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Programs A to Z

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Programs A to Z

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Amish Paradise

Amish culture and community.

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.

Broken

Father Michael Kerrigan, a modern, but maverick, Catholic priest, juggles parochial problems with personal challenges as he presides over his tight-knit Northern urban parish.

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The Coroner

Jane Kennedy uses her skills as a coroner to solve crimes.

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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.

Doctor Who

"Doctor Who" is a classic science-fiction series with a cult following. The Doctor is called a "Time Lord," a time-traveling scientist from a far off planet, who travels through time and space in a shop known by the acronym TARDIS. A TARDIS is a machine that is larger on the inside than the outside and is supposed to change its appearance based on its surroundings. The Doctor is also able to evolve his biology, so he appears as many different people throughout the series. The Doctor loves Earth, so he makes many trips here to save the planet, or to enlist earthlings to help him with tasks in the galaxy.

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

This British drama series follows the lives of the Crawley family and its servants in the family's classic Georgian country house. The series begins with the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, which leaves Downton Abbey's future in jeopardy, since the presumptive heirs of Robert, Earl of Grantham -- his cousin James, and James' son, Patrick -- die in the catastrophe, leaving the family without a male offspring to take over Downton when the current lord dies. The point is important since Lord Grantham's children are daughters -- Ladies Mary, Edith and Sybil, but the facets of their lives and of those of the below-stairs staff -- also a highly regimented world -- have fascinating story lines.

The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece

This six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals" and its two sequels features Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell, a widow who moves her family from England to the Greek island of Corfu in 1935. The miniseries -- inspired by the real-life adventures of Durrell's family -- also features Josh O'Connor as eldest son, Larry; newcomer Callum Woodhouse as son Leslie; Daisy Waterstone as teenage daughter Margo, and Milo Parker as 11-year-old Gerry. Alexis Georgoulis, Yorgos Karamihos and Ulric von der Esch round out the cast.

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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 Ganges with Sue Perkins

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

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Happy Valley

A police sergeant dealing with personal tragedy investigates cases in a small West Yorkshire town.

The Heart Guy

After a sudden fall from grace, arrogant, high-flying heart surgeon Dr Hugh Knight is forced to leave his hedonistic, inner city life to take the position of local GP in the small country town where he was born.

Hinterland

A detective drama series takes place in Wales' sea town Aberystwyth with its mountainous backdrop.

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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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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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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Ordinary Lies

This drama series follows the lives of a group of friends and colleagues who work together in a car showroom. Each episode focuses on the story of one employee at JS Motors, including receptionists Tracy and Viv, company boss Mike, PA Kathy and salesmen Pete and Marty. One day, their otherwise ordinary lives take a turn when staff members find themselves in desperate circumstances in which they are compelled to lie, but as lies spiral out of control they find themselves facing worse consequences. Finding it difficult to keep his job due to timekeeping issues is Marty. After another late arrival into work he resorts to telling everyone a terrible lie to excuse himself.

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Pie in the Sky

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

Poldark on Masterpiece

This all-new version of the vintage Masterpiece series stars Aidan Turner as Capt. Ross Poldark, a redcoat returning to Cornwall after the American Revolutionary War, only to find his father dead and his true love about to marry someone else. A Mammoth Screen production, the series is packed with action, adventure and romance. Also featured are Eleanor Tomlinson as servant Demelza, Warren Clarke as Uncle Charles, and Heida Reed as Elizabeth Chenoweth. Robin Ellis, who portrayed Ross Poldark in the original adaptation 40 years ago, appears here as Reverend Halse.

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Silent Witness

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

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Upstart Crow

William Shakespeare starts to make a name for himself while also trying to be a husband and father.

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Vera

Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope investigates murders in North East England.

Vicious

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi head the cast of this studio sitcom, centered around aging partners Freddie and Stuart, who have lived together in a London flat for close to 50 years. Having survived a time when being a gay couple was harshly frowned upon, they have learned to keep the outside world at bay, and their lives now consist of reading books, walking their dog and, most of all, bickering at each other.

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Waking the Dead

Police investigators bring unsolved cases to a close.

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Yellowstone

The fortunes of America's wildlife icons in Yellowstone, the most extensive thermal area on Earth.