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1. The Secret World of Polly Flint (1987– )

30 min | Fantasy

8.7
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A young girl escapes her loneliness by retreating to The Magical World of Another Time, which can only be reached by using your imagination.

Stars: Katie Reynolds, Jeremy Coote, Brenda Bruce, Don Henderson

2. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)
Episode: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 2 (1963)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.7
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Dr. Syn, alias The Scarecrow, must find a way to protect his smuggling band not only from the King's forces but also from a would-be traitor within his own gang.

Writers: Russell Thorndike, Robert Westerby | Director: James Neilson | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Tony Britton, Michael Hordern

3. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Brian Rix, Colin Douglas, Joby Blanshard, Richard Pasco

4. The Little Match Girl (1986 TV Movie)

90 min | Musical

8.6
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Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart | Director: Michael Custance | Stars: Michael Hordern, Twiggy, Roger Daltrey, Paul Daneman

5. The Green Man (1990– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1990)

Comedy, Horror

8.6
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Writers: Kingsley Amis, Malcolm Bradbury | Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Albert Finney, Michael Hordern, Linda Marlowe, Sarah Berger

6. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)
Episode: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 3 (1963)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.6
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Under pressure from King George III to capture The Scarecrow or lose his command, General Pugh plans to use two prisoners, an escapee from the Royal Navy and an American colonist, to trap The Scarecrow.

Writers: Russell Thorndike, Robert Westerby | Director: James Neilson | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Tony Britton, Michael Hordern

7. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)

Unrated | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.5
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Stars: Walt Disney, Kevin Corcoran, Paul Frees, Slim Pickens

8. Horizon (1964– )

50 min | Documentary, History

8.4
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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

9. Now Voyager (1985 Video)

79 min | Family, Fantasy, Mystery

8.4
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Writers: Peter Christopherson, Barry Gibb, Aubrey Powell, Storm Thorgerson | Director: Storm Thorgerson | Stars: Michael Hordern, Maryam d'Abo, Scott Earick, Barry Gibb

10. The History Man (1981– )

206 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: Antony Sher, Geraldine James, Isla Blair, Paul Brooke

11. Detective (1964–1969)

Crime, Drama

8.3
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Anthology series featuring adaptations of detective stories.

Stars: Rupert Davies, Ralph Michael, John DeVaut, Esmond Knight

12. Court Martial (1965– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.3
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During World War II this crack team from the Judge Advocate General's office investigates crime all over Europe and then proceeds to the court-martial itself.

Stars: Bradford Dillman, Peter Graves, Kenneth J. Warren, Angela Browne

13. Macbeth (III) (1960 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama

8.3
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Hallmark Hall of Fame's second version of Shakespeare's classic play, with the same two stars and the same director as its first version, but a different supporting cast.

Writers: George Schaefer, William Shakespeare, Anthony Squire | Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Maurice Evans, Judith Anderson, Michael Hordern, Ian Bannen

14. The Talking Parcel (1978 TV Movie)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Animation, Family

8.3
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The Talking Parcel (This review refers to the animated cartoon, which differs from the original book by Gerald Durrell... See full synopsis »

Writers: Gerald Durrell, Rosemary Anne Sisson | Director: Brian Cosgrove | Stars: Lisa Norris, Freddie Jones, Mollie Sugden, Roy Kinnear

15. Edward the King (1975– )

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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The life of Edward VII (1841 - 1910), the King of the United Kingdom. Before becoming the king he developed a reputation of a playboy which angered his mother, Queen Victoria. He was a reformer and modernizer, but also an elitist.

Stars: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Felicity Kendal

16. Omnibus (1967–2002)

Documentary, Biography

8.2
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Arts documentary series.

Stars: David Collings, John Gielgud, Kirsty Wark, Eric Morecambe

17. Shakespeare Uncovered (2012 TV Mini-Series)

55 min | Documentary

8.2
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Stars: Patrick Stewart, Jade Anouka, Laurence Olivier, Felix Aylmer

18. Paradise Postponed (1986 TV Mini-Series)

569 min | Drama

8.2
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Stars: Paul Shelley, David Threlfall, Michael Hordern, Annette Crosbie

19. The Green Man (1990– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1990)

Comedy, Horror

8.2
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Writers: Kingsley Amis, Malcolm Bradbury | Director: Elijah Moshinsky | Stars: Albert Finney, Linda Marlowe, Sarah Berger, Nicky Henson

20. 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

21. Gandhi (1982)

PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest.

Writer: John Briley | Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Ben Kingsley, John Gielgud, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox

22. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 184 min | Drama

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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, William Makepeace Thackeray | Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

23. Shogun (1980 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Frankie Sakai

24. A Christmas Carol (1951)

TV-G | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy

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An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve.

Writers: Charles Dickens, Noel Langley | Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Alastair Sim, Jack Warner, Kathleen Harrison, Mervyn Johns

25. Group Madness (1983)

48 min | Documentary

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Directors: Michael Mileham, Phillip Schuman | Stars: Peter Cook, David Bowie, Peter Boyle, Graham Chapman

26. 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

27. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

28. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

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

29. Fall of Eagles (1974– )
Episode: Dearest Nicky (1974)

Drama, History

8.0
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The opposition against Tsarism is spreading throughout Russia, but Tsar Nicholas II prefers to disregard and stay blind to the rising discontent. The Tsar's mind is instead mainly consumed by the ill health of his firstborn son, Alexis.

Creator: John Elliot | Director: Bill Hays | Stars: Gayle Hunnicutt, Charles Kay, Barry Foster, Bruce Purchase

30. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: Fly the Flag (1993)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Facing huge death duties Christian Shotley asks Lovejoy to sell his family's antiques,only for Lovejoy to find they are excellent forgeries made by Christian's father. However when local ... See full summary »

Writers: Ian La Frenais, Jonathan Gash, Douglas Watkinson | Director: Rob Walker | Stars: Ian McShane, Phyllis Logan, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury

31. The DuPont Show of the Month (1957–1961)
Episode: Oliver Twist (1959)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.0
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Writers: Charles Dickens, Michael Dyne | Director: Daniel Petrie | Stars: Tom Clancy, John Colicos, Beulah Garrick, William Hickey

32. Fall of Eagles (1974– )
Episode: The Honest Broker (1974)

Drama, History

8.0
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In 1887, under the iron fist of Bismarck, the Prussian empire thrives. In Willy, the young son of the heir to the Prussian throne Prince Frederick William, Bismarck sees a leader more fit ... See full summary »

Creator: John Elliot | Director: David Cunliffe | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Barry Foster, Maurice Denham, Gemma Jones

33. Edward the King (1975– )
Episode: The Invisible Queen (1975)

Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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Bertie' family continues to grow but Princess Alix is not strong and suffers from general ill health. Politics continues to cause a rift in the family with Princess Alix refusing to see or ... See full summary »

Writer: David Butler | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Jane Lapotaire

34. Edward the King (1975– )
Episode: The Royal Quadrille (1975)

Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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Bertie visits Denmark along with the Russian Czar and the King of Greece. He also visits his sister Vicky and her husband Fritz, the Crown Prince of Prussia. Vicky is concerned about her ... See full summary »

Writer: John Gorrie | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Michael Hordern

35. Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954–1992)
Episode: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (1963)

Unrated | 129 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.0
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Dr. Syn, a country priest leads a rebel band against the King's naval press gangs. Press gangs (impressment) roam the country side beating young men into submission or unconsciousness, ... See full summary »

Writers: Russell Thorndike, Robert Westerby | Director: James Neilson | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, George Cole, Tony Britton, Michael Hordern

36. Edward the King (1975– )
Episode: The Years of Waiting (1975)

Biography, Drama, History

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Britain finds itself at war in South Africa when British colonists attack the Boer government. But Queen Victoria still refuses to let Bertie have any role in matters of State, so he spends... See full summary »

Writer: John Gorrie | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Michael Hordern

37. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Franchot Tone

38. The Wind in the Willows (I) (1983 TV Movie)

TV-G | 79 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.9
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One spring, Mole decides that he can ignore the spring cleaning for a little longer, and begins a series of adventures with his new friend Rat. They go for a picnic on the riverbank, on a ... See full summary »

Writers: Kenneth Grahame, Rosemary Anne Sisson | Directors: Mark Hall, Chris Taylor | Stars: Richard Pearson, Ian Carmichael, David Jason, Michael Hordern

39. The Wind in the Willows (1984–1988)

22 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.9
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Stars: Richard Pearson, Peter Sallis, Michael Hordern, David Jason

40. 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

41. Edward the King (1975– )
Episode: Scandal (1975)

Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Bertie faces scandal on several fronts. He agrees to assist Lady Brooke to retrieve a letter she wrote to her one-time lover, Lord Charles Beresford. She is now terrified that Lady ... See full summary »

Writer: John Gorrie | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Annette Crosbie, Timothy West, Helen Ryan, Michael Hordern

42. Fall of Eagles (1974– )
Episode: The Last Tsar (1974)

Drama, History

7.9
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The young Tsarevich Nicholas of Russia finds the idea of succeeding his father an absolute nightmare and spends most of his time trying to forget the matter by amusing himself with his ... See full summary »

Creator: John Elliot | Director: Bill Hays | Stars: Gayle Hunnicutt, Charles Kay, Barry Foster, Patrick Stewart

43. Omnibus (1967–2002)
Episode: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

42 min | Documentary, Biography

7.9
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A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when, during a vacation to a remote coastal village ... See full summary »

Writers: M.R. James, Jonathan Miller | Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Michael Hordern, Ambrose Coghill, George Woodbridge, Nora Gordon

44. Middlemarch (1994 TV Mini-Series)

375 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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This Masterpiece Theatre production, set at the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, chronicles the life, loves, foibles and politics of the fictional English town of Middlemarch. Adapted ... See full summary »

Stars: Juliet Aubrey, Douglas Hodge, Robert Hardy, Peter Jeffrey

45. 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

46. Shogun (1980 TV Movie)

125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.8
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An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici | Director: Jerry London | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Frankie Sakai

47. The Story of English (1986 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Documentary

7.8
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A PBS documentary detailing the development of the English language. Initially arising as a mix of Gaelic, Norse and Saxon, the language gradually developed its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: John Barton, Richard Bebb, Ron Cook, Penny Downie

48. The Fool (1990)

140 min | Drama

7.8
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A costume drama / satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London. A working class man impersonates a lord who is ... See full summary »

Writers: Christine Edzard, Olivier Stockman | Director: Christine Edzard | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Cyril Cusack, Ruth Mitchell, Maria Aitken

49. The Dog It Was That Died (1989 TV Movie)

64 min | Comedy

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In Stoppard's "LeCarrecature, Rupert Purvis jumps off a bridge onto a dog, and causes problems for Blair, his superior at MI5. And Blair must convince Hogbin, the agent who's been tailing ... See full summary »

Writer: Tom Stoppard | Director: Peter Wood | Stars: Alan Bates, Alan Howard, Simon Cadell, Sylvestra Le Touzel

50. Edward the King (1975– )
Episode: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes (1975)

Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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With Queen Victoria in mourning, the Cabinet is concerned that her withdrawal from public duties will have a negative impact on her people. As a result, Bertie assumes many of the public ... See full summary »

Writer: David Butler | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Timothy West, Annette Crosbie, Felicity Kendal, Deborah Grant