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1. Sir Steven Runciman: Bridge to the East (1987 TV Movie)

54 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.2
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A look at Byzantium through the eyes of one of Britain's greatest historians, Sir Steven Runciman, who guides us from the mosaics of Ravenna, to the beauty of Monemvassia, to the Ecumenical... See full summary »

Director: Lydia Carras | Stars: Alan Bates, Steven Runciman

Votes: 15

2. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.8
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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, Paul McCartney, Jonathan Miller

Votes: 124

3. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Dinsdale Landen, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 21

4. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992)

105 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.4
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Host Johnny Carson performs comedy routines and chats with various celebrities.

Stars: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Doc Severinsen, Skitch Henderson

Votes: 2,336

5. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )

350 min | Drama

8.4
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In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Bates, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway, Anna Massey

Votes: 231

6. Oliver's Travels (1995– )

250 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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After his job is terminated, a humanities professor and puzzle addict joins forces with a woman PC to travel the country while solving a cold case murder.

Stars: Alan Bates, Sinéad Cusack, Bill Paterson, Morgan Jones

Votes: 284

7. The Four Just Men (1959– )

30 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Richard Conte, Dan Dailey, Lisa Gastoni, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 60

8. The Four Just Men (1959– )
Episode: Treviso Dam (1960)

Drama

8.4
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After a young man working on a new multimillion-Lira dam project tells Poccari of some of the dangerously inferior cement being used, he has a mysterious fatal accident. So Poccari goes to investigate.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Lisa Gastoni, Fenella Fielding, Alan Bates

Votes: 7

9. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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"Armchair Theatre" is a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid-1968.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 86

10. Oliver's Travels (1995– )
Episode: Looking for Aristotle (1995)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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An ex-humanities professor and a female cop on suspension set out on an odyssey to find a missing crossword puzzle compiler.

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: Alan Bates, Sinéad Cusack, Michael Byrne, Sue Roderick

Votes: 5

11. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography, Music

8.1
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Arts documentary series with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Kirsty Wark, Stephen Fry

Votes: 106

12. The Dog It Was That Died (1989 TV Movie)

64 min | Comedy

8.0
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In Stoppard's "LeCarrecature, Rupert Purvis jumps off a bridge onto a dog, and causes problems for Blair, his superior at MI5. And Blair must convince Hogbin, the agent who's been tailing ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Wood | Stars: Alan Bates, Alan Howard, Simon Cadell, Sylvestra Le Touzel

Votes: 24

13. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1978)

Drama

8.0
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Michael remarries Susan. He hires Donald Farfrae to manage his business but there is tension between them. Michael's standing goes down and, unable to take any more, Donald leaves him to set up a business in opposition to Michael.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anne Stallybrass, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 6

14. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1978)

Drama

8.0
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A drunk Michael disrupts Prince Albert's visit to Casterbridge, which angers Donald. Jopp discloses some of Lucetta's and the townspeople decide to humiliate her. Shocked, she collapses and dies. Newson turns up looking for Elizabeth-Jane.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anna Massey, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 5

15. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.7 (1978)

Drama

8.0
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Newson unexpectedly returns to Casterbridge and Michael promptly decides to leave the town. Newson and Elizabeth-Jane are reunited and then she and Donald get married. Elizabeth-Jane is angry when Michael appears at the wedding.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway, Richard Owens

Votes: 5

16. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: The Collection (1976)

64 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.0
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Did Bill sleep with Stella? Or was it her husband, James? And where does the much older Harry fit into this triangle (or is it quadrangle?) situation?

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren

Votes: 125

17. Great Performances (1971– )

Biography, Drama, Music

7.9
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Stars: Julie Andrews, Walter Cronkite, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo

Votes: 425

18. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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An anthology series from the United Kingdom, from 1955 to 1974, producing about 500 ninety minute episodes from Granada Television.

Stars: Alfred Burke, Derek Francis, Laurence Hardy, Peter Wyngarde

Votes: 36

19. The Joey Bishop Show (1967–1969)

90 min | Talk-Show

7.9
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Stars: Joey Bishop, Regis Philbin, Norm Crosby, Eva Gabor

Votes: 99

20. A Voyage Round My Father (1982 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.9
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Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father ... See full summary »

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Jane Asher, Elizabeth Sellars

Votes: 161

21. Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (2002 Video)

20 min | Short, Mystery

7.9
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Stars: Eileen Atkins, Bob Balaban, Alan Bates, Claudie Blakley

Votes: 11

22. The Trespasser (1981 TV Movie)

90 min

7.9
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Director: Colin Gregg | Stars: Margaret Whiting, Leilah Flanagan, Daniel Chasin, Betty Hardy

Votes: 8

23. Zorba the Greek (1964)

Unrated | 142 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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An uptight English writer traveling to Crete on a matter of business finds his life changed forever when he meets the gregarious Alexis Zorba.

Director: Mihalis Kakogiannis | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates, Irene Papas, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 16,230

24. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare

Votes: 2,399

25. An Englishman Abroad (1983 TV Movie)

61 min | Drama

7.8
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Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, Coral Browne, Charles Gray, Harold Innocent

Votes: 365

26. Separate Tables (1983 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama

7.8
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Arrival of a beautiful model stirs up the guests of a peaceful small-town hotel where most of them hide from their troubles. Secrets, infatuations and lies come out.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Claire Bloom, Irene Worth

Votes: 139

27. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1978)

Drama

7.8
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Michael Henchard sold his wife and daughter when drunk 18 years ago. Now, his wife has come for him with their daughter, only to find out that he is now the mayor of Casterbridge. She is reluctant to meet him but he wants to see her.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anne Stallybrass, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 6

28. The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985–1992)

23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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A Canadian-produced fantastic anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly, Wayne Robson

Votes: 708

29. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A British television anthology drama series transmitted on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984.

Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

Votes: 166

30. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1978)

Drama

7.7
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Michael's business reaches rock bottom. Lucetta and Donald become serious so Michael extracts a promise from Lecetta to marry him by blackmailing her with her past. However, Donald and Lucetta marry anyway.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anna Massey, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 6

31. Women in Love (1969)

R | 131 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Two best friends fall in love with a pair of women, but the relationships soon go in very different directions.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, Glenda Jackson, Jennie Linden

Votes: 5,419

32. Arabian Nights (2000– )

175 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.6
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To cure a prince's murderous madness, Scheherezade tells him a series of wonderous stories.

Stars: John Leguizamo, Vanessa Mae, Dougray Scott, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 4,244

33. King of Hearts (1966)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Comedy, War

7.6
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During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca | Stars: Alan Bates, Geneviève Bujold, Pierre Brasseur, Jean-Claude Brialy

Votes: 2,947

34. Dr. Fischer of Geneva (1984 TV Movie)

Drama

7.6
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Dr. Fischer has an unusual hobby - to expose human greed. How much humiliation will his fellow man endure enticed by valuable presents? Dignity for money! Death for money?

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: James Mason, Alan Bates, Greta Scacchi, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 129

35. The Making of Gosford Park (2002 TV Short)

20 min | Documentary, Short

7.6
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A documentary giving film fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making this Robert Altman film about a murder at an English country estate. Includes interviews with the cast and crew, who ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Miller | Stars: Robert Altman, Julian Fellowes, Emily Watson, Alan Bates

Votes: 103

36. The Go-Between (1971)

GP | 116 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A tale of torrid and forbidden love between a couple in the English countryside.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 3,756

37. A Kind of Loving (1962)

112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer

Votes: 1,098 | Gross: $0.00M

38. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

7.4
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Series of one-off plays made by BBC television which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 60s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer and John Hopkins. ... See full summary »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Michael Robbins

Votes: 60

39. Gosford Park (2001)

R | 131 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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90 Metascore

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 67,592 | Gross: $41.30M

40. The Guest (1963)

105 min | Drama

7.3
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Aston (Robert Shaw), a quiet, reserved man, lives alone in a top-floor cluttered room of a small abandoned house in a poor London district. He befriends and takes in Mac Davies (Donald ... See full summary »

Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence, Robert Shaw, Harold Pinter

Votes: 422

41. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: 102 Boulevard Haussmann (1990)

84 min | Drama

7.3
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In 1916 author Marcel Proust is leading a reclusive life in Paris. He hires a quartet of musicians and befriends one of them, a wounded serviceman.

Director: Udayan Prasad | Stars: Janet McTeer, Alan Bates, Jonathan Coy, Gillian Martell

Votes: 48

42. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1978)

Drama

7.3
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Michael is declared bankrupt and he sinks back to where he was 21 years ago. Michael starts drinking again and threatens Donald physically, and also plans to expose Lucetta's past to the Donald.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anna Massey, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 6

43. Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

PG | 168 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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55 Metascore

Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Julie Christie, Peter Finch, Alan Bates, Terence Stamp

Votes: 4,214

44. An Unmarried Woman (1978)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A wealthy woman from Manhattan's Upper East Side struggles to deal with her new identity and her sexuality after her husband of 16 years leaves her for a younger woman.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Jill Clayburgh, Alan Bates, Michael Murphy, Cliff Gorman

Votes: 3,565

45. Love in a Cold Climate (2001– )

150 min | Drama

7.2
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A delightful reflection of the era as seen on the background of the story of three priviledged girls growing up in between wars. The main character leads us kindheartedly through their ... See full summary »

Stars: Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Javier Alcina, Rosamund Pike, Megan Dodds

Votes: 490

46. Nicholas' Gift (1998 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.2
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Fact based drama about an American couple on vacation in Italy in 1994 with their two children who are attacked and shot by highway bandits. Shortly they discover that their son is brain ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Markowitz | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Alan Bates, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Gene Wexler

Votes: 357

47. Bertie and Elizabeth (2002 TV Movie)

99 min | Drama

7.2
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A chronicle of the life of George VI, who was forced to become King following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII, and his relationship with his wife, Elizabeth.

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: James Wilby, Alan Bates, Eileen Atkins, Dolly Wells

Votes: 456

48. In Celebration (1975)

PG | 131 min | Drama

7.2
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In a Yorkshire mining town, three educated brothers return to their blue-collar home to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents, but dark secrets come to the fore.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Alan Bates, Brian Cox, Gabrielle Daye, Bill Owen

Votes: 233

49. Butley (1974)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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An English professor finds his life crumbling around him.

Director: Harold Pinter | Stars: Alan Bates, Jessica Tandy, Richard O'Callaghan, Georgina Hale

Votes: 540

50. The 56th Annual Tony Awards (2002 TV Special)

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Director: Glenn Weiss | Stars: Bernadette Peters, Gregory Hines, Edward Albee, Rob Ashford

Votes: 48