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1. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)

30 min | Comedy

8.7
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Caught off-guard by the sudden retirement of the Prime Minister, Sir Humphrey and his civil service allies soon get their house-trained minister, James Hacker, elevated to the top job.

Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott

2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979 TV Mini-Series)

290 min | Drama, Thriller

8.6
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In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced out of semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

3. Love in a Cold Climate (1980 TV Mini-Series)

420 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Aldridge, Michael Williams, Lucy Gutteridge

4. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: The Day of the Welsh Ferret (1988)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.6
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

5. Footlight Frenzy (1984)

110 min | Comedy

8.5
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Stars: Michael Aldridge, Rodger Bumpass, Ronald E. House, Anna Mathias

6. The Power Game (1965–1969)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Patrick Wymark, Jack Watling, Clifford Evans, Barbara Murray

7. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Stars: Brian Rix, Joby Blanshard, Richard Pasco, Brian Peck

8. The December Rose (1986 TV Mini-Series)

30 min | Adventure

8.4
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Period children's drama about the adventures of a young chimney sweep in Victorian London.

Stars: Courtney Roper-Knight, Tony Haygarth, Ian Hogg, Judy Cornwell

9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979– )
Episode: How It All Fits Together (1979)

50 min | Drama, Thriller

8.4
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While Guillam and Tarr come under pressure, Smiley recounts his one meeting with the Soviet master spy Karla, who is undoubtedly running the spy inside MI6.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Warren Clarke, George Sewell

10. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Jaws (1986)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.4
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Wally's war-buddy and fellow pigeon racer Eli makes an appearance, and clears the pub; Compo pretends to be Wally so Nora won't be upset that he stopped to chat with Eli; Seymour sets Edie up with his own version of a garbage-disposal.

Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

11. Yes, Prime Minister (1986–1987)
Episode: One of Us (1986)

Comedy

8.4
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It is revealed that a deceased Cabinet member was a spy, although an inquiry chaired by Sir Humphrey in the 1970's cleared him of suspicion. Humphrey arranges for P.M. Hacker to authorize ... See full summary »

Writers: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn | Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Michael Aldridge

12. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979– )
Episode: Flushing Out the Mole (1979)

60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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Smiley springs his trap and catches the spy. He later interrogates the spy and learns about how and why it happened, and the answers he gets robs him of any sense of victory.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell

13. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979– )
Episode: Return to the Circus (1979)

Drama, Thriller

8.3
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Retired espionage veteran George Smiley is called out on a top secret mission: to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6's echelons.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Bernard Hepton, Terence Rigby, Michael Aldridge

14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979– )
Episode: Smiley Tracks the Mole (1979)

60 min | Drama, Thriller

8.3
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The investigation begins, with Peter Guillam burgling the archives for information, while Smiley visits an old comrade whose past knowledge could prove vital to locating the spy.

Writers: John le Carré, Arthur Hopcraft | Director: John Irvin | Stars: Alec Guinness, Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, Ian Richardson

15. Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983 TV Mini-Series)

720 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

Stars: Sam Neill, Michael Bryant, Norman Rodway, Tom Bell

16. The Adventures of Don Quick (1970– )

60 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.2
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Stars: Ian Hendry, Ronald Lacey, Michael Aldridge, James Appleby

17. Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983– )
Episode: Endgame (1983)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Reilly's plan to overthrow the Bolshevik government and install himself as head of state hits a bump in the road when Lenin's intelligence chief Dzerzhinsky convinces him to postpone a ... See full summary »

Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin, R.H. Bruce Lockhart | Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Sam Neill, Tom Bell, Brian Protheroe, Hugh Fraser

18. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

19. The Barchester Chronicles (1982 TV Mini-Series)

55 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne, Angela Pleasence

20. Game, Set, and Match (1988– )

60 min | Drama

8.1
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An adaption of Len Deghton's trilogy, "Berlin Game," "Mexico Set," "London Match." Bernard Samson, Played by Ian Holm, is a spy in the employ of SIS, London Central. His wife, Fiona, played... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Holm, Michael Culver, Gail Harrison, Anthony Bate

21. Mystery!: Malice Aforethought (1979– )

50 min | Comedy, Drama, Crime

8.1
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Stars: Hywel Bennett, Cheryl Campbell, Belinda Carroll, David Ashford

22. Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983– )
Episode: Gambit (1983)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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In the early days of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Reilly works on behalf of the British to topple the Bolsheviks and get Russia back in the war.

Writers: Troy Kennedy-Martin, R.H. Bruce Lockhart | Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Sam Neill, Norman Rodway, Tom Bell, Brian Protheroe

23. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: The Treasure of the Deep (1988)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.1
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In the canal, the trio find what Seymour claims to be "Georgian Silver". They experiment with different methods to recover what treasure may yet be hiding in the depths.

Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Jane Freeman

24. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Uncle of the Bride (1986)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy

8.1
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Wesley & Edie's daughter Glenda is getting married, and Clegg and Compo make a new friend in Edie's brother Seymour. Foggy has left to take over an egg decorating business he inherited.

Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Thora Hird, Joe Gladwin, Kathy Staff, Juliette Kaplan

25. The Man in Room 17 (1965– )

60 min | Crime, Thriller, Drama

8.0
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Crime series about a secret government department, "Room 17", set up to deal with crimes that baffle police & government agencies. Headed by veteran WW2 agent Oldenshaw and partnered, ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Vernon, Michael Aldridge, Denholm Elliott, Willoughby Goddard

26. Charters & Caldicott (1985 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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Stars: Robin Bailey, Michael Aldridge, Caroline Blakiston, Gerard Murphy

27. The Biko Inquest (1984 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama, History

8.0
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Based on the official transcripts of the investigation that followed after the very suspicious notorious death in prison of one of the most important leading men of the South African anti-apartheid movement, Steven Biko.

Writers: Jon Blair, Norman Fenton, Joshua Sinclair | Directors: Graham Evans, Albert Finney | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Nigel Davenport, Mark Dignam, Alan Field

28. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Come Back Jack Harry Teesdale (1989)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.0
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

29. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Dancing Feet (1988)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.0
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

30. Love for Lydia (1977– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1977)

Drama, Romance

8.0
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Writers: H.E. Bates, Julian Bond | Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: Beatrix Lehmann, Rachel Kempson, Mel Martin, Christopher Blake

31. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: That Certain Smile (1988)

TV-PG | Comedy

8.0
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Seymour, Campo, and Clegg visit their friend Clem in hospital after his hernia operation, but they find the best medicine has to be snuck into his room.

Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

32. Fall of Eagles (1974 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, History

7.9
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British drama about the collapse of three great European dynasties - the Romanovs, the Habsburgs and the Hohenzollerns.

Creator: John Elliot | Stars: Michael Hordern, Charles Kay, Barry Foster, Gayle Hunnicutt

33. Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight (1965)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.9
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The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

Writers: William Shakespeare, Raphael Holinshed, Orson Welles | Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud

34. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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Stars: Campbell Singer, Dinsdale Landen, Thomas Heathcote, Miriam Karlin

35. Wilfred and Eileen (1981 TV Movie)

30 min

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Writer: Robin Chapman | Director: David Green | Stars: Michael Aldridge, John Arnatt, Judi Bowker, Harold Gasnier

36. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Getting Barry Higher in the World (1989)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.9
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

37. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: The Ice-cream Man Cometh (1986)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.9
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Compo's craving for an ice cream prompts Seymour to design an vendor's side car cooler to put Compo into business.

Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Joe Gladwin

38. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Three Men and a Mangle (1989)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.9
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

39. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Who's Feeling Ejected Then? (1986)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.9
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Seymour tempts Compo to play guinea pig in his latest invention endeavor by giving him the title "executive in charge of testing", and promising to invite Nora Batty to the public demonstration.

Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Joe Gladwin

40. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Who's That Bloke with Nora Batty Then? (1989)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.9
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

41. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

42. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971– )

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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This British TV series, shot almost entirely on videotape, dramatized short mystery fiction by authors who were contemporaries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of these authors were ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Peter Vaughan, Douglas Wilmer, Ronald Hines

43. The Agatha Christie Hour (1982– )

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A collection of ten hour-long dramas based on short stories by Agatha Christie.

Stars: Maurice Denham, Angela Easterling, Christopher Wren, Michael Aldridge

44. Spy Trap (1972–1975)

45 min | Drama

7.8
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Creator: Robert Barr | Stars: Paul Daneman, Prentis Hancock, Michael Gwynn, Tom Adams

45. Game, Set, and Match (1988– )
Episode: Berlin Game: Part 1 (1988)

Drama

7.8
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Writers: Len Deighton, John Howlett | Director: Ken Grieve | Stars: Ian Holm, Mel Martin, Michael Degen, Michael Culver

46. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Set the People Free (1986)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.8
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Joe Gladwin

47. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: The Heavily Reinforced Bottom (1986)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.8
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Inspired by Crusher's hobby, with Norman's help, Seymour tries to force Compo to take up canoeing to put him into some type of acceptable physical condition.

Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

48. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: When You Take a Good Bite, Yorkshire Tastes Terrible (1986)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.8
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

49. Last of the Summer Wine (1973– )
Episode: Why Does Norman Clegg Buy Ladies' Elastic Stockings? (1986)

TV-PG | Comedy

7.8
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Writer: Roy Clarke | Director: Alan J.W. Bell | Stars: Michael Aldridge, Bill Owen, Peter Sallis, Thora Hird

50. Spyship (1983– )

55 min

7.7
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Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Peter Eyre, Lesley Nightingale, Michael Aldridge