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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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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 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.

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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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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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.

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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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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Queen Elizabeth's Secret Agents

During a highly divisive and unstable period of British history, father-son duo William and Robert Cecil helped foster one of the world's first secret services. Charged with the protection of Queen Elizabeth I, this pioneering network of spies fought off assassination, treason and terror for over 40 years. "Elizabeth I's Secret Agents" delves into the most important events of the Elizabethan period, from the execution of Mary Queen of Scots to the death of Queen Elizabeth I and the Gunpowder Plot.

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Secrets of Althorp -- The Spencers

Earl Charles Spencer gives a personal tour of Althorp, the childhood home of Princess Diana, where 19 generations of Spencers have lived for more than 500 years.

Secrets of Chatsworth

Chatsworth Estate, which has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family over the past 500 years, is the current home of the 12th Duke of Devonshire and his family.

Secrets of the Manor House

The great homes of Edwardian England are on display in this documentary produced and directed by Susannah Ward. The British manor house, in its heyday 100 years ago, provided shelter for the wealthy and privileged families. The documentary goes into two of these homes -- Manderston in Berwickshire and Dunham Massey, the former home of the Earl of Stamford. The program provides history and context behind the costume dramas that Masterpiece has brought to life, including "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey."

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.

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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.

Wallander on Masterpiece

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