Category:1999 British television programme endings
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The following 120 pages are in this category, out of 120 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 120 pages are in this category, out of 120 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. ITV News at Ten – News at Ten is the flagship evening news programme on British television network ITV, produced by ITN and founded by news editor Geoffrey Cox in July 1967. News at Ten rose to popularity for its combination of in-depth, analytical news coverage. When the bulletin was axed in 1999 in order for primetime entertainment programming to air uninterrupted, there was a public outcry. ITV reluctantly brought News at Ten back in 2001, airing it at 10pm for a minimum of three nights per week, but eventually replaced it with the ITV News at 10,30 in 2004. It was not until January 2008 that News at Ten was reinstated to the ITV schedule, the programme is currently presented by Tom Bradby. ITN had been ITVs news provider since the launch in September 1955. News updates from ITN tended to run 14 minutes in length at most, ITV reluctantly agreed to give the proposed bulletin – a Monday-to-Friday programme, fixed at 10pm – a 13-week trial run to test its success. News at Ten began broadcasting on 3 July 1967 under the editorship of Cox, who stipulated that the aim of the new programme was to remove the spin and bring facts and the news as it really was. ITVs stance was seemingly confirmed early, the programme had little news to cover in its first few editions, a series of similar in-depth reports eventually helped to give News at Ten a regular viewership of seven million every night, forcing ITV to keep the programme. By 1969, News at Ten had become the first news bulletin in Britain to enter the top 20 most-watched programmes of the week, the original newscasting team included Alastair Burnet, Andrew Gardner, Reginald Bosanquet, George Ffitch and Leonard Parkin. News at Ten developed a reputation for its extensive coverage of international news stories. In the absence of Alastair Burnet, News at Ten paired Andrew Gardner, in 1978, Anna Ford became the bulletins first female newscaster, and Alastair Burnet rejoined the programme in the same year. Nonetheless, the continued to maintain a solid high audience during the 1980s. Alastair Burnet presented News at Ten from the United States during several campaigns, as well as the 1984 conventions of the Republican. Alastair Stewart presented News at Ten live from Saudi Arabia, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Burnet retired from ITN in 1991 after several clashes with the ITV companies over the future of the news organisation. In November 1992, News at Ten was given its first major relaunch, julia Somerville, John Suchet and Dermot Murnaghan each presented News at Ten when McDonald was absent. The bulletin carried this format until March 1999, despite News at Tens continued stature and popularity, ITV announced its intention to axe the bulletin in 1993, proposing two new peak-time bulletins at 6, 30pm and 11pm. The proposals were withdrawn after the ITC threatened ITV with legal action
2. 2point4 Children – 2point4 Children is a BBC television sitcom that was created and written by Andrew Marshall. It follows the lives of the Porters, an average family whose world is frequently turned upside-down by bad luck. The show was originally broadcast on BBC One from 1991 to 1999, the September 2000 death from cancer of lead actor Gary Olsen, who played the father, ended the possibility of any subsequent specials. The show is now repeated regularly in the UK on Gold and Drama, the shows title refers to the once-average size of a UK family. There are two children in the Porter family, however Andrew Marshall has indicated that the father, Ben, could almost be considered another child, making up the point four. The show regularly picked up large audiences of up to 14 million in the early 1990s, in 1997 a remake of the show debuted in the Netherlands, Kees & Co starring Simone Kleinsma. Bill is the sensible, level-headed mother who does the cooking, Ben is the father, who is often just as immature as the children. He runs a repair business with his slightly sarcastic assistant Christine. Jenny is the teenage daughter, keen on boys, music, and vegetarianism, and David is the mischievous younger brother, who enjoys horror films, aliens. However, the Porters world is upended by bizarre occurrences. Whether its dealing with flatulent dogs, having men in freezers in the front room, or even stumbling across Shirley Basseys warehouse. The show originally ran from 1991 to 1999,56 episodes were made over eight series, including six Christmas specials in which the cast performed carols or original theme songs. Andrew Marshall wrote virtually all the episodes except for a few in series seven which were written by Paul Alexander, Simon Braithwaite and it has also been noted that Ronas character can be read as that of a single gay man. Many other similar references and concepts are buried carefully beneath the simple appearance of a family-type comedy. Andrew Marshall had this to say of the show, As always, some episodes still make me shudder, others seem great fun. There are myriad reasons for that, some attributable to me, some not, I did feel Series 6 had a great improvement in consistency and style, but as before, nobody really noticed, as theyd all long since decided what they thought about it. I feel overall, that it pretty much achieved its goals, albeit with the normal ups and downs of a long running series. He went on to say, Gary was once very upset when the BBC mounted a Best Comedy of All Time Extravaganza, to which no-one from our show was invited, im afraid I rather expected that, as it was somewhat par for the course
3. Babes in the Wood (TV series) – Babes in the Wood is a British sitcom that aired on ITV from 1998 to 1999. Starring Karl Howman and Denise van Outen, Babes in the Wood was written by Geoff Deane, Paul Alexander, Simon Braithwaite, Ian Searle, leigh is streetwise and tough, while Ruth is bossy and Caralyn is bossy. In the flat next door lives Charlie Lovall, the owner of a video shop whose divorce has cost him dear. Leigh works as a waitress for public school-educated Benito at the nearby Bar Coda, Ruth marries an old millionaire and leaves after the first series and is replaced by would be model Frankie. The show took a time to get to the screen, it was in production for five years, with an unbroadcast pilot. The creator and writer was Geoff Deane, an alumnus of Lawrence Marks and Maurice Grans TV comedy, and it was produced by Lucky Dog, the company founded by Deane and producer Kenton Allen. The show faced high expectations on its launch, due to the lack of good-quality mainstream British comedy. It was intended to rival the American show Friends, and ITV showed their confidence by ordering a Christmas special before the first series was broadcast, maggie Brown found it funny though a bit contrived and possibly unrealistic in its portrayal of the girls living arrangements. She praised Van Outens repartee with Hayford, the Times called it very shoddy. The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy called it hackneyed, the Daily Mirror was highly critical of Claire Kings guest appearance. In an overview of ITV programmes, Stuart Heritage named Babes in the Wood as one of the worst shows in the networks history
4. Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer – Bang, Bang, Its Reeves and Mortimer is a British comedy television series, the third by comedy double act Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer and their second in a sketch show format. Directed by Mark Mylod and produced by Alan Marke, it first aired in 1999 on BBC2, while maintaining elements from The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Bang Bang was very different in many ways. As with their previous show, a song kicked off the proceedings. However, the desk was almost completely bare, and had a transparent front through which the form of a naked man could be seen. The studio set was different too, the huge R&M letters replaced with large representations of the pair behind warped glass, there were also changes in their double-act dynamic. Vics character was frequently unhinged and waved guns and large blunt objects around with relish, as usual, however, they tended to fall out easily, resulting in one of their trademark slapstick fights, which grew more absurd, violent and freeform as the series progressed. One memorable instance involved Vics head becoming grotesquely disfigured after a spin in a tumble dryer, Bob then gleefully set about the hunchbacked, pathetic Vic with a baseball bat. There were also a number of pre-recorded sketches and these would often feature Charlie Higson, Morwenna Banks, Matt Lucas and David Walliams in supporting or cameo roles. It was a favourite with Vic and Bobs cult following. With this in mind, it is ironic that the duo confessed that Bang Bang was their first real attempt at making something commercial. Vic and Bob have said that they are proud of the show, with Bob stating that We have this hope that if theres anyone left bothered about us in fifty years time. Usually, at point the cars boot or windscreen wipers would fly off. In these sketches, someone was killed in a strange way. The duo have explained that the eggs symbolise their souls and this recurring joke even extended to the desk, where Vic accidentally shot himself with a gun, disappeared and left an egg behind, which Bob then greedily ate. Bob has described the Lunch-Hour Capers as “the most surreal thing we’ve ever done and their quest to find something fun to do was very childlike and knew no bounds, from going down the drains, to prising up cobblestones or rooting around in a skip. In most of the sketches, Derek asks Tom Is it Giro day, each of these segments opened with the fun fun fun refrain from the song Five Get Over Excited by The Housemartins. In the last episode of the series, the pair are seen holding hands as the credits roll, Mortimer has described the pair as “lovers”. Tom Fun and Derek later appeared together in sketches as part of 2009 mockumentary Steve Coogan, abandoning their Giros, they appear to have found work as disenchanted make-up artists
5. Bodger & Badger – Bodger and Badger is a BBC childrens comedy programme which was first broadcast in 1989. It starred Andy Cunningham as Simon Bodger, who had a badly behaved companion, the first series saw Bodger working at Troffs Nosherama, where his badger was unknown to the other characters. Later series featured Bodger moving to other jobs and began to feature less of Bodger, concentrating more on Badger and she was a not overly intelligent mouse, who had an unsurprising fondness for cheese. Simon Bodger - Simon Bodger is a handyman who has had various jobs throughout the series, probably because when he is nervous he makes silly mistakes, in the first series he was working as a cook for Troffs Nosherama. In the second and third series he was a caretaker at a junior school, in the fourth series he was a handyman and zookeeper at Chessington World of Adventures. In the fifth, sixth and seventh series he was unemployed and renting a flat, occasionally working as a casual handyman to his landlady. In the eighth and ninth series he was manager of his own Bed, Badger is his talking pet and best friend, although all the trouble that Bodger ends up in is usually down to Badger. Regular gags usually involve Badger covering Bodger in mashed potato or some other messy substance, Badger - Badger is named after the type of animal that he is - a badger. He has the ability to talk and wears smaller versions of human clothes and has a fondness for mashed potato and he has a laugh thats similar to boxer Frank Bruno. However Badger is still a good friend to Simon and tries to help him out every way he can. It is not known how Bodger originally met Badger, there were several different Badger puppets used throughout the series - all looked very similar bar their clothes. Mousey - Mousey is a mouse who lives under the floorboards of the flat that Bodger rents from Series 5-7. She and Badger are great friends, both constantly getting up to mischief, Mouseys presence is only known by Bodger in the first episode of Series 5 when he sets traps to try to catch her. After Badger makes friends with Mousey, he tricks Simon into believing Mousey has gone from the house, when Bodger and Badger move to Puddleford to run their hotel in Series 8, Mousey goes with them and moves into the airing cupboard rather than under the floorboards. Mr Hector Troff - The arrogant owner of the restaurant in Series 1 and he has no knowledge of Badgers presence until the final episode of the first series. Mavis - Worked as a waitress at the restaurant with Bodger and she was also a singer, and returned for one episode during Series 2 when she visited Bodger and Badger at Letsby Avenue Junior School. Mrs Daphne Trout - The cruel and overweight Headmistress of Letsby Avenue Junior School and she was referred to as Fish-face by Badger and the school children. She liked insulting Bodger and Miss Moon, being nasty to the children and she was sent back to Teacher Training College by Mr Valentino after she tried to get Miss Moon sacked in the third series