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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.

Atlantis

Jason washes up on the shores of a mysterious and ancient land that is full of bull-leaping, snake-haired goddesses and vast palaces. It is the land of Atlantis. Beneath its surface lies a dark past and a web of treachery. While there in search of his father, Jason becomes embroiled in a perilous game of politics and power from which there is no escape. Assisted by studious Pythagoras and overbearing Hercules, he embarks on a voyage of discovery and salvation that takes the trio through many Greek myths and legends.

Attenborough's Birds of Paradise

David Attenborough highlights the mystery and scientific revelation surrounding the elusive birds.

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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.

The Brokenwood Mysteries

Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd probes murder mysteries in a New Zealand country town.

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Death in Paradise

A detective inspector is transferred from London to the island of Saint-Marie in the Caribbean.

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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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.

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

This four-part miniseries explores the life of Ian Fleming, who created the James Bond icon in his spy novels. Ian's story begins at the outset of World War II, when he is a mischievous playboy who is chasing women, collecting books and living off his family's fortune. He believes he's a disappointment to his mother, as he lives in the shadow of older brother Peter, a successful author married to a movie star. Ian, a lost young man, dreams of becoming the "ultimate" man and finally sees direction in his life when he is recruited to begin a naval intelligence job to help take down the Nazis. This experience paves the way for his creation of 007.

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Girlfriends

Three friends struggle with the responsibilities and inevitable changes that come with being a modern woman of a certain age.

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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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Jack Irish

Jack Irish, a former criminal lawyer, spends his days as a part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice cabinet maker, punter and sometime lover.

Jericho of Scotland Yard

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

Joanna Lumley's India

Joanna Lumley travels 5000 miles through India, the country of her birth, visiting locations both remote and bustling. She catches a glimpse of the country's most beautiful landscapes and discovers its age-old traditions.

Jonathan Creek

A magician and journalist team up to solve mysteries.

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The Mekong River With Sue Perkins

Sue Perkins embarks on a 3,000-mile journey up the Mekong, Southeast Asia's greatest river.

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.

Miss Marple

The sleuth solves murder mysteries that baffle the police.

Monarch of the Glen

A London restaurateur inherits a run-down Scottish estate.

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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.

Newton's Law

Josephine restarts her legal career and life after shocking changes rock her formerly settled world.

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Pie in the Sky

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

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The Real History of Science Fiction

The genre of science fiction is full of new, imaginative, and riveting creations. From robots to space to time, each are explored more in depth. "The Real History of Science Fiction" seeks to point out why science fiction is not just a genre and the how of immersing its viewers into a whole different dimension. It is narrated by Doctor Who writer, actor, and co-creator of BBC's Sherlock, Mark Gatiss as he seeks to educate on the impact the genre has had on cinema, television, and literature. He is helped by the genre's greatest pioneers--the filmmakers, writers, actors, and artists including William Shatner, Nathan Fillion, Zoe Saldana, Steven Moffat, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K Le Guin, among many, many more.

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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.

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Waking the Dead

Police investigators bring unsolved cases to a close.