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Clocking Off is a British television drama series which ran on the BBC One network for four seasons from 2000 to 2003. The series was produced for the BBC by the independent Red Production Company, and created by the acclaimed Paul Abbott. BBC One (or BBC1 as it was formerly styled) is the oldest television station in the United Kingdom, and indeed, the world. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Red Production Company is a British independent television production company, formed in 1998 by Nicola Shindler, an experienced television producer who had worked on such prestige dramas as Our Friends in the North and Cracker. ... Paul Abbott (born February 22, 1960 in Burnley, Lancashire, UK) is a British television scriptwriter, who has worked on many critically acclaimed and highly popular series and is widely regarded as being one of the finest dramatists currently working in the medium. ...

The series was effectively an anthology programme, following the lives of a group of workers at a Manchester textile factory, with each episode focusing on the home life of a different character. Well-known actors who appeared in the series included Christopher Eccleston, Lesley Sharp, David Morrissey and Sarah Lancashire. In the twentieth century anthologies became an important part of poetry publishing, for a number of reasons. ... Location within the British Isles. ... Christopher Eccleston (born on 16 February 1964 in Salford, Lancashire, England, British stage, television and film actor, best known for his roles in several high profile prestige films and television series. ... David Morrissey (born June 21, 1964) is a leading British stage and screen actor. ...

The series was highly acclaimed by the critics, winning the BAFTA Television Award for Best Drama Series in 2001. However, over the course of the following two years Abbott's work on the series decreased as he moved on to other projects, and the episodes penned by other writers were less well-received. The programme finally ended, after a season with no Abbott scripts at all, in 2003. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... 2001 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Overall twenty-seven episodes were produced across the four seasons, and in 2004 the first season was released on DVD. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...

External links

  • Clocking Off (http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0243183/) at the Internet Movie Database
  • Official BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/clocking_off.shtml)

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