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1. 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

Votes: 5,386

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

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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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: 1,370

3. David Copperfield (1999 TV Movie)

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

7.8
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Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

Writers: Charles Dickens, Adrian Hodges | Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Emilia Fox, Pauline Quirke, Maggie Smith, John Normington

Votes: 3,089

4. Yes Minister (1980–1984)

60 min | Comedy

8.8
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The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks.

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

Votes: 4,835

5. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

7.2
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A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

Writers: James Whiton, William Goldstein | Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 9,326

6. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

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

Votes: 662

7. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Drama

7.6
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Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series. It was produced by the BBC and it was transmitted on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984. During this period, more than 300 different ... See full summary »

Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

Votes: 143

8. Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–1999)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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Gary Sparrow lives in the 1990s with his wife but has a route back to the 1940s where he has a mistress. Gary has a tough time keeping his double-life a secret from the two women as he ... See full summary »

Creators: Maurice Gran, Laurence Marks | Stars: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Victor McGuire, Christopher Ettridge, Elizabeth Carling

Votes: 1,186

9. Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–1989)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Martin is a committee man. He has numerous schemes and committees organised around the neighbourhood. He is so obsessive about every detail of everything he does he is driving his long ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan, Stanley Lebor

Votes: 421

10. Z Cars (1962–1978)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.

Stars: James Ellis, John Slater, Douglas Fielding, Bernard Holley

Votes: 158

11. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Creator: Brian Clemens | Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Robert Powell, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 245

12. Man in a Suitcase (1967–1968)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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McGill (known as "Mac") was a former U.S. intelligence agent based in London. After being thrown out of the agency for something he did not do, he finds his "false" reputation has preceded ... See full summary »

Creators: Richard Harris, Dennis Spooner | Stars: Richard Bradford, Ricardo Montez, Warren Stanhope, Frank Forsyth

Votes: 196

13. A Fine Romance (1981–1984)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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Respectable British sitcom from Independent Television about the middle-class in their middle-age. Short-lived (26 episodes) but much admired, the sitcom was all about the simple ... See full summary »

Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Susan Penhaligon, Richard Warwick

Votes: 365

14. Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)

Comedy

8.2
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Political satire about a TV news company.

Creators: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin | Stars: Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, David Swift, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 698

15. The Ruling Class (1972)

R | 154 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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A member of the House of Lords dies, leaving his estate to his son. Unfortunately, his son thinks he is Jesus Christ. The other somewhat-more respectable members of their family plot to steal the estate from him. Murder and mayhem ensues.

Writer: Peter Barnes | Director: Peter Medak | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alastair Sim, Arthur Lowe, Hugh Owens

Votes: 4,442

16. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)

120 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: Charles Gray, Lally Bowers, John Gielgud, Eric Porter

Votes: 63

17. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Gritty British-made police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam. Cynical Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" van der Valk and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings and political corruption.

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

Votes: 128

18. Juliet Bravo (1980–1985)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay takes charge of the police station in the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley. She is the first woman to be placed in charge of the station and ... See full summary »

Creator: Ian Kennedy Martin | Stars: David Ellison, Noel Collins, Stephanie Turner, Anna Carteret

Votes: 105

19. Dixon of Dock Green (1955–1976)

45 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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Creator: Ted Willis | Stars: Jack Warner, Peter Byrne, Geoffrey Adams, Arthur Rigby

Votes: 114

20. Performance (1992– )

Drama

5.9
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Stars: Ian Holm, Ronald Pickup, Jane Horrocks, Hugh Grant

Votes: 37

21. Jason King (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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This spin-off from the earlier "Department S" continued the adventures of hedonistic, womanizing dandy Jason King. After leaving Department S, Jason settled down to a full-time career of ... See full summary »

Creators: Monty Berman, Dennis Spooner | Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Anne Sharp, Ronald Lacey, Lee Patterson

Votes: 147

22. Crown Court (1972–1984)

30 min | Drama

7.1
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Courtroom drama - each case takes three episodes. At the end of the third episode a jury of "ordinary people" comes to a verdict on the evidence presented.

Stars: Peter Wheeler, Joseph Berry, Richard Colson, David Ashford

Votes: 117

23. When the Boat Comes In (1976–1981)

50 min | Drama

8.6
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Set in Gallowshields on Tyneside between the 2 World Wars, this story follows the life of ex-sergeant Jack Ford and the Seaton family as they deal with the aftermath of the Great War, the Great 1920s Depression and trade union activists.

Creator: James Mitchell | Stars: James Bolam, James Garbutt, Jean Heywood, John Nightingale

Votes: 216

24. Mother Love (1989 TV Mini-Series)

220 min

8.4
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A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric, and possibly, difficult mother-in-law. Her odd behavior is ... See full summary »

Stars: Diana Rigg, James Wilby, David McCallum, Fiona Gillies

Votes: 273

25. A Very Peculiar Practice (1986–1988)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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A surreal comedy series tracking the career of Stephen Daker, a young doctor who works for the health centre of a modern British university.

Stars: Peter Davison, Graham Crowden, Barbara Flynn, David Troughton

Votes: 291

26. Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1962–1971)

50 min

8.5
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Dr. Finlay is part of a medical practice in the fictional Scottish town of Tannochbrae during the late 1920s.

Creator: A.J. Cronin | Stars: Bill Simpson, Andrew Cruickshank, Barbara Mullen, Eric Woodburn

Votes: 67

27. Covington Cross (1992– )

60 min | Adventure, History

7.8
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Creator: Gil Grant | Stars: Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, James Faulkner, Jonathan Firth

Votes: 197

28. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

6.8
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Creator: Sarah Pia Anderson | Stars: Ralph Morse, John Bluthal, Gawn Grainger, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 47

29. Budgie (1971–1972)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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Chirpy Cockney petty crook 'Budgie' Bird is the main character in this British TV series of the early 70s. Budgie was the eternal failure, with every scam, and every attempt to make his ... See full summary »

Creators: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Stars: Adam Faith, Iain Cuthbertson, Lynn Dalby, June Lewis

Votes: 103

30. No Place Like Home (1983–1988)

30 min | Comedy

6.6
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When Arthur and Beryl Crabtree are set to begin a quiet life at last, their four grown-up children return home one by one. With a son-in-law and neighbours always popping in as well, the quiet life never gets started.

Stars: William Gaunt, Patricia Garwood, Michael Sharvell-Martin, Beverley Adams

Votes: 47

31. The Agatha Christie Hour (1982– )

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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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

Votes: 91

32. Angels (1975–1983)

50 min | Drama

6.6
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Creator: Paula Milne | Stars: Carol Holmes, Joanna Monro, Shirley Cheriton, Sharon Rosita

Votes: 47

33. Stay Lucky (1989–1993)

60 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Dennis Waterman, Emma Wray, Niall Toibin, Jan Francis

Votes: 45

34. The Box of Delights (1984– )

30 min | Family, Fantasy

8.4
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Based on the classic children's novel by John Masefield, the story follows the exploits of a young boy, Kay Harker, who finds himself drawn into a world of magic and danger when he ... See full summary »

Stars: Devin Stanfield, Robert Stephens, Geoffrey Larder, Jonathan Stephens

Votes: 446

35. Shelley (1979–1983)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Long-running British sitcom about James Shelley - an educated, sardonic, permanently unemployed 'professional freelance layabout'. Following his battles with authority, the tax-man, his landlady and his girlfriend Fran.

Creator: Peter Tilbury | Stars: Hywel Bennett, Belinda Sinclair, Josephine Tewson, Garfield Morgan

Votes: 107

36. The Beiderbecke Affair (1985 TV Mini-Series)

320 min | Drama

8.6
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dominic Jephcott, Terence Rigby

Votes: 386

37. Comedy Playhouse (1961–2014)

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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Creators: A.J. Bacon, Neil Munro | Stars: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Robert Dorning, Ronald Fraser

Votes: 11

38. Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1992 TV Mini-Series)

26 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Condensed animated adaptations of plays by William Shakespeare.

Stars: Alec McCowen, Michael Kitchen, Suzanne Burden, Gerald James

Votes: 178

39. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

7.2
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Series of one-off plays made by BBC television which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 60s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer and John Hopkins. ... See full summary »

Creator: Sydney Newman | Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Ken Jones

Votes: 56

40. Great Mysteries (1973– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery

6.4
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Stars: Orson Welles, Edward Albert, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen

Votes: 18

41. The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (1956–1957)

30 min | Adventure, Family

7.7
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In all of Arthurian legend, the most famous of the Knights of the Round Table is undoubtedly Sir Lancelot. This series, painstakingly researched by the History and Literature Departments of... See full summary »

Stars: William Russell, Cyril Smith, Ronald Leigh-Hunt, Robert Scroggins

Votes: 59

42. Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000 Video)

96 min | Crime

8.2
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Writer: Geoff Lindsey | Director: Jamie McCoan | Stars: James Grout, John Thaw, Kevin Whately

Votes: 41

43. Hadleigh (1969–1976)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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Creator: Robert Barr | Stars: Gerald Harper, Peter Dennis, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Alastair Hunter

Votes: 28

44. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

7.4
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Stars: Judi Dench, Richard O'Callaghan, Frederick Treves, John Shrapnel

Votes: 18

45. Softly Softly: Task Force (1969– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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1970s BBC police drama with experienced cop DCS Charlie Barlow. and DS John Watt who lead a task force charged with tackling the toughest chases Thamesford has to offer.

Stars: Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler, David Lloyd Meredith, Terence Rigby

Votes: 16

46. Loophole (1981)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

5.8
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When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.

Writers: Jonathan Hales, Robert Pollock | Director: John Quested | Stars: Albert Finney, Martin Sheen, Susannah York, Colin Blakely

Votes: 271

47. Death of a Salesman (1996 TV Movie)

Drama

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Writer: Arthur Miller | Director: David Thacker | Stars: Warren Mitchell, Rosemary Harris, Iain Glen, Owen Teale

Votes: 21

48. Man and Superman (1982 TV Movie)

7.4
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Writer: George Bernard Shaw | Directors: Patrick Dromgoole, Alex Kirby | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Lisa Harrow, James Grout, Timothy Ackroyd

Votes: 16

49. Wonderful You (1999 TV Mini-Series)

51 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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Lives of a group of people in their early thirties. The principal plot line revolves around the relationship between Marshall, his girlfriend Clare and her old friend Henry, who remains madly in love with her.

Stars: Greg Wise, Richard Lumsden, Lucy Akhurst, Dorian Healy

Votes: 46

50. Bust (1987– )

60 min | Comedy

7.0
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Unsuccessful businessman, Neil Walsh, tries to rebuild his life after being made bankrupt.

Creators: Philip Hinchcliffe, Simon Passmore | Stars: Paul Nicholas, Ron Emslie, Phyllis Logan, Belinda Lang

Votes: 11