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How devoted are you to the Stubbs sisters? Find out with our quiz about the pair.

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Are you as nosy as the residents of Candleford? Take our quiz to see how much you know.

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Daisy, daisy, give me your answer do - answer our 10 questions about the music hall drama.

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You may not be an antique expert but are you a Lovejoy one? Try our quiz to find out.

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How much do you know about Emma Harte, her family and empire?

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The record-breaking police drama follows those in blue from Sun Hill Police Station.

The Pinkertons
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Canadian drama following a detective agency at work in new frontier.

Hold the Dream
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Adaptation of Barbara Taylor Bradford's sweeping sequel to A Woman of Substance.

Around The World In 80 Days
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Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg (Brosnan) must travel around the globe in 80 days or less

A Woman of Substance
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Blockbuster mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford's bestselling romance.

Catherine Cookson: The Cinder Path
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Catherine Zeta-Jones in an early role here in this spellbinding historical drama.

Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather

Essex girls Sharon and Tracey rely on each other while their husbands are in prison.

Born and Bred
Born and Bred

James Bolam and Michael French star in a cosy drama set in a Lancashire cottage hospital.

Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife

Runaway hit medical drama. Sundays at 6:40pm from 16th April.

The Last Detective
The Last Detective

Peter Davison stars in this detective series, based on the novels by Leslie Thomas.

Cold Comfort Farm
Cold Comfort Farm

Kate Beckinsale stars in this adaptation of Stella Gibbons's comic novel.

Catherine Cookson: The Glass Virgin
Catherine Cookson: The Glass Virgin

Annabella learns lessons in life the hard way when her father's debts catch up with him.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
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Anna Parquin stars as the brave social worker who smuggled Jewish children out of Warsaw.

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This series explores the perils and challenges facing the world's most famous castaway.

Crimson Petal and the White
Crimson Petal and the White

Chris O'Dowd stars in this powerful saga of love, lust, desire and revenge.

Garrow's Law
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18th Century England - a time of turbulence, when the world was up for grabs.

The Cazalets
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The Cazalets take up residence in Sussex after World War II breaks out.

Inspector George Gently
Inspector George Gently

Dishy Martin Shaw stars as the detective struggling to come to terms with the 60s.

Catherine Cookson: The Gambling Man
Catherine Cookson: The Gambling Man

Geordie heartthrob Robson Green stars in this feature-length 19th century drama.

Jonathan Creek
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Alan Davies is the curly-haired magical mystery-solver Jonathan Creek.

Land Girls
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Four girls keep calm and carry on, working for the Women's Land Army during the War.

Lark Rise to Candleford
Lark Rise to Candleford

Laura Timmins makes the move to town in this delightful drama with an all-star cast.

Catherine Cookson: The Girl
Catherine Cookson: The Girl

Romantic, feature-length adaptation from the mind of the best-selling novelist.

Last of The Summer Wine
Last of The Summer Wine

Long-running sitcom about the exploits of a trio of men who are old enough to know better.

Lovejoy
Lovejoy

Ian McShane as the antiques dealer with an eye for a valuable item... and the ladies.

Miss Marple
Miss Marple

Joan Hickson stars as Agatha Christie's famous detective, the spinster from St. Mary Mead.

Monarch of the Glen
Monarch of the Glen

Archie MacDonald (Alastair Mackenzie) returns to the Highlands to restore his family home.

Vanity Fair
Vanity Fair

A classic adaptation about Rebecca Sharp, a strong-willed, cunning, moneyless, young woman

New Tricks
New Tricks

A group of ex-policemen are brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved crimes.

Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice

Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth star in this lavish adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.

Death In Paradise
Death In Paradise

Sun-drenched mysteries on a beautiful Caribbean island. Mondays at 9pm from 22nd May.

Rumpole of the Bailey
Rumpole of the Bailey

Rumpole of the Bailey uncovers more mysteries from John Mortimer's short stories.

Sharpe
Sharpe

Swashbuckling action starring the brooding Sean Bean as Bernard Cornwell's sergeant.

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You know when the Taggart team's around it can only mean one thing... Murrrrrrderrrrr.

Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park

Sylvestra Le Touzel stars in this lavish adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.

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The Sinking of the Laconia

Tense World War II drama about the sinking of the British ocean liner by a German U-boat.

Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen's classic novel where a naive young girl visits the wealthy Tilney family.

Wish Me Luck
Wish Me Luck

Gripping wartime drama about two women recrutied as undercover agents in occupied France.

Persuasion
Persuasion

Amanda Root stars in a great adaptation of Austen's classic novel.

Silk
Silk

Life at the Bar with Maxine Peake as a barrister facing problems in the pursuit of silk.

To Be the Best
To Be the Best

The trilogy that began with A Woman of Substance ends with this epic tale.

Bring Me Morecambe & Wise
Bring Me Morecambe & Wise

A treasure chest for fans of the comedy duo, as a host of stars look back at their career.

Deadline Gallipoli
Deadline Gallipoli

Explore the origin of the Gallipoli legend from the point of view of war correspondents.

Captain Webb
Captain Webb

Biopic about Captain Matthew Webb, who became the first person to swim the Channel.

Fanny Hill
Fanny Hill

Rebecca Night and Alison Steadman star in this adatption of John Cleland's novel.

Catherine Cookson The Tide of Life
Catherine Cookson The Tide of Life

Following the fortunes of a young house keeper Emily.

Tenko
Tenko

Stock up on the quinine, as we go back to WWII for the acclaimed women POW drama Tenko.

Catherine Cookson The Dwelling Place
Catherine Cookson The Dwelling Place

After the death of her parents Cissie is left orphaned and in charge of her young siblings

Tipping the Velvet
Tipping the Velvet

Daring drama based on the best-selling debut novel by Sarah Waters, starring Keeley Hawes.

Catherine Cookson The Rag Nymph
Catherine Cookson The Rag Nymph

Orphaned Millie is taken in by a local rag woman, and a new life begins.

The Long Firm
The Long Firm

Mark Strong stars as Jake Arnott's nightclub owner, recketeer and porn king in 1960s Soho.

Catherine Cookson's The Fifteen Streets
Catherine Cookson's The Fifteen Streets

What chance do young lovers have in the North East of 1910?

Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper

Michael Caine plays a drunkard Scotland Yard inspector on the trail of the famous killer.

Catherine Cookson’s Tilly Trotter
Catherine Cookson’s Tilly Trotter

Lavish drama series adapted from Catherine Cookson's best-selling novel.

Murphy's Law
Murphy's Law

James Nesbitt plays the wise-cracking uncompromising, tough-talking cop with a dark past.

Spooks
Spooks

The action-packed and edge-of-the-seat spy drama about the British Security Service.

North and South
North and South

Opposites attract as Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage fall for each other.

Dangerfield
Dangerfield

The medical and crime drama fused together in this fab series with the sleuthing surgeon.

The Ruby in the Smoke
The Ruby in the Smoke

Billy Piper stars in this adaptation of Philip Pullman's first Sally Lockhart mystery.

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

Patricia Routledge takes a break from playing Hyacinth Bucket in the mystery series.

The Shadow in the North
The Shadow in the North

Billie Piper returns in the second Sally Lockheart Mystery, intent on exposing a conman.

Bleak House
Bleak House

A Charles Dickens adaptation about the 19th-century English system.

Act of Will
Act of Will

Powerful, personal and heart-warming, Act of Will is the story of three remarkable women.

Imitation Of Life
Imitation Of Life

A struggling young actress and her six year old daughter open up a housekeeping service.