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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 British comedy 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.

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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 UK

The touring antiques-appraisal series' original version, taped at locales around Britain. `Antiques Roadshow' has been airing on the BBC since 1978; this package of the series debuted on PBS on Oct. 4, 2001.

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.

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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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Dalziel and Pascoe

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

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 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.

Foyle's War

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

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The Great British Baking Show

Twelve homebakers compete in a baking competition in an effort to be crowned the winner.

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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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.

Lewis

Spin-off of the series "Inspector Morse" follows former sergeant Robert "Robbie" Lewis, who has been promoted to detective inspector.

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.'

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

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.

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 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

Series following 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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The Secret Life of Elephants

Following the lives of the wild elephants in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya.

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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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.