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.
Mondays-Fridays at 2pm
Welcome to the Harper household! Ben Harper, a moderately successful family man and dentist, is also undergoing a mid-life crisis and trying to cope with the bizarre reality of raising teenage children. His wife, Susan, seems quite happy and enjoys her job as a London tour guide, however at home her ability to find her way around a cookbook or pantry is less successful. They have three children: Nick (19) is on his gap year, but doesn’t get much further than the sofa or job centre; Janey is as sharp as a tack and 16 going on 25; while Michael is a very bright, computer-nerdish 12 year old who is just discovering girls.
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. A few misunderstandings need clearing up, Lionel is dating Jean's daughter, and Jean has to fight off advances from Lionel's trendy young publisher Alistair.
Mondays-Fridays at 3:30pm
When Father Peter Clifford arrives from Manchester, he knows he will be facing some opposition. After all, what is a young, inexperienced English priest doing in Ireland, of all places? He soon finds out that the town of Ballykissangel poses many more challenges. Rural village life is very different from the big cities. For a start, he needs to be able to drive if he is to get around. And then there are the local gossip-mongers - here everyone knows everyone else's business and a secret doesn't stay secret for long. Has this former inner city priest has bitten off more than he can chew? Contending with the long-established ways of the villagers and their eccentricities and superstitions is a full-time job.