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1. Playing Shakespeare (1982 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary

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John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

Stars: John Barton, David Suchet, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard

2. Breakfast (2000– )
Episode: Episode dated 6 December 2005 (2005)

Family, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Linda Barker, Iain Duncan Smith, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen

3. The South Bank Show (1978– )
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2004)

Documentary

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Star: Ian McKellen

4. Churchill (2003– )
Episode: The Lion's Roar (2003)

Documentary

9.3
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Writer: Winston Churchill | Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill

5. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy | Active

9.0
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

6. BBC Show of the Week (1965–1975)

60 min | Music

9.0
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Stars: Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Vikki Carr, Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra

7. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: Episode #9.5 (2002)

Talk-Show

9.0
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Interviewee: Ian McKellen

Stars: James Lipton, Ian McKellen

8. Churchill (2003– )
Episode: The Last Prize (2003)

Documentary

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Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Anthony Browne, Arabella Churchill, Clementine Churchill

9. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family | Active

8.9
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The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith, David Tennant

10. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

11. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show | Active

8.9
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America's top fake news show.

Creators: Lizz Winstead, Madeleine Smithberg | Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Craig Kilborn

12. Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare (1982 TV Movie)

90 min

8.9
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Ian McKellen, alone on stage, with no props or scenery, performs monologues from Shakespeare and discusses some of his plays.

Writers: Ian McKellen, William Shakespeare | Director: Kirk Browning | Star: Ian McKellen

13. Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen (2009 TV Movie)

25 min

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Writer: Edurne Ormazábal | Director: Carlos Rodríguez | Stars: Saffron Burrows, Pilar López de Ayala, Samira Makhmalbaf, Ian McKellen

14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

15. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy

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88 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, Peter Jackson | Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

16. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

8.8
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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Dave Chappelle

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (2004 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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You play the events of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, both with the Fellowship of the Ring and the larger War of the Ring.

Writers: Nuno Miranda, Mical Pedriana, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

18. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1993)

Unrated | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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After her first night as a volunteer on a Samaritan-type switchboard Mary Ann comes back to be confronted by DeDe, holding the scarf she left in Beauchamp's car, though she successfully ... See full summary »

Writers: Armistead Maupin, Richard Kramer | Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

19. Extras (2005–2007)
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2006)

Comedy, Drama

8.8
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Andy's school mate Steve Sherwood visits him on set and inspires Darren to ask Maggie out on a date. Wanting to be recognized more for his acting abilities, Andy auditions for a new play directed by Sir Ian McKellen.

Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

20. The Colbert Report (2005– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.7
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Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

21. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993 TV Mini-Series)

Unrated | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (A Man I Dreamt Up).

Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

22. Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II - Rise of the Witch King (2006 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Writers: Mical Pedriana, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Jill Eckhart | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

23. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.7
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Freddie and Stuart are having a party to celebrate their 49th anniversary. Ash accidentally invites Stuart's mother Mildred, who doesn't know her son is gay.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

24. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1993)

Unrated | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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Jon, who has met DeDe as her gynecologist and likes her, breaks things off with Beauchamp, informing him of his wife's pregnancy. As Christmas approaches Mary Ann confides in Mouse her ... See full summary »

Writers: Armistead Maupin, Richard Kramer | Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

26. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: Hedda Gabler (1972)

Drama

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Hedda Gabler is a beautiful woman married to the solid and respectable academic George Tesman. Then an old flame, the dreamer Eilert Lovborg, turns up on the scene with tragic results.

Writers: Henrik Ibsen, Michael Meyer | Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Janet Suzman, Ian McKellen, Tom Bell, Jane Asher

27. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Three actors who had played Doctor Who, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, are anxious to appear in the 50th anniversary special. A humorous look at the production of the long ... See full summary »

Writer: Peter Davison | Director: Peter Davison | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Olivia Colman, Peter Davison, Louis Davison

28. Cubism: Pet Shop Boys in Concert - Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2007 Video)

114 min | Music

8.6
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Director: David Barnard | Stars: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Sylvia Mason-James, Nick Clow

29. Arena (1975– )
Episode: Pavarotti: The Last Tenor (2004)

90 min | Documentary

8.6
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Director: Francis Hanly | Stars: Ian McKellen, Andrea Bocelli, Bono, Michael Caine

30. Extras (2005–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

31. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.5
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Conan O'Brien, a Harvard Lampoon alumnus, hosts this late-night comedy/talk-show which is often silly and whimsical.

Stars: Conan O'Brien, Andy Richter, Joel Godard, Max Weinberg

32. Troldspejlet (1989– )

25 min

8.5
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Jakob Stegelmann reviews upcoming movies, video and dvd releases, video games, comic books, and role playing games.

Stars: Jakob Stegelmann, Carl Giacomello, Christopher Hedegaard Andersen, Jens Olesen

33. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.5
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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Creator: Anthony Haas | Stars: Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Penelope Wilton, Harold Pinter

34. The Academy: Special (2012 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Director: Peter Hinton | Stars: Ian McKellen, Jonathan Hyde, Sylvester McCoy, Frances Barber

35. The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.5
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Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Rafe Esquith, Ian McKellen, Michael York

36. The London Programme (1975– )

60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Stars: Trevor Phillips, Godfrey Hodgson, John Taylor, Andrew Phillips

37. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.5
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Freddie invites Ash and his vegan girlfriend Chloe (Alexandra Roach) for dinner.

Creators: Gary Janetti, Mark Ravenhill | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

38. Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City (1993– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1993)

Unrated | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.5
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Brian continues to have more disastrous pick-ups, including with two waitresses who turn out to be a mother and daughter. Mona finds it difficult to get through to Dorothea, particularly ... See full summary »

Writers: Armistead Maupin, Richard Kramer | Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

39. The View (1997– )
Episode: Episode dated 22 December 2002 (2002)

TV-14 | Talk-Show

8.5
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Writers: Tony Garofalo, Andrew Smith | Stars: Ian McKellen, Tom Welling

40. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Snowmen (2012)

TV-PG | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.5
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London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.

Writer: Steven Moffat | Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Tom Ward, Richard E. Grant

41. National Geographic Explorer (1985– )

120 min | Documentary | Active

8.4
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A weekly series of short documentary segments funded by the National Geographic Society and done in the style of the National Geographic Specials. In 2003, the show was re-branded National ... See full summary »

Stars: Salvatore Vecchio, Peter Coyote, Lisa Ling, Gerald Durrell

42. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: King Lear (2008)

150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.4
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King Lear decides to abdicate and divide his kingdom between his three daughters.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Ian McKellen, William Gaunt, Philip Winchester, Ben Meyjes

43. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005– )

TV-14 | 40 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show | Active

8.3
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Making a satire out of the entire Late Night Show concept Scotsman Craig Ferguson hosts his show with a robot skeleton and a "horse" as his sidekicks. The show features the stereotypical parts of a Late Show, but all in their own, raw way.

Stars: Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson, Richard Malmos

44. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.3
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You control Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli fighting across the Plains of Rohan battling evil alike to the ferocious battle at Helms Deep.

Writers: Philippa Boyens, Nuno Miranda, J.R.R. Tolkien | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

45. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: David Collings, John Gielgud, André Previn, Stephen Fry

46. Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001–2010)

60 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.3
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A mix of music, comedy and celebrity chat.

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Stephen de Martin, Ian Parkin, David Wickenden

47. The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2006 TV Movie)

125 min | Comedy, Game-Show

8.3
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Writers: Jimmy Carr, Jim Pullin, Shaun Pye, Fraser Steele, Dominic English, Frankie Boyle | Directors: Mick Thomas, Mike MacLaine | Stars: Jimmy Carr, Cat Deeley, Jonathan Ross, Russell Brand

48. The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1997 TV Movie)

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Stars: Andre Agassi, Joan Allen, Gillian Anderson, Patricia Arquette

49. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005– )
Episode: Episode #4.166 (2007)

TV-14 | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.3
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Writers: Craig Ferguson, Ted Mulkerin, Joe Strazzullo | Director: Brian McAloon | Stars: Craig Ferguson, Avril Lavigne, Jena Malone, Ian McKellen

50. Theatre Night (1985– )
Episode: Othello (1990)

204 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.3
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Michael Grandage, Ian McKellen, Clive Swift, Willard White