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1. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.6
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Time and Space traveling adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord only known as the Doctor and his companions, traveling through time and space.

Creator: Sydney Newman | Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

2. The Avengers (1961–1969)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

Creator: Sydney Newman | Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

3. The Bounty (1984)

PG | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British ... See full summary »

Writers: Richard Hough, Robert Bolt | Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox

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

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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

5. The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

PG | 129 min | Action, Adventure

7.9
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Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander.

Writers: John Huston, Gladys Hill, Rudyard Kipling | Director: John Huston | Stars: Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey

6. Jeeves and Wooster (1990–1993)

55 min | Comedy

8.7
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Bertram Wooster, a well-intentioned, wealthy layabout, has a habit of getting himself into trouble and it's up to his brilliant valet, Jeeves, to get him out.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws, Richard Dixon

7. UFO (1969–1973)

45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

8.1
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In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending ... See full summary »

Creators: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson | Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough

8. Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983–1987)

60 min | Adventure

7.2
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The adventures of a housewife and a spy whom she fell in with.

Creators: Brad Buckner, Eugenie Ross-Leming | Stars: Kate Jackson, Bruce Boxleitner, Beverly Garland, Mel Stewart

9. The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1981– )

152 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Adventure

8.0
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An Earth man and his alien friend escape Earth's destruction and go on a truly strange adventure as space hitchhikers.

Stars: Simon Jones, David Dixon, Peter Jones, Sandra Dickinson

10. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Musical

7.0
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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Writers: Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Titus Maccius Plautus | Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford

11. Z Cars (1962–1978)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Stars: James Ellis, John Slater, Douglas Fielding, Bernard Holley

12. The Agatha Christie Hour (1982– )

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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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

13. Secret Agent (1964–1966)

49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

8.3
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Three years after the original "Danger Man" series concluded, it was revamped and continued in a longer format. (1 hour/episode instead of 30 minutes). John Drake was now a Special Security... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Peter Madden, Earl Cameron, Zia Mohyeddin

14. Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)

G | 155 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.0
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A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl.

Writers: James Hilton, Terence Rattigan | Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, George Baker

15. Poldark (1975– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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British officer Ross Poldark returns to his native Cornwall after the Revolutionary War after escaping as a prisoner of war. He finds that because he was believed dead, his home has fallen ... See full summary »

Stars: Robin Ellis, Angharad Rees, Clive Francis, Jill Townsend

16. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

6.8
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To treat his friend's cocaine induced delusions, Watson lures Sherlock Holmes to Sigmund Freud.

Writers: Arthur Conan Doyle, Nicholas Meyer | Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall, Nicol Williamson

17. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Creator: Nicolas Freeling | Stars: Barry Foster, Michael Latimer, Susan Travers, Joanna Dunham

18. Count Duckula (1988–1993)

TV-Y | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.7
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The misadventures of a vegetarian vampire duck and his servants.

Stars: Jack May, Brian Trueman, Jimmy Hibbert, David Jason

19. The Doctor and the Devils (1985)

R | 93 min | Horror, Drama

6.2
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Grave robbers supply a doctor with bodies to test on.

Writers: Dylan Thomas, Ronald Harwood | Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce, Twiggy, Julian Sands

20. How I Won the War (1967)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, War

5.8
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An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.

Writers: Patrick Ryan, Charles Wood | Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear, Lee Montague

21. The Shooting Party (1985)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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While Europe stands on the brink of a World War in Autumn 1913, Sir Randolph Nettleby hosts a weekend of shooting on his estate for European aristocrats.

Writers: Isabel Colegate, Julian Bond | Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: James Mason, Edward Fox, Dorothy Tutin, John Gielgud

22. Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy

8.1
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Ripping Yarns is a collection of tales that make for 'ripping good' television. Michael Palin plays a different lead character in each yarn.

Stars: Michael Palin, Charles McKeown, David Griffin, Michael Stainton

23. Budgie (1971–1972)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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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

24. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

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

25. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971– )

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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This British TV series, shot almost entirely on videotape, dramatized short mystery fiction by authors who were contemporaries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of these authors were ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Peter Vaughan, Douglas Wilmer, Ronald Hines

26. The Brothers (1972–1976)

50 min | Drama

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Robert Hammond died while "doing the deed" with his secretary/mistress Jennifer. His 3 sons Edward, Brian and David inherit the family trucking company and try to run it.

Creators: N.J. Crisp, Gerard Glaister | Stars: Jean Anderson, Richard Easton, Robin Chadwick, Jennifer Wilson

27. A Twist of Sand (1968)

G | 90 min | Adventure

5.7
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A former British Naval Officer now makes his living by smuggling goods around the Mediterranean. After being forced to dump his cargo after nearly being caught by the authorities in Malta, ... See full summary »

Writers: Marvin H. Albert, Geoffrey Jenkins | Director: Don Chaffey | Stars: Richard Johnson, Honor Blackman, Jeremy Kemp, Peter Vaughan

28. 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

29. Trog (1970)

GP | 93 min | Horror

3.4
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A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave.

Writers: Aben Kandel, Peter Bryan, John Gilling | Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay, Kim Braden

30. The Last Place on Earth (1985 TV Mini-Series)

396 min | Drama

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Scott vs. Amundsen. It wasn't meant to be a race, but race it becomes, as the world awaits news of the first to reach the Pole. What follows is a tale of heroism, foolhardiness, ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Shaw, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Stephen Moore, Ståle Bjørnhaug

31. The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1960–1962)

Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Stars: Bernard Lee, Bernard Archard, Allan Cuthbertson, John Carson

32. Ivanhoe (1958– )

30 min | Adventure

7.0
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The much-modified-for-television adventures of Walter Scott's Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a noble knight and champion of justice during the reign of evil Prince John.

Stars: Roger Moore, Robert Brown, Andrew Keir, Martin Wyldeck

33. Adam Adamant Lives! (1966–1967)

50 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Edwardian adventurer Adam Adamant is frozen alive in a block of ice by his arch-nemesis The Face in 1902 ; in 1966 workmen discover him and he is revived, perfectly preserved... but ... See full summary »

Creators: Richard Harris, Donald Cotton | Stars: Gerald Harper, Juliet Harmer, Jack May, Peter Ducrow

34. Shoestring (1979–1980)

50 min | Drama

7.4
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Lighthearted detective series set in the West Country, about Eddie Shoestring, a radio-phone-in detective

Creators: Robert Banks Stewart, Richard Harris | Stars: Trevor Eve, Michael Medwin, Doran Godwin, Liz Crowther

35. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

7.3
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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

36. Out of the Unknown (1965–1971)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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Features adaptations of stories by famous sci-fi authors such as Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Fredrik Pohl, John Wyndham and others.

Stars: Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Peter Copley, Geoffrey Palmer, Erik Chitty

37. The Silent Enemy (1958)

112 min | Action, Biography, History

6.5
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In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships. Explosives expert Lionel Crabbe arrives in Gibralter to organise defences, ... See full summary »

Writers: Marshall Pugh, William Fairchild | Director: William Fairchild | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Dawn Addams, Michael Craig, John Clements

38. Doctor at Large (1971– )

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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Following his student misadventures in Doctor in the House (1969), Michael Upton (Barry Evans) starts out on an equally fun-filled but disaster-prone solo career. He moves through a variety... See full summary »

Creator: Richard Gordon | Stars: Barry Evans, George Layton, Geoffrey Davies, Richard O'Sullivan

39. 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

40. The Ring (1996 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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During WW II, a young German woman is separated from her family and imprisoned by the Nazis. After being freed she falls in love with and marries a German officer. When Berlin falls to the ... See full summary »

Writers: Danielle Steel, Nancy Sackett, Carmen Culver | Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Michael York, Rupert Penry-Jones, Carsten Norgaard

41. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Gwen Nelson

42. 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

43. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Charles Lloyd Pack, Derek Francis, Alfred Burke

44. Softly Softly (1966–1976)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Stars: Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler, John Barron

45. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Brian Rix, Victor Platt, Peter Cushing, Michael Brennan

46. The Return of the Soldier (1982)

PG | 99 min | Drama

6.9
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Kitty Baldry (Julie Chirstie) is a haughty society queen with a tunneled view of life. Kitty's complacency is rocked when her husband, Captain Chris Baldry (Alan Bates), returns from the ... See full summary »

Writers: Rebecca West, Hugh Whitemore | Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Julie Christie, Glenda Jackson, Ann-Margret, Alan Bates

47. An Age of Kings (1960– )

60 min | Drama

8.5
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A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the 86 years between Richard II and Richard III.

Stars: David Andrews, Patrick Garland, Julian Glover, John Ringham

48. No Hiding Place (1959–1967)

60 min | Crime

8.1
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Stars: Raymond Francis, Eric Lander, Johnny Briggs, Michael McStay

49. The Pathfinders (1972– )

60 min | Drama, War

7.8
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Creator: Gerry Brown | Stars: Robert Urquhart, Jack Watling, Julian Orchard, Jack May

50. A Horseman Riding By (1978– )

50 min | Drama

7.7
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Having been invalided out of the Boer War, Paul Craddock buys Shallowford, a manor house and estate in Devon, with money from his late father's scrap-yard business. He soon becomes a ... See full summary »

Stars: Glyn Houston, Prunella Ransome, Nigel Havers, Valerie Holloway