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This kind-hearted sitcom starring Amy Poehler makes civic bureaucracy seem almost fun – and now it's coming to British TV

Few television-related stories have been more welcome this autumn than the news that BBC4 has confirmed its aquisition of the wonderful Parks and Recreation.

Forget the Emmys showered on Modern Family: this Amy Poehler comedy, which centres around the oddball employees of the parks and recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, is arguably the strongest sitcom on Us television right now, making its late arrival in Britain all the more surprising.

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So what makes it so brilliant? As with many great shows, the key can be found in its evolution. Scripted by Us Office writers Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, it was conceived as a vehicle for then Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler and started out as a »

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