is blamed and goes on the run.moreless
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    Cuffy

    Cuffy

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    ITV (ended 1983)
    Cuffy is a spin-off from the ATV's sis-part comedy-drama Shillingbury Tales, Cuffy focused on the life of the rag-tag ragamuffin man who lived in discomfort in his tawdry caravan and moped around the village of Shillingbury wearing a grubby coat, flap cap and stubble. Underneath it all, though, the tinker had a heart of something approaching gold. Other cast members from Shillingbury Tales reprised their roles. Although he had no other connection to the saga, Bob Monkhouse created the character Cuffy and gave it free of charge to his friend and former TV producer Francis Essex.moreless
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    The Nineteenth Hole

    The Nineteenth Hole

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    ITV (ended 1989)
    Welcome to The Nineteenth Hole guide at TV.com. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details. "Donning flat cap and long-johns, Eric Sykes was cast in this sitcom as the harassed secretary to Prince's Hill Golf Club, located on a private estate, an establishment steeped in chauvinism, ethnic prejudice, homophobia, snobbery and nationalism, and drowning in desperate financial straits. Most of the action took place in the bar (which, in golfing parlance, is the 19th hole)." (BBCi Guide to Comedy)moreless
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    The Royal

    The Royal

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    ITV (ended 2011)
    The Royal is a British drama series that is a spin-off from the highly successful ITV series Heartbeat. The Royal is set in a small Yorkshire town, Elsinby, in the 1960s. Elsinby neighbours the Heartbeat town of Ashfordly. Each episode is accompanied by a musical score of classic hits from the 1960s. Each episode takes place in the small hospital, The Royal. Among the many staff is Dr. Ormerod, Dr. Weatherill, Sister Brigid and Mr. Rose. Throughout the years many stars have come and gone including Julian Ovenden (Dr. David Cheriton) and Paul Fox (Dr. Jeff Goodwin).moreless
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    The Saint

    The Saint

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    ITV (ended 1969)
    Simon Templar is The Saint - adored by women, feared by his adversaries and a constant thorn in the side of police forces everywhere. A smooth-talking adventurer, the Saint goes in where angels fear to tread. Always where the action is, he courts danger with a smile, but his charm can sometimes be a lethal weapon. The Saint is always on a mission of mercy or intrigue, with a beautiful woman close at hand. He's Sir Lancelot without armor. A formidable enemy, an unwavering friend. (distributed world-wide by ITC)moreless
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    Wild at Heart (UK)

    Wild at Heart (UK)

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    This is a British show about Danny Trevanion (Stephen Tompkinson), a Bristol-based veterinarian and his family as they relocate to South Africa to set up a game park. Danny's wife Sarah (Amanda Holden) and her two children Evan (Luke Ward-Wilkinson) and Olivia (Rafaella Hutchinson) joined Danny's child Rosie (Lucy Jo-Hudson) who met Anders Du Plessis (Deon Stewardson) who was already at the park before the Tevanion's bought it. Since the start of series four both Sarah (who died at the end of the third series) and Olivia no longer appear. Previous stars also include Hayley Mills (Caroline) and Jessie Wallace (Amy Kriel). Whilst Dawn Steele (Alice Collins), Juliet Mills (Georgina) and Megan Martell (Charlotte Collins) joined the cast at the start of series 4. The show has aired a series every year since 2006 in the timeslot which is normally occupied with a family orientated show such as Heartbeat, or The Royal. Since series 4, the show moved from 8.00pm to 8.30pm. The series inspired American channel The CW, so much so that they tried out their own version of the series entitled Life Is Wild, the formula however didn't prove as popular with an American audience and the show was cancelled.moreless
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    The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

    The Ruth Rendell Mysteries

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    ITV (ended 2000)
    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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    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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    Cold Feet

    Cold Feet

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    ITV (ended 2003)
    Cold Feet is about three couples. Adam Williams (Systems Analyst; James Nesbit) and Rachel Bradley (Helen Baxendale) start the series about a year and six or so weeks into their relationship. The pilot shows this couple coming together. Jenny (Fay Ripley) and Pete Gifford (John Thomson) are a married couple that start the series with the birth of their first child. Karen (Hermione Norris) and David Marsden (Robert Bathurst) are another married couple, and when the series starts they already have a child, and are thinking of having another. The three couples end up friends after going through the "friends of friends" process. Jenny, Pete and Adam are friends, and Adam's relationship with Rachel pulls Karen (Rachel's friend) and David (Karen's husband) into the friends relationship.moreless
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    The Professionals

    The Professionals

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    ITV (ended 1983)
    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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