Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace (Channel 4, Matthew Holness, Richard Ayoade)

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace: A maverick doctor battles with the evil forces lurking beneath a hospital in Romford, engaged in a desperate struggle against poor production values, awful dialogue and unrealistic violence…

Matthew Holness Garth Marenghi / Dr. Rick Dagless M.D.
Richard Ayoade Dean Learner / Thornton Reed
Matt Berry Todd Rivers / Dr. Lucien Sanchez
Alice Lowe Madeleine Wool / Liz Asher

Creator Richard Ayoade
Executive Producer Richard Allen-Turner
Music Andrew Hewitt
Producer Charlie Hanson
Production Design Dennis De Groot
Editor Adam Windmill
Associate Producer Richard Grocock

GB / Channel 4 / 6×30 minute episodes / Premiere Date: 2004-01-29 / Ended: 2004-03-04


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.

David Baddiel
Frank Skinner

GB / 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.

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

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

GB / 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.

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

Novel Andrea Levy
Director of Photography Chloë Thomson

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

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