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Programs A to Z

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Programs A to Z

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Antiques Roadshow

Airing since 1979, the British series travels the country (with occasional trips to other countries, such as Canada and Australia), bringing together in each location specialists in antiques and fine arts to have them appraise items brought in by local residents, whether they are collectors looking to turn trash into treasure or ordinary folks hoping Grandma's old painting might now fund the kids' education. Items featured on the show often have an interesting story attached to them or have some connection to that episode's venue. While some items that are brought in are worth a fortune, others are worthless.

Are You Being Served?

This comedy series, which follows the exploits of employees at London's Grace Brothers department store, is full of sexual innuendo, slapstick, visual gags and double entendres. Much of the show's humor parodies Britain's class system, with the characters rarely calling their co-workers by their given names. Many of the show's characters are based on stereotypes, including the effeminate Mr. Humphries and the rich-but-stingy store owner.

Arthur & George on Masterpiece

Arthur Conan Doyle attempts to overturn a miscarriage of justice against George Edalji.

As Time Goes By

Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle are former lovers whose lives intersect again 40 years after they lost touch with each other. Lionel is now divorced, and Jean is a widow with an adult daughter, Judith, who works in Jean's secretarial office. As Lionel works on a memoir with a cheerful but brash agent, Alistair, he begins to rekindle the tender romance with the woman who got away all those years ago. Cheering them on is Sandy, Judith's best friend and co-worker.

B

Ballykissangel

In the beautiful Irish village of Ballykissangel, everybody knows each other's business.

Born and Bred

Father-and-son doctors serve a 1950s Lancashire village.

Broken

Father Michael Kerrigan, a modern, but maverick, Catholic priest, juggles parochial problems with personal challenges as he presides over his tight-knit Northern urban parish.

D

Doc Martin

Is there a dyspeptic doctor in the house? Successful surgeon Dr. Martin Ellingham abruptly leaves his London practice to become general practitioner in the sleepy fishing village of Portwenn, where he spent the holidays during his youth. But his luxury car and lavish wardrobe immediately rub the locals the wrong way, and once they get a load of his abrasive attitude and lack of bedside manner, he quickly alienates most of the townsfolk.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries

Accompanied by haunting memories of his service time in World War II, Dr Lucien Blake returns home to Australia after 30 years to take over his deceased father's medical practice. As he deals with his own personal loss and changed by his war experiences, the wry, personable doctor performs his other role as police surgeon with gusto. His unconventional and unpredictable manner unnerve some, but it becomes clear Dr Blake is ahead of his time in his use of forensic science, and in his own understanding of the human heart, to help solve murder mysteries in the country town of Ballarat.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Family Portrait

Doctor Lucien Blake and Jean receive a harsh reminder that life isn't straightforward when they encounter three murders, two weddings, and a funeral.

Doctor Who

"Doctor Who" is a classic science-fiction series with a cult following. The Doctor is called a "Time Lord," a time-traveling scientist from a far off planet, who travels through time and space in a shop known by the acronym TARDIS. A TARDIS is a machine that is larger on the inside than the outside and is supposed to change its appearance based on its surroundings. The Doctor is also able to evolve his biology, so he appears as many different people throughout the series. The Doctor loves Earth, so he makes many trips here to save the planet, or to enlist earthlings to help him with tasks in the galaxy.

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James' son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham's children are daughters -- Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff -- also a highly regimented world -- have fascinating story lines.

E

EastEnders

Trials and tribulations impact lives in a close-knit community in London's East End.

F

Father Brown

Based on the novels of G.K. Chesterton.

Foyle's War

As World War II rages on, criminals try to take advantage of the resulting chaos. In Hastings, they aren't having much luck, thanks to Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle. As Foyle's son Andrew, a fighter pilot in the RAF, fights the enemy at war, Foyle battles the black market, profiteering and murder on the home front. He is dogged in his pursuit of justice, honest to a fault and frequently underestimated by his opponents. Together with his sergeant and his driver, Foyle wages his own war on crime.

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The Great British Baking Show

The search is on to crown Britain's "Best Amateur Baker."

The Great British Baking Show

Ultimate baking masterclass with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

H

Happy Valley

A police sergeant dealing with personal tragedy investigates cases in a small West Yorkshire town.

The Heart Guy

After a sudden fall from grace, arrogant, high-flying heart surgeon Dr Hugh Knight is forced to leave his hedonistic, inner city life to take the position of local GP in the small country town where he was born.

Home Fires on Masterpiece

"Home Fires" is a drama series inspired by Julie Summers' nonfiction book "Jambusters." The story follows a group of women living in a rural Cheshire village during World War II. With the war occupying their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers, the women are forced to cope with the pressures of living with limited resources in a nation of disarray. Through their difficulties the ladies find strength by forming the Great Paxford Women's Institute, which helps them maintain hope and order in their community as Britain crumbles around them.

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Jericho of Scotland Yard

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Jericho of Scotland Yard investigates high-profile murders in 1950s London.

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Love, Lies & Records

Kate Dickenson strives to find a balance between her busy career and her personal life, but when a colleague threatens to expose her past, it throws her entire life into jeopardy.

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MI-5

A team of agents in the British security intelligence service work to protect the U.K. from terrorists and other threats to national security. A repackaged version of the BBC series "Spooks," "MI-5" follows a counterterrorism unit based in the highly secure suite of offices called The Grid, where Harry Pearce oversees the team and deals with the often dirty politics of the spy game.

Midsomer Murders

Based on the crime-novel series by author Caroline Graham, "Midsomer Murders" follows the efforts of Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby to solve crimes that occur in the wealthy, isolated English county of Midsomer, a picturesque and peaceful place on the outside but one filled with amoral and snobbish eccentrics with all kinds of vices. His latest assistant is Detective Sergeant Jamie Winter. DCI Barnaby took over in series 14, replacing his older cousin, Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, who retired.

The Miniaturist on Masterpiece

Nella Oortman's life changes drastically when she marries a wealthy merchant and moves to Amsterdam -- she finds it difficult to fit in as she struggles to win her husband's affection, and discovers dark secrets along the way.

Monarch of the Glen

A London restaurateur inherits a run-down Scottish estate.

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Nature's Microworlds

Ecosystems across the world, from the grasslands of the Serengeti to the desert of Australia's Red Centre.

New Tricks

A BBC production, "New Tricks" dramatizes the work of the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad, led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman and three previously retired police officers -- Gerry Standing, Jack Halford and Brian Lane -- whom Pullman recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes.

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Ordinary Lies

This drama series follows the lives of a group of friends and colleagues who work together in a car showroom. Each episode focuses on the story of one employee at JS Motors, including receptionists Tracy and Viv, company boss Mike, PA Kathy and salesmen Pete and Marty. One day, their otherwise ordinary lives take a turn when staff members find themselves in desperate circumstances in which they are compelled to lie, but as lies spiral out of control they find themselves facing worse consequences. Finding it difficult to keep his job due to timekeeping issues is Marty. After another late arrival into work he resorts to telling everyone a terrible lie to excuse himself.

P

Pie in the Sky

Richard Griffiths stars as detective-turned-restaurateur Henry Crabbe.

S

Silent Witness

A team of forensic pathologists uncovers the truths behind murders..

The Syndicate

Five co-workers find their lives in flux after winning the lottery.

V

Vera

Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope investigates murders in North East England.

Victorian Slum House

Modern-day families, couples and individuals re-create life in London's East End from 1860 to 1900, confronting the tough living and working conditions of the urban poor during the Victorian era. Beginning with the 1860s, each episode focuses on a specific decade. Throughout the series, participants deal with living in sparse quarters, an economic depression heightened by the arrival of Irish immigrants looking for work, a water shortage, and the social reforms that are brought about by London's economic recovery.

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Waking the Dead

Police investigators bring unsolved cases to a close.