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Programs A to Z

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A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper; he buys a house on the Internet in a remote New Zealand seaside town.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Dreamland

The National Building Authority is a newly created government organization that oversees major infrastructure projects, including new roads, rail lines and airports. The bureaucrats who work there don't operate in the most efficient manner, though, with self-interest and shifting priorities tending to cause the grand projects to stall. Various fads, including communal yoga, often take over the office and result in derailing the staff's attempts at bringing projects from announcement to unveiling, with the projects typically becoming over-budget, delayed white elephants.

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Earth's Great Seasons

This documentary celebrates the spectacular seasons that transform the planet each year. It explores the opportunities and challenges presented by each season and how nature survives in the changing conditions.

EastEnders

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

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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 Ganges with Sue Perkins

The lives of people living close to the Ganges river and the challenges facing India.

The Great British Baking Show

Ultimate baking masterclass with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

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Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

A Lancashire housewife turned detective proves to be of great assistance to the police.

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Indian Summers on Masterpiece

"Indian Summers" is a miniseries set in the foothills of the Himalayas during the summer of 1932. The narrative focuses on the social politics behind the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India. A power struggle is emphasized through Brits sent to govern Northern India every summer and the Indian natives who are yearning for independence. The Indian Civil Service and the British Club rule from the foothills town of Simla, where the drama unfolds among Ralph Whelan, private secretary to the Viceroy of India; his younger, recently widowed sister Alice; and Cynthia Coffin, the proprietor of the club.

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Meet the Lords

This series follows the larger than life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions.

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.

Miss Marple

The sleuth solves murder mysteries that baffle the police.

Monarch of the Glen

A London restaurateur inherits a run-down Scottish estate.

Museum Secrets

If you were to visit the world's most popular art museums, you likely still wouldn't see stuff that you'll see in this series. It takes viewers inside six extraordinary museums -- including the Louvre, London's National History Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York -- to areas beyond public galleries that visitors rarely get to see, including a storeroom in which millions of once-living creatures float in formaldehyde. The stories of six irreplaceable treasures, including the Mona Lisa and the golden mask of King Tut, are revealed within the walls of the museums. Also featured are people with deep personal connections to exhibits in the museums who share their stories, including a woman who cannot look at a particular statue without remembering how it caused her grandfather's murder.

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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.

Northanger Abbey

Based on a novel by Jane Austen.

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Pie in the Sky

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

Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters attempt to navigate the world of love and high society in an age where class and money matter.

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The Queen's Garden

Comprising 39 acres, the Queen's Garden features a quarter of Britain's insect species, 300 wildflowers and 42 bird species.

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Secrets of Scotland Yard

British detectives employ trailblazing techniques to unmask perpetrators.

Secrets of Underground London

The natural and man-made wonders beneath London, from ancient caves to secret bunkers.

Shakespeare & Hathaway -- Private Investigators

An oddball couple of private detectives investigate crime in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Silent Witness

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

Silk

`Silk' follows the lives of barristers on the front line of criminal law. Martha Costello is a passionate defence barrister who faces challenging cases and surprising clients, which test her faith in the criminal justice system.

Spies of Warsaw

As the drums of World War II begin to beat throughout Europe, aristocratic war hero Col. Jean-Francois Mercier gets caught up in a passionate love affair with a Parisian lawyer with the League of Nations.

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Victoria on Masterpiece

This eight-part drama features an all-star cast including Jenna Coleman as a young Queen Victoria and Tom Hughes as Prince Albert. The monarch's life is chronicled as the story begins with the death of King William IV in 1837, her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 and her relationships with the influential forces around her. With the advice of the prime minister Lord Melbourne and the support of her husband Prince Albert the young queen flourishes and establishes herself in her newfound role.

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Waking the Dead

Police investigators bring unsolved cases to a close.

Wallander on Masterpiece

Swedish detective Kurt Wallander investigates a series of murders in the south of the country.