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.
As Time Goes By
Mondays-Fridays at 2:30pm
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 3pm
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.