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WETA UK: Programs A to Z

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Programs A to Z

A

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.

B

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.

D

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.

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 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.

E

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.

Extraordinary Women

Iconic women of the 20th century are profiled.

F

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 Forsyte Saga

The grown children of a long-divorced couple meet and fall in love, much to their parents' chagrin. The young adults grapple with their feelings and also investigate what led to the falling out between their parents.

Foyle's War

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

G

Globe Trekker

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

H

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.

I

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.

J

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.

L

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.

M

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.'

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. The series had a cast overhaul in its third season, with three lead agents replaced by husband-and-wife operatives who came from MI-6.

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.

N

New Tricks

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

P

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.

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.'

R

Rosemary & Thyme

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

S

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.'

V

Vera

An obsessive British police inspector investigates murders.

W

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

An historical drama about Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII and the Tudor court.