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Parks and Recreation

A BBC comedy starring ‘Saturday Night Live’ veteran Amy Poehler

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Starts Wed Mar 6, 10pm, BBC4
In-the-know Americans have been banging on about this since 2009 – finally, we get a chance to see what all the fuss is about. A comedy of smalltown bureaucracy and political backstabbing, it stars ‘Saturday Night Live’ veteran Amy Poehler as a hapless local government administrator with vague ambitions for something more out of life. After a shaky start that cleaved a little too closely to the template of ‘The Office’, it has blossomed to become a cult treat to rank alongside ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Community’.

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Run

What?
A four-part drama placing a quartet of apparently unconnected lives on a collision course on the margins of London.

Who?
Lennie James, Jaime Winstone and Olivia Colman

When?
2013, C4

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Family Tree

What?
It’s another semi-improvised mockumentary. But, as Ricky Gervais told us, if anyone has earnt the right to recycle the formula, it’s the man who turned it into an art form.

Who?
Christopher Guest, Chris O'Dowd and Nina Conti

When?
Late spring 2013, BBC2

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Vicious

What?
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in a studio sitcom for ITV, playing bickering partners, with Frances de la Tour as their best friend.

Who?
Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi

When?
Late spring 2013, ITV1

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