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1. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

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

8.5
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Adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord, known as the Doctor, and his companions, traveling through time and space.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 28,576

2. Coronation Street (1960– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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The UK's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.

Stars: Helen Worth, Simon Gregson, William Roache, Sally Dynevor

Votes: 3,787

3. Casualty (1986– )

50 min | Drama

6.0
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The everyday lives of the people frequenting the frenetic Accident and Emergency department of Holby City hospital.

Stars: Derek Thompson, Suzanne Packer, Ian Bleasdale, Jane Hazlegrove

Votes: 1,840

4. The Bill (1984–2010)

50 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Stars: Graham Cole, Jeff Stewart, Trudie Goodwin, Simon Rouse

Votes: 2,120

5. A Touch of Frost (1992– )

105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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DI Jack Frost is an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganized and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet.

Stars: David Jason, Bruce Alexander, John Lyons, Arthur White

Votes: 4,780

6. Heartbeat (1992– )

50 min | Drama, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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The 1960s lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield.

Stars: William Simons, Derek Fowlds, Tricia Penrose, Mark Jordon

Votes: 1,884

7. Lovejoy (1986–1994)

50 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Lovejoy is an irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques. The part-time detective scours the murky salerooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find.

Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury, Phyllis Logan

Votes: 2,152

8. Merlin (1998– )

Not Rated | 182 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

Stars: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 18,192

9. All Creatures Great and Small (1978–1990)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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The trials and misadventures of the staff of a country veterinary office in 1940's Yorkshire.

Stars: Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison, Lynda Bellingham

Votes: 1,697

10. The Black Adder (1982–1983)

TV-PG | 195 min | Comedy

8.2
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In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny

Votes: 28,724

11. Tess (1979)

PG | 186 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A strong-willed young peasant girl becomes the affection of two men.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin

Votes: 11,927

12. The Great Train Robbery (1979)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.0
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In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Down, Alan Webb

Votes: 12,368

13. Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)

TV-PG | 55 min | Comedy

8.5
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Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws, Richard Dixon

Votes: 9,348

14. The Royal (2003–2011)

60 min | Drama

7.2
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Set in the 1960s, this British medical drama follows the staff and patients of St Aidan's Royal Free Hospital.

Stars: Amy Robbins, Wendy Craig, Linda Armstrong, Michelle Hardwick

Votes: 411

15. Screen Two (1985–2002)

Drama

6.7
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Producer Kenith Trodd was part of a 1984 team brought together to study how the BBC should respond to Channel Four's pioneering efforts in making films for both television and theatrical ... See full summary »

Stars: Geoffrey Chater, Roger Brierley, Bernard Hill, Warren Clarke

Votes: 90

16. Peak Practice (1993–2002)

50 min | Drama

6.1
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Beth Glover and Will Preston are doctors in partnership at a Derbyshire clinic when they hire Jack who's returned from Africa. The next several years deal with their personal and professional lives with Jack and Beth marrying.

Stars: Esther Coles, Gary Mavers, Simon Shepherd, Margery Mason

Votes: 178

17. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

Stars: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie

Votes: 816

18. Hawk the Slayer (1980)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy

5.5
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With the aid of his companions, a man seeks to defeat his evil brother who has taken a nun hostage.

Director: Terry Marcel | Stars: Jack Palance, John Terry, Bernard Bresslaw, Ray Charleson

Votes: 2,406

19. Putney Swope (1969)

R | 84 min | Comedy

6.9
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Dark satire in which the token black man on the executive board of an advertising firm is accidentally put in charge. Renaming the business "Truth and Soul, Inc.", he replaces the tight ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Downey Sr. | Stars: Arnold Johnson, Stan Gottlieb, Allen Garfield, Archie Russell

Votes: 2,139

20. Tenko (1981–1984)

50 min | Drama, War

8.8
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WWII drama follows a group of British, Dutch, and Australian women; from the bombing of Singapore to their years spent in prison camps and eventually to the end of the war where the survivors try to readjust to civilian life.

Stars: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman, Emily Bolton

Votes: 456

21. Cry of the Banshee (1970)

R | 91 min | Horror

5.6
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In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath, Carl Rigg

Votes: 1,372

22. The Shout (1978)

R | 86 min | Horror, Drama

6.8
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A traveler by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens

Votes: 2,567

23. A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery (1987– )

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A gentleman sleuth solves mysteries and falls in love with a detective novelist.

Stars: Harriet Walter, Edward Petherbridge, Richard Morant, Rowena Cooper

Votes: 132

24. Scarlet and Black (1993– )

238 min

7.3
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The story of an ambitious but impoverished young man who seduces women of social class in order to improve his own prospects in 19th century France.

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Fulford, Alice Krige, T.P. McKenna

Votes: 381

25. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980 TV Movie)

210 min | Drama

8.1
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Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Patrick Stewart, Eric Porter

Votes: 458

26. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

6.7
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Stars: Ralph Morse, John Bluthal, Gawn Grainger, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 58

27. The Borgias (1981– )

50 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Historical story of the ruthless Rodrigo Borgia a man who intends to become Pope and who will not let anything stand in his way.

Stars: Oliver Cotton, Maurice O'Connell, Louis Selwyn, Adolfo Celi

Votes: 126

28. TV Burp (2001– )

23 min | Comedy

7.3
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Harry Hill stars in this surreal comedy show, revolving around the previous week's shows on British television.

Stars: Harry Hill, Steve Benham, Brian Belo, Peter Dickson

Votes: 1,732

29. The Devil's Crown (1978– )

55 min | Drama, History

8.3
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BBC serial covering the rise of Henry ii.

Stars: Jane Lapotaire, Christopher Gable, John Duttine, Brian Cox

Votes: 49

30. Richard III (1983 TV Movie)

239 min | Drama

8.2
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Richard of Gloucester uses murder and manipulation to claim England's throne.

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: Peter Benson, Antony Brown, David Burke, Michael Byrne

Votes: 132

31. The Winter's Tale (1981 TV Movie)

173 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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King Leontes of Bohemia suspects his wife, Hermione, and his friend, Polixenes, of betraying him. When he forces Polixenes to flee for his life, Leontes sets in motion a chain of events ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: John Welsh, David Burke, Robert Stephens, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 91

32. Summer Season (1985– )

55 min | Drama

6.6
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Stars: Tim Wylton, Marion Bailey, Charles Dale, Alan Bates

Votes: 21

33. Will Shakespeare (1978– )

60 min | Biography

7.6
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Stars: Tim Curry, Paul Freeman, John Normington, Ron Cook

Votes: 72

34. Perfect Scoundrels (1990– )

60 min | Comedy

6.7
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Stars: Peter Bowles, Bryan Murray, Ian Bartholomew, G.B. Zoot Money

Votes: 28

35. Mr. Majeika (1988– )

G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.2
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Stars: Stanley Baxter, Claire Sawyer, Simeon Pearl, Roland MacLeod

Votes: 29

36. Vanity Fair (1987– )

35 min | Drama

8.7
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16 half-hour episodes. In the time of Napoleon, Becky Sharp, a poor orphan girl, schemes for money and position. Her most-used stepladder is her old school friend, Amelia Sedley. Both women... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Matheson, Rebecca Saire, Simon Dormandy, Jack Klaff

Votes: 37

37. Churchill's People (1974– )

50 min | Drama

6.4
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Stars: Alfred Lynch, Bernard Hepton, Geoffrey Matthews, Daniel Brian

Votes: 13

38. The First Part of Henry the Sixth (1983 TV Movie)

188 min

7.3
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Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France, young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the Duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: John Benfield, Peter Benson, Brenda Blethyn, Antony Brown

Votes: 85

39. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

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Stars: Judi Dench, Richard O'Callaghan, Frederick Treves, John Shrapnel

Votes: 19

40. Great Expectations (1981– )

30 min | Drama

6.8
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Charles Dickens' classic story about an orphan who becomes a gentleman.

Stars: Gerry Sundquist, Tim Munro, Derek Francis, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 109

41. Paul Merton: The Series (1991–1993)

25 min | Comedy

8.3
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Stars: Paul Merton, John Irwin, Robert Harley, Neil Mullarkey

Votes: 77

42. The Little World of Don Camillo (1981– )

Comedy

7.8
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Stars: Mario Adorf, Brian Blessed, Harry Fowler, Mark Lewis

Votes: 23

43. Albion Market (1985–1986)

30 min | Drama

5.5
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Was about life set in a local indoor market. Never quite took off. Even with Kate omara and Hellen Shapiro appearing. Guess only so much happens in a place like this.

Stars: Noreen Kershaw, Derek Hicks, Sally Baxter, Dev Sagoo

Votes: 26

44. Second City Firsts (1973– )

30 min | Drama

5.6
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Second City Firsts was a BBC drama anthology series of short plays, written largely by first time writers, which were transmitted between 1973 and 1978.

Stars: Ken Kitson, Jean Heywood, Ivor Roberts, Rachel Davies

Votes: 9

45. Nice Town (1992– )

165 min

7.9
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Stars: Paul McGann, Josette Simon, Phil Davis, Gwyneth Strong

Votes: 23

46. Boys from the Bush (1991–1992)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Adventures of a British detective, Reg Toomer and his Australian partner Dennis Tontine

Stars: Tim Healy, Chris Haywood, Mark Haddigan, Nadine Garner

Votes: 30

47. The Enigma Files (1980– )

50 min | Crime

6.7
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Drama series about a policeman whose job is to investigate unsolved crimes.

Stars: Tom Adams, Duggie Brown, Sharon Maughan, Carole Nimmons

Votes: 13

48. The Second Part of Henry the Sixth (1983 TV Movie)

203 min

7.9
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Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: John Benfield, Peter Benson, Antony Brown, David Burke

Votes: 69

49. The Third Part of Henry the Sixth (1983 TV Movie)

211 min

8.3
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Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: John Benfield, Peter Benson, Gerald Blackmore, Antony Brown

Votes: 65

50. Born and Bred (1978–1980)

60 min | Comedy

9.0
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Stars: Kate Williams, James Grout, Gillian Raine, Constance Chapman

Votes: 7