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1. How We Used to Live (1968–1996)

History

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British educational drama tracing the lives and fortunes of fictional Yorkshire families from Victorian times.

Stars: Redvers Kyle, Diana Davies, James Tomlinson, John Keyworth

2. The Mark Steel Lectures (2003– )

Documentary, Biography, Comedy

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Stand-up comedian Mark Steel gives satirical and educational lectures on some of history's greatest thinkers.

Stars: Mark Steel, Martin Hyder, Emma Kennedy, Geoffrey McGivern

3. Timewatch (1982– )

50 min | Documentary

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BBC investigative documentary series noted for its new perspectives on historical events.

Stars: Michael Praed, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Charles Wheeler

4. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Creator: Anthony Haas | Stars: Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Penelope Wilton, Harold Pinter

5. Pandora's Box (1992 TV Mini-Series)

276 min | Documentary

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The consequences of exploiting technological and political ideas without understanding and concern for the outcome.

Stars: George Ball, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Roy Adkin, Abel G. Aganbegyan

6. Anyone for Pennis? (1995 TV Movie)

29 min

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Writers: Paul Kaye, Anthony Hines | Stars: Paul Kaye, Keith Allen, Clive Anderson, Jeff Banks

7. The Late Edition (2005– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Furst, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Will Smith

8. Big Ideas That Changed the World (2005– )

270 min | Documentary

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Stars: Tony Benn, Mikhail Gorbachev, Germaine Greer, Bjørn Lomborg

9. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002– )
Episode: The Battle of Ideas (2002)

Documentary, History

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Writers: William Cran, Daniel Yergin | Director: William Cran | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Kenneth Baker, Gary Becker, Tony Benn

10. Firing Line (1966–1999)

30 min | Talk-Show

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Spanning thirty-three years and 1,504 episodes, "Firing Line" was an one-hour debate program hosted by political commentator William F. Buckley. An eloquent interviewer and a formidable ... See full summary »

Stars: William F. Buckley, Michael Kinsley, Jeff Greenfield, C. Dickerman Williams

11. Tony Benn: Will and Testament (2014)

Documentary

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Tony Benn (87), the longest serving Labour MP in history, is also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. Across the globe and in particular over the last five years his ... See full summary »

Writer: Skip Kite | Director: Skip Kite | Star: Tony Benn

12. Later with Jools Holland (1992– )

35 min | Music, Talk-Show

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Late-night music and chat show with celebrity guests.

Stars: Jools Holland, P.J. Harvey, Paul Weller, Robert Plant

13. Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth (2013)

77 min | Documentary, History

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THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH is the first in a three-part documentary series entitled 'Creating Freedom' exploring the relationship between freedom, power and control in Western democracies. The ... See full summary »

Writer: Raoul Martinez | Directors: Raoul Martinez, Joshua van Praag | Stars: Michael Albert, Stanley Aronowitz, Tony Benn, Nick Davies

14. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary

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74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

15. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002 TV Mini-Series)

360 min | Documentary, History

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The people, ideas, and events that created our current world economy.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Kenneth Baker, Gary Becker, Tony Benn

16. We Are Many (2014)

104 min | Documentary

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The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq.

Writer: Amir Amirani | Director: Amir Amirani | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Mark Rylance, Danny Glover, Ken Loach

17. Turning Points of History (1997– )

History

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Stars: Cedric Smith, Tony Benn, Nigel Lawson, Craig Cyr

18. Thatcher: The Downing Street Years (1993 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History

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A history of the eleven years which Thatcher spent as Prime Minister of the UK.

Stars: Margaret Thatcher, Philip Tibenham, Emma Nicholson, Peter Carrington

19. Pandora's Box (1992– )
Episode: The League of Gentlemen (1992)

Documentary

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Writer: Adam Curtis | Stars: Roy Adkin, Tony Benn, Samuel Brittan, Alan Budd

20. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Creator: Susan Lacy | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire

21. HARDtalk (1997– )

25 min | Talk-Show

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Politicians and other public figures are asked the tough questions about whether the way they do things is really the best way.

Stars: Tim Sebastian, Stephen Sackur, Sarah Montague, Zeinab Badawi

22. Breakfast with Frost (1993–2005)

60 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Iain Duncan Smith, Charles Kennedy, Tony Blair, Rory Bremner

23. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999)

Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: St. Claire Bourne | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Tony Benn, Stephen Bourne, Ossie Davis

24. Taking Liberties (2007)

100 min | Documentary

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Writer: Chris Atkins | Director: Chris Atkins | Stars: David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen, Riz Ahmed, Kate Allen

25. Car Years (2000– )

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Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Bob Barrett, Tony Benn, Charles Dale

26. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

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Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.

Stars: Fred Emery, David Dimbleby, Richard Lindley, Tom Mangold

27. Timeshift (2002– )

60 min | Documentary

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Series looking at changes in British society employing BBC archive footage.

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Andrew Collins, Matthew Sweet, Peter York

28. Ethos (I) (2011)

78 min | Documentary

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Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

Writer: Pete McGrain | Director: Pete McGrain | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Justin Lewis, Bill Hogan, Noam Chomsky

29. Motorworld (1995–1996)

Documentary

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Jeremy Clarkson travels the world presenting different countries car history and their motoring culture.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Giovanni Agnelli, Fabio Di Segni, Michael Dunne

30. War Stories (2006 TV Movie)

119 min | Documentary

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Directors: David Olusoga, Francis Welch | Stars: Tony Benn, Joanna Bourke, James Chapman, John Charmley

31. Unlawful Killing (2011)

Documentary

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A documentary about the allegedly conspiratorial killing of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed

Writers: Victor Lewis-Smith, Paul Sparks | Director: Keith Allen | Stars: Keith Allen, Piers Morgan, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Howard Stern

32. Outbreak 1939 (2009 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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In a programme broadcast 70 years to the day after the outbreak of WWII, people who were alive at the time speak of their memories.

Writer: Melvyn Bragg | Director: Martina Hall | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Richard Attenborough, Tony Benn, Peter Blake

33. Banned in the UK (2005– )

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Sheryl Garratt, Muriel Gray, John Hassey, Iain Lee

34. The Shot That Shook the World (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, News

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As part of ITV's 50th Birthday celebration, a look back at 50 years of amazing news footage brought to British homes by ITN News. A poll was also conducted to find out which item was most shocking to witness being broadcasted.

Directors: Peter Higgins, Gabriella Polletta | Stars: Trevor McDonald, Buzz Aldrin, Mark Austin, Tony Benn

35. Democracy Now! (2001– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Nermeen Shaikh, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

36. The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005 TV Movie)

150 min | Documentary

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A countdown of the top 50 documentaries, based on a vote by documentary filmmakers.

Directors: Garry John Hughes, Elaine Shepherd | Stars: Zoë Wanamaker, David Aaronovitch, Barry Ackroyd, Randall Adams

37. London - The Modern Babylon (2012)

125 min | Documentary, Music

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77 Metascore

London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown.

Writer: Julien Temple | Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Keith Allen, Michael Gambon, Steve Jones, Bill Nighy

38. Clive Anderson Talks Back (1989–1996)

40 min | Talk-Show

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Conversation with celebrity guests.

Stars: Clive Anderson, Peter Cook, Gore Vidal, Paul Merton

39. Question Time (1979– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Politicians, public office-holders and celebrities face questions on topical issues from a studio audience.

Stars: David Dimbleby, Robin Day, Peter Sissons, Shirley Williams

40. Beyond a Joke (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Stars: Dave Lamb, Trevor Bannister, Jo Brand, Edwina Currie

41. Your MP (2006 Video)

100 min | Documentary

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Writer: Chris Thomas | Director: Chris Thomas | Stars: John McDonnell, Tony Benn, Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn

42. Imagine (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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Wide ranging BBC arts programme.

Stars: Alan Yentob, Chuck Close, Richard Rogers, Martin Parr

43. The Spirit of '45 (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

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A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Writer: Ken Loach | Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Winston Churchill, Tony Benn, Aneurin Bevan, Clement Attlee

44. Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady (2012)

90 min | Biography

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From her humble beginnings as a Grocer's daughter from Grantham, Margaret Thatcher fought her way through the murky world of politics, the sexist prejudices of the Conservative Party elite ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Byron | Stars: Tony Benn, Gyles Brandreth, Michael Brunson, Philip Craik

45. New Heroes of Comedy (2008– )
Episode: Sacha Baron Cohen (2008)

48 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Carey Dunn | Stars: Simon Greenall, Ken Davitian, Judd Apatow, Dan Mazer

46. Car Years (2000– )
Episode: Who Killed the British Car Industry? (2000)

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Writer: Jeremy Clarkson | Director: Ewan Keil | Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Tony Benn, Michael Edwardes, Bernd Pischetsrieder

47. Greatest Ever Comedy Movies (2006 TV Movie)

170 min

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Directors: Miranda Glasser, Tim Van Someren | Stars: Giles Coren, Derek Acorah, Andrew Adamson, Rick Baker

48. Strike: When Britain Went to War (2003 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

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Director: Janice Sutherland | Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Arthur Scargill, Margaret Thatcher, Tim Bell

49. New Heroes of Comedy (2008– )

48 min | Documentary, Biography

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A look at the careers of successful contemporary comedians.

Stars: David Baddiel, Richard Curtis, Russell Brand, Kate Ashfield

50. Newsnight (1980– )

45 min | News

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Serious news reports, analysis and no-holds-barred interviews with leading politicians and public figures.

Stars: Kirsty Wark, Jeremy Paxman, Gavin Esler, Emily Maitlis