Sanford and Son

Remaking a classic: Included in Time Magazine's 2007 list of "100 Best Shows of All Time", Sanford and Son was based on the BBC Galton and Simpson sitcom Steptoe and Son.

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The Sullavan Brothers

1960s legal and courtroom drama series

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Cold Equations

A teenager stows away aboard a rocket in order to visit her brother on another planet. But her actions put everyone else's safety in jeopardy.

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Peter Butterworth biographies

Peter Butterworth

A stalwart of the 'Carry On' franchise and a familiar face on television, one of Britain's favourite comedy actors, Peter Butterworth, was instantly recognisable and unquestionably admired. But before becoming an actor Butterworth was a war veteran who was involved in 'The Great Escape'.

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Sanford and Son (1972) reviews

Sanford and Son

Remaking a classic: Included in Time Magazine's 2007 list of "100 Best Shows of All Time", Sanford and Son was based on the BBC Galton and Simpson sitcom Steptoe and Son.

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An Age of Kings (1960) reviews

An Age of Kings

In 1960 the BBC embarked on their most ambitious television production up until then, a fifteen-part serial adaptation of the eight sequential historical plays of William Shakespeare.

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Crossing The Pond articles

UK to US TV Series

Many television series that began life in the UK have been remade by American networks for American audiences. Not all have been successful. Here are ten UK shows that were remade in one form or another and how they fared.

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Culloden (1964) reviews

Culloden

The Battle of Culloden, which took place on April 16th 1746, was the last battle fought on British soil. This docu-drama blurred the distinctions between documentary and drama and proved to be ground-breaking television.

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The War Game (1965) reviews

The War Game

A Chinese invasion of South Vietnam triggers a new world war between East and West. In the town of Rochester, Kent, the anticipation of a nuclear attack leads to mass evacuations. This one-off drama proved to be so controversial that the BBC, who made it, refused to broadcast it for 20 years.

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The Close Prisoner (1964) reviews

The Close Prisoner

"We are all conceived in close prison: in our mother's wombs, we are close prisoners all...and then all our life is but a going out to the place of execution, to death..." John Donne.

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The Browning Version (1966) reviews

The Browning Version

Schoolmaster Andrew Crocker-Harris is retiring because of ill-health, and Taplow, one of his pupils, brings him a present on the eve of his retirement in this Terence Rattigan play from 1966.

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