2004 in British television

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  1. Doc Martin
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    Doc Martin (2004)

    16,455 views

    Doc Martin is a British television medical comedy drama series starring Martin Clunes in the title role. It was created by Dominic Minghella after the character of Dr Martin Bamford in the 2000 comedy film Saving Grace. The show is set in the fictional seaside village of Portwenn and filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac, Cornwall, England, with most interior scenes shot in a converted local barn. Seven series aired between 2004 and 2015, together with a feature-length special that aired on Christmas Day 2006. The seventh series began airing on ITV on 7 September 2015 and aired its last episode "The Doctor Is Out" on 2 November 2015.


  2. Peppa Pig
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    Peppa Pig (2004)

    9,669 views

    Peppa Pig is a British preschool animated television series directed and produced by Astley Baker Davies, which originally aired on 31 May 2004, and is distributed by E1 Kids. To date, four series have been aired. It went on a hiatus for 2 years and 2 months before re-premiering on 14 February 2015. It is shown in 180 countries.


  3. Shell Jubin
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    Shell Jubin

    6,203 views

  4. Shameless
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    Shameless (2004)

    6,168 views

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  5. New Tricks
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    New Tricks (2003)

    5,924 views

    New Tricks is a British procedural comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad (UCOS) of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by Detective Superintendent Sandra Pullman, it is made up of retired police officers recruited to reinvestigate unsolved crimes. There have been cast changes, but the squad always consists of three men with a female boss. The series title is taken from the proverb "You can't teach an old dog new tricks". In February 2015, BBC One announced the show would end after series 12, which comprises 10 episodes.


  6. Hustle
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    Hustle (2004)

    2,080 views

    Hustle is a British television drama series made by Kudos Film and Television and broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. Created by Tony Jordan and first broadcast in 2004, the series follows a group of con artists who specialise in "long cons"—extended deceptions which require greater commitment, but which return a higher reward than simple confidence tricks. The eighth and last series ended on 17 February 2012.


  7. Hex
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    Hex (2004)

    1,350 views

    Hex is a British television programme developed by Shine Limited and aired on the Sky One satellite channel. The story is set in a remote English boarding school with a mysterious past. Series one explores the supernatural relationship between a Fallen Angel named Azazeal and a student called Cassie who is also a witch. In the second series the story centres on 500-year-old anointed one Ella Dee, and Azazeal's son Malachi. Both series of the show are currently available on Region 2 DVD, with the first series released on Region 1 DVD in June 2007.


  8. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking
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    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004)

    822 views

    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking is a British television movie originally broadcast on BBC One in the UK on December 26, 2004. Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, it was written by Alan Cubitt and was a sequel to the same company's adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, made for the BBC two years previously. Although Silk Stocking retained the same Dr. Watson, Ian Hart, this time the character of Sherlock Holmes was played by Rupert Everett.


  9. Green Wing
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    Green Wing (2004)

    692 views

    Green Wing is a British sitcom set in the fictional East Hampton Hospital. It was created by the same team behind the sketch show Smack the Pony, led by Victoria Pile, and stars Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Julian Rhind-Tutt.


  10. Island at War
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    Island at War (2004)

    556 views

    Island at War is a British television series that tells the story of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. It primarily focuses on three local families: the upper class Dorrs, the middle class Mahys and the working class Jonases, and four German officers. The fictional island of St. Gregory serves as a stand-in for the real-life islands Jersey and Guernsey, and the story is compiled from the events on both islands.


  11. Supernanny
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    Supernanny (2004)

    386 views

    Supernanny is a reality TV programme which originated in the United Kingdom, about parents struggling with their children's behaviour. The United Kingdom version has aired on Channel 4 with E4 showing repeats since 2004. The program returned to Channel 4 after a two-year break in 2010, with E4 also showing more repeats. The show features professional nanny Jo Frost, who devotes each episode to helping a family where the parents are struggling with their child-rearing. Through instruction and observation, she shows the parents alternative ways to discipline their children and regain order in their households. Frost is a proponent of the "naughty chair" theory of discipline and is strictly opposed to spanking. Its competing series was Nanny 911.


  12. Sea of Souls
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    Sea of Souls (2004)

    410 views

    Sea of Souls is a BBC paranormal drama series, recounting the fictional activities of a group of investigators into psychic and other paranormal events. Produced in-house by BBC Scotland, initially in association with Sony Pictures Television International, the series debuted on BBC One in the UK in February 2004. A second series was shown from January 2005, with a third following in 2006 and then a two-part special in April 2007. The programme was created by writer David Kane, who also wrote the entire first series. The two-part special, unlike the previous series, was an independent production for BBC Scotland by Carnival Films.


  13. Hell's Kitchen
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    Hell's Kitchen (2004)

    455 views

    Hell's Kitchen is a British cookery reality show, aired on ITV, which features prospective chefs competing with each other for a final prize. Four series were aired from 2004 to 2009, three presented by Angus Deayton and the most recent by Claudia Winkleman.


  14. Touching Evil
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    Touching Evil (1997)

    330 views

    Touching Evil is a British television drama serial, which began airing in 1997. It was produced by United Productions for Anglia Television, and screened on the ITV network. The first season consists of six 50 minute (one-hour with advertisements) episodes. It was created by Paul Abbott, and written by Abbott with Russell T Davies. The serial was very popular, and led to two sequel serials in 1998 and 1999, although these were not written by Abbott or Davies. The first episode aired on 29 April 1997. The last episode of the series aired on 6 June 1999, after 16 episodes and 3 seasons.


  15. Nighty Night
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    Nighty Night (2004)

    239 views

    Nighty Night is a BBC dark television sitcom written by and starring Julia Davis. It was first broadcast on 6 January 2004 on BBC Three before moving to BBC2.


  16. Bodies
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    Bodies (2004)

    214 views

    Bodies is a British television medical drama produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. Created by Jed Mercurio, the series began in 2004 and is based on his book Bodies. In December 2009, The Times ranked Bodies in 9th place in its list of "Shows of the Decade". The Guardian has ranked the series among "The Greatest Television Dramas of All-Time".


  17. Gunpowder, Treason & Plot
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    Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (2004)

    196 views

    Gunpowder, Treason & Plot is a 2004 BBC miniseries loosely based upon the lives of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son James VI of Scotland. The writer Jimmy McGovern tells the story behind the Gunpowder Plot in two parts, each centred on one of the monarchs.


  18. Dirty Filthy Love
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    Dirty Filthy Love (2004)

    196 views

    Dirty Filthy Love is a British single television drama starring Michael Sheen as an architect living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette syndrome.


  19. Life Begins
    #19

    Life Begins (2004)

    221 views

    Life Begins is a British television drama first broadcast on ITV between February 2004 and October 2006, starring Caroline Quentin and Alexander Armstrong, Anne Reid and Frank Finlay.


  20. Pride
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    Pride (2004)

    150 views

    Pride is a 2004 television film about two lion cubs as they grow up and face the harsh realities of adulthood. Produced by the BBC and shown on A&E in the U.S., the film features the voices of numerous British actors and uses CGI technology to enhance footage of actual lions and other animals. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provided the digital effects for the film. It was shot in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park.


  21. Kitchen Nightmares
    #21

    Kitchen Nightmares (2004)

    145 views

    Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares is a television programme featuring British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. The BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning programme debuted on Channel 4 in 2004.


  22. Blackpool
    #22

    Blackpool (2004)

    138 views

    Blackpool is a British television musical comedy drama serial, produced in-house by the BBC. It was screened on BBC One as six one-hour episodes on Thursday nights at 9pm from 11 November to 16 December 2004. When retransmitted by BBC America in 2005, it was renamed Viva Blackpool, and went on to win a Peabody Award for BBC Worldwide, the commercial overseas distribution subsidiary of the BBC. A sequel in the form of a TV movie was produced by the BBC, also called Viva Blackpool in the UK (2006).


  23. The Smoking Room
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    The Smoking Room (2004)

    122 views

    The Smoking Room is a British television sitcom written by Brian Dooley, who won a BAFTA for the series in 2005. The first series, consisting of eight episodes, was originally transmitted on BBC Three between 29 June and 17 August 2004. The Christmas Special was first transmitted on 20 December 2004. A second series of eight episodes began airing on 26 July 2005.


  24. The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear
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    The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

    127 views

    The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear is a BBC television documentary series by Adam Curtis. It mainly consists of archive footage, with Curtis narrating. The series was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom in 2004. It has subsequently been aired in multiple countries and shown at various film festivals, including the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.


  25. Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two
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    Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two (2004)

    196 views

    Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two, also known as Strictly: It Takes Two or simply It Takes Two, is a British television programme, the companion show to the popular BBC One programme Strictly Come Dancing. It is broadcast on weeknights during the run of the main show on BBC Two at 6:30 pm. Claudia Winkleman originally presented the show, however she left in 2011 and now presents the main show. Since then, the presenter has been previous contestant and finalist on the series Zoë Ball.


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