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Channel 4 unveils two new comedy dramas

28 September 2010 4:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Channel 4 has announced that it has commissioned two new comedy drama programmes. The channel revealed that both of the six-part series will air next summer. Naked Apes, which will be broadcast on Channel 4, focuses on three paramedics working in Leeds. The show, which has been written by Excluded and An Englishman In New York scribe Brian Fillis, is said to explore "love, friendship and family from the jaded perspective" of the characters Stuart, Ashley and Rachid. Meanwhile, E4 will be the home of new comedy drama Beaver Falls, which focuses on three new graduates who lie about themselves to land jobs (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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Rewind TV: Lost Land of the Tiger; Unequal Opportunities; Excluded; Spooks; Seven Days | TV review

25 September 2010 4:06 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC spiked its own guns for a prolonged tiger hunt in Bhutan but had a good week for drama

Lost Land of the Tiger | iPlayer

Unequal Opportunities | iPlayer

Excluded | iPlayer

Spooks | iPlayer

Seven Days | 4Od

Stripes were in short supply for much of the admirable Lost Land of the Tiger, which, over three nights on BBC1, gave armchair wildlife fans – conditioned by the extravagant splendours of the Attenborough years – a lesson in sitting up a tree waiting for something to happen. Were there tigers to be found here in Bhutan, a rainy stretch of jungle in the foothills of the Himalayas? No one knew. What we did know was that tigers were heading for oblivion, reduced by shrinking habitats and a longstanding fondness among Chinese apothecaries for exotic animal penises. The aim of this film was not so much to marvel at the magnificence of tigers but to determine »

- Phil Hogan

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Excluded and Lost Land of the Tiger | TV review

21 September 2010 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Excluded turns out to be Dead Poets Society – but with maths. And more real, says Sam Wollaston

Anybody thinking of giving up their safe, well-paid but ultimately unfulfilling job in order to teach should be made to watch Excluded (BBC2). It's what Ian Bately, played by Bryan Dick, has done, for idealistic reasons. He hasn't picked the easiest place to teach – a crumbling, failing inner-city London comprehensive, and it's not going well. "Come on guys, I have asked you for quiet," he pleads pathetically to the class into which he's trying – and failing miserably – to instil some enthusiasm for linear number sequences. One of them, Mark, gives him an especially hard time.

Over the corridor Gary Frinton (Craig Parkinson) – "sir" – is running his maths lesson along very different lines. A disciplinarian, he's getting them to copy down and repeat procedures, parrot fashion. They're getting it right but they don't know how, »

- Sam Wollaston

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Tonight's TV highlights

21 September 2010 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Lost Land of the Tiger | The End of God? | Excluded | This is England '86 | Drop Dead Diva | True Stories: The Queen of Persia

Lost Land Of The Tiger

9pm, BBC1

Tigers are in trouble. The global population has been reduced by 95% over the last century – in less than a decade, they could become extinct. Big cat biologist Dr Alan Rabinowitz thinks their final hope lies with the tiger population in Bhutan in the Himalayas, but no one knows whether the big cats here are thriving or in decline – the kingdom is usually shut off to outsiders. So a crack team made up of a naturalist, scientist, camera operators and tracker dog has been assembled to go into the jungles and mountains to find evidence of the tigers. Part two is on tomorrow. Ms

The End Of God? – A Horizon Guide To Science And Religion

9pm, BBC4

With Stephen Hawking »

- Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Ali Catterall, Andrew Mueller

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