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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

The Great British Baking Show

Amateur bakers compete to be named Britain's best.

Great Continental Railway Journeys

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

Great Scenic Railway Journeys

Thirteen railroad excursions in the eastern U.S., from Maine to North Carolina, passing Civil War battlefields, through hand-dug tunnels and across panoramic trestles. Host: Roy Neal.

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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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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.'

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.

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.

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.

Primeval: New World

A team of animal experts and scientists do battle with prehistoric creatures set loose in modern-day Vancouver through time-space anomalies in this sci-fi series spawned from the British series 'Primeval.'

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Red Cap

Agent Jo McDonagh works for an elite military group that investigates crimes committed by or against British army members. Her male-dominated unit takes on cases involving murders, espionage, political cover-ups and drug trafficking.

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.

Reilly: Ace of Spies

The Emmy-nominated true saga of Russian-born British spy Sidney Reilly and his exploits in the early decades of the 20th century, including his involvement in a plot to overthrow Lenin. The life and espionage activities of the agent (and ladies' man) were so dramatic that author Ian Fleming once said that his creation, James Bond, was `just a piece of nonsense I dreamed up. He's not a Sidney Reilly, you know.' The series originally aired on PBS's `Mystery!'

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.'

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.

Twenty Twelve

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

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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.

WPC 56

British drama about the first woman police constable to join the force in her West Midlands town.