Afternoon Tea Programs
Last of the Summer Wine
Mondays-Fridays at 1:30pm
Britain's longest-running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine clocked up over 30 series, with the very last episode having transmitted in the UK in 2010, bringing to an end the programme's 37-year run. An affectionate comedy about people in the autumn of their years, the series is set in glorious countryside and packed with slapstick humour. It follows the hilarious misadventures of a trio of older men as they explore the world around them, experiencing a second childhood with no wives, jobs or responsibilities.
Are You Being Served?
Mondays-Fridays at 2pm
Follow the misadventures and mishaps of the staff, as well as various interludes with customers, of the retail ladies' and gentlemen's clothing floor departments of a fictional London department store called Grace Brothers. The antiquated Grace Brothers department store is the workplace of many memorable characters including pompous Captain Peacock, Mrs Slocombe (who sports a different hair colour every week) and camp, senior menswear assistant Mr Humphries. With its innuendo-laden comedy and penchant for slapstick, Are You Being Served? was a mainstay of 1970s television and has also found many fans in America.
Keeping Up Appearances
Mondays-Fridays at 2:30pm
Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced "bouquet") is a character with few, if any, saving graces. Her pompous, self-serving attitude makes life miserable for all around her. She goes to incredible lengths in her quest for perfection. Hers is a spick-and-span house. Her downtrodden husband, Richard, acts as chauffeur in their immaculately kept car. Their son has a superior name, Sheridan. Even the empty milk bottles sparkle on the doorstep after their obligatory rinse in the dishwasher. In marked contrast to Hyacinth's meticulously ordered life, however, the rest of her family are as common as muck and can always be guaranteed to show her up. Can she ever live down the disgrace?
As Time Goes By
Mondays-Fridays at 3pm
Love gets a second chance - 38 years on - in this warm and witty comedy starring Dame Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer as long-lost sweethearts Jean Pargetter and Lionel Hardcastle, who lost touch after a whirlwind romance in the early 1950s when he was posted to Korea. They reunite 38 years later when Lionel returns to England to write his memoirs, and Jean's agency supplies him with a secretary. Though both are free agents (Lionel is divorced and Jean is a widow), they are old now and set in their ways, so they don't fall into each other's arms.
Mondays-Fridays at 3:30pm
Ian Fletcher has now joined the British Broadcasting Corporation for W1A - a fictional satirical behind-the-scenes series based at the BBC's London headquarters. As Ian begins his new job as the BBC's Head of Values, he encounters a problem. Despite the job having been sold to him as a chance to influence and shape one of the Great British institutions, he soon realises that not only does he not have time to think Big Thoughts, he never has any time to think any thoughts at all. Massaging presenter egos, deftly handling a BBC "Anti-Cornish Bias" scandal and breaking through mindless creative meetings is all in a days work for Ian and the team in this sharply observed comedy, filmed at the BBC's real offices in Central London.