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1. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: Communication Problems (1979)

TV-PG | 31 min | Comedy

9.1
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When Mrs.Richards, a demanding woman who is hard of hearing, checks into the hotel, Basil, Sybil and Polly find themselves with a very difficult customer. Meanwhile, Basil bets on a horse ... See full summary »

Writers: John Cleese, Connie Booth | Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

2. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

8.9
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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

3. Ripping Yarns (1976–1979)
Episode: Roger of the Raj (1979)

Adventure, Comedy

8.7
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On the eve of the Great War Roger Bartlesham's aristocratic parents are firm believers in the Empire though Roger, encouraged by socialist Latin teacher Mr Hopper,dreams of equality and ... See full summary »

Writers: Michael Palin, Terry Jones | Director: Jim Franklin | Stars: Michael Palin, Richard Vernon, Joan Sanderson, Roger Brierley

4. Barriers (1980– )

30 min | Drama, Family

8.6
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Stars: Benedict Taylor, Paul Rogers, Patricia Lawrence, Christoph Lindert

5. Maigret (1960–1963)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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Creator: Georges Simenon | Stars: Rupert Davies, Ewen Solon, Neville Jason, Helen Shingler

6. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
Episode: Noblesse Oblige (1975)

51 min | Drama

8.5
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Better the devil you know than the one you don't is the lesson Mrs. Bridges and Ruby learn after a terrible row. Upstairs, Lord Stockbridge proposes to Georgina, but there's a catch.

Writer: John Hawkesworth | Director: Cyril Coke | Stars: Angela Baddeley, Lesley-Anne Down, David Langton, Ursula Howells

7. Rising Damp (1974–1978)
Episode: Pink Carnations (1978)

Comedy

8.5
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By coincidence Rigsby and Ruth answer the personal ad each has placed in the local paper and meet at the same hotel, both wearing pink carnations for identification purposes. Then a bridal ... See full summary »

Writer: Eric Chappell | Director: Vernon Lawrence | Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Don Warrington, Helen Fraser

8. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The series follows the lives of both the family and the servants in the London townhouse at 165 Eaton Place. Richard Bellamy, the head of the household, is a member of Parliament, and his ... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

9. The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976–1978)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Horror

8.4
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Stars: Arthur English, Freddie Jones, Nicholas Le Prevost, Sean Flanagan

10. 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

11. 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

12. Rising Damp (1974–1978)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants.

Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour, Richard Beckinsale

13. After Henry (1988–1992)

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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Stars: Prunella Scales, Janine Wood, Jonathan Newth, Joan Sanderson

14. All Gas and Gaiters (1966–1971)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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Stars: Robertson Hare, William Mervyn, Derek Nimmo, John Barron

15. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: The Confidence Course (1965)

61 min | Drama

7.8
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Three swindlers advertise a self-assertiveness seminar, lure a dozen victims to a hotel and attempt to persuade them to enroll in their course. However, a man claiming to be the ... See full summary »

Writer: Dennis Potter | Director: Gilchrist Calder | Stars: Geoffrey Matthews, Dennis Price, Neil McCarthy, Artro Morris

16. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: East of Ipswich (1987)

7.7
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Writer: Michael Palin | Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: John Nettleton, Pat Heywood, Edward Rawle-Hicks, Allan Cuthbertson

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

Drama

7.6
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Stars: Brian Rix, Victor Platt, Peter Cushing, Michael Brennan

18. Anyone for Denis? (1982 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

7.6
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Satirical play dealing with the domestic affairs of Britain's Prime Minister and her husband.

Writer: John Wells | Director: Dick Clement | Stars: John Wells, Angela Thorne, John Cater, Nicky Henson

19. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Intensive Care (1982)

80 min | Drama

7.6
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When Denis Midgley's father is rushed to hospital, Midgley drops everything to be by his side. They've never really got on, so Midgley wants to be sure he's there if his father ever regains... See full summary »

Writer: Alan Bennett | Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Alan Bennett, Helen Fraser, David Major, Frank Crompton

20. Screen Two (1985–2002)

7.5
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Producer Kenith Trodd was part of a 1984 team brought together to study how the BBC should respond to Channel Four's pioneering efforts in making films for both television and theatrical ... See full summary »

Stars: Geoffrey Chater, Roger Brierley, Bernard Hill, Warren Clarke

21. Wodehouse Playhouse (1974–1978)
Episode: Strychnine in the Soup (1976)

Comedy, Romance

7.5
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Director: Michael Mills | Stars: John Alderton, Pauline Collins, Michael Angrave, Ben Aris

22. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Drama

7.4
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Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

23. Comedy Playhouse (1961–2014)

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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Creators: A.J. Bacon, Neil Munro | Stars: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Ronald Fraser, Bernard Cribbins

24. Wodehouse Playhouse (1974–1978)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

7.4
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A series of dramatisations of some of P.G. Wodehouse's comic short stories - in which P.G. Wodehouse, himself, introduced some of the early episodes.

Stars: John Alderton, Pauline Collins, P.G. Wodehouse, Paul McDowell

25. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama

7.3
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This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while ... See full summary »

Writers: Alan Bennett, John Lahr | Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn

26. 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

27. Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (1983– )
Episode: The House of Lurking Death (1983)

Crime, Mystery, Comedy

7.3
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Lois Hargreaves calls on Blunt's detective agency after someone sends her a box of chocolates laced with a mild, though not lethal, amount of arsenic. The Beresford's agree to travel to her... See full summary »

Writer: Jonathan Hales | Director: Christopher Hodson | Stars: Francesca Annis, James Warwick, Joan Sanderson, Reece Dinsdale

28. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

G | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Family

7.2
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Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Writers: Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses, Jerry Juhl, Jack Rose | Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson

29. Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (1983– )

45 min | Crime, Mystery, Comedy

7.2
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Dame Agatha Christie 's husband-and-wife sleuthing team take on a series of short whodunits.

Stars: Francesca Annis, James Warwick, Reece Dinsdale, Arthur Cox

30. Please Sir! (1968–1972)

30 min | Comedy

7.2
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Weekly situation comedy about a hapless but caring teacher and his class of unruly kids. The teacher sees much good and potential in his pupils much to the dismay of his fellow teachers who... See full summary »

Stars: Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson, Richard Davies

31. 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

32. Boy Meets Girl (1967–1969)

50 min | Romance

7.0
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Anthology series of love stories.

Stars: Anna Calder-Marshall, Eric Longworth, Hilary Mason, Ray Brooks

33. Please Sir! (1968–1972)
Episode: Stitches and Hitches (1970)

Comedy

7.0
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Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey | Director: Mark Stuart | Stars: John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson

34. Yus My Dear (1976– )

30 min | Comedy

6.8
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Stars: Arthur Mullard, Queenie Watts, Mike Reid, Valerie Walsh

35. Me and My Girl (1984–1988)

30 min | Comedy

6.6
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Creators: John Kane, Keith Leonard | Stars: Richard O'Sullivan, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Joanne Ridley, Joan Sanderson

36. This Is Your Life (1969–2003)

25 min | Documentary, Biography

6.6
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Creator: Ralph Edwards | Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Michael Aspel, John Mills, Bobby Charlton

37. Heroes of Comedy (1995– )

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.6
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An affectionate look at the life and work of some of Britain's best-loved comedians.

Stars: Michael Parkinson, Eric Sykes, John Cleese, Spike Milligan

38. Thompson (1988– )

30 min | Comedy

6.5
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Stars: Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton, Stephen Moore

39. Mixed Blessings (1978–1980)

30 min | Comedy

6.2
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Thomas and Susan are in love. But since he is white and she is black, their marriage raises tensions among their respective families

Creator: Sidney Green | Stars: Christopher Blake, Muriel Odunton, Joan Sanderson, Sylvia Kay

40. Alice in Wonderland (1985– )

100 min | Family, Fantasy

6.0
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Stars: Giselle Andrews, Paul Eddington, Mary Miller, Michael Bentine

41. Land of Hope and Gloria (1992– )

30 min | Comedy

6.0
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Stars: Sheila Ferguson, Andrew Bicknell, Joan Sanderson, Daphne Oxenford

42. Doris and Doreen (1978 TV Movie)

80 min

6.0
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Writer: Alan Bennett | Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Prunella Scales, Pete Postlethwaite, Joan Sanderson

43. Please Sir! (1971)

100 min | Comedy

5.8
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Writers: John Esmonde, Bob Larbey | Director: Mark Stuart | Stars: John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Noel Howlett, Joan Sanderson

44. Mixed Doubles (1985–1986)

30 min | Comedy

5.8
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Creators: Brian Cooke, Johnnie Mortimer | Stars: Christopher Strauli, Sabina Franklyn, Brian Capron, Natalie Forbes

45. Young Wives' Tale (1951)

79 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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A post-war housing crisis leaves a shy woman to share a house with two couples. Comic situations arise as the new roomer becomes infatuated with one of the husbands.

Writers: Anne Burnaby, Ronald Jeans | Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Joan Greenwood, Nigel Patrick, Derek Farr, Guy Middleton

46. Who Killed the Cat? (1966)

76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

4.4
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Writers: Mary Cathcart Borer, Arnold Ridley, Montgomery Tully, Maurice J. Wilson | Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Mary Merrall, Ellen Pollock, Amy Dalby, Mervyn Johns

47. All for Love (1982–1983)

60 min | Romance

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Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Edward Petherbridge, Joan Plowright, Joyce Redman

48. Janet and Company (1980–1982)

30 min | Comedy, Family

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Stars: Janet Brown, Roy Kinnear, Tim Barrett, Michael Barrington

49. W. Somerset Maugham (1969–1970)

50 min

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Stars: Kim Kee Lim, Ahmad Jamal, Ken Nazarin, Eileen Atkins

50. She Knows Y'Know (1962)

72 min | Comedy

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Writers: Kate Sullivan, Montgomery Tully, Maurice J. Wilson | Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Hylda Baker, Cyril Smith, Joe Gibbons, Peter Myers