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Explore telly history with Harry Hill

Explore telly history with Harry Hill

  

New series Harry Hill’s World Of TV on BBC Two takes an irreverent look at the shows and genres we love

By Virgin TV Edit

If you’re after an hilarious tour through the annals of television, there’s only one man up to the task: Harry Hill.

 

New to BBC Two, six-part series Harry Hill’s World Of TV finds he of the oversized collar casting his eye over six of TV’s best-loved genres, using classic clips to find out what has kept us glued to them for so long.


From soap operas and police dramas to historical documentaries and cookery shows, expect plenty of laughs and a little bit of learning as Hill looks at the shows, stars and tropes that have come to occupy a special place in our hearts.

 

Want to know more about the genres he will be analysing? Read on to discover what’s to come – and where you can watch some of their prime examples on Virgin TV…

 

Going all the way back to 1954’s The Groves Family, soap operas are the beating heart of British telly. From the genre’s humble origins to today’s behemoths (we’re talking Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale) soap has told the story of the UK for eight decades.

 

Find EastEnders in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find EastEnders: Secrets From The Square in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

 

Whether it’s post-war classics such as Dixon Of Dock Green and Z-Cars, iconic 1970s shows like The Sweeney or gritty present-day classics like Line Of Duty, get bang up to speed with the history of this most arresting of genres.

 

Find Line Of Duty series 1-5 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Luther series 1-3 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Spooks series 1-10 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

 

From the kitsch charms of Fanny Cradock through to modern maestros like Delia Smith, Jamie Oliver and Ainsley Harriot – plus the phenomenon that is Bake Off – pull a seat up to the table and get ready for a culinary TV adventure.

 

Find Delia Smith’s Cookery Course in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Fanny Cradock Cooks For Christmas in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

 

Don your scrubs and prepare for a journey through the fictional wards of Dr Finlay’s Casebook, Emergency Ward 10, Angels, Casualty and Holby City. It’s exactly what the doctor ordered.

 

Find Casualty in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Holby City in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Bodies in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

 

As a nation, we’re obsessed with adjusting our homes. That wall? Tear it down. This toilet? Turn it into a study. That study? Turn it into a toilet. Which might explain why we love this genre of telly, including shows like 60 Minute Make Over, Changing Rooms and Grand Designs.

 

Find DIY SOS in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Jay Blades’ Home Fix in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find Garden Rescue in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

 

The DNA of this genre is traced from landmark series like 1969’s Civilisation to Who Do You Think You Are? and Danny Dyer’s Right Royal Family. Harry Hill assessing Mr Dyer’s monarchical credentials? We’re so here for it.

 

Find Civilisation in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find British History’s Biggest Fibs With Lucy Worsley in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Find A House Through Time in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

 

When is Harry Hill’s World Of TV on TV?

You can watch the first episode of this new series on Sunday 23 August at 8.30pm on BBC Two HD (CH 102). Episodes will be shown weekly, with the last airing on Sunday 27 September. Episodes are also available to watch after broadcast for 30 days in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer.

TV channels: Channels, content and features available depend on your chosen package. Channel line-ups and content are subject to change at any time and to regional variations.

HD: HD TV set, V HD Box, TiVo box or Virgin TV V6 connected with HDMI cables required for HD channels. Number of inclusive HD channels depends on package.

Catch Up TV: Catch Up TV content available for up to 7 days or up to 30 days after broadcast, depending on content.

Image credits: Harry Hill's World Of TV © BBC – Photographer: Ray Burmiston