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WETA UK: Programs A to Z

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Programs A to Z

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'Allo 'Allo!

Broad Britcom about a rogue WWII French café owner who reluctantly aids the Resistance movement while playing host to the occupying Germans and lusting after two sexy waitresses. This aired in Britain on the BBC between 1982 and '92.

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Agatha Christie's Poirot

Belgian detective Hercule Poirot tackles a variety of mysteries.

Antiques Roadshow

This series travels to towns in Great Britain in search of interesting antiquessallsall from around the world.

Antiques Roadshow

An antiques-appraisal series that turned out to be a ratings gem in PBS's attic. The simple format has `Roadshow' traveling around the U.S., evaluating family heirlooms and found items. It's based on the long-running (since 1978) BBC show of the same name. `Antiques Roadshow FYI,' an offshoot featuring reports on antiques and collectibles, and updates on items that had been appraised on `Roadshow,' debuted in January 2005, with Lara Spencer as host.

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Ballykissangel

Colin Farrell found fame playing Danny Byrne in the first two seasons of this series about a priest, Father Peter Clifford of England, who tries to make his mark in the small Irish town of Ballykissangel. The BBC drama's rural community is the home of offbeat characters who often find humorous ways to cope with dilemmas involving politics, romance, money and mortality.

Born and Bred

A young doctor relocates to a small English village to take over his father's practice.

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Death in Paradise

A London detective is transferred to the island of Sainte-Marie in the Caribbean, despite his hatred of sun, sand and sea.

Doc Martin

Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart physician with a foul disposition, moves to Portwenn to replace the Cornish hamlet's deceased doctor, and promptly sets about alienating everyone.

Doc Martin

Despondent over his wife's infidelities, a London obstetrician moves to a small fishing village, where he bonds with the locals, and, ultimately, finds himself caught up in a town scandal.

Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie

Doc Martin's adventures in his new small town continue in this sequel. Martin Clunes.

Doctor Who

Following the adventures of a time-traveling alien called "The Doctor" and his human companions as they deal with crises set on Earth and other worlds.

Doctor Who

A cult favorite about the journeys through the universe of a time-traveling eccentric, a cultural icon who has been portrayed by more than a half dozen actors since the show's 1963 debut on the BBC. The campy sci-fi fantasy developed an equally fanatical following when it was syndicated in the U.S. in the late 1970s, mostly on PBS.

Downton Abbey

This period drama, set in the English countryside just prior to World War I, is centered on the lives of the artistocratic Crawley family and their hierarchy of servants.

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

This period drama, set in the English countryside just prior to World War I, is centered on the lives of the artistocratic Crawley family and their hierarchy of servants.

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EastEnders

With its first episode broadcast in 1985, London soap opera Eastenders is a British institution. Follow the many ups and downs of the residents of Walford's Albert Square, where hearts and taboos are broken on a daily basis.

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Father Brown

A Catholic priest with excellent detective skills solves crimes in this stylish series set in the 1950s and based on G.K. Chesterton's stories.

Father Brown: Saving Souls, Solving Crimes

A behind-the-scenes look at the mystery series, featuring clips from the show and interviews with cast members.

Foyle's War

A WWI vet becomes a police officer and battles crime at home during WWII.

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Globe Trekker

A global travel series that explores exotic locales and various local cultures.

Good Neighbors

A suburban London couple give up the corporate rat race to live off the land, much to the surprise of the more traditional folks who live next door. This beloved sitcom was called `The Good Life' in the United Kingdom, but its title was changed so American audiences wouldn't confuse it with an earlier U.S. show starring Larry Hagman and Donna Mills.

Great Continental Railway Journeys

The journeys featured in George Bradshaw's 1913 ``Continental Railway Guide'' are retraced by British journalist Michael Portillo.

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Hustle

A BBC caper following a crafty outfit of grifters who target avaricious, morally bankrupt marks. Led by smooth Mickey Stone, an ex-con who went to jail for a crime of passion, the group includes veteran Albert Stroller, tech whiz Ash Morgan, charming Stacie Monroe and newcomer Danny Blue.

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Inspector Morse

The cases of author Colin Dexter's prickly, eccentric Oxford sleuth, whose passions include ale, crosswords and, of course, a good mystery. Indeed, these first-rate whodunits established `Morse' as PBS's longest running detective series. Sadly, the inspector's style of `inspirational methodology' came to an end in 2002 with the death of star John Thaw.

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The Jewel in the Crown

An epic 14-hour dramatization of the twilight of British rule in India, told from the often-intertwined points of view of rulers and the ruled. Based on Paul Scott's `Raj Quartet' novels (and made not long after Hollywood had success with `Gandhi' and `A Passage to India'), the miniseries won an Emmy and a Peabody Award following its airing on `Masterpiece Theatre.' The year before, it won a British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Award.

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Lark Rise to Candleford

Ten-part adaptation of Flora Thompson's memoirs about life in the English countryside at the end of the 19th century.

Last of the Summer Wine

The antics of three elderly men who stay young by acting like adolescents. The BBC's longest-running comedy series, it debuted in Britain in 1973 as part of `Comedy Playhouse' and has thrived amid numerous cast changes.

Lead Balloon

A British comedy series following the misadventures of a cynical, disillusioned stand-up comedian.

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Masterpiece

PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'

Midsomer Murders

A British police inspector investigates mysteries and murders in a rustic English county.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

In 1920s Melbourne, a glamorous woman moonlights as a detective.

Monarch of the Glen

A London chef inherits a Scottish estate and its eccentric staff in this British drama. Family issues, financial debt and an unhappy girlfriend are just a few of the problems facing Archie MacDonald (who eventually leaves the estate in the care of his half-brother, Paul). Based on the Highland novels of Compton Mackenzie.

Mr. & Mrs. Murder

A married couple act as amateur sleuths, uncovering clues when they clean up crime scenes, in this murder mystery.

My Family

A dentist discovers that dealing with his clan is like pulling teeth in this biting British sitcom. Ben Harper and his acerbic wife Susan trade barbs as they struggle to raise their fractious brood, which includes slacker Nick, boy-crazy Janey and cunning Michael. They later made room for hapless Abi, the daughter of Ben's cousin.

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New Tricks

After a botched rescue attempt, a detective is assigned to head up a group of retired detectives working on unresolved cases.

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Pie in the Sky

A retired police detective tries to succeed in the restaurant business, but is constantly called upon to solve mysterious crimes.

Poldark

In 1780s England, Ross Poldark returns home following British service in the Revolutionary War to find his estate facing financial ruin and his fiancée engaged to another man. This popular British miniseries and its sequel, `Poldark II,' aired in the U.S. on `Masterpiece Theatre,' and were based on novels by Winston Graham.

Primeval

A team tracks prehistoric creatures set loose in the UK via time anomalies in this fantasy series.

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Red Dwarf

Astronaut David Lister survives a disaster in space that wipes out the crew of the mining ship Red Dwarf in this BBC production. However, Lister is not alone. A hologram of his dead bunkmate Arnold and a creature that was once the ship's cat join him in his journey toward Earth. Along the way, they're joined by a robot and a woman from a parallel universe.

Rick Steves' Europe Marathon

Italy is explored in five episodes. Included: Milan; Naples and Pompeii; the Amalfi Coast; Italy's hill towns; and Tuscany.

Robin Hood

A British series about the legendary `Prince of Thieves,' who battles the corrupt sheriff with ingenuity, tricks and disguises.

Rosemary & Thyme

The adventures of two amateur sleuths who come together through a mutual interest in plants.

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Scott & Bailey

Following two female police detectives as they investigate murders in this crime-drama series.

Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective uses his keen powers of deduction in a series of cases which first aired on PBS's 'Mystery.'

Silk

Courtroom drama about the personal and professional lives of British barristers seeking to attain the prestigious rank of Queen's Counsel, a designation also known as "taking silk."

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To the Manor Born

A lady tries to teach the new owner of her estate the ways of a gentleman.

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Waking the Dead

A squad of investigators reopens unsolved murder cases in this British crime drama.