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1. Connections (1978– )

50 min | Documentary, History

9.3
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Follow James Burke through the history of science and technology in this collection of 10 1-hour episodes, starting with "The Trigger Effect."

Stars: James Burke, Mark Wing-Davey

Votes: 813

2. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: What the Doctor Ordered: Social Impacts of New Medical Knowledge (1985)

Documentary, History

9.3
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The advance of modern medicine and public health comes at the cost of the fields becoming depersonalized with their increasing use of statistics and microbiology.

Star: James Burke

Votes: 11

3. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: Fit to Rule: Darwin's Revolution (1985)

Documentary, History

9.2
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The introduction of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution undermines the concept of divine creation while providing a rationale for both capitalism and communism.

Stars: James Burke, Jeff Pirie

Votes: 10

4. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)

52 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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James Burke explores key moments in Western History where new knowledge in science changed the way the modern Western world thinks.

Stars: James Burke, Roger Avon, Jeff Pirie, Peter Sproule

Votes: 414

5. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: Making Waves: The New Physics - Newton Revised (1985)

Documentary, History

9.0
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As modern theoretical physics becomes more ambiguous in nature, the Western lay public increasingly confuses advances in engineering with pure science.

Director: Robin Bextor | Star: James Burke

Votes: 9

6. Nature (1982– )

60 min | Documentary, Family

8.8
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Documentary series exploring various global wildlife issues and subjects.

Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Chris Morgan, George Page, David Attenborough

Votes: 444

7. The Adventure Game (1980– )

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.8
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Three people are stranded on a planet on the far side of the galaxy. In order to return to earth they must first locate a crystal to power their spacecraft. But (and this is where the whole... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Lever, Charmian Gradwell, Bill Homewood, Sarah Lam

Votes: 108

8. Connections (1978– )
Episode: Eat, Drink and Be Merry (1978)

Documentary, History

8.8
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 22

9. Connections (1978– )
Episode: Faith in Numbers (1978)

60 min | Documentary, History

8.8
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Examines the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance from the perspective of how commercialism, climate change and the Black Death influenced cultural development.

Star: James Burke

Votes: 29

10. Horizon (1964– )

50 min | Documentary

8.7
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Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated its 40th anniversary and it continues to enjoy outstanding critical acclaim. Recognised ... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Vaughan, Jack Fortune, Dilly Barlow, Martin Jarvis

Votes: 813

11. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: A Matter of Fact: Printing Transforms Knowledge (1985)

Documentary, History

8.7
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The introduction of practical mass printing ends Europe's predominate reliance on memory and its related concepts of reality and authority.

Stars: James Burke, Roger Avon, George Malpas, John Moore

Votes: 9

12. Connections (1978– )
Episode: The Long Chain (1978)

Documentary, History

8.7
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 25

13. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: Worlds Without End: Changing Knowledge, Changing Reality (1985)

Documentary, History

8.7
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James sums up his ideas about the effect of different worldviews on science by showing how different cultures approach it in their own way.

Director: Robin Bextor | Stars: James Burke, Elizabeth Valentine, John Gabriel, Harry Klein

Votes: 13

14. Connections (1978– )
Episode: Yesterday, Tomorrow and You (1978)

Documentary, History

8.7
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 26

15. Connections (1978– )
Episode: The Wheel of Fortune (1978)

Documentary, History

8.6
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 27

16. Connections (1978– )
Episode: Thunder in the Skies (1978)

Documentary, History

8.6
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 25

17. Connections 3 (1997–1998)

History

8.5
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In the conclusion to his groundbreaking series, James Burke continues to make incredible connections to history's most important discoveries and inventions.

Stars: James Burke, John Carrigan

Votes: 152

18. Connections (1978– )
Episode: Countdown (1978)

Documentary, History

8.5
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 22

19. Connections (1978– )
Episode: Death in the Morning (1978)

Documentary, History

8.5
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 33

20. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: Infinitely Reasonable: Science Revises the Heavens (1985)

Documentary, History

8.5
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The publication of Copernicus' theory of a heliocentric universe profoundly challenged Europe's concept of the universe and the authority of the Church.

Star: James Burke

Votes: 11

21. Connections 2 (1994– )

Documentary

8.4
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Sequel series to the 1979 "Connections" where historian James Burke walks the viewer through the tenuous threads of history that link seemingly obscure scientific breakthroughs and the ... See full summary »

Stars: James Burke, Steve Davis, Mandy Maxwell, Alan Gibbs

Votes: 206

22. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: Credit Where It's Due: The Factory and Marketplace Revolution (1985)

Documentary, History

8.4
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The rise of land enclosure and advances in engineering help transform the West's major economic philosophies.

Stars: James Burke, Peter Sproule

Votes: 10

23. Connections (1978– )
Episode: Distant Voices (1978)

Documentary, History

8.4
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Stars: James Burke, Mark Wing-Davey

Votes: 29

24. Man Alive (1965–1982)

Documentary

8.3
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Looks at all aspects of society in the UK and abroad. Subjects include crime, sex, housing, politics and flower shows.

Stars: George Plimpton, Christopher Brasher, Esther Rantzen, Jack Pizzey

Votes: 9

25. Connections (1978– )
Episode: The Trigger Effect (1978)

Documentary, History

8.3
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One thing leads to another and our dependence on technology. A New York City Blackout serves as example.

Star: James Burke

Votes: 39

26. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: Beyond the Moon (1984)

Documentary

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Director: Max Whitby | Stars: James Burke, Riccardo Giacconi

Votes: 6

27. Moonbase 3 (1973– )
Episode: View of a Dead Planet (1973)

Drama, Sci-Fi

8.2
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Controversy surrounds the Arctic Sun Project, a plan to detonate a hydrogen bomb above the Arctic Circle to melt the icecaps and open up new land for development. When the project is ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Barry | Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 5

28. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: In the Light of the Above: Medieval Conflict - Faith and Reason (1985)

Documentary, History

8.1
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Introduction of the knowledge from captured Islamic Spanish libraries transforms the Europe's conception of knowledge and the fact that it can advance.

Director: Robin Bextor | Star: James Burke

Votes: 15

29. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: Point of View: Scientific Imagination in the Renaissance (1985)

Documentary, History

8.1
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The introduction of perspective techniques transforms Europe's use of art, architecture, geography and navigation among others with its revolutionary concept of remote positioning.

Star: James Burke

Votes: 9

30. The Day the Universe Changed (1985)
Episode: The Way We Are: It Started with the Greeks (1985)

Documentary, History

8.1
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The Ancient Greece based origins of modern Western Civilization's primary value of individuality driven curiosity that drives it to question and explore reality.

Director: Robin Bextor | Star: James Burke

Votes: 14

31. Moonbase 3 (1973– )
Episode: Castor and Pollux (1973)

Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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While Caulder explores the possibility of participating in a joint expedition to Jupiter with the Russians, an accident during a routine docking manoeuvre with a satellite leaves a shuttle ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Barry | Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 5

32. Dinah! (1974– )

90 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

7.8
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Dinah's show premiered 9 September 1974 and continued through to 4 September 1981. She started out the 70's with Dinah's Place which usually featured one guest and was more of a home ... See full summary »

Stars: Dinah Shore, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty White, Norm Crosby

Votes: 132

33. After the Warming (1989– )

110 min | Documentary

7.8
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Using "virtual reality" computer simulations, social journalist James Burke traces the Earth's history of ice ages and warming trends, and presents several possible scenarios caused by the ... See full summary »

Star: James Burke

Votes: 40

34. Nature (1982– )
Episode: Super Hummingbirds (2016)

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Family

7.7
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With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before. Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the ... See full summary »

Star: Patricia Clarkson

Votes: 20

35. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

TV-PG | 101 min | Documentary, History

7.6
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71 Metascore

At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future.

Director: David Fairhead | Stars: James Burke, Gerry Griffin, Chris Kraft, Gene Kranz

Votes: 420

36. Tomorrow's World (1965–2003)

30 min | Documentary

7.5
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Long running BBC TV series looking at what's new in science and technology.

Stars: Judith Hann, Raymond Baxter, Michael Rodd, Howard Stableford

Votes: 60

37. The Real Thing (1979– )

7.5
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Star: James Burke

Votes: 17

38. Network First (1994– )

Documentary

7.4
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Stars: Alison Lomas, Peter Sullivan, John Pilger, Prince Michael of Kent

Votes: 5

39. Doomwatch (1970–1972)

50 min | Sci-Fi, Drama

7.3
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Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific Work. Under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist, the Doomwatch team struggled, for ... See full summary »

Stars: John Paul, Joby Blanshard, Simon Oates, Vivien Sherrard

Votes: 98

40. Call My Bluff (II) (1965–1988)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

7.2
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Two teams of three alternate between giving and guessing the meanings of obscure English words.

Stars: Robert Robinson, Frank Muir, Patrick Campbell, Arthur Marshall

Votes: 42

41. Timeshift (2002– )
Episode: How Britain Won the Space Race: The Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank (2015)

Documentary

7.2
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Director: Chloe Penman | Stars: Maxine Peake, Bernard Lovell, Boris Chertok, Bryan Lovell

Votes: 5

42. Speed (1984)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.0
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A documentary on the history on mankind's attempts to reach high speeds. Starting with the invention of the bicycle, going on to sports cars, cars with jet engines, rocket-powered cars, ... See full summary »

Director: Greg MacGillivray | Stars: James Burke, Monty Cox, Shane McCamey, Linda Hoy

Votes: 114

43. Moonbase 3 (1973– )
Episode: Outsiders (1973)

Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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Faced with an inspection ahead of potential budget cuts, Caulder's hopes of demonstrating that the Moonbase 3 research programme is worthwhile lie with two brilliant but erratic researchers... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hannam | Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 5

44. Moonbase 3 (1973– )

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 103

45. Moonbase 3 (1973– )
Episode: Behemoth (1973)

Drama, Sci-Fi

6.8
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When two seismologists mysteriously vanish in the Mare Frigoris region, Caulder bans all travel into the area, a decision that upsets Dr Heinz Laubenthal who is conducting research in the ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hannam | Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 5

46. Moonbase 3 (1973– )
Episode: Departure and Arrival (1973)

Drama, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Astronaut Harry Sanders suffers a mental breakdown while piloting a shuttle from the Moon back to Earth, causing an accident that kills him and his passenger, Moonbase 3 director Tony ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hannam | Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 6

47. Timeshift (2002– )

60 min | Documentary

6.7
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Series looking at changes in British society, employing archive footage from the BBC and other sources.

Stars: Veronika Hyks, Tamsin Greig, Andrew Martin, Matthew Sweet

Votes: 30

48. Moonbase 3 (1973– )
Episode: Achilles Heel (1973)

Drama, Sci-Fi

6.6
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While Caulder is pressurised to deliver results from Moonbase 3's research programme under threat of budget cuts, the CORA radio astronomy project is thrown into disarray by a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Barry | Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 5

49. Doomwatch (1970–1972)
Episode: Re-Entry Forbidden (1970)

Sci-Fi, Drama

6.3
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The first nuclear-powered rocket, Sunfire One, is sent into space with the first British astronaut, Dick Larch, on board. After the rocket enters Earth orbit, Larch enters an incorrect ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Ciappessoni | Stars: John Paul, Simon Oates, Robert Powell, Wendy Hall

Votes: 7

50. The Trigger Effect (1996)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

5.7
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A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal, and what is questionable, in order to survive in a predatory environment.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Elisabeth Shue, Dermot Mulroney, Richard T. Jones

Votes: 5,267 | Gross: $3.59M