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1. Comedy Playhouse (1961–2016)

30 min | Comedy

9.4
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Stars: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Robert Dorning, Ronald Fraser

Votes: 15

2. Full Stretch (1993– )

60 min | Comedy

9.3
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Comedy series about the misadventures of a limousine car hire service.

Stars: Reece Dinsdale, David Howey, Sue Johnston, Rowena King

Votes: 6

3. And It's Goodnight from Him (2005 TV Movie)

59 min | Biography

9.3
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A tribute to the life of Ronnie Barker, who died on this day.

Director: Sally Norris | Stars: Lynda Baron, Dick Clement, Ronnie Corbett, David Frost

Votes: 7

4. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: The Return of the Seven: Part 2 (1986)

Comedy, Drama

9.2
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Dennis returns to Newcastle where he meets up with Oz. Unhappy at not being met at the airport, Ally is even less pleased to find his Jaguar has had a run-in with a skip.

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Timothy Spall, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 31

5. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: No Hiding Place (1973)

Comedy

9.1
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England are playing Bulgaria at football and Flint, whom the lads meet in the hairdressers, bets the pair they cannot get through the day without learning the result. Despite Flint's ... See full summary »

Director: James Gilbert | Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Sheila Fearn, Brian Glover

Votes: 34

6. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: A Law for the Rich (1986)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

9.0
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The lads take a step up in the world when they are asked to convert Thornley Manor into timeshare units. But their arrival in the village sets alarm bells ringing, especially for the local policeman.

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Christopher Fairbank, Gary Holton

Votes: 25

7. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Private Lives (1983)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

9.0
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With his divorce proceedings underway Dennis is dating Dagmar from the site office and he takes her to spend the night at the Intercontinental hotel. Meanwhile Barry and Wayne chat up two ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Christopher Fairbank, Tim Healy, Timothy Spall, Gary Holton

Votes: 35

8. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Another Country (1986)

Comedy, Drama

8.9
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When work at the Manor is stopped because it is a listed building, the hapless brickies decide to go to the local village, where they are treated with suspicion.

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Kevin Whately, Pat Roach, Tim Healy, Gary Holton

Votes: 27

9. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Hasta La Vista (1986)

51 min | Comedy, Drama

8.9
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The lads are impatient to be off to Spain, but just as they reach the departure lounge, things begin to go wrong. Posing as tourists, they find themselves sharing a plane with the Spennymoor and District Senior Citizens Society.

Director: Anthony Garner | Stars: Gary Holton, Christopher Fairbank, Pat Roach, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 27

10. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Last Rites (1984)

51 min | Comedy, Drama

8.9
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Oz has developed a side line in selling pornographic videos. When a friend of Dennis's,Hedley Irwin,dies Oz plans to smuggle the videos in Hedley's coffin ass it is returned to England. ... See full summary »

Director: Baz Taylor | Stars: Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Christopher Fairbank, Kevin Whately

Votes: 29

11. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: Last Tango in Lavenham (1994)

49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.9
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Tink's decision to leave antiques and open a pub causes Lovejoy to pop the question to Charlotte, but things become complicated with Jane's return from America.

Director: Baz Taylor | Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Caroline Langrishe, Diane Parish

Votes: 21

12. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Quo Vadis, Pet (1986)

51 min | Comedy, Drama

8.9
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Barry finally announces his long-awaited wedding to Hazel is definitely going ahead and Oz secretly embarks on a romance of his own. Needless to say, Ally is concocting another dodgy scheme... See full summary »

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Timothy Spall, Gary Holton, Christopher Fairbank, Pat Roach

Votes: 29

13. The Commitments: Looking Back (2004 Video)

47 min | Documentary

8.8
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The band gets back together years later for a one time reunion put on by the one man who train to keep it all together and not let the stardom get to his head the manager one by one he ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Ostrick | Stars: Michael Aherne, Robert Arkins, Dick Clement, Roddy Doyle

Votes: 13

14. Tracey Takes on New York (1993 TV Movie)

Comedy

8.8
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Director: Don Scardino | Stars: Paul Butler, Nell Campbell, Dan Castellaneta, Maddie Corman

Votes: 40

15. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: Conduct Unbecoming (1974)

Comedy

8.8
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Terry is up in court for fighting in the pub with local lad Dougie Scaithe and is found guilty and is fined. Unaware that Terry and Dougie have patched it up, Bob confronts Dougie and also ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Thompson | Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, James Cossins

Votes: 23

16. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Love and Other Four-Letter Words (1984)

51 min | Comedy, Drama

8.8
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Dennis's wife announces that she is coming over to Germany - what will it mean for his divorce, and his relationship with Dagmar? Oz wonders about the power of reincarnation, and Wayne falls in love with a woman, not just into her bed.

Director: Baz Taylor | Stars: Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Gary Holton, Timothy Spall

Votes: 26

17. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Marjorie Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1986)

51 min | Comedy, Drama

8.8
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In a rare moment of tenderness, Oz makes an attempt to save his marriage and get to know his son. Wayne has marital worries as well, but Dennis seems to be getting on fine with girlfriend Christine.

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Jimmy Nail, Timothy Spall, Gary Holton, Tim Healy

Votes: 27

18. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1973)

Comedy

8.7
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Bob invites Terry to a trendy dinner party.

Director: James Gilbert | Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 20

19. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Scoop (1986)

51 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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The lads move their holiday gear into the wrong Spanish villa and decide to go skinny-dipping in the swimming pool - much to the outrage of the real occupants, who arrive unexpectedly.

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Timothy Spall, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Jimmy Nail

Votes: 25

20. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: The Great Race (1974)

Comedy

8.7
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After Terry is winded playing football Bob accuses him of being out of shape and challenges him to a cycle race to Berwick. Needless to say both cheat, hitching lifts and sabotaging each ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Thompson | Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Sheila Fearn, Bert Palmer

Votes: 23

21. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: The Return of the Seven: Part 1 (1986)

Comedy, Drama

8.7
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The boys have returned from Germany and gone their separate ways. Dennis has set up his own business, Oz has been to the Falklands and back, Neville is unemployed, Wayne has entered a ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Christopher Fairbank, Timothy Spall, Gary Holton, Tim Healy

Votes: 41

22. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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The adventures of a gang of British workmen abroad. Combines black and white humour with moments of drama, poignancy and drunkenness. In series 1, the lads head to Germany seeking work, and... See full summary »

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 1,919

23. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: Affairs and Relations (1974)

Comedy

8.6
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Terry and Bob are staying at a country hotel for a fishing weekend, Bob feeling guilty about not bringing Thelma, when they meet Thelma's father, accompanied by his secretary Beryl for an ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Thompson | Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Bill Owen

Votes: 20

24. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: The Judas Pair (1986)

54 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.6
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A collector of flintlock pistols is murdered for a valuable but incomplete set of dueling pistols and Lovejoy has the missing pieces.

Director: Baz Taylor | Stars: Ian McShane, Phyllis Logan, Dudley Sutton, Malcolm Tierney

Votes: 47

25. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: The Likely Lads: A Special Christmas Edition (1974)

Comedy

8.6
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Terry has passed his driving test and is working as a mini-cab driver. It's Christmas and Bob and Thelma are off to a dance and have Terry as their cab driver. However Bob and Thelma row ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Thompson | Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Lilian Grassom

Votes: 27

26. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: The Shape of Things to Come (1974)

Comedy

8.6
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Terry hears that his great uncle Jacob has died in the rest home where he lived and where he made life difficult for everybody with his selfishness. Terry sees this as individualism but, ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Thompson | Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Sheila Fearn, Olive Milbourne

Votes: 18

27. Mark Lawson Talks to... (2003– )

60 min | Talk-Show

8.5
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A series in which arts presenter Mark Lawson has a 60-minute in-depth conversation with a notable figure.

Stars: Mark Lawson, Noel Gallagher, Celia Imrie, Peter Singer

Votes: 34

28. Porridge (1974–1977)
Episode: A Night In (1974)

30 min | Comedy

8.5
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Supposedly as a temporary measure Lennie Godber is moved into Fletch's cell. As a first-timer the prison world is new to him and he misses his girl-friend. Fletch shows a kindly, ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Paul McDowell, Steve Ismay

Votes: 44

29. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Bridging the Gap (2002)

Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Many years have passed since the lads completed the building job in Spain for Ally Fraser when all bar one of them are brought back together in Middlesborough for Oz's wake - but someone ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Seed | Stars: Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Christopher Fairbank, Timothy Spall

Votes: 31

30. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: Guns and Roses (1994)

48 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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After a skilled gunsmith refuses to sell his shop in what has become a red light district, the local vice lord frames him and Lovejoy for robbery.

Director: Ian White | Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Caroline Langrishe, William Franklyn

Votes: 17

31. Porridge (1974–1977)
Episode: Happy Release (1975)

29 min | Comedy

8.5
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Fletch is in the prison hospital,where an unpleasant con called Norris,shortly to be released, has won at gambling the possessions of Blanco,the harmless old orderly. Fletch hatches a plan ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 39

32. Porridge (1974–1977)
Episode: No Way Out (1975)

45 min | Comedy

8.5
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Christmas Special. Fletcher discovers that his fellow inmates are planning to escape.

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 48

33. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: One for the Road (1974)

Comedy

8.5
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Bob is arrested for being over the limit whilst driving home and taken to the police station, where he meets Terry, who has been arrested for fighting at a football match. As Bob is scared ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Thompson | Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Robert Gillespie

Votes: 15

34. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: Storm in a Tea Chest (1973)

Comedy

8.5
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Bob plans to move some of his old belongings into his new house but Thelma, regarding them as junk, gives them to the vicar for the church jumble sale. Unaware of this Bob reports them ... See full summary »

Director: James Gilbert | Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Brigit Forsyth, Robert Gillespie

Votes: 17

35. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: The Firefly Cage (1986)

57 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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A firefly cage, beautifully carved from coal leads Lovejoy to a gang of antique thieves and their cache of loot.

Director: David Reynolds | Stars: Ian McShane, Phyllis Logan, Dudley Sutton, Malcolm Tierney

Votes: 53

36. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography, Music

8.4
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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Stephen Fry, John Gielgud

Votes: 98

37. Ronnie Barker: A BAFTA Tribute (2004 TV Movie)

60 min

8.4
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A BAFTA tribute to arguably Britain's most popular television comedy actor.

Director: John L. Spencer | Stars: Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker, Lynda Baron, Richard Briers

Votes: 32

38. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: Fruit of the Desert (1994)

49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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Lovejoy buys a collection of Islamic antiques from retired diplomat Harold Plumb,who warns him that by rights some of the collection should have gone to the Foreign Office. He obtains his ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Harrison | Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Caroline Langrishe, Frank Finlay

Votes: 16

39. Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973–1974)
Episode: Some Day We'll Laugh About This (1974)

Comedy

8.4
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Whilst he and Thelma are on holiday Bob lets Terry stay at their house in exchange for doing some work on the house. However, Terry is side-tracked by Sandra, an attractive neighbour, who ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Thompson | Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Sheila Fearn

Votes: 17

40. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: The Alien (1984)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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The lads reluctantly bail out Magowan,a violent Irish worker jailed for fighting and reluctantly allow him to move in with them after he has been thrown out of his hostel. They are forming ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Christopher Fairbank, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately, Timothy Spall

Votes: 24

41. The Likely Lads (1964–1966)
Episode: The Suitor (1965)

Comedy

8.4
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Terry's sister Audrey is dating an 'Italian' hair-dresser called Mario (real name Ernie) and Terry is disapproving. Knowing that Audrey dislikes drunken men he takes Mario to the pub to get... See full summary »

Director: Dick Clement | Stars: James Bolam, Rodney Bewes, Sheila Fearn, George Layton

Votes: 8

42. Porridge (1974–1977)

45 min | Comedy

8.3
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The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 3,658

43. The Stowaway (2014)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

8.3
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A stowaway is discovered on an emergency dispatch ship and must come to terms with the consequence of her action.

Director: Rpin Suwannath | Stars: Brendan Fehr, Alfred Molina, William Moseley, Emily Robinson

Votes: 9

44. Porridge: Inside Out (2014– )

Comedy

8.3
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Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the TV series Porridge.

Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Biggins, Patricia Brake, Dick Clement

Votes: 13

45. Tracey Ullman: A Class Act (1993 TV Movie)

60 min

8.3
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A short series of 15 minute programmes, really expanded sketches, in which Tracey Ullman and Michael Palin play various roles satirizing the British class system.

Director: Les Blair | Stars: Tracey Ullman, Michael Palin, Gareth Armstrong, Ellie Beaven

Votes: 18

46. Porridge (1974–1977)
Episode: A Day Out (1974)

29 min | Comedy

8.3
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Fletch and Godber are members of an outside works party digging a sewerage trench in the churchyard. When Ives is stung by a bee, Fletch persuades Barraclough to let him go to the pub for ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 45

47. Porridge (1974–1977)
Episode: A Test of Character (1977)

31 min | Comedy

8.3
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Godber is doing his history O Level exam and Fletch means to help him pass by getting Warren to steal the test paper for him, which he does. However, Godber prefers to pass on his own ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 32

48. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: Breaking the Broker (1994)

49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Frustrated by his failure to get evidence on a Polish smuggler, D.S. Pulver frames Tinker in order to coerce Lovejoy into helping him run a sting.

Director: Alex Kirby | Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Caroline Langrishe, Diane Parish

Votes: 18

49. Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Episode: Dangerous Liaisons (2004)

Comedy, Drama

8.3
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Barry has been arrested after the car crash, but now the authorities begin to suspect he could be a spy. Oz's relationship also attracts special attention, Wyman's mother turns up unannounced and Neville has a secret mission.

Director: David Innes Edwards | Stars: Christopher Fairbank, Pat Roach, Tim Healy, Kevin Whately

Votes: 20

50. Lovejoy (1986–1994)
Episode: Double Edged Sword (1994)

47 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Shady businessman Frank Whymark's priceless 18th Century samurai sword has been stolen and he enlists Lovejoy to locate within 3 days or else.

Director: Alex Kirby | Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Caroline Langrishe, Diane Parish

Votes: 22