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23rd Apr '18 8:37:08 AM bitemytail
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On the other hand, the relatively long amount of time taken to produce such a small amount of content, and the smaller creative teams, can result in some shows which are very, very high quality throughout, even if their total number of high-quality episodes might be less than a well-received American show because of their sheer length. British shows tend to have the entire series filmed before broadcast, so shows are rarely cancelled mid-season, or affected by events like a [[TVStrikes writers' strike]]. Additionally, short shows are less vulnerable to [[SeasonalRot dragging out way past their creative prime]] and JumpingTheShark.

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On the other hand, the relatively long amount of time taken to produce such a small amount of content, and the smaller creative teams, can result in some shows which are very, very high quality throughout, even if their total number of high-quality episodes might be less than a well-received American show because of their sheer length. British shows tend to have the entire series filmed before broadcast, so shows are rarely cancelled mid-season, or affected by events like a [[TVStrikes [[UsefulNotes/TVStrikes writers' strike]]. Additionally, short shows are less vulnerable to [[SeasonalRot dragging out way past their creative prime]] and JumpingTheShark.
27th Mar '18 11:45:28 PM Bjornhattan
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* ''Series/PeepShow'' and ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' both run six episode seasons. ''Peep Show'' has made it to 42 episodes after 7 series, which makes it the ''longest-running sitcom in Channel 4 history''.

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* ''Series/PeepShow'' and ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' both run six episode seasons. ''Peep Show'' has made it to 42 had a final total of 54 episodes after 7 9 series, which makes it the ''longest-running sitcom in Channel 4 history''.
25th Feb '18 3:06:39 AM Q4
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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' has 13-episode seasons, at showrunner Mike Schur's request. This was partly aimed at averting TheChrisCarterEffect.
24th Feb '18 1:22:19 PM nombretomado
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* ''RoundTheTwist'' has four seasons, about 13 episodes each. The last two seasons were a late revival commissioned about ten years after the show first aired.

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* ''RoundTheTwist'' ''Series/RoundTheTwist'' has four seasons, about 13 episodes each. The last two seasons were a late revival commissioned about ten years after the show first aired.
20th Feb '18 6:42:21 AM Drakeborough
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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s first three series each consist of three 90-minute episodes. Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss comment on this trope on the Series 2 DVD commentary, stating that they would love to do more a season, but the time and logistical constraints involved in filming a series of feature-length productions in a relatively short span prevent this. Made worse by the fact that the show catapulted Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/MartinFreeman to the A-List; in fact Peter Jackson had to rearrange the filming of ''The Hobbit'' so Freeman could fly back to film ''Sherlock''. Similarly, Moffatt had to juggle Sherlock around his commitments to ''Series/DoctorWho'', for which he was also Head Writer and Showrunner.

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* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'''s first three series ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' started in 2010 and, as of 2017, it has four series, each consist one consisting of three 90-minute episodes.episodes. There is also a 90-minute special that aired between season 3 and season 4. Creator/StevenMoffat and Creator/MarkGatiss comment on this trope on the Series 2 DVD commentary, stating that they would love to do more a season, but the time and logistical constraints involved in filming a series of feature-length productions in a relatively short span prevent this. Made worse by the fact that the show catapulted Creator/BenedictCumberbatch and Creator/MartinFreeman to the A-List; in fact Peter Jackson had to rearrange the filming of ''The Hobbit'' so Freeman could fly back to film ''Sherlock''. Similarly, Moffatt had to juggle Sherlock around his commitments to ''Series/DoctorWho'', for which he was also Head Writer and Showrunner.




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* The Italian series ''[[IlCommissarioMontalbano Il Commissario Montalbano]]'' started in 1999 and, as of February 2018, it has 12 seasons and 32 episodes, as the seasons either have two or four episodes. Each episode is 90-minute long, though.
12th Feb '18 4:11:47 PM dmcreif
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** The show itself also happens to be a mild American example as it has a 13 episodes per season cap.

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** The show itself also happens to be a mild American example as it has a 13 episodes per season cap.cap.
* The Marvel Netflix shows that make up ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' go for 13 episodes in the standalone seasons of the regular shows, and 8 episodes for ''The Defenders''.
29th Jan '18 4:05:06 AM jormis29
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* All too common in BBC children's animations. ''Mr Benn'', ''Bagpuss'', ''Camberwick Green'', ''Trumpton'' and ''Chigley'' all had just 13 episodes each, which were repeated (to rapt audiences of youngsters) over and over during the 70s and 80s.

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* All too common in BBC children's animations. ''Mr Benn'', ''Bagpuss'', ''Camberwick Green'', ''WesternAnimation/CamberwickGreen'', ''Trumpton'' and ''Chigley'' all had just 13 episodes each, which were repeated (to rapt audiences of youngsters) over and over during the 70s and 80s.
29th Jan '18 1:35:38 AM TheGRVOfLightning
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** ''Series/TheITCrowd'', also created by Graham Linehan, follows the same formula into four series.

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** ''Series/TheITCrowd'', also created by Graham Linehan, follows the same formula into four series.series, although it should be noted that an hour long special was produced three years after the fourth series concluded.
23rd Jan '18 11:37:37 AM DrOO7
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** Indeed, an amount of episodes that would be considered paltry by American standards was landmark by the UK's--the show's cast and crew held a party to celebrate the 50th episode in a manner akin to what Americans would do for the 100th or 200th.
29th Dec '17 11:22:55 AM nombretomado
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** When not counting the {{FOX}} shows it has broadcasting rights for.

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** When not counting the {{FOX}} {{Creator/FOX}} shows it has broadcasting rights for.
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