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The BBC at 100: 100 of its best shows.

The BBC at 100: 100 of its best shows.

This year the BBC turns 100. Fundamental to Britain and funded by licence fee payers, the BBC has garnered a worldwide reputation for quality. For this special post highlighting the highlights of the corporation's massive contribution to television, I've decided to...

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Spooks, BBC1

Last year’s first series of Spooks was credited with doubling the rate of applications for jobs in MI5, and it’s not hard to see why. Draw a pixel-thin line between jokey-glam espionage romp and hard-edged action thriller, and you’ll find Spooks balancing bang in the...

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Cambridge Spies, BBC2, BBC4

For many years the names Philby, Burgess and Maclean (and later, Blunt) were synonymous with treachery in Britain, although you’d hardly know it from watching the first two parts of this dramatisation of their careers as Soviet spies. Instead it portrayed them...

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