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1. I, Claudius (1976– )

Not Rated | 669 min | Drama, History

9.1
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

2. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: Murder Being Once Done: Part One (1991)

142 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Wexford collapses from overwork so is put on a month's leave. Instead of resting though, he decides to go and visit Mike, who is seconded to London. Although he should be resting, Wexford's dreams have drawn him towards Mike's case of a young murdered girl left lying in a vault, and a strong connection to the baby adoption business.

Writers: Matthew Jacobs, Ruth Rendell | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, John Forgeham, Philip Glenister

3. Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989– )

100 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

8.6
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The cases of an eccentrically refined Belgian detective.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

4. Big Deal (1984–1986)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Lighthearted drama series about Robby Box, a small-time London gambler, and his long-suffering family.

Creator: Geoff McQueen | Stars: Ray Brooks, Sharon Duce, Pamela Cundell, James Ottaway

5. This Is David Lander (1988– )

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Stars: Stephen Fry, Mark Arden, Frances Barber, Alun Armstrong

6. First Among Equals (1986 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Political drama about the parallel careers of four MPs who all join Parliament in the mid-1960s.

Stars: David Robb, Jeremy Child, Tom Wilkinson, James Faulkner

7. The Green Man (1990– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1990)

Comedy, Horror

8.3
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Writers: Kingsley Amis, Malcolm Bradbury | Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Albert Finney, Linda Marlowe, Sarah Berger, Nicky Henson

8. 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

9. My Family (2000–2011)
Episode: Susan of Troy (2007)

Comedy

8.3
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Susan's mother Grace returns from her holidays having got married again. Michael gets the Harpers and Abi, Roger and Alfie on 'The Weakest Link' quiz show where Grace reveals on air that, ... See full summary »

Creator: Fred Barron | Director: Dewi Humphreys | Stars: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thomson

10. I, Claudius (1976– )
Episode: Waiting in the Wings (1976)

Not Rated | Drama, History

8.3
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Whilst Tiberius in exile derives some comfort from hearing of the mysterious death of Gaius, Antonia confesses to Julia her disappointment in Claudius. She chastises his siblings ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Graves, Jack Pulman | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed, George Baker

11. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: A Guilty Thing Surprised: Part One (1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Writers: Clive Exton, Ruth Rendell | Director: Mary McMurray | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Michael Jayston, Catherine Neilson

12. The House of Eliott (1991–1994)

50 min | Drama

8.1
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Creators: Eileen Atkins, Jean Marsh | Stars: Stella Gonet, Louise Lombard, Aden Gillett, Cathy Murphy

13. Lovejoy (1986–1994)

50 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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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.

Creator: Ian La Frenais | Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury, Phyllis Logan

14. Pulling (2006–2009)

Comedy

8.0
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Stars: Sharon Horgan, Tanya Franks, Rebekah Staton, Cavan Clerkin

15. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: An Unkindness of Ravens: Part One (1990)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Writers: Ruth Rendell, Robert Smith | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Diane Keen

16. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)
Episode: Death of a Ghost: Part 1 (1989)

Not Rated | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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When the widow of a renowned painter invites Campion to the unveiling of one of his unseen paintings, the detective finds himself investigating the murder of another guest.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Michael Owen Morris | Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Jean Anderson

17. Pulling (2006–2009)
Episode: Episode #2.5 (2008)

Comedy

8.0
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Donna is unhappy to learn that Karl is moving to Italy, selling his house at a vast profit in so doing. Karen gets involved with a guy called Justin, who is emotionally heavy going and she ... See full summary »

Writers: Sharon Horgan, Dennis Kelly | Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Sharon Horgan, Tanya Franks, Rebekah Staton, Cavan Clerkin

18. Midsomer Murders (1997– )
Episode: Ghosts of Christmas Past (2004)

102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Exactly nine years after Ferdy Villers killed himself, his entire family reunites for Christmas unaware that someone is out for revenge.

Writers: David Hoskins, Caroline Graham | Director: Renny Rye | Stars: John Nettles, John Hopkins, Jane Wymark, Laura Howard

19. The 10th Man (2006)

Short, Comedy

7.9
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Kidnapping and dirty tricks are the way of the street among the ageing Jewish community of London's East End.

Writer: Sam Leifer | Director: Sam Leifer | Stars: John Barrard, Steven Berkoff, John Burgess, David de Keyser

20. Harry Enfield's Television Programme (1990–1992)

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Stars: Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse, Kathy Burke, Jon Glover

21. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: An Unwanted Woman: Part Two (1992)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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When a 92-year old lady dies, Reg becomes suspicious that there was more to it than old age, and begins an investigation into the slightly sinister elderly retired community surrounding her.

Writers: Ruth Rendell, Rosemary Anne Sisson, John Davies | Director: Jenny Wilkes | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Diane Keen

22. Midsomer Murders (1997– )
Episode: Blood Wedding (2008)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Barnaby has to deal with a murder at the wedding reception for a local aristocratic family as well as daughter Cully's upcoming nuptials.

Writers: David Harsent, Caroline Graham | Director: Peter Smith | Stars: John Nettles, Jason Hughes, Jane Wymark, Laura Howard

23. Agatha Christie: Poirot (1989– )
Episode: How Does Your Garden Grow? (1991)

50 min | Drama, Mystery, Crime

7.8
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At a flower show, an older woman in a wheelchair approaches Poirot, gives him an empty seed packet, and asks him to visit her the next day. When Poirot arrives the next day, the woman is dead, murdered with poison.

Writer: Andrew Marshall | Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

24. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: Kissing the Gunner's Daughter: Part One (1992)

180 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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When an off-duty DS Martin tries to be a hero during a bank robbery, not only does he get shot dead, but it also triggers a chain of events involving murders and deceit.

Writers: John Davies, Matthew Jacobs, Ruth Rendell | Director: Mary McMurray | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Diane Keen

25. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A veteran DCI and his young Sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer.

Creator: Caroline Graham | Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

26. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Two minor characters from the play, "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.

Writer: Tom Stoppard | Director: Tom Stoppard | Stars: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Livio Badurina

27. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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In 1930's England, a man from an aristocratic family takes up the pseudonym Albert Campion and, with the help of his ex-burglar manservant, solves mysteries.

Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Moray Watson

28. My Family (2000–2011)

50 min | Comedy

7.6
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Comedy about Ben, a dentist, and his family. They don't exactly get along well.

Creator: Fred Barron | Stars: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson, Daniela Denby-Ashe

29. Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989 TV Movie)

160 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.6
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A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp, the film follows his liberation and his rise to become one of the ... See full summary »

Writers: Abby Mann, Robin Vote, Ron Hutchinson | Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Renée Soutendijk, Craig T. Nelson, Anton Lesser

30. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)
Episode: Death of a Ghost: Part 2 (1989)

Not Rated | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.6
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Campion discovers that the murders and art thefts are designed to hide the fact that Tom Dacre's paintings have been substituted for John Lafcadio's.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Michael Owen Morris | Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Jean Anderson

31. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: The Speaker of Mandarin: Part One (1992)

140 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Having attended a police conference in China Wexford joins a group of British tourists in Hong Kong including former barrister Adam Knighton and his wife Adela, not the most loving of ... See full summary »

Writers: Trevor Preston, Ruth Rendell | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Virginia McKenna, Patrick Drury

32. Catherine the Great (2005 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama

7.5
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Drama documentary reconstructing the life and times of Catherine the Great of Russia.

Writers: Paul Burgess, John-Paul Davidson | Directors: Paul Burgess, John-Paul Davidson | Stars: Emily Bruni, Diana Dumbrava, Dan Chiriac, Claudiu Bleont

33. The Tragedy of Coriolanus (1984 TV Movie)

145 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Paul Jesson, Ray Roberts, Leon Lissek, Jon Rumney

34. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: Means of Evil: Part One (1991)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Inspector Wexford is confronted with a murder in a vegetarian family and wonders how many kinds of mushrooms there are.

Writers: Ruth Rendell, Peter Berry, John Davies | Director: Sarah Hellings | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Diane Keen

35. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: The Napoleonic Commode (1993)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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When Lovejoy is mistaken by the local bailiff for his landlord, he is evicted from his house and has his car and antiques inventory confiscated.

Writers: Ian La Frenais, Jonathan Gash, Terry Hodgkinson | Director: Baz Taylor | Stars: Ian McShane, Phyllis Logan, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury

36. The Green Man (1990– )

50 min | Comedy, Horror

7.4
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Maurice Allington, the alcoholic, sexually promiscuous, and unappealing lead character owns a country inn called "The Green Man." He frightens and regales his guests, when he's not trying ... See full summary »

Stars: Albert Finney, Linda Marlowe, Sarah Berger, Nicky Henson

37. Love's Labour's Lost (1985 TV Movie)

120 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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When the King of Navarre and three of his cronies swear to spend all their days in study and not to look at any girls, they've forgotten that the daughter of the King of France is coming on... See full summary »

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Jonathan Kent, Christopher Blake, Geoffrey Burridge, Mike Gwilym

38. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: The Black Virgin of Vladimir (2 of 2) (1991)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Lovejoy colludes with rich American widow and a Japanese businessman to con the Greek antiques dealer who conned them.

Writers: Ian La Frenais, Jonathan Gash, Terry Hodgkinson | Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Ian McShane, Chris Jury, Dudley Sutton, Linda Gray

39. Grange Hill (1978–2008)

30 min | Family

7.2
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The long running television series of the Grange Hill Comprehensive School, and the children's everyday lives.

Stars: Stuart Organ, Gwyneth Powell, Lee Cornes, Sally Geoghegan

40. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Creator: Nicolas Freeling | Stars: Barry Foster, Michael Latimer, Susan Travers, Joanna Dunham

41. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: The Mouse in the Corner: Part One (1992)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Tom Peterlee, a member of a large family who live in three adjoining cottages, is murdered. Eva, his mother is quite cavalier in reaction to his death in Wexford's opinion and other family ... See full summary »

Writers: Ruth Rendell, George Baker, John Davies | Director: Rob Walker | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Diane Keen

42. Sakharov (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 118 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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Biography of Russian physicist & dissident Andrei Sakharov focuses on his first acts in his civil rights movement to his receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Sakharov's actions first caused him... See full summary »

Writer: David W. Rintels | Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Jason Robards, Glenda Jackson, Nicol Williamson, Frank Finlay

43. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: No More Dying Then: Part One (1989)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Writers: Geoffrey Case, John Davies, Ruth Rendell | Director: Jan Sargent | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Celia Gregory, Dave Hill

44. Theatre Night (1985– )

Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Stars: Kenneth Cranham, Robert Lang, Timothy West, John Hudson

45. My Family (2000–2011)
Episode: ...and I'll Cry If I Want To (2005)

Comedy

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Ben hates Christmas at the best of times but this year mother-in-law Grace is staying, Nick's hippy friend Alfie turns up from Wales and Susan insists on booking an expensive clown, ... See full summary »

Creator: Fred Barron | Stars: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thomson

46. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder.

Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Ken Kitson

47. Christabel (1988– )

149 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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An English girl marries a German lawyer in the 1930s and they try to live as normal a life as they can in Hitler's Germany. When Allied bombs start falling on German cities, Christabel ... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Hurley, Stephen Dillane, Nigel Le Vaillant, Geoffrey Palmer

48. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: The Best Man to Die: Part One (1990)

144 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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On the eve of a wedding the best man is murdered, and at a similar time there is a serious car crash with two victims. Wexford thinks the two things are somehow connected, but how?

Writers: John Brown, John Davies, Ruth Rendell | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Tony Haygarth, John Vine

49. Brookside (1982–2003)

30 min | Drama

6.7
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The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England.

Creators: Phil Redmond, Colin McKeown | Stars: Alexandra Fletcher, Diane Burke, Steven Pinder, Vince Earl

50. Adam Bede (1992 TV Movie)

102 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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In 1799 rural England emotions run high when two men, one rich and one poor love the same girl, driving the confused girl to drastic measures.

Writers: George Eliot, Maggie Wadey | Director: Giles Foster | Stars: Iain Glen, Patsy Kensit, Susannah Harker, James Wilby