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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.

All Creatures Great and Small

Based on books by British veterinarian James Herriot, this folksy series details the author's life while working in an animal clinic in the Yorkshire Dales prior to and during World War II. Produced by the BBC.

The Ambassador

The challenges faced by a new British ambassador to Ireland are the focus of this political drama.

Antiques Roadshow

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

Are You Being Served?

Shenanigans of department-store workers are chronicled in this popular British sitcom about the constant carping between employees in Ladies Separates and Gentlemen's Ready to Wear. The BBC series has long been syndicated in the U.S.

As Time Goes By

A British series about former lovers reunited by chance after a 38-year separation chronicles their awkward courtship and eventual marriage. It aired in Great Britain in the 1990s and on PBS and BBC America.

Ashes to Ashes

This "Life on Mars" spin-off finds DCI Gene Hunt hunting down criminals in 1980s London.

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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.

The Benny Hill Show

The delightfully outrageous British comedian headlines a slapstick sketch series, an unapologetic throwback to burlesque traditions that routinely features sexy girls in skimpy costumes with the lecherous Hill leering at them. The U.S. episodes are edited versions of the more risqué British shows.

Born and Bred

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

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Chef!

An irascible chef dedicates himself to culinary excellence in this sitcom.

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Dalziel and Pascoe

A British crime drama following the investigations of an unlikely detective duo.

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.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries

Dr Blake returns to his hometown, Ballarat, to take over his late father's medical practice in 1959, and finds himself seeking answers to the town's murder mysteries in his role as police surgeon.

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.

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.

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

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

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Extraordinary Women

Iconic women of the 20th century are profiled.

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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.

The Final Cut

The conclusion of the trilogy that began with 1990's 'House of Cards' wraps up the story of politician Francis Urquhart.

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.

The Great British Baking Show

Amateur bakers compete to be named Britain's best.

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Hotel Secrets With Richard E. Grant

Exploring iconic hotels around the world.

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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Inside Claridge's

The goings-on at Claridge's, a luxury hotel in London, are chronicled.

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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Ladies of Letters

Two British widows who met at a wedding trade letters in which they attempt to one-up each other with stories and events from their lives.

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.

Line of Duty

A British anti-corruption unit called AC-12 investigates a Detective Chief Inspector's past.

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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.'

Me and Mrs Jones

A sitcom following the complicated life of a woman with twin daughters, an adult son, an ex-husband with a Swedish girlfriend and several male admirers.

MI-5

A sleek, fast-paced BBC hit focusing on domestic-security intelligence agents, dealing with threats that range from arms merchants to germ warfare

Midsomer Murders

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

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.

Moone Boy

A young boy growing up in rural Ireland navigates life with the help of an imaginary friend, who is a man in his mid-30s.

Mr. & Mrs. Murder

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

The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries

Gladys Mitchell's worldly 1920s psychologist-sleuth solves crimes committed in the most prestigious British households. This series of whodunits aired as part of PBS's `Mystery!' show and featured host Diana Rigg as Adela Bradley, a jaded divorcée who dabbles in detective work, aided by her chauffeur, George Moody. The 90-minute pilot, `The Speedy Death,' was shown in 1999. Four new episodes aired in 2003: `Death at the Opera,' `Rising of the Moon,' `Laurels Are Poison' and `The Worsted Viper.'

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.

Priceless Antiques Roadshow

Highlights from the first 31 seasons of the British version of ''Antiques Roadshow.''

Prime Suspect

The cases of weary, sardonic British homicide detective Jane Tennison (Emmy-winner Helen Mirren), a flawed but sympathetic heroine who adopts a cutting persona to deal with her grueling job and uncertain relationships. Episodes have aired on PBS's `Mystery!' and `Masterpiece Theatre.'

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.

Rev

A vicar from a small parish is promoted to the inner city world of a church in East London.

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.

Rumpole of the Bailey

Leo McKern played John Mortimer's clever London barrister Horace Rumpole in a popular Emmy-nominated series of episodes that aired on PBS's `Mystery!' The cases took place at the Old Bailey, where Rumpole's clients included a couple accused of running a brothel, an editor charged with libel, a member of Parliament accused of rape and a soldier in a court-martial. At home, Rumpole had a different kind of challenge: his formidable wife, Hilda (`She Who Must Be Obeyed').

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Scott & Bailey

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

The Secret Life of Primates

A zoologist travels the globe to study gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees and baboons and the creatures' social and sexual dynamics.

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.'

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Twenty Twelve

Comic look at the team responsible for planning the 2012 London Olympics.

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Vera

An obsessive British police inspector investigates murders.

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Waking the Dead

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

Whitechapel

London police track a serial killer who dispatches his victims in Jack the Ripperesque ways.

Wolf Hall on Masterpiece

This historical drama recounts the humble beginnings of Thomas Cromwell's life and his rise to becoming King Henry VIII's chief minister.

WPC 56

British drama about a female police constable in the West Midlands, circa the mid-1950s.