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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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Prime Suspect – The Last Witness, ITV1

The original Prime Suspect, broadcast in 1991, remains arguably the best police drama ever seen on British TV. Seven years after Prime Suspect V, there was a danger that the formulaic approach of today’s ITV, which has already seen two of this year’s major new dramas...

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MIT (Murder Investigation Team), ITV1

Cardinal rules of British TV, number 46: don’t try to copy American cop shows. Sticking to this edict has earned ITV’s The Bill a long and successful career, but on the evidence of its opening episode, the people responsible for this Bill spin-off either forgot it or...

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The Planman, ITV1

Robbie Coltrane has spent so long away from television one could imagine him sitting with a glass of whisky beside a roaring fire, throwing script after script into the flames until he found something really special, as cracking as Cracker. Sadly, the return of his...

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New Tricks, BBC1

Go on then, make a series. This pilot almost failed to take off – the opening was too slow and the Shallow Grave-style interviews were too clichéd – but Roy Mitchell's drama got more and more enjoyable as it went on. The cast is a blast from the past (except for...

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The Commander, ITV1

Opinions vary on ITV1’s current season of two-part blockbuster dramas, one view being that they’ve taken the quick and easy route, grabbing attention with high-profile subjects then failing to back them up with believable plots and characters. This week, though, they...

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