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1997: A Year on TV
When Tony Blair was elected prime minister ten years ago, he promised to end the traditional political divides in favour of a so-called Third Way that steered a course between the Left and Right.
1997 also saw dramatic shifts in the television landscape - dramas such as This Life were shot like fly-on-the-wall documentaries, while documentaries became more like soaps as we followed the emotional highs and lows of Maureen and company at the Driving School.
TV also brilliantly parodied itself. In I'm Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan's hapless radio presenter made increasingly desperate attempts to get his TV chat show recommissioned.
Children and adults alike became obsessed by some colourful aliens with TV sets in their tummies in Teletubbies; and broadcasters covering the death and funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales were forced to tear up their schedules and news channels had to rise to the challenge of covering a story that dominated the news agenda 24 hours a day.
Mark Lawson meets the people who were involved in making the most popular and significant TV programmes in this momentous year. [S]
Showing as part of a season of programmes on BBC FOUR supporting Are We Having Fun Yet?, a new three-part documentary (beginning Monday 12th March) exploring how Britain has changed over the last ten years.
Sun 11 Mar, 23:00-00:00 60mins Stereo Widescreen
MP3 128kps CBR 48000Hz
Some of the other rather spiffing shows available now and always if you signup free @ www.TheBox.bz:
Comedy: The Office, Peep Show, Coupling, Chef, Fawlty Towers, Only Fools and Horses, The IT Crowd, Brass Eye, Nathan Barley, Young Ones, Monty Python, Blackadder, Alan Partridge, Father Ted, Coupling, Little Britain, Mr Bean, Extras, Green Wing, Mighty Boosh
Drama: Casualty, Holby City, The Bill, Hustle, Skins, Shameless, Ashes To Ashes
Game/Quiz Shows: Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Have I Got News For You, Deal Or No Deal (UK), Q.I.
Education/Documentary: Planet Earth, Horizon, Panorama, Mark Thomas (Comedy) Product
Food: Hell's Kitchen, Jamie Oliver, The F Word, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef, Great British Menu, Gordon Ramsay's Cookalong
Home/Property/Garden: Property Ladder, How Clean Is Your House?, Changing Rooms, Grand Designs, Homes Under The Hammer, To Buy Or Not To Buy
Motoring: Top Gear, Fifth Gear
Music: Top Of The Pops, Jools Holland, Glastonbury
Reality: Big Brother, Celebrity Big Brother, I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!, Any Dream Will Do, Grease, Pop Idol, Wife Swap, X Factor, Badger Or Bust, Apprentice UK, Dragons' Den, Britain's Got Talent
Sci-Fi: Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Torchwood, Primeval
Sport: Football (Soccer), Cricket, Rugby, Snooker, Darts, Formula One (F1GP)