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Sherlock: Series Four

BBC One’s much praised, multi-award-winning drama Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returns for an eagerly awaited fourth series of three, 90-minute films – The Six Thatchers, The Lying Detective and The Final Problem.

 

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Sherlock: Special

“Dr John Watson, meet Mr Sherlock Holmes.”

We’ve been here before – but what if this wasn’t the modern day but the late Victorian period? What if the world’s most famous consulting detective and his best friend lived in a Baker Street of steam trains, hansom cabs, top hats and frock-coats? Welcome to Sherlock in 1895!

Some things, though, remain reassuringly the same. Friendship, adventure and especially MURDER…

Why is Thomas Ricoletti a little surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown? Because, just a few hours before, she took her own life… Mrs Ricoletti’s ghost now appears to be prowling the streets with an unshakeable thirst for revenge. From fog-shrouded Limehouse to the bowels of a ruined church, Holmes, Watson, and their friends must use all their cunning to combat an enemy seemingly from beyond the grave, and the final, shocking truth about… The Abominable Bride!

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Constance Chatterley (Holliday Grainger) enjoys a happy marriage to the dashing aristocrat Sir Clifford Chatterley (James Norton), until he is severely wounded serving in the First World War. Confined to a wheelchair and impotent, Clifford becomes more distant, and Constance finds comfort in the company of the estate’s brooding, lonely gamekeeper Oliver Mellors (Richard Madden).

In the England of the 1920s, the social divide between the upper class and their servants was unbreakable: an affair between a lady and a working man would scandalise society and ostracise them both. Lady Chatterley must choose between propriety and love, while Mellors risks his safety, as they both strive to evade the growing suspicions of her jealous and vengeful husband.

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Edge of Heaven

Welcome to the Edge of Heaven! This comedy drama series charts the lives of the Taylor-Chatterjees at Margate’s finest (and indeed only) 80s themed B&B – run by Wham! loving Judy (Camille Coduri), husband and breakfast enthusiast Tandeep (Nitin Kundra), and her two grown-up kids, sofa salesman Alfie (Blake Harrison) and his de-mobbed soldier sister Ann-Marie (Laura Checkley).

Alfie is a man with his life and future all planned out for him, until his fiancée Carly (Justine Cain) leaves him at the altar. Carly’s best friend is Michelle (Louisa Lytton), a sweet girl who’s always had a soft spot for Alfie. Nanny Mo is Alfie’s smart as a tack grandmother (Marcia Warren), who lives with his two gay Uncles, both called Gary (Adrian Scarborough and Robert Evans). Written and created by Robert Evans, Edge of Heaven is guaranteed to brighten up your TV screen.

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Sherlock: Series Three

Two years after the devastating events of The Reichenbach Fall, Dr John Watson has got on with his life. New horizons and romance beckon in the shape of the beautiful and smart Mary Morstan. But Sherlock Holmes is about to rise from the grave. And even though it’s what his best friend wanted more than anything, for John Watson it might well be a case of ‘be careful what you wish for!’

In three brand new adventures, Sherlock and John face baffling mystery beneath the streets of London; a wedding that’s not quite what it seems – and the arrival of the repellent and terrifying blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen. Who is the mysterious disappearing man? How can a Royal Guardsman bleed to death in a locked room? And what is the secret that threatens to blow apart everything the reunited friends hold dear?

Sherlock is back, but will things ever be the same again?

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The Guilty

2008 – a glorious May bank holiday weekend. A four-year-old boy goes missing after a neighbourhood barbecue. Believed to have been abducted, a nationwide search and media frenzy ensue, but the boy is never found.

Present day – the wettest spring on record. Workmen digging up a burst water main uncover a body under the communal garden. Little Callum Reid – buried just yards from his own front door. This dual-timeline drama moves between the days before and after Callum’s disappearance, and the same bank holiday weekend five years later when his body is discovered.

Sherlock Series Two

Sherlock: Series Two

Hartswood Films’ multi-award winning Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, returns to the BBC for an eagerly awaited second series of three 90 minute films: A Scandal In Belgravia, The Hounds Of Baskerville and The Reichenbach Fall. The first episode aired on BBC One on New Years Day 2012.

Find out more on the BBC’s Sherlock page.

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Sherlock: Series One

John Watson, army doctor, invalided home from Afghanistan, alone and friendless. Sherlock Holmes, the most brilliant intellect of his generation, alone and friendless. London 2010 – the best and longest friendship in all of fiction is about to begin anew. The most famous detective, the most baffling mysteries, the most thrilling adventures and the deadliest foes, are coming in out of the fog. Sherlock Holmes was always a modern man – it was the world that got old. Now he’s back as he should be – edgy, contemporary, difficult, dangerous. Inspector Lestrade is the best Scotland Yard has got, but he knows he’s not as good as a strange young man called Sherlock.

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Me and Mrs Jones

Gemma’s (Sarah Alexander) life is ferrying the twins around and dealing with ex Jason (Neil Morrissey) and his Swedish girlfriend. So when do-able dad Tom (Nathaniel Parker) asks her out and her son returns from travelling with Billy (Robert Sheehan), Gemma unexpectedly finds she’s got more than one love interest.

Find out more on the BBC’s Me and Mrs Jones page.

Coupling

Coupling

Two’s company, three’s a crowd. So what do you do with six? Frank and funny, this award-winning BBC Two comedy series puts a witty perspective on the lives and loves of six friends, involved, formerly involved, or about to become involved, brought together by the relationship between two of them, Steve and Susan. This totally upfront account of love and lust between best friends and exes is a real family affair: produced by Sue Vertue, written by her husband Steven Moffat and executive produced by her mother Beryl Vertue. Coupling continues to be one of the BBC’s best-selling comedies. All four series have been sold to more than 25 countries worldwide.

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Jekyll

Dr Jackman’s life is in tatters. Recently, he’s been playing host to an uninvited guest – a dangerous alter-ego. Desperate to protect his wife and children from his dark side, Jackman is forced to leave his old life behind and strike a diabolical deal with his own devil. Part-conspiracy thriller, part-comic horror, Steven Moffat’s modern take on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic brings the ultimate tale of inner conflict to unforgettable new heights. James Nesbitt stars with an outstanding cast in this hit series for BBC One.

Men Behaving Badly

Men Behaving Badly

Men Behaving Badly spawned the cult of laddism. With its outrageous but endearing characters, the programme was warmly received by audiences and critics alike – and half its viewers were women. The title has now entered into common usage, often used in headlines to describe the antics of politicians, footballers and other celebrities. When ITV decided not to take up the option for a third series, Beryl Vertue took the series to the BBC; switching networks was almost unprecedented. The programme went from strength to strength, won many awards and regularly received rave reviews, handsomely rewarding the BBC’s faith in the project.

Coma Girl

Coma Girl

This offbeat comedy follows a group of female friends united by a shared history but divided by almost everything else. Most friends meet for dinner, or at the pub, but for these four old school friends their monthly get together is in the unsettling surroundings of an intensive care unit. Siobhan (Sarah Solemani) is a failing TV presenter, Sarah (Katy Wix) is a rather reluctant mother of three, Pip (Katherine Parkinson) is a pseudo bohemian and Lucy (Anna Crilly) – well, Lucy is in a coma. After the initial shock, the group soon realise that Lucy is in dire need of help, if only they could provide it. As Lucy becomes more aware of what is going on around her, unexpected and funny moments from her subconscious are revealed.

After Thomas

After Thomas

Kyle Graham is scared, not of monsters under the bed like an average six-year-old, but of just about everything. His mother Nicola knows he wants to stay alone and secure in his autistic world but she fears for his future. Her husband Rod is equally devoted but Nicola´s fierce determination to break into Kyle´s world puts intolerable strain on their marriage. That is until they meet Thomas, a golden retriever puppy, who unlocks a personality they never knew their son had. What follows is a fascinating and moving tale of two parents at breaking point who find hope they never dared to dream of. Gritty and real, funny and heart-warming, After Thomas is an uplifting and moving true story, starring Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Spooks) and Ben Miles (Coupling, Prime Suspect).

Supernova

Supernova

British comedian Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey, Marion and Geoff, Human Remains) stars with some of Australia’s finest ensemble actors in the cast of the comedy series Supernova, the first original Australian-UK comedy co-production to come out of Australia. The series revolves around Dr Paul Hamilton (Rob Brydon), a promising British astronomer who leaves his boring job, nagging girlfriend, neurotic cat… in fact his whole humdrum life to take on a research position at the Royal Australian Observatory. From rainy London to the scorching red heart of Australia, Paul and his new, oddball colleagues set out to unravel the mysteries of the Universe. The key Australian cast joining Rob Brydon in Supernova include Kris McQuade, Kat Stewart and Tim Draxl.

The Cup

The Cup

Steve Edge (The Visit, Phoenix Nights) and Jennifer Hennessy (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Lilies) star in The Cup, a new comedy series written by Moray Hunter and Jack Docherty (Absolutely, The Creatives). The Cup is based on Canadian series The Tournament produced by Adjacent 2 Entertainment and created by Howard Busgang, Wendy Hopkins and Marty Putz, and originally set in the world of junior ice hockey. Shot in a documentary style, The Cup follows Bolton-based Ashburn United Football Club and their quest to win the North and Midlands Under 11’s Cup in Birmingham. It rapidly becomes apparent that the real story is the selfish and obsessive behaviour of the kids’ parents as they try to live their own dreams through their children.

Lift

Lift

On the edge of meltdown, businessman Paul Sykes (Douglas Hodge) is late for a make-or-break meeting. Sunita (Nina Wadia) will not shut up about her inappropriate life experiences. Rocco (Rasmus Hardiker) is a 17-year-old with seven different, very major phobias. Christabel (Siobhan Redmond) is dangerously jolly and is challenged in the bladder area. Four ill-fitting people who want to be as far away as possible from one another. Unfortunately this isn’t possible. They’re stuck in a lift. Will they ever get out? If they do, will there still be four of them alive? It’s like Lost but quite a lot more cramped. Lift was one of four comedies in BBC Four’s series ‘Tight Spot’ in which the central characters are all stuck in very different situations. The series started in February 2007 and Lift was the third programme to go out.

Is it Legal?

Is It Legal?

From the award-winning team behind Men Behaving Badly, Is It Legal? is set in the ramshackle, chaotic offices of solicitors Lotus, Spackman and Phelps. Amid the chaos of tea breaks and buns is Stella (Imelda Staunton), the snappy senior partner who is permanently poised to jump down someone’s throat; Bob (Patrick Barlow) the shambolic clerk; accident-prone Colin (Richard Lumsden); bored secretary Alison (Kate Isitt) (who has the best hair), and Darren (Matthew Ashforde), the office dogsbody, who can’t help looking at a woman as a collection of sexually alluring body parts.

Wonderful You

Wonderful You

A sexy, modern drama series about a group of North London friends coping with life at 30, in a very original and compelling will-they-won’t-they love story. Wonderful You was the first drama to be screened by ITV when they moved The News at Ten. Marshall is 30, good-looking, successful, drives a Porsche and lives with Clare, his equally attractive girlfriend. Even worse, he’s a pretty good bloke. So how is Henry, the Crouch End undiscovered songwriter with soul – plus a part-time job and a push-bike – going to steal Clare away? And can Henry’s best friend Heather overcome the feeling that she’s one step away from spinsterhood? Or Marco and Gina choose between their own happiness and that of their small son?

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The Savages

“Savage by name, really rather tame by nature.” From the award-winning team behind Men Behaving Badly, Adam (Marcus Brigstocke) and Jessica (Victoria Hamilton) Savage struggle to remain sane, decent and in love against formidable odds. These odds take the shape of their two tiny children, Adam’s father Donald (Geoffrey Palmer) and the destructive pressures of modern life. A warm, truthful and funny look at the stresses and pleasures of family life.

Carrie & Barry

Carrie & Barry

Carrie & Barry is an engaging sitcom that reunites Neil Morrissey with the team that made him a household name in the long-running hit Men Behaving Badly – Hartswood Films, writer Simon Nye and director Martin Dennis. Neil stars as part-time cabbie Barry with Claire Rushbrook (Linda Green, Family Business) as his beautician wife Carrie. Barry’s mate Kirk (Mark Williams, The Fast Show, Harry Potter) is always guaranteed to say the wrong thing, whilst Michelle (Michelle Gomez, Green Wing) is Carrie’s acid-tongued best friend and fellow beautician. Barry’s teenage daughter Sinead is played by Sarah Quintrell and her boyfriend Adrian, by Mathew Horne (The Catherine Tate Show).

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Fear, Stress & Anger

For years the baby boomers ruled the world. But now, much to their bewilderment, they find they are past their sell-by dates and being shunted aside by the next generation. Their twenty-something children won’t leave home, and their ancient parents won’t shuffle off the stage. They’re stuck in the middle, the sandwich generation. Still very much in love, Martin Chadwick (Peter Davison) and his wife Julie (Pippa Haywood) are panicking as the wheels come off their lives. They try drugs, therapy and new jobs, but Martin’s unerring ability to screw up absolutely everything, combined with Julie’s rampant neuroses just add to the fear, the stress and the anger. Peter Davison (The Last Detective, At Home With The Braithwaites) and Pippa Haywood (Green Wing) star in Fear, Stress & Anger, a comedy series from Michael Aitkens (Waiting for God).

A Woman's Guide To Adultery

A Woman’s Guide To Adultery

Rose disapproves of adultery. Her three closest friends are all entangled with married men and she can see that it is always the women who suffer most. Rose would never hurt another woman for the sake of a man. But when she meets Paul, the sexual attraction is too strong to resist and suddenly Rose finds that she has become a mistress with a guilty conscience. Sex in the afternoons, secret meetings in quiet bars, waiting by the phone, wishing his wife would let him go; Rose has succumbed to adultery.

Border Café

Border Café

Written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Preston Front), this original and riveting comedy drama series is set in a fictional town on the borders of England and Wales. It’s home to a cross-section of amazing, colourful characters who under normal circumstances, would never have met. But they all start to frequent the new café on the town’s outskirts and become embroiled in the lives of the people who run it – Charlotte, David, Ronnie and Kidder. As the café starts to have its effect, the whole notion of whose life depends on whose starts to shift. The star begins to decline, the copycat flowers…

Codename: Kyril

Codename: Kyril

There is a top level traitor in Moscow Centre and Stanov, Chairman of the KGB, secretly lays a bait to flush him out. One of his officers – codename ‘Kyril’ – stages a convincing defection and rumours circulate in both Moscow and London that the ‘defector’ carries with him the spy’s identity. But Kyril, with his misplaced loyalty, is being hunted by the KGB and British Secret Intelligence on his hazardous journey to London and does not realise that he is on a certain suicide mission. This spectacular, star-studded, action-packed thriller was filmed on location in Bristol, London, Amsterdam and Oslo.

The English Wife

The English Wife

A compelling story of love and deadly deception set in the French countryside, The English Wife was an unusual commission for ITV, and the first single film in a showcase of innovative new drama called ‘The ITV Drama Premieres.’ Zoë Wanamaker plays Madame Griveau who, with her wealthy French husband, dabbles in the murky criminal underworld in a desperate effort to maintain their lavish lifestyle. Elena, an innocent English au pair, becomes unwittingly entangled in their deceit when they employ her to look after their lonely seven-year-old autistic son.

In Love With Elizabeth

In Love With Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, was the nation’s favourite grandmother. But little of her childhood and early life has been documented – until now. In this unique and intimate portrait, the young Elizabeth Bowes Lyon emerges as a lively, strong willed and accomplished young woman. At 19 she had so many suitors she didn’t know which way to turn. In this remarkable documentary, personal testimony is combined with rare archive film, photographs and letters to create a unique insight into an extraordinary woman who followed her heart, married a Prince and by an unexpected twist of fate, became Queen.

My Good Friend

My Good Friend

In his first television role after 15 years in Minder, George Cole plays mischievous, meddling pensioner Peter Banks who refuses to accept it’s time to slow down. He drives his house-proud daughter Betty (Matilda Ziegler) to distraction but the quick wit hides a sad loneliness since the death of his beloved wife. Forging a friendship with retired librarian Harry King (Richard Pearson) brings a new lease of life for both men. The two embark on a series of adventures not entirely appropriate for men of their advanced years. But Harry’s young landlady Ellie (Minnie Driver) and her son Neil always have a warm welcome for his ‘other granddad’.

Officers and Gentlemen

Officers and Gentlemen

Commissioned to be shown on the eve of Armistice Day 1997, this critically-acclaimed documentary offers a unique insight into the lives of the world famous Chelsea Pensioners. A familiar sight at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, these scarlet-clad men have taken part in some of the most famous and bloody conflicts of this century, helped form history and yet remain humble. ‘The Gentlemen’ are full of stories of life spent in the army, through war and peace; sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and sometimes just plain unbelievable, most never before recorded.

The Red Baron

The Red Baron

The Red Baron was commissioned to mark the 80th anniversary of the death of the world’s most successful fighter pilot. In April 1918, the extraordinary and charismatic Baron Manfred von Richtofen, who had shot down 80 British planes, was buried with full military honours by the Allies. Unique testimonies from descendants of the Red Baron and of those brave men who fought with him and against him, combine with previously unseen archive footage and poignant excerpts from his mother’s diary to paint a remarkable picture of the life and death of an enduring legend.

Going to Chelsea

Going To Chelsea

Commissioned as part of ITV’s prestigious ‘Network First’ series, Going To Chelsea is an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at a year in the life of a garden in the lead up to the 1996 Chelsea Flower Show. We follow designer Stephen Woodhams in his second bid for a prestigious Gold Medal, and after months of hard work – raising sponsorship, trips to Italy, run-ins with the RHS – the big day finally arrives. Stephen is a bundle of nerves. But before the judges’ decisions are made public, he has time to meet the press and to chat to the cast of Men Behaving Badly and Her Majesty the Queen.

The Welsh Great Escape

The Welsh Great Escape

In the dead of night in March 1945, almost seventy desperate young German prisoners of war tunnelled from a camp in Bridgend in Wales and escaped over the sand dunes. The film follows the fate of the POWs, many of them committed Nazis, as they were tracked by armed soldiers, the Home Guard, dogs, local children and Girl Guides as one of the largest manhunts of the whole war got under way. Serious and comic in turn, dramatic reconstruction is intercut with commentary and personal testimony. Two of the German POWs return to the site for the first time in more than 60 years to see the very hut from which they escaped. In addition, we follow the production team as they make the extraordinary and exciting discovery that the 60′ long tunnel, sealed up and forgotten for so long, is, incredibly, still intact – despite being shored up using timber from the prisoners’ bunk-beds.

The War Behind the Wire

The War Behind The Wire

The Great Escape and The Road to Colditz are stories of captivity, escape and freedom told by the men who were there. During the Second World War the Germans took more than seven million prisoners. They told their captives – “For you, the war is over.” But this was not true. A new war, the war behind the wire, was about to begin. This major and critically acclaimed documentary marks the fifth collaboration between Producer Beryl Vertue and Director Michael Davies. Personal stories of hope and despair unfold throughout the films – first-hand testimony combines with archive film and extracts from famous movies to create an exciting, dramatic and moving story.