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Arthur Timothy Read is an aardvark. He lives in Elwood city with his friends. The theme tune for Arthur is sung by Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and is called "Believe in Yourself". [1]

Some people believe that Arthur is not real, and that he is based on the books by Marc Brown [2], which were first published in 1976.


Some people believe that Arthur is not real, and that he is based on the books by Marc Brown [2], which were first published in 1976.

Buster Baxter is his best friend. He is a rabbit.

Alan "The Brain" Powers is very clever. No one calls him by his real name of Alan though.

Francine Alice Frensky is a monkey. She loves sports, and playing the drums.

Mary Alice "Muffy" Crosswire is also a monkey, and is Francine's best friend.

Binky Barnes seem to be the typical bully on the surface, but underneath he is quite insecure and soft.


Dora Winnifred Read (DW) is his sister.

He has a baby sister called Kaitlyn "Kate".

Jane Read, his mother, works from home as an accountant.

David Read, his father, runs a catering business.

Grandma Thora Read is his grandmother. Arthur and DW love her very much, but hate her cooking!

Grandpa Dave lives on the family farm.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas is a little blue steam engine who lives on the island of Sodor. The fat controller called him a 'Really useful engine' and gave him his own branch line that he was in charge of. He had two coaches called Annie and Clarabel.

Popular Anime


Pokémon follows the story of Ash Ketchum, a Pokémon trainer and his faithful Pokémon Pikachu. He travels around looking to become the best trainer. He has acquired many friends such as Misty and Brock.


Digimon is about various young children who have had digimon partners thrust upon them, as well as the concept of having the Digimon Digivolve, a process by which they transform into stronger creatures to fend off enemy Digimon. They also Digivolve when they run low on strength meaning that the children had to learn how to be DigiDestined as they went along.



  • Run Time: 19th February 1985 -Present
  • Series: 26
  • Number of episodes broadcast: 3956 (as of 25th February 2010)
  • Broadcasts:
    • BBC1:
      • Mondays 19:30
      • Tuesdays 19:30
      • Thursdays 19:30
      • Fridays 20:00
      • Sundays 13:00(ish) (omnibus)
    • BBC3 (repeats):
      • Mondays 22:00
      • Tuesdays 22:00
      • Thursdays 22:00
      • Fridays 22:00

Ranking as one of the most watched shows in the UK EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional London Borough of Walford in the East End of London. The series primarily centres around the residents of Albert Square, a Victorian square of terraced houses, and its neighbouring streets.

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Coronation Street

  • Run Time: 9th December 1960 -Present
  • Series: 51
  • Number of episodes broadcast: 7281 (as of 25th February 2010)
  • Broadcast:
    • ITV1:
      • Mondays 19:30, 20:30
      • Thursdays 19:30
      • Fridays 19:30, 20:30
      • Sundays 09:25(ish) (omnibus)
    • ITV2:
      • Monday-Friday Various (repeats)
      • Saturdays 11:00(ish) (omnibus)

Coronation Street (colloquially known as Corrie, Corror or The Street) is a British prime-time soap opera set in the fictional town of Weatherfield, four miles from the city of Manchester. Set to become the world's longest running television soap opera Coronation Street looks at the lives of ordinary people through their day to day lives.

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  • Run Time: 16th October 1972 -Present
  • Series: 41
  • Number of episodes broadcast: 5543 (as of 25th February 2010)
  • Broadcast:
    • ITV1:
      • Mondays 19:00
      • Thursdays 19:00
      • Wednesdays 19:00
      • Thursdays 19:00, 20:00
      • Fridays 19:00
    • ITV2:
      • Monday-Friday Various (repeats)
      • Saturdays 08:10(ish) (omnibus)
      • Sundays 06:00(ish) (omnibus)

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  • Run Time: 23rd October 1995 -Present
  • Series: 21
  • Number of episodes broadcast: 2755 (as of 12th February 2010)
  • Broadcast:
    • Channel 4:
      • Mondays - Fridays 18:30
      • Sundays 10:00(ish) (omnibus)
    • E4
      • Mondays – Fridays 19:00 (first look)

A soap based on the younger generation (i.e. university students, teenagers, young adults) set around the fictional Hollyoaks village.

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  • Run Time: 18th March 1985 -Present
  • Series: 25
  • Number of episodes broadcast: 5870 (as of 12th February 2010)
  • Broadcast:
    • Five:
      • Mondays - Fridays 13:45, 17:30 (repeat)
    • Fiver
      • Mondays – Fridays 19:00 (repeat)

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Home & Away

  • Run Time: 17th January 1988 -Present
  • Series: 22
  • Number of episodes broadcast: 5020 (as of 12th February 2010)
  • Broadcast:
    • Five:
      • Mondays - Fridays 13:15, 18:00 (repeat)
    • 5*
      • Mondays – Fridays 18:30 (First Showing)

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Arrested Development:

Recently canceled, Arrested Development was the two and a half season comedy chronicle of the Bluth family, a rich upper class family filled with sociopathic members that fell into trouble when the father, George Bluth was arrested for crimes against the nation, as well as crimes within the company.

The protagonist of the show is one of his sons, Micheal Bluth, who at the time of his fathers arrest was expecting to inherit the company once his father retired. When George gave the company to his wife, under the mistaken belief that a husband and wife cannot be charged with the same crime, Micheal had made up his mind to leave the family and take his son, George Micheal, away from them forever. He eventually decides however, that as much as he would like to leave, his family depends upon him.

The Characters: *Warning, Spoilers*

George Bluth: The Father, arrested for treason after selling houses to Saddam Hussein during the export ban. His sons attempts to get him out of jail are marred by the fact that he enjoys it in there. Eventually, he escapes and runs to Mexico in the second season, where he is arrested, again. when the family goes to retrieve him, they are told that he has died, when in fact he has merely bribed the guards. During his funeral, His son finds him in the Attic, where he spends the rest of the Second Season.

Lucille Bluth: George's Wife, and eternal thorn in the side of her children. The woman is smart, sneaky, and always finds a way to get her way, by guilting and manipulating her children.

Micheal Bluth: Basically the only normal member of his family. Leaving the protection of his families money, Micheal married and had a son, George-Micheal. After the death of his wife, Micheal lived inside the attic of a model home belonging to the Bluth Real Estate corporation while waiting for his father to retire and give him the company. When the families assets are frozen, many of his siblings are forced to move in with them, including his brother Gob (pronounced Jobe) and his sister Lindsey along with her out of work husband Tobias Funke, and their Daughter Maebe. Throughout both seasons, Micheal struggles to Gain control of the company, help his family who give him new problems at every turn, be a good role model for his son, of whom he becomes overprotective, and keep the company going without becoming as corrupt as his father. He is stressed, and always tries to be a good guy, and is never given any relief.

Lindsay Funke: Micheal's sister. Lindsay never managed to get out of her families pocket, and depended on the money to support her lifestyle until the assets became frozen. Her and her husband often held charity dinners as a matter of course before there was no more money to do so. While good at heart, Lindsay often falls into greed and takes money whenever she can. She wants to be a good parent to her daughter Maebe, but often becomes lazy and lets her daughter get away with much. Lindsay is probably the only character on the show who sees what Micheal is going through and wants to help, but often only gives him more problems.

Prison Break

Prison Break is a series by Fox. It is about a structural engineer, Michael Scofield, who deliberately commits a felony with the intent of being sentenced to Fox River State Penitentiary. He believes that his brother, Lincoln, is innocent and has been framed. Lincoln is to be executed soon and Michael plans to escape prison with his brother.

The show's third season recently finished airing in America, and came to a rather early finish due to the controversial Guild of Writer's strike, which affected numerous programmes. It has been stated that, rather than finishing off the half-length season 3, a season 4 is intended instead.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons is a popular animated series, created by Matt Groening. The series now has 21 seasons and has been airing since 1989. The Simpsons are a family, with father Homer Simpson and his blue-haired wife, Marge. They have three children: Bart, a ten year old rebel, Lisa, a gifted eight year old and Maggie, the one-year-old who just sucks her dummy. The Simpsons family is meant to portray the image of a typical American family. Homer is the Average American, bald fat and lazy, often used to show the extremities of American beliefs and ideals. He is probably the character most often used to show a satire, or the stupidity of the point of view of a certain type of group or ideal. Marge is the straight woman in the show, but also a lot of her humour comes from her unflinching faith in all things she was taught from birth, the "mom and apple pie" character of the show.

The Simpsons also includes an enormous cast of side characters which come in the show regularly, including Krusty the Clown, Dr. Hibbert, the next door neighbour Flanders, and Moe Syzlak the town bar keeper. These characters are generally one-dimensional, but many are given an entire episode to themselves. The show also has a huge list of celebrity guest stars - more then any other animated show - including Mel Gibson, Ron Howard and Mark Hammill.

Many people criticize the more recent Simpsons episodes, claiming that they have lost a lot of the 'edge' that they used to have, and as such, The Simpsons is a little less popular nowadays.

The Simpsons is often given to parody; every year they have a Halloween episode which often pokes fun at the Twilight Zone and classic B-horror films, as well as classic literature such as The Raven. The most parodied movie on the show is the creator's, Matt Groening's, favourite movie: Citizen Kane.


Friends is an American sitcom which ran from 1994-2004. Friends was created by Marta Kauffman and David Crane and subsequently produced by Bright/Kauffman/Crane. Most of the show took place at the Central Perk coffee shop and Monica’s apartment. The series consists of a group of six friends who live in Manhattan, New York dealing with love, life and friendship.

Chandler Bing (played by Matthew Perry): Renowned for his sarcastic humour. From the first series, he was an executive in Statistical Analysis and data reconfiguration but later quit to work in advertising and eventually became a junior copywriter. He was also roommates with Joey throughout the majority of the show and was very close friends. At the end of Season 4, he began a relationship with Monica and they were married by Season 7. At the end of the show, the both of them had adopted twins called Erica and Jack Bing.
Phoebe Buffay (played by Lisa Kudrow): The identical twin of Ursula Buffay whom she hardly communicates with. After the suicide of her mother when she was very young and her stepfather being in prison, she had a tough upbringing but that hadn’t prevented her from being the quirky and eccentric person that she is. She works as a masseuse and part time musician, writing her own guitar songs. She had a relationship with David, the scientist. At the last season, she married Mike Hannigan and legally changed her name to Phoebe Buffay-Hannigan.
Monica Geller (played by Courtney Cox Arquette): Ross’ younger sister whom she is very close to. She was best friends with Rachel during high school. She is a professional chef and is a competitive person who was obsessed with cleaning. She was roommates with Rachel from the pilot episode until Rachel moved out and Chandler moved in. She began a secret relationship with Chandler at the end of the fourth season and they were married by the seventh season. They adopted twins in the last episode names Erica and Jack Bing.
Ross Geller (played by David Schwimmer). Monica’s older brother, he is a palaeontologist and later becomes a professor of palaeontology at New York University. Throughout the entirety of the show, he had been divorced three times which he was often teased by the gang. He’s known as the geek of bunch who is largely interested with dinosaurs and is a great father.
Rachel Green (played by Jennifer Aniston): During high school, she was best friends with Monica however, they had lost contact since then until the pilot episode where she had left her rich lifestyle for a new life in New York City. Gunther, the Central Perk coffee house manager had a crush on Rachel which she was unaware of. Throughout the series, she had an on and off relationship with Ross (who had a crush on her since high school). She also had a brief romance with Joey. By the eighth series, she had a daughter with Ross named Emma Geller-Green.
Joey Tribbiani (played by Matt LeBlanc): Famous for the ‘How you doin’?’ catchphrase when he chats up women and his love for food. He is the only brother out of a family of eight children and is very protective of his seven sisters. He is an actor who was usually struggling to find work however, he landed a part in the popular soap Days of Our Lives as Dr. Drake Ramoray. Throughout the series, he had many short term girlfriends but in the eight season, he developed a crush and loved Rachel. They also had a brief romance but ended on good terms.


Series start Dates

Series Season Date Time Channel
30 Rock 4 Monday, April 19th 10pm Comedy Central
Cougar Town 1 Tuesday, March 30th 9pm Living
CSI: Miami 7 Friday, April 2nd 10pm Living
Doctor Who Special Saturday, November 23rd TBC BBC1/HD/3D
FlashForward 1b Monday, Monday, March 22nd 9pm Five
Greys Anatomy 4 Early April, TBC TBC Five
How I Met Your Mother 5 May TBC TBC E4
Human Target 1 Wednesday, April 14th 10pm Sci Fi
My Name Is Earl 4 June TBC TBC E4
Smallville 9 June TBC TBC Sci Fi
Stargate Universe 1b Tuesday, April 13th TBC TBC Sky1
V 1 Tuesday, April 13th 10pm Sci Fi
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