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1. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

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Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

2. A Christmas Carol (1984 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Writers: Charles Dickens, Roger O. Hirson | Director: Clive Donner | Stars: George C. Scott, Frank Finlay, Angela Pleasence, Edward Woodward

3. Minder (1979–1994)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »

Creator: Leon Griffiths | Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster

4. Get Carter (1971)

R | 112 min | Crime, Thriller

7.6
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When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Writers: Mike Hodges, Ted Lewis | Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland, John Osborne

5. Black Beauty (1994)

G | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.6
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The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Writers: Anna Sewell, Caroline Thompson | Director: Caroline Thompson | Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time, Alan Cumming

6. The Liver Birds (1969–1996)

30 min | Comedy

6.2
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Stars: Nerys Hughes, Polly James, Mollie Sugden, Elizabeth Estensen

7. 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

8. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 142 min | Romance, Drama, Action

7.7
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During the French Revolution, a mysterious English nobleman known only as The Scarlet Pimpernel (a humble wayside flower), snatches French aristos from the jaws of the guillotine, while ... See full summary »

Writers: William Bast, Baroness Emmuska Orczy | Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Ian McKellen, James Villiers

9. Restoration (1995)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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An aspiring young physician, Robert Merivel found himself in the service of King Charles II and saves the life of a spaniel dear to the King. Merivel joins the King's court and lives the ... See full summary »

Writers: Rose Tremain, Rupert Walters | Director: Michael Hoffman | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker

10. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

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

11. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

12. The Comic Strip Presents... (1982– )

Comedy

8.1
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A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends. Noted for a high sense of parody of previous films, literature, and generally everyone in sight.

Stars: Peter Richardson, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, Nigel Planer

13. 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

14. The Queen's Nose (1995– )

25 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Children's series about a magic coin that can grant wishes.

Stars: Heather-Jay Jones, Dominique Moore, Ella Jones, Grace Atherton

15. Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989– )

Unrated | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Adventure

7.0
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Young Prince Caspian of Narnia wonders and dreams about the old days of Narnia when animals talked, and there were mythical creatures and four rulers in Caer Paravel. But his uncle and aunt... See full summary »

Stars: Warwick Davis, Jonathan R. Scott, Sophie Wilcox, William Todd-Jones

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

17. Howards' Way (1985–1990)

50 min | Drama

7.2
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Tom Howard is made redundant from his job as a senior aircraft designer and decides to invest his skill, time and redundancy money in a run-down local boat building yard. Without his ... See full summary »

Creators: Gerard Glaister, Allan Prior | Stars: Jan Harvey, Stephen Yardley, Glyn Owen, Susan Gilmore

18. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Creator: Nicolas Freeling | Stars: Barry Foster, Michael Latimer, Susan Travers, Joanna Dunham

19. Oliver Twist (1999 TV Mini-Series)

386 min | Drama

7.9
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Based on Charles Dickens' novel, this adaptation traces the childhood of an orphan whose mother dies giving birth to him in an English work-house in the 1820s. Little Oliver Twist, already ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Smith, David Ross, Julie Walters, Annette Crosbie

20. Thirteen at Dinner (1985 TV Movie)

87 min | Crime, Mystery

6.3
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An American movie actress, best known for playing dumb blondes, is Scotland Yard's prime suspect when her husband, Lord Edgware, is murdered. The great detective, Hercule Poirot, digs deeper into the case.

Writers: Agatha Christie, Rod Browning | Director: Lou Antonio | Stars: Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, David Suchet, Jonathan Cecil

21. Callan (1967–1972)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »

Creator: James Mitchell | Stars: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon, Anthony Valentine

22. Little Dorrit (1988)

G | 357 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Arthur Clennam returns to London after working abroad for many years with his now deceased father. Almost at once he becomes involved in the problems of his mother's seamstress Amy Dorrit ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Dickens, Christine Edzard | Director: Christine Edzard | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Max Wall

23. Juliet Bravo (1980–1985)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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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

24. Fall of Eagles (1974 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, History

8.1
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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

25. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

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

26. Hazell (1978–1979)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Stars: Nicholas Ball, Roddy McMillan, Desmond McNamara, Peter Bourke

27. Crown Court (1972–1984)

30 min | Drama

7.2
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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

28. Florence Nightingale (1985 TV Movie)

140 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.7
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The fact-based story of the pioneer of nursing known as 'the Lady with the Lamp'.

Writers: Ivan Moffat, Rose Leiman Goldemberg | Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Claire Bloom, Timothy Dalton, Timothy West

29. 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

30. Arthur the King (1985 TV Movie)

180 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

4.3
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Classic tale of King Arthur and how his wife is kidnapped by his evil sister. Lancelot is sent out to try and retrieve the lost queen and unfortunately falls in love with her. Forbidden ... See full summary »

Writers: David Wyles, John Smith | Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Candice Bergen, Edward Woodward, Dyan Cannon

31. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971– )

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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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

32. Great Expectations (1989 TV Mini-Series)

303 min | Drama

7.6
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Phillip Pirrip, known as Pip, meets a convict or two in a graveyard and sets into motion a series of events that lead him from a comfortable life in his brother-in-law's forge to a ... See full summary »

Stars: Jean Simmons, John Rhys-Davies, Ray McAnally, Anthony Calf

33. Doomwatch (1970–1972)

50 min | Sci-Fi, Drama

7.4
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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

34. K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend (1981 TV Movie)

50 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.3
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Spin-off from "Doctor Who" which, despite good ratings, didn't get past the pilot stage. One time companion to a mysterious and body-changing alien known as "The Doctor", Sarah Jane Smith ... See full summary »

Writer: Terence Dudley | Director: John Black | Stars: Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Bill Fraser, Ian Sears

35. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

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

36. Dombey & Son (1983 TV Mini-Series)

30 min

7.4
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Stars: Julian Glover, Lysette Anthony, Shirley Cain, Roger Milner

37. Softly Softly: Task Force (1969– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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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

38. Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

7.7
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Four victims of a stock swindle meet and plot to get their money back from the crooked financier responsible. Each man, an Oxford professor, a Harley Street physician, an art dealer and a ... See full summary »

Writers: Sherman Yellen, Jeffrey Archer | Director: Clive Donner | Stars: Ed Begley Jr., François-Eric Gendron, Brian Protheroe, Nicholas Jones

39. The Moth (1997 TV Movie)

152 min

7.7
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Set in 1913 Northumbria, England, the story is about Robert Bradley, a strong-willed young worker at a Jarrow shipyard, who arrives home one day to find that his father has died. At the ... See full summary »

Writers: Catherine Cookson, Gordon Hann | Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Jack Davenport, David Howey, Janet Dale, Sally Grey

40. Warship (1973–1977)

50 min | Action, Drama

8.0
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Stars: David Savile, Andrew Burt, James Cosmo, John Lee

41. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Drama series about police work in Victorian London, featuring Detective Sergeant Cribb, a member of Scotland Yard's newly formed CID unit.

Stars: Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller, Alfie Curtis

42. Anglo Saxon Attitudes (1992 TV Mini-Series)

90 min | Drama

6.7
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Stars: Richard Johnson, Douglas Hodge, Elizabeth Spriggs, Dorothy Tutin

43. The Importance of Being Earnest (1986 TV Movie)

110 min | Comedy

7.3
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Algy and Jack discover that they have both been "Bunberrying", that is, assuming different identities in order to enjoy themselves in a guilt-free manner. Jack's pretending to be his ... See full summary »

Writer: Oscar Wilde | Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: John Woodnutt, Rupert Frazer, Paul McGann, Joan Plowright

44. The Invisible Man (1984 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Adapted from the classic novel by H.G. Wells, this six-part serial dramatizes the story of a mad scientist who makes himself invisible and terrorizes everyone.

Stars: Pip Donaghy, David Gwillim, Gerald James, Lila Kaye

45. Vanity Fair (1987– )

35 min | Drama

8.7
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16 half-hour episodes. In the time of Napoleon, Becky Sharp, a poor orphan girl, schemes for money and position. Her most-used stepladder is her old school friend, Amelia Sedley. Both women... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Matheson, Rebecca Saire, Simon Dormandy, Jack Klaff

46. 1990 (1977– )

55 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.1
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Drama set in an nightmarish "1984"-style future, where government bureaucracy has run riot.

Stars: Edward Woodward, Robert Lang, Tony Doyle, Paul Hardwick

47. Masterpiece Theatre: Sons and Lovers (1981 TV Mini-Series)

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Stars: Eileen Atkins, Tom Bell, Karl Johnson, Amanda Parfitt

48. Prince Regent (1979 TV Mini-Series)

50 min

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The life and times of George (1762-1830), Prince of Wales, from his early days of debauchery to his ascent to the throne as George IV. His two marriages (one legal, one not), his mistresses... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Egan, Bosco Hogan, Nigel Davenport, Frances White

49. The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder (1969– )

60 min | Drama, Crime

8.0
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Stars: Hugh Burden, Willoughby Goddard, Mona Bruce, Gillian Lewis

50. Storyboard (1983– )

Drama

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Series of one-off dramas intended to serve as possible pilots.

Stars: Alec McCowen, Carol Royle, Liz Crowther, Penny Brownjohn