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Boohbah (CITV, Penelope Keith, Rudolph Walker)

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Boohbah: Boohbah was a children’s television show. It premiered in 2003 on ITV in the United Kingdom, and on 19 January 2004 in the United States on PBS until 2 July 2006. It was created by Anne Wood with scripts by Alan Dapre and Robin Stevens. Anne Wood also created the children’s show Teletubbies, and Boohbah is produced by the UK’s Ragdoll Ltd. and the USA’s PBS Kids. The similarity between this show and Teletubbies, both of which have a “science fiction” theme, is notable. One of the show’s trademarks is a child’s voice pronouncing the show’s name in sing-song.

“Boohbah” means “doll” in Hebrew, but it is not clear if this influenced the name of the show, or even if the creators are aware of this.

CAST
Penelope Keith
Rudolph Walker
Philip Maurice Hayes Jumbah (voice)


CREW

UK / CITV / 104×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 2003-04-14 – 2006-01-06

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Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned (ITV, David Baddiel, Frank Skinner)

Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned: Baddiel and Skinner unplanned was a free-form talk show hosted by British comedians/personalities David Baddiel and Frank Skinner and produced by Avalon Television. Its concept was developed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and had a run in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2001.

The show features the two hosts sitting on a couch on-stage and responding to questions from the audience — at times rather seriously, but usually with bizarre digressions into satirical comedy. An audience member is chosen as “Secretary” and has the job of keeping a note of the topics covered on a white board. In practice, the personality of the secretary will also prompt many jokes — usually at his or her expense. At the end of the show, Skinner asks either the secretary or the audience to choose between two song books, and to pick a page number between 1 and 20. This process determines which song is performed by the duo, sung by Skinner with Baddiel accompanying him on piano.

Topics of discussion are wholly mandated by the audience and have ranged from discussions of the war against Iraq and other political events to comments on the latest plot twists of popular soap operas and the Atkins diet. Skinner’s Catholicism and Baddiel’s Jewish faith are also occasional targets of humour.

CAST
David Baddiel
Frank Skinner

UK / ITV / 61×30 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2000-05-28 / Ended: 2005-09-14

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Vanity Fair (ITV, Olivia Cooke, Tom Bateman)

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Vanity Fair: In a world where everyone is striving for what is not worth having, no one is more determined to climb to the heights of English society than Becky Sharp.

CAST
Olivia Cooke Becky Sharp
Tom Bateman Rawdon Crawley
Claudia Jessie Amelia Sedley
Johnny Flynn William Dobbin
Michael Palin William Makepeace Thackeray
Frances de la Tour Lady Matilda Crawley
Sian Clifford Martha Crawley
Martin Clunes Sir Pitt Crawley

CREW
Creators Gwyneth Hughes
Director James Strong
Director Jonathan Entwistle
Writer Gwyneth Hughes
Novel William Makepeace Thackeray
Producer Julia Stannard
Original Music Composer Isobel Waller-Bridge

UK / ITV / 7×48 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2018-09-02 / Ended: 2018-10-07

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The Long Song (BBC One, Tamara Lawrance, Hayley Atwell)

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The Long Song: Set during the final days of slavery in 19th century Jamaica, we follow the trials, tribulations and survival of plantation slave July and her odious mistress Caroline.

CAST
Tamara Lawrance July
Hayley Atwell Caroline Mortimer
Jack Lowden Robert
Leo Bill John Howarth
Doña Croll July
Lenny Henry Godfrey
Jo Martin Hannah
Ayesha Antoine Molly

CREW
Creators
Novel Andrea Levy
Director of Photography Chloë Thomson



UK / BBC One / 3×180 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2018-12-18 / Ended: 2018-12-20

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