BBC Television programme stubs

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  1. Playing the Field
    #1

    Playing the Field (1998)

    3,171 views

    Playing the Field is a BBC television drama series following the lives of the Castlefield Blues, a fictitious female football team from South Yorkshire.


  2. Wives and Daughters
    #2

    Wives and Daughters (1999)

    2,674 views

    Wives and Daughters is a 1999 four-part BBC serial adapted from the novel Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story by Victorian author Elizabeth Gaskell.


  3. Compact
    #3

    Compact (1962)

    3,252 views

    Compact was a British television soap opera shown by the BBC from 1962 to 1965. The series was created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling, who together subsequently devised Crossroads. In contrast to the kitchen sink realism of Coronation Street, Compact was a distinctly middle-class serial, set in the more "sophisticated" arena of magazine publishing. An early "avarice" soap, it took the viewer into the business workplace, and aligned the professional lives of the characters with more personal storylines. The show was scheduled for broadcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays, thus avoiding a clash with ITV's Coronation Street on Mondays and Wednesdays.


  4. Parade's End
    #4

    Parade's End (2012)

    1,704 views

    Parade's End is a five-part BBC/HBO/VRT television serial, which is an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels (1924-28) of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It premiered on BBC Two on 24 August 2012 and on HBO on 26 February 2013. The series was also screened at the 39th Ghent Film Festival on 11 October 2012. Its five episodes were directed by Susanna White and written by Tom Stoppard. The cast was led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall as Christopher and Sylvia Tietjens, along with Adelaide Clemens, Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Anne-Marie Duff, Roger Allam, Janet McTeer, Freddie Fox, Jack Huston, and Steven Robertson.


  5. Common As Muck
    #5

    Common As Muck (1994)

    1,377 views

    Common As Muck is a comedy drama serial made by the BBC about the lives of a crew of binmen. it ran for two series.


  6. The Diary of Anne Frank
    #6

    The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

    2,131 views

    The Diary of Anne Frank is a BBC adaptation, in association with France 2, of The Diary of a Young Girl originally written by Anne Frank and adapted for television by Deborah Moggach.


  7. Zen
    #7

    Zen (2011)

    1,098 views

    Zen is a British television series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the BBC, co-produced with WGBH Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series, Mediaset and ZDF. It stars Rufus Sewell and Caterina Murino and is based on the Aurelio Zen detective novels by Michael Dibdin. The series was filmed on location in Italy, but the dialogue is in English. The series, which comprises three 90-minute films, was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sunday evenings from 2 January 2011 on BBC One. The three films were based on the books Vendetta, Cabal and Ratking. The series was cancelled by BBC One in February 2011; BBC One controller Danny Cohen later said there were already enough male crime-fighters on TV. Left Bank, the show's producer, tried to find other broadcasters to fund another series but were unsuccessful.


  8. By the Sword Divided
    #8

    By the Sword Divided (1983)

    1,423 views

    By the Sword Divided is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1983 and 1985.


  9. Clocking Off
    #9

    Clocking Off (2000)

    1,231 views

    Clocking Off is a British television drama series which ran on the BBC One network for four series from 2000 to 2003. It was produced for the BBC by the independent Red Production Company, and created by Paul Abbott.


  10. The Pallisers
    #10

    The Pallisers (1974)

    1,146 views

    The Pallisers is a 1974 BBC television adaptation of Anthony Trollope's Palliser novels. Set in Victorian era England with a backdrop of parliamentary life, Simon Raven's dramatisation covers six of Anthony Trollope's novels and follows the events of the characters over two decades.


  11. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking
    #11

    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.


  12. Death in Paradise
    #12

    Death in Paradise (2011)

    2,128 views

    Death in Paradise is a British-French lighthearted crime comedy drama television series created by Robert Thorogood, initially starring Ben Miller and Sara Martins and later starring Kris Marshall and Joséphine Jobert. Danny John-Jules also stars and has been present throughout the series. The programme is a joint UK and French production filmed on the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom and France 2 in France.


  13. The Buddha of Suburbia
    #13

    The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)

    776 views

    The Buddha of Suburbia was a 1993 BBC television miniseries, directed by Roger Michell. It was based on the novel by Hanif Kureishi. The programme starred Naveen Andrews as the main character, Karim Amir. Other cast members included David Bamber, Steven Mackintosh, Harish Patel, Brenda Blethyn, Roshan Seth, Jemma Redgrave and Philip Franks. The programme's soundtrack was written and performed by David Bowie.


  14. Tucker's Luck
    #14

    Tucker's Luck (1983)

    908 views

    Tucker's Luck was a British television series made by the BBC between 1983 and 1985.


  15. Fanny Hill
    #15

    Fanny Hill (2007)

    556 views

    Fanny Hill is a BBC adaptation of John Cleland's controversial novel, Fanny Hill, written by Andrew Davies and directed by James Hawes. This is the first television adaptation of the novel. Fanny Hill was broadcast in October 2007 on BBC Four, in two episodes. Fanny Hill tells the story of a young country girl (Rebecca Night) who is lured into prostitution in 18th century London.


  16. The Cazalets
    #16

    The Cazalets (2001)

    557 views


    The Cazalets is a 2001 six-episode television drama series (5 episodes when broadcast in the US) about the life of a large privileged family in the years 1937 to 1942. Most of the action takes place in London, and at the family's large estate in Sussex.


  17. The Borgias
    #17

    The Borgias (1981)

    609 views

    The Borgias is a British television drama serial produced by the BBC in 1981, in association with the Second Network of the Italian broadcaster RAI. The series, produced by Mark Shivas, was set in Italy during the 15th century and told the story of Rodrigo Borgia (played by Adolfo Celi) – the future Pope Alexander VI – and his family, including his son Cesare (Oliver Cotton) and daughter Lucrezia (Anne Louise Lambert).


  18. The Barchester Chronicles
    #18

    The Barchester Chronicles (1982)

    481 views

    The Barchester Chronicles is a 1982 British television serial produced by the BBC. It is an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's first two Barchester novels, The Warden and Barchester Towers. The series was directed by David Giles. It was largely filmed in and around Peterborough Cathedral, using locations such as the Deanery and Laurel Court.


  19. The Musketeers
    #19

    The Musketeers (2014)

    1,425 views

    The Musketeers is a BBC historical-action drama programme based on the characters from Alexandre Dumas's novel The Three Musketeers and co-produced by BBC America and BBC Worldwide. The first episode was shown on BBC One on 19 January 2014. It stars Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Howard Charles as Porthos, Luke Pasqualino as d'Artagnan, with Tamla Kari as Constance, Maimie McCoy as Milady, Ryan Gage as King Louis and Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne. It also features Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in the first series and Marc Warren as Comte de Rochefort in the second series.


  20. The Cleopatras
    #20

    The Cleopatras (1983)

    474 views

    The Cleopatras was a 1983 BBC Television eight-part historical drama serial. Written by Philip Mackie, it is set in Ancient Egypt during the latter part of the Ptolemaic Dynasty with an emphasis on the Cleopatras. Intended to be the I, Claudius of the 1980s, The Cleopatras met with a decidedly mixed critical reaction. It was regarded and portrayed as a gaudy farce.


  21. Mersey Beat
    #21

    Mersey Beat (2001)

    399 views

    Merseybeat is a British police procedural television series shown on BBC One, with a total of four series broadcast between 2001 and 2004. The series follows the personal and professional lives of one shift of police officers from the fictional Newton Park police station on Merseyside, England.


  22. Clarissa
    #22

    Clarissa (1991)

    379 views

    Clarissa is a 1991 British period drama television miniseries starring Sean Bean, Saskia Wickham and Lynsey Baxter. It aired on the BBC in three hour-long episodes between 27 November and 11 December 1991. It was based on the 1749 novel Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. It follows a virtuous young woman who is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who becomes obsessed with her.


  23. My Wife Next Door
    #23

    My Wife Next Door (1972)

    546 views

    My Wife Next Door is a British sitcom created by Brian Clemens and written by Richard Waring. It was shown on BBC1 in 1972, and only ran for 13 episodes.


  24. Screen Two
    #24

    Screen Two (1985)

    503 views

    Screen Two was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC2 from 1985 to 1994.


  25. Rockface
    #25

    Rockface (2002)

    325 views

    Rockface is a British television drama series which was broadcast on BBC One from 2002 to 2003. It ran for two series: the first six episodes were broadcast from 13 March to 17 April 2002 on Wednesday nights; the second series of eight episodes ran from 25 May to 27 July 2003 on Sunday nights.


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