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

Family, News, Talk-Show

9.6
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Stars: Linda Barker, Iain Duncan Smith, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen

Votes: 5

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

Documentary

9.4
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Star: Ian McKellen

Votes: 5

3. E'gad, Zombies! (2010)

Short, Comedy

9.3
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The 1700's...ish, Oxfordshire, England. In the sleepy town of Upper Trollop, there lived a poet named William Filthe'. He was in love with the beautiful but slightly terrifying Vanity Banks... See full summary »

Writers: Matthew Butler, Tori Hart | Director: Matthew Butler | Stars: Matthew Butler, Tori Hart, Ian McKellen, Giles Alderson

Votes: 242

4. Churchill (2003– )
Episode: The Lion's Roar (2004)

Documentary

9.2
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Writer: Winston Churchill | Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill

Votes: 8

5. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Wedding (2015)

Comedy

9.1
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The wedding day brings the whole group together but as always, it doesn't go to plan.

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

Votes: 54

6. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Flatmates (2015)

Comedy

9.0
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After Freddie and Stuart have a falling out, Stuart moves in with Ash and Violet moves in with Freddie.

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

Votes: 55

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

Documentary

9.0
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Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Anthony Montague Browne, Arabella Churchill, Clementine Churchill

Votes: 5

8. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.9
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Creators: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon | Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 229,001

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

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

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

Votes: 1,086,048

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

25 min

8.9
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Premio Donostia translates to The Donostia Award. It is an honorific award given every year to either one, two or several actors and occasionally to directors. It is awarded during the San ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 23

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

Talk-Show

8.9
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Interviewee: Ian McKellen

Stars: James Lipton, Ian McKellen

Votes: 17

12. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Sister (2015)

23 min | Comedy

8.9
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Worried that her wealthy sister Lillian will discover the truth about a few white lies she's told, Violet and her friends begin a plan to save her from humiliation.

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

Votes: 90

13. Doctor Who (2005– )

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

8.8
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The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.

Creator: Sydney Newman | Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith, David Tennant

Votes: 129,924

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

Votes: 1,110,574

15. The Daily Show (1996– )

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

8.8
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America's top fake news show.

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

Votes: 27,165

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

Votes: 3,871

17. Great Canal Journeys (2014– )

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Stars: Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Samuel West, Joseph West

Votes: 34

18. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Anniversary (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.8
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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

Votes: 106

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

Unrated | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.8
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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

Votes: 8

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

PG-13 | 179 min | Adventure, Fantasy

8.7
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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

Votes: 978,280

21. The Colbert Report (2005–2014)

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

Votes: 25,677

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

Unrated | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.7
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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

Votes: 1,836

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

Adventure, Fantasy

8.7
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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

Votes: 1,194

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

90 min

8.7
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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

Votes: 55

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

Unrated | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.7
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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

Votes: 6

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

Drama

8.7
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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

Votes: 32

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

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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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

Votes: 475

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

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.6
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Writers: Mical Pedriana, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Jill Eckhart | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Votes: 1,051

30. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (2006 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Drama

8.6
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You play the Elf and the Dwarf nations as they fight their own battles against the forces of Sauron.

Writers: Nuno Miranda, Mical Pedriana, J.R.R. Tolkien | Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, John Rhys-Davies, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,061

31. 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

Votes: 46

32. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Stag Do (2015)

Comedy

8.6
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Violet and Ash consider dating new people. Freddie feels under pressure from Stuart to land a major new acting role.

Writer: Gary Janetti | Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Philip Anthony, Frances de la Tour, James Greene, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 43

33. Extras (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 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

Votes: 36,143

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

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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When the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who approaches Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy (the 5th, 6th and 7th Doctors) try to sneak on set and be in the anniversary special no matter what.

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

Votes: 873

35. The Academy: Special (2012 TV Movie)

Comedy

8.5
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Director: Peter Hinton | Stars: Ian McKellen, Jonathan Hyde, Sylvester McCoy, Frances Barber

Votes: 13

36. The London Programme (1975– )

60 min | Documentary

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

Votes: 15

37. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Dinner Party (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.5
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Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his vegan girlfriend Chloe for dinner. But things take an unexpected turn.

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

Votes: 103

38. 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

Votes: 6

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

90 min | Documentary

8.5
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Director: Francis Hanly | Stars: Ian McKellen, Andrea Bocelli, Bono, Michael Caine

Votes: 26

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.

Creator: Sydney Newman | Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Tom Ward, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 2,969

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

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

8.4
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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

Votes: 11,741

42. Troldspejlet (1989– )

25 min

8.4
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Jakob Stegelmann reviews upcoming movies, video and dvd releases, video games, comic books, and role playing games.

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

Votes: 233

43. The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.4
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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

Votes: 111

44. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014– )
Episode: Amy Schumer/Ian McKellen/Alan Jackson (2015)

TV-14 | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

8.4
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Amy Schumer (Trainwreck (2015)); Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes (2015)). Also: Alan Jackson performs.

Stars: Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Ian McKellen, Alan Jackson

Votes: 5

45. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Ballroom (2015)

Comedy

8.4
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The gang decides to join Ash and Jess at a ballroom dancing class while Ash decides to take his relationship with Jess to the next level.

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

Votes: 52

46. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Gym (2015)

Comedy

8.4
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Freddie and Stuart join Ash at his gym, where a young fitness instructor persuades the pair to sign up for an expensive membership.

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

Votes: 58

47. 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

Votes: 230

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

204 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.4
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A slightly updated version of Othello set in the 19th century Cyprus, where all characters wear uniforms and dresses from the American Civil War era. Othello, a heroic aging Moroccan ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 131

49. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005–2015)

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

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, Joseph Bolter

Votes: 8,060

50. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.3
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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Creator: Anthony Haas | Stars: Kenneth Tynan, Gavin Millar, Paul McCartney, Jonathan Miller

Votes: 93