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1. 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
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. Bugs (TV series) – Bugs is a British television drama series that ran for four series from 1 April 1995 to 28 August 1999. It was originally broadcast on Saturday evenings on BBC One, and was produced for the BBC by the independent production company Carnival Films, in July 2014, London Live, a local digital terrestrial station in London, began airing a complete re-run from Series 1. The series was devised by Carnival boss Brian Eastman and producer Stuart Doughty with input from veteran writer-producer Brian Clemens, Clemens described Bugs as an Avengers for the 1990s. Other notable series writers included Colin Brake and Stephen Gallagher, two episodes, were written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, who went on to create the series Smallville. The theme tune was written by Gavin Greenaway, the programme was a mixture of action/adventure and science fiction, with a reliance on fast-paced plots, technical gadgetry, stunts and explosions. Much of the filming took place around the London Docklands area. This was intended to give a modern, and perhaps even slightly futuristic, the production was originally based at two warehouses of Blackwall Basin, on the Isle of Dogs in London. After the IRA bombing of the South Quay Plaza, the crew had to further to find intact buildings for exterior locations. The plot of the involved a team of specialist independent crime-fighting technology experts. The main trio of regulars were Nick Beckett, Ros Henderson, the series evolved, as a result, from a series of relatively unconnected one-off episodes to an overarching soap opera complete with office romances. However, that was likely a pseudonym, as both Ros and Beckett used plenty of false names throughout the series. The final series suffered from being moved to a timeslot on Saturday evenings. Coupled with the Omagh Bombing forcing the BBC to postpone the series for a week, overall 40 episodes were produced, ten in each of the four series. Virgin Publishing produced novelizations of the episodes of the first series, as of 2005, the series is available on DVD in series-by-series box set form, released by Revelation Films. A complete box set collection of all four series is also available. com
6. The Cook Report – The Cook Report was a British current affairs television programme shown on ITV, produced for the network by Central Television from 22 July 1987 to 24 August 1999. For sixteen series over twelve years the programme featured Roger Cook travelling the world to investigate criminal activity, injustice. But it is perhaps best remembered for its ground-breaking undercover stings and for Cooks trademark confrontations with his targets, in its time, The Cook Report was by some margin the highest rated current affairs programme on British television, with audiences peaking at more than 12 million. It was credited with helping to achieve numerous criminal convictions and a number of changes in the law, in July of 1990 the show investigated the Tainted Blood Scandal focusing on how Haemophiliacs had become infected with HIV by using Contaminated Blood Products. In total some 1,243 people in the UK were infected with HIV through using these products. At the time of the show some 100 had died of AIDS, since the show aired the scandal has roared on and continues to be debated in British Parliament as victims and their families still fight for justice. The programme arranged an operation to see if this claim was justified. The Guardian subsequently decided to cover the story, since the story would have been dated by the time the programme was back on air nearly six months later, it was cancelled on a pragmatic basis. It was the film out of the 130 produced which was cancelled in this way. The Cook Report ran regularly for two series each year until 1997, when the programme reached its 122nd edition. The ITV Network Centre decided to concentrate its current affairs efforts on Tonight - which, Cook went on to work on other projects and is also Emeritus Visiting Professor at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University. He was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004, the programme did return for a one-off, 90-minute special, Roger Cooks Greatest Hits, on 30 October 2007. This update episode was produced by ITV Productions and Interesting Films, Roger Cook and members of the relevant production teams issued writs for libel, against the paper. The News of the World accepts that neither Mr Cook nor Carlton nor the editors, producers and it was also accepted that the allegations were false and should never have been published, but the subsequent short correction was printed on page 38. The Cook Report at the Internet Movie Database Roger Cook Profile The full list of episodes The full list of Special episodes Background information on research for The Devils Work
7. Dad (TV series) – Dad is a BBC1 sitcom that ran for 13 episodes over two series and a Christmas special. Described by the BBC as a comedy, it centered on the trials and tribulations of Alan Hook. Alan would often find himself getting increasingly frustrated with the endeavours of his father, toby Ross-Bryant played Alans son Vincent, and Julia Hills played Alans wife Beryl. It was written by Andrew Marshall, who was best known for his popular sitcom 2point4 Children, the title of each episode was a pun on the word Dad. The theme tune for the first series was the 1965 hit Tijuana Taxi performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, for the second series this was replaced with the song Go Daddy-O by Californian swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Initially, due to Julia Hills being in 2point4 Children, which was still running come the transmission of Dad, however after her audition, any fears and doubts were quickly quashed. Then there is Alans own son Vincent, a moody teenager who Alan seems to be forever embarrassing. See List of Dad Episodes for further details,13 episodes were made, two series of six episodes, and a final Christmas special. All were written by Andrew Marshall and directed by Nick Wood, Wood also directed episodes for Marshalls other sitcom 2point4 Children. The show received critical acclaim than the similar BBC family sitcom 2point4 Children. During the second series, writer Andrew Marshall was convinced the show would go to a third series, kevin McNally also believed theyd be doing the show for quite a while. However after 13 episodes, and despite going from strength to strength, McNally commented that the show got somehow lost, and its cancellation was to do with a regime change at the BBC. George Cole believed the shows cancellation was down to focus groups that began to decide what TV shows should be axed, both series one and two are available on DVD in Australia, they were released by Madman. The estate agent named on the for sale signs in the first episode of series 2 are called Renwick, Dad at the BBC Comedy Guide Dad at British Comedy Guide Dad at TV. com Dad at Phill. co. uk
8. David Copperfield (1999 film) – David Copperfield is a two-part BBC television drama adaptation of Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, adapted by Adrian Hodges. The first part was shown on Christmas Day and the second on Boxing Day in 1999, the film was co-produced by BBC America and Boston television station WGBH, and first aired on American television in April 2000, as a feature in the PBS series Masterpiece. It won a Peabody Award in 2000, David Copperfield is a posthumous child. He was born in Blunderstone, Suffolk, three months after the death of his father, who was also called David Copperfield. On the night of Davids birth, his Great-Aunt Betsey Trotwood arrives at the Rookery - the Copperfield family home - and she insists that Clara Copperfields baby must be called Betsey Trotwood Copperfield, and that she will be her godmother. However, when the child turns out to be a boy, Betsey is horrified and storms out. David grows up loved and cared for by Clara and their maid, when David turns eight, Clara meets and falls in love with Edward Murdstone, a stern man of whom David appears frightened and who takes an immediate dislike to David. Peggotty offers to take David with her to Yarmouth to visit her brother, Dan, and his family, when they return, David sees, to his horror, that his mother has married Murdstone. Murdstone invites his equally stern, sexist sister, Jane, to live them. Davids only comfort at the school is his friendship with James Steerforth, David returns home for the holidays and makes amends with Murdstone, who has fathered a baby boy with Clara. After the holidays David returns to Salem House, where he is informed by Creakle that his mother and half-brother have died, Peggotty is fired, but becomes engaged to a family friend, Mr. Barkis. With the Murdstones now in control of the Rookery and Davids future, Murdstone takes David out of Salem House. Murdstone also arranges for David to live with his friend, Wilkins Micawber, who treats David like his own son, when he is released, he and his family are forced to move to Plymouth, leaving David homeless. David runs away from London to Dover, to find Betsey Trotwood in the hopes that she take him in. Eventually he finds her, and despite Betseys reluctance to have a boy in her house, she houses him, over the time, David bonds with Betseys lodger, Mr. Dick, and Betsey herself begins to feel attachment to her great-nephew. David, now going by the name Trotwood Copperfield, soon resumes his education at a school in Canterbury, during his time at school he lodges with Betseys friend, Mr. Wickfield, whose daughter Agnes is roughly the same age as David. They grow up together as close friends. On leaving school, David is apprenticed to a lawyer called Mr. Spenlow, David meets Mr. Spenlows daughter Dora and falls in love with her at first sight
9. Fun House (UK game show) – Fun House was a British childrens game show produced by Scottish Television and based on the American show, that aired on CITV from 24 February 1989 to 29 December 1999. It was hosted by Pat Sharp, who was aided by twin cheerleaders, Melanie Grant supporting the red team. The theme tune was composed by David Pringle and Bob Heatlie, each episode featured 2 teams each consisting of a boy and girl representing schools from around the UK. There were 3 rounds in each episode, the opening games were referred to as messy games and typically used gunge as opposed to food. One game would be for the two boys, another game for the two girls and a game for all four players, though the order would vary from episode to episode. In later series occasionally all games would be for all four players, from Series 1 to 2 the contestants were usually barefoot when playing some of the messy games, this was discontinued from Series 8 until the shows end. One of the three games would be a key game, in which the team would get the same points as their score in that game. As in the original American version, a question would follow each game, the Grand Prix was run in red and yellow coloured go-karts and lasted for two laps. Teams race round the track picking up tokens to add to their score, the first lap was for 10 tokens for 10 points, the second for 25 tokens for 25 points, plus 25 points for winning the race. Tokens that ended up on the floor were null and void, the tokens were later dropped into appropriately coloured boxes and added to the teams current score. By 1995, the Grand Prix was extended to three laps and the tokens were replaced with generic silver tokens with a blue stripe. The winning team received 50 points and there was no driver changeover after the second lap, the original format was revived in late 1995, but kept the third lap and the higher value tokens were collected first. In 1996, tokens were replaced with buttons and the start of the race was similar in style to a regular Grand Prix race, there were buttons for 10 points and 25 points, pressed on alternate laps. When it came to adding the points up, they were represented by a column of lights for the 10 buttons and the 25 buttons, for the 1998 series, the buttons were replaced with wheels. There were four metal wires hanging above the track all four steering wheels attached. There are four steering wheels for each team bringing the total points to 100. Wheels dropped on the floor were not counted and neither were wheels collected on the first, the points were shown on the lights, this time representing the number of wheels collected, by Pat Sharp hitting the button on top of the teams podium. In 1999 the lights resembled the steering wheels, the results, as usual were then shown in numbers on the LED screen on the teams podium
10. Goodnight Sweetheart (TV series) – Goodnight Sweetheart is a British sitcom that ran for six series on BBC1 from 1993 to 1999 and a special that aired on 2 September 2016. The show was created by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, also creators of Birds of a Feather, the creators wrote the first series, while subsequent episodes were by a team of writers. Although originally made for the BBC the series has subsequently repeated on ITV3. The show has also repeated on Gold, Drama and Yesterday. For his starring role, Lyndhurst won the Most Popular Comedy Performer at the National Television Awards twice in 1998 and 1999, the original entrance to Ducketts Passage, leading to the Royal Oak, is located at Ezra Street, London, E2 7RH. The Royal Oak is near Ezra Street, at 73 Columbia Road, Gary Sparrow is a somewhat disillusioned TV repairman, in a drab marriage with his ambitious wife Yvonne, and best friends with Ron, a printer whose marriage is on the brink of breakdown. While on a TV repair call-out in East London, Gary accidentally discovers a portal which leads to war time London. There he meets Phoebe, a pretty barmaid who works in the Royal Oak pub, her father Eric who runs the Royal Oak, and Reg Deadman, a dim-witted but friendly policeman. Gary strikes up a friendship with Phoebe, and makes repeated trips through the time portal, in this life, he claims to be both a secret agent and a singer-songwriter, in fact passing off modern-day pop songs as his own, particularly songs by the Beatles. He impresses Phoebe by bringing her goods which are available in the present day, but were rationed in wartime Britain, such as chocolate, bacon and nylons. Most episodes centre on a dilemma for Gary caused by his dual life, as the series progresses, the characters are developed further. Gary and Phoebe eventually marry and they have a son, Michael, Yvonne also becomes pregnant, but suffers a miscarriage. Gary opens a shop in the present day, named Blitz and Pieces, Ron and his wife Stella separate and divorce. Gary and Phoebe move to a flat in Mayfair, where they befriend Noël Coward. Yvonne becomes a millionairess with a successful organic beauty products company, in the final episode, set on VE Day, Gary finds that the time portal has closed, trapping him in the past for good, leaving Ron to explain the truth to Yvonne. In the 2016 special, Gary is happily married to Phoebe and he returns to the past, but decides on living a double life again so that he can get to know his daughter. A total of 59 episodes were made, including a Christmas special in 1995, Marks and Gran, the creators, wrote the first series, many later episodes were written by other writers. As in Marks and Grans sitcom Get Back, most episodes of Goodnight Sweetheart — and the programme itself — were named after popular song titles
11. Great Expectations (1999 film) – Great Expectations is a 1999 television film adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel of the same name and was aired on Masterpiece Theatre. A young boy called Pip stumbles upon a criminal who threatens him. A few years later, Pip finds that he has a benefactor, imagining that Miss Havisham, a rich lady whose adopted daughter Estella he loves, is the benefactor, Pip believes in a grand plan at the end of which he will be married to Estella. However, when the criminal from his childhood turns up one night and reveals that he, Magwitch, is his benefactor. Although initially repulsed by his benefactor, Pip gradually becomes loyal to him, in 2000, it won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Costume Design, but failed to win Best Design, Best Make Up/Hair, Best Photography and Lighting and Best Sound. It was nominated for, but did not win, the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries, Great Expectations at BBC Programmes Great Expectations at the Internet Movie Database Great Expectations at AllMovie
12. Great Railway Journeys – Great Railway Journeys, originally titled Great Railway Journeys of the World, is a recurring series of travel documentaries produced by BBC Television. There were four series broadcast on BBC Two between 1980 and 1999, with the series title being used for all but the first. In 2010 a similar series aired on BBC Two, Great British Railway Journeys. English musician and sound artist Chris Watson worked as a recorder for the fourth episode Los Mochis to Veracruz of the fourth season. Having spent between five weeks to a month on the train, Watson used field recordings of the journey for his 2011 album El Tren Fantasma and this series relied on narrators rather than presenters who appeared on camera. In some cases, the narrator did not partake in the train journey, in January 2010 BBC Two broadcast Great British Railway Journeys, a documentary with similar basic idea to Great Railway Journeys but with a different format. Journeys are mainly focused on Great Britain, and is presented by the ex-politician, the first series detailed four railway journeys following an 1840 Bradshaws guide, split into a run of 20 separate episodes. The first series proved a success and a series followed a year later in January 2011. A third series followed in January 2012, including five episodes on railways in Ireland, a fourth series aired in January 2013, also with 25 episodes, with the last five episodes focused again on railways in Ireland. A fifth series following in January 2014 with 20 episodes, making a total airing of 115 episodes across the five series. From 2012 BBC Two has also broadcast series of Great Continental Railway Journeys and it detailed railway journeys in mainland Europe, following a 1913 Bradshaws guide to European rail travel. Books have been published to accompany the first three series, with a chapter by each of the presenters on their journey, Frayn. Great Railway Journeys of the World, BBC Books, hardcover, ISBN 0-563-17903-1 Anderson, Great Railway Journeys, BBC Books, hardcover, ISBN 0-563-36944-2 Allen, B. et al. More Great Railway Journeys, BBC Books, hardcover, ISBN 0-563-38717-3 A similar book was published on Great Little Railways, Chamberlin