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The Returned (2012)
A small mountain community in the French Alps is rocked to its core when several local people who are presumed dead suddenly re-appear at their homes. Despite having passed away some years earlier, these ghostly characters appear in human form, they have not aged and they are completely unaware of their own fatality.
Determined to reclaim their lives and start over, they slowly come to realize that they are not the only ones to have been brought back from the dead. Their return augers torment for their community when a series of gruesome murders bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. This is a homecoming like no other.
The main characters are Claire (Anne Consigny), Camille (Yara Pilartz), Léna (Jenna Thiam), Jérôme (Frédéric Pierrot), Pierre (Jean-François Sivadier), Adèle (Clotilde Hesme), Simon (Pierre Perrier), Thomas (Samir Guesmi), Chloé (Brune Martin), Julie (Céline Sallette), Laure (Alix Poisson), Swann Nambotin (Victor/Louis), Madame Costa (Laetitia de Fombelle), Serge (Guillaume Gouix), Toni (Grégory Gadebois) and Lucy Clarsen (Ana Girardot).
Chronicling the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually-related crimes.
The team are Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer), Detective Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T), Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek), FBI Special Agent George Huang – Criminal Profiler (B.D. Wong), Medical Examiner Melinda Warner (Tamara Tunie) and Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March).
Without a Trace (2002)
Chronicles of an FBI unit investigating missing persons. Each episode typically follows the search for one individual under tight time constraints. The stories also focus on the personal lives of the team members and illustrated how their experiences give them insight into cases.
The team consists of Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia), Samantha Spade (Poppy Montgomery), Vivian Johnson (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), Danny Taylor (Enrique Murciano), Martin Fitzgerald (Eric Close) and Elena Delgado (Roselyn Sánchez), who joined the cast starting in the fourth season.
An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas.
The team consists of Gil Grissom - Head of Crime Lab/CSI Night-Shift Supervisor (William Peterson), Catherine Willows - CSI Asst./Head Night-Shift Supervisor (Marg Helgenberger), Nick Stokes - CSI Level 3 (George Eads), Sara Sidle - CSI Level 3 (Jorja Fox), Warrick Brown - CSI Level 3 (Gary Dourdan), Greg Sanders - CSI Level 3 (Eric Szmanda), David Hodges - Trace Technician (Wallace Langham), Al Robbins - Chief Medical Examiner (Robert David Hall) and LVPD Capt. Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle).
Following a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia. The BAU is part of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. The show differs from many procedural dramas by focusing on profiling the criminal, called the unsub or "unknown subject", rather than the crime itself.
The original team consists of FBI Agents Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), Aaron Hotchner (Thomas Gibson), Elle Greenaway (Lola Glaudini), Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore), Spencer Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Jennifer "JJ" Jareau (A. J. Cook) and Technical Analyst Penelope Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness)
Later additions to the tem include Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster), the daughter of an ambassador (Kate Jackson), David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols).
Cold Case (2003)
Chronicling a Philadelphia Police Department division that specializes in investigating cold cases - investigations which are no longer being actively pursued by the department.
All cases involved murders committed in Philadelphia, although investigations occasionally required travel outside the city. Cases were also spread out over much of the previous century, with some as recent as a year or two old and others dating back to the 1910s.
Generally, an investigation would begin when the police received a new lead, or "new direction", on a case. This might be the discovery of a body or a critical piece of evidence such as a murder weapon.
Team members include Detective Lilly Rush (Kathryn Morris), Detective Chris Lassing (Justin Chambers) Detective Scotty Valens (Danny Pino), Lieutenant John Stillman (John Finn), Detective Nick Vera (Jeremy Ratchford), Detective Will Jeffries (Thom Barry) and Detective Kat Miller (Tracie Thoms).
Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) is looking forward to her last day with the Copenhagen police force, planning to move to Sweden with her fiancé and transfer to the Swedish police. However, everything changes when a 19-year old woman, Nanna Birk Larsen, disappears only to be found raped and brutally murdered. Along with her colleague, Detective Inspector Jan Meyer (Søren Malling), Sarah is forced to head the investigation as it soon becomes clear that she and Meyer are chasing a very intelligent and dangerous murderer.
Meanwhile, local politician Troels Hartmann (Lars Mikkelsen) is in the middle of a hard-fought mayoral campaign when evidence links him to the murder, adding a political thread and further intrigue to the storyline. At the same time, the girl's family and friends struggle to cope with their loss.
Over a span of 20 days, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.
The Bridge (2011)
The Bridge is a Scandinavian crime drama television series, a Swedish/Danish co-production. The first season starts with a police investigation following the discovery of a dead body on the Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark.
The main cast are: Sofia Helin, Kim Bodnia, Dag Malmberg, Ellen Hillingsø and Puk Scharbau
Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is brought in from the London Metropolitan Police to help catch the killer when a murder in Belfast remains unsolved.
As Gibson travels across from London, we are introduced to the murderer himself; Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). The drama follows the police investigation uncovering the intricate story of the lives entangled by a series of murders both within the killers’ and the victims’ families.
Showing highlights of the day's matches in English football's top division, the Premier League. It is one of the BBC's longest-running shows, having been on air since 22 August 1964.
MOTD is presented by former England captain Gary Lineker, who is usually joined by England teammate and former Newcastle United captain Alan Shearer and Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen, as well as Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson.
Fawlty Towers (1975)
Torquay hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.
The main characters include Basil Fawlty (John Cleese), Sybil Fawlty (Prunella Scales), Manuel (Andrew Sachs), Polly Sherman (Connie Booth), Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley), Miss Agatha Tibbs (Gilly Flower), Miss Ursula Gatsby (Renee Roberts) and Terry (Brian Hall).
Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist.
The main characters include Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves), Dr. Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce), Martin Crane (John Mahoney), Eddie (Moose), Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin), Bulldog Briscoe (Dan Butler), Kenny Daly (Tom McGowan), Gil Chesterton (Edward Hibbert), Dr. Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth) and Bebe Glazer (Harriet Sansom Harris).
Father Ted (1995)
Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems!
The main characters include Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan), Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Dougal McGuire), Father Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly) and Mrs. Doyle (Pauline McLynn).
The Vicar of Dibley (1994)
A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small English town's church.
The main characters include Reverand Geraldine Granger (Dawn French), David Horton (Gary Waldhorn), Hugo Horton (James Fleet), Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock), Owen Newitt (Roger Lloyd-Pack), Alice Tinker (Emma Chambers), Frank Pickle (John Bluthal) and Letitia Cropley (Liz Smith).
Twin Peaks (1990)
Chronicling an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer in the small US town of Twin Peaks, Washington state.
The main characters include FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson (Sheryl Lee), Benjamin Horne (Richard Beymer), Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean), Shelly Johnson (Mädchen Amick), Bobby Briggs (Dana Ashbrook), Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle), Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn), James Hurley (James Marshall), Jocelyn Packard (Joan Chen), Catherine Martell (Piper Laurie), Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) and Dr. Lawrence Jacoby (Russ Tamblyn).
Bleak House (2005)
A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th-century English legal system, based on the novel by Charles Dickens.
The main characters include Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson), Mr. Tulkinghorn (Charles Dance), Esther Summerson (Anna Maxwell Martin), Ada Clare (Carey Mulligan), Richard Carstone (Patrick Kennedy), John Jarndyce (Denis Lawson), Mr. Guppy (Burn Gorman), Sir Leicester Dedlock (Timothy West), Inspector Bucket (Alun Armstrong), Boythorn (Warren Clarke), Hortense (Lilo Baur), Miss Flite (Pauline Collins), Smallweed (Phil Davis), Sergeant George (Hugo Speer), Krook (Johnny Vegas), Jenny (Charlie Brooks), Mrs. Badger (Joanna David), Jo (Harry Eden), Clamb (Tom Georgeson), Mr. Bayham Badger (Richard Griffiths), Coroner (Peter Guinness), Mrs. Guppy (Sheila Hancock), Gridley (Tony Haygarth), Old Mr. Turveydrop (Matthew Kelly), Nemo (John Lynch), Snagsby (Sean McGinley), Mr. Kenge (Alistair McGowan), Harold Skimpole (Nathaniel Parker), Caddy Jellyby (Natalie Press), Mr.Chadband (Robert Pugh), Mrs. Rouncewell (Anne Reid), Chancellor (Ian Richardson), Mrs. Jellyby (Liza Tarbuck), Mrs. Chadband (Catherine Tate), Mrs. Pardiggle (Roberta Taylor) and Rosa (Emma Williams).
Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) of the Copenhagen police force has ambitions for promotion and a new lifestyle but, at the same time, is struggling to maintain a relationship with her son Mark. Through the investigation she finds herself thrown together with a former lover, Mathias Borch (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), who now works for Special Branch.
When Emilie Zeuthen, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, is kidnapped, the link between the latest series of murders and the apparent suicide of an orphaned teenager becomes clear. While Lund and Borch hunt down the kidnapper, the government is on the verge of collapse as the prime minister, relying on Zeuthen's support for his economic policies, discovers that his own son Benjamin was also connected with the girl's death.
After Emilie is found and the kidnapper accidentally killed, Lund takes it on herself to make sure that a serial killer does not go unpunished.
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the 1st century BC, during Ancient Rome's transition from Republic to Empire. The series begins with Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul and concludes with the assassination of Caesar followed by the rise of the first Emperor Augustus.
The main characters include Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd), Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson), Julius Caesar (Ciarán Hinds), Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham), Atia of the Julii (Polly Walker), Mark Antony (James Purefoy), Marcus Junius Brutus (Tobias Menzies), Servilia of the Junii (Lindsay Duncan), Niobe (Indira Varma), Younger Gaius Octavian (Max Pirkis), Adult Gaius Octavian (Simon Woods), Posca (Nicholas Woodeson), Octavia of the Julii (Kerry Condon), Quintus Pompey (Rick Warden), Porcius Cato (Karl Johnson), Marcus Tullius Cicero (David Bamber) and Timon (Lee Boardman).
The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.
The main characters include Major Richard Winters, (Damian Lewis), Captain Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston), Sergeant Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg), Staff Sgt. John Martin (Dexter Fletcher), Technical Sergeant Burton "Pat" Christenson (Michael Fassbender), Sgt. Myron "Mike" Ranney (Stephen Graham), First Lieutenant Henry Jones (Colin Hanks), Private John Janovec (Tom Hardy), Private James W. Miller (James McAvoy), First Sergeant William Evans (Simon Pegg), Captain Herbert Sobel (David Schwimmer) and Private Albert Blithe (Marc Warren).
The X Files (1993)
Two FBI agents, a believer and a skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.
The main characters include FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), John Doggett (Robert Patrick), Monica Reyes (Annabeth Gish), Brad Follmer (Cary Elwes), Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea), Jeffrey Spender (Chris Owens), Assistant Director Walter Skinner (Mitch Pileggi) and The Smoking Man (William B. Davis).
After the resolution of the Larsen case, former Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) is demoted and works as a passport officer in the southern town of Gedser. A detective inspector from Copenhagen, Ulrik Strange (Mikael Birkkjær), visits Lund on behalf of her former boss, Detective Chief Inspector Lennart Brix (Morten Suurballe), and asks for her help in solving the murder of lawyer Anne Dragsholm. Lund is initially uninterested, but quickly changes her mind and comes to suspect that the murder is not as straightforward as it seems, despite the forced confession of Dragsholm's husband.
Meanwhile, Thomas Buch (Nicolas Bro), the newly appointed Minister of Justice, suspects that his predecessor was involved in the cover-up of a massacre of civilians in Afghanistan by Danish soldiers, and that this incident is connected with Dragsholm's murder.
Lund is about to be discharged from the case when a second murder, that of a Danish military veteran, leads to the conclusion that Islamic extremists are behind the killings. Staff Sergeant Jens Peter Raben (Ken Vedsegaard), a war veteran currently incarcerated in a mental hospital, knew both victims and sticks to his story that his unit was present during the execution of an Afghan family by a Danish Special Forces officer named "Perk". Raben escapes, and two other members of the unit are murdered. Suspicion falls on senior military officers, including Raben's father-in-law, Colonel Jarnvig, and his deputy, Major ChristianSøgaard (Carsten Bjørnlund), who is in love with Raben's wife Louise (Stine Prætorius).
The mystery writer son of a police detective solves baffling crimes in post Word War II New York City.
The main characters include Ellery Queen (Jim Hutton), Inspector Richard Queen (David Wayne), Sgt. Thomas Velie (Tom Reese), Frank Flannigan (Ken Swofford), Deputy Commissioner Hayes (Arch Johnson) and Simon Brimmer (John Hillerman).
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
A British comedy chat show presented by Irish comedian Graham Norton. With strong adult humour along with Graham's monologue at the beginning of the show and often a musical guest.
A BAFTA award-winning British comedy chat show presented by comedian Alan Carr. The show features interviews with celebrity guests, sketches, topical chat and music.
A suave, debonair, Polish-American Boston-based freelance insurance investigator only takes on the impossible cases and at twice the normal recovery fee. Insurance companies are loathe to call on his services for the recovery of lost or stolen insured items because of these fees. Nevertheless, they call on him when they get stuck, as no one else can solve these impossible cases.
The main characters include Thomas Banacek (George Peppard), Jay Drury (Ralph Manza), (Felix Mulholland) Murray Matheson, Carlie Kirkland (Christine Belford) and Cavanaugh (George Murdock).
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