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Series 3

Episode 6: Mistake

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen. Rick overhears Mel talking about a lucrative presenting job one of her clients is up for and decides the job should be his. Show more

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Series 3

Episode 7: Nuts

Duration: 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about an ex-celebrity comedian. Rick is looking forward to spending Christmas at home with Mel, as it will be a well-earned break from playing Mr Smee in panto. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 1: Rubbish

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Sitcom about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan. Rick fronts a government TV recycling campaign which backfires spectacularly. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 2: Wayne

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan. Rick is suffering from insomnia caused by an extremely noisy paperboy. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 3: 5000 Pounds

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom about Rick Spleen, a disillusioned comedian and writer whose career has not gone to plan. Rick gets into a punch-up at an awards ceremony. Show more

Contributors

Rick Spleen:
Jack Dee
Graham McLean:
Ian Ashpitel
Michael:
Tony Gardner
Community Support Officer:
Owen Brazendale
Writer:
Jack Dee

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Series 1

Episode 4: Allergic

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom about a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer. Rick confides to Mel and Marty that he may have inadvertently killed one of Britain's best loved entertainers. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 6: Fatty

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Sitcom about a disillusioned stand-up comedian and writer. Rick decides to take up exercise having been humiliated about his weight on TV by daytime chatshow host Adam Green. Show more

The Thick of It

Special: Spinners and Losers

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Political comedy. The Prime Minister resigns six months too early and all hell breaks loose at Number 10. Malcolm Tucker's political career hangs in the balance. Show more

Contributors

Malcolm Tucker:
Peter Capaldi
Ollie Reeder:
Chris Addison
Glenn Cullen:
James Smith
Terri Coverley:
Joanna Scanlan
Ben Swain:
Justin Edwards
Julius Nicholson:
Alex Macqueen
Robyn Murdoch:
Polly Kemp
Nick Hanway:
Martin Savage
Angela Heaney:
Lucinda Raikes
Cleaner:
Diveen Henry
Cliff Lawton:
Tim Bentinck
Claire Ballentine:
Eve Matheson
Geoff Holhurst:
Rob Edwards
Dan Miller:
Tony Gardner
Writer:
Tony Roche
Producer:
Adam Tandy

Lead Balloon

Series 2

Episode 1: Giraffe

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Sitcom starring Jack Dee as the angst-ridden comedian Rick Spleen. Rick appears as a Celebrity Oracle on a quiz show. Meanwhile, Magda, his surly home help, finally quits. Show more

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Series 2

Episode 5: Sick

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Sitcom about ex-celebrity comedian Rick Spleen. The women in Rick's house are sick, and he is forced to take over. Rick promises to field his partner Mel's work calls. Show more

Drama

Festival

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Comedy drama by Sarah Wooley about the Cheltenham Literary Festival and the origins of a legendary literary romance. Show more

Contributors

Elizabeth Jane Howard:
Melody Grove
John Moore:
Tony Gardner
Colin 'Monkey' Howard:
Will Howard
Kingsley Amis:
Jonathan Forbes
Carson McCullers:
Emma Handy
Gallery Owner:
Emma Handy
Councillor:
Emma Handy
James Douglas-Henry:
John Lightbody
Councillor:
John Lightbody
Peter Scott:
John Lightbody

Genres

Brand

Drama

Bluestone 42

Series 1

Episode 1

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Comedy drama about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. The team experience a tough roadside ops, whilst Mary grabs the attention of Nick. Show more

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Legal drama series. When junior barrister Will Burton's talents acquit his latest client of a brutal and high-profile murder, there are chilling consequences in store. Show more

Contributors

Will Burton:
David Tennant
Liam Foyle:
Toby Kebbell
Maggie Gardner:
Sophie Okonedo
Kate Burton:
Ashley Jensen
Jamie Burton:
Gus Barry
Nerdy Kid:
Robert Foster
Charles Hegarty:
Jasper Jacob
Vadim Kumarin:
Faton Gerbeshi
Richard Mayfield QC:
Anton Lesser
Danny Monk:
Stephen Wight
Trevor Harris:
Tony Gardner
Gavin De Souza QC:
Patrick Ryecart
Peter Simpkins:
Roy Marsden
George Balfour QC:
Nicholas Woodeson
Julian Fowkes QC:
Alistair Petrie
Pathologist:
Gabrielle Jourdan
Park Keeper:
John Albasiny
Mr Hughes:
John Hodgkinson
Jonathan Crowe:
Nigel Betts
Detective Chalmers:
Geoffrey Leesley
Producer:
Paul Frift
Director:
Brian Welsh

Doctor Who

Series 10

Episode 7: The Pyramid at the End of the World

Duration: 46 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One Scotland HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Available for 1 month

When the Earth is set on a countdown to destruction, an alien race offers a deal to save humanity. Will the Doctor accept their help? Show more

Contributors

The Doctor:
Peter Capaldi
Nardole:
Matt Lucas
Secretary General:
Togo Igawa
The Commander:
Nigel Hastings
Colonel Don Brabbit:
Eben Young
Douglas:
Tony Gardner
Xiaolian:
Daphne Cheung
Voice of the Monks:
Tim Bentinck
Producer:
Peter Bennett
Executive Producer:
Brian Minchin
Executive Producer:
Steven Moffat

Drama

Negative Signs of Progress

Episode 1: Here

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

International thriller about a British aid worker who goes missing, and her husband's attempts to track her down. His search reveals how little he really knew about her. Show more

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Series 1

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC ThreeLatest broadcast: on BBC Three

Comedy drama about a British bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. Nick tries to find decent food to use in an attempt to seduce Mary. Simon gets into trouble on roadside ops. Show more

New Tricks

Series 9

Episode 2: Old School Ties

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

Crime drama. The UCOS team reinvestigate the disappearance of a PE teacher when the remains of a body are discovered on the grounds of the school where he taught. Show more

Contributors

Brian Lane:
Alun Armstrong
Det Supt Sandra Pullman:
Amanda Redman
Gerry Standing:
Dennis Waterman
Elizabeth Clayton:
Susannah Harker
Archi Milgrow:
Brian Pettifer
Esther Lane:
Susan Jameson
Helen Hadley:
Nicola Walker
Eleanor Higgins:
Phoebe Fox
Oliver Lebbon:
Sam Crane
Melissa Parks:
Lucy Phelps
Lucas Graves:
Tony Gardner
Jacob Longley:
Billy Matthews
Geoffrey Parks:
Tom Knight
Producer:
Tom Mullens

The Thick of It

Series 4

Episode 2

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Political satire. Nicola Murray struggles to break in her new policy advisor, though of course she is already stressed by seeing Dan Miller get friendly with Malcolm Tucker. Show more

Contributors

Malcolm Tucker:
Peter Capaldi
Ben Swain:
Justin Edwards
Nicola Murray:
Rebecca Front
Helen Hatley:
Rebecca Gethings
Oliver Reeder:
Chris Addison
Dan Miller:
Tony Gardner
Geoff Holhurst:
Rob Edwards
Journalist:
Gareth Tunley
Journalist:
Chetna Pandya
Director:
Billy Sneddon
Executive Producer:
Armando Iannucci
Producer:
Adam Tandy
Writer:
Roger Drew
Writer:
Sean Gray
Writer:
Will Smith
Writer:
Dan Gaster
Writer:
Ian Martin

The Thick of It

Series 4

Episode 4

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Political satire. With opposition leader Nicola on a long train journey to attend the party's Here 2 Hear event in Bradford, Malcolm Tucker is free to launch his latest plot. Show more

Contributors

Malcolm Tucker:
Peter Capaldi
Oliver Reeder:
Chris Addison
Nicola Murray:
Rebecca Front
Helen Hatley:
Rebecca Gethings
Glenn Cullen:
James Smith
Dan Miller:
Tony Gardner
John Duggan:
Miles Jupp
Cathy Hastings:
Lucy Briers
Ben Swain:
Justin Edwards
Director:
Becky Martin
Executive Producer:
Armando Iannucci
Producer:
Adam Tandy
Writer:
Sean Gray
Writer:
Tony Roche
Writer:
Roger Drew
Writer:
Ian Martin
Writer:
Will Smith

The Thick of It

Series 4

Episode 5

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC HD

Political comedy. Both government and opposition try to spin their way to the moral high ground following the key worker housing scandal. Some are even calling for an inquiry. Show more

Contributors

Nicola Murray:
Rebecca Front
Helen Hatley:
Rebecca Gethings
Phil Smith:
Will Smith
Peter Mannion:
Roger Allam
Emma Messinger:
Olivia Poulet
Stewart Pearson:
Vincent Franklin
Fergus Williams:
Geoffrey Streatfield
Adam Kenyon:
Ben Willbond
Terri Coverley:
Joanna Scanlan
Glenn Cullen:
James Smith
Robyn Murdoch:
Polly Kemp
Malcolm Tucker:
Peter Capaldi
Dan Miller:
Tony Gardner
Oliver Reeder:
Chris Addison
Director:
Chris Addison
Executive Producer:
Armando Iannucci
Producer:
Adam Tandy
Writer:
Roger Drew
Writer:
Sean Gray
Writer:
Rob Colley
Writer:
Dan Gaster
Writer:
Ian Martin
Writer:
Tony Roche
Writer:
Will Smith