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1. 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

Votes: 3,621

2. Coronation Street (1960– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama | Active

6.0
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The UK's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England.

Creators: Tony Warren, Liam Swann | Stars: Helen Worth, Simon Gregson, William Roache, Sue Nicholls

Votes: 3,118

3. Emmerdale (1972– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama | Active

4.8
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A soap opera set in a fictional village in the Yorkshire Dales.

Creator: Kevin Laffan | Stars: Lucy Pargeter, Elizabeth Estensen, Charley Webb, Mark Charnock

Votes: 1,513

4. Holby City (1999– )

60 min | Drama | Active

5.9
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The everyday lives, professional and personal, of the doctors, nurses and patients who find themselves, for various reasons, in the wards of the frenetic cardiac unit of Holby City General Hospital.

Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Tina Hobley, Rosie Marcel, Paul Bradley

Votes: 843

5. Minder (1979–1994)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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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

Votes: 955

6. Bergerac (1981–1991)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.

Creator: Robert Banks Stewart | Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold, Mela White

Votes: 592

7. The Champions (1968–1969)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.7
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Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett were agents for Nemesis, an international intelligence organization based in Geneva. Their first mission as a team was to investigate ... See full summary »

Creators: Monty Berman, Dennis Spooner | Stars: Stuart Damon, Alexandra Bastedo, William Gaunt, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 420

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

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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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

Votes: 1,355

9. Lovejoy (1986–1994)

50 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Lovejoy is an irresistible rogue with a keen eye for antiques. The part-time detective scours the murky salerooms, auction halls and stately homes of Britain, always on the lookout for a find.

Creator: Ian La Frenais | Stars: Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Chris Jury, Phyllis Logan

Votes: 1,665

10. A Night to Remember (1958)

Not Rated | 123 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912.

Writers: Walter Lord, Eric Ambler | Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman

Votes: 9,869

11. A Fine Romance (1981–1984)

30 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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Respectable British sitcom from Independent Television about the middle-class in their middle-age. Short-lived (26 episodes) but much admired, the sitcom was all about the simple ... See full summary »

Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Susan Penhaligon, Richard Warwick

Votes: 349

12. Hi-de-Hi! (1980–1988)

60 min | Comedy

6.8
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Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting, which the staff are meant to say with enthusiasm but all too often ... See full summary »

Creators: David Croft, Jimmy Perry | Stars: Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Jeffrey Holland, Felix Bowness

Votes: 482

13. 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

Votes: 650

14. Secret Army (1977–1979)

50 min | Drama, War

8.7
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In this series, inspired by real events during World War II, the kind, intelligent and worrisome Albert Foiret runs both a café, which is the only notable public house in a small Belgian ... See full summary »

Creator: Gerard Glaister | Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose, Juliet Hammond

Votes: 696

15. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Drama

7.5
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Play for Today is a British television anthology drama series. It was produced by the BBC and it was transmitted on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984. During this period, more than 300 different ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 141

16. Pride and Prejudice (1980 TV Mini-Series)

265 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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While the arrival of wealthy gentleman sends her marriage-minded mother into a frenzy, willful and opinionated Elizabeth Bennet matches wits with haughty Mr. Darcy.

Stars: Elizabeth Garvie, David Rintoul, Moray Watson, Priscilla Morgan

Votes: 1,545

17. You Rang, M'Lord? (1988–1993)

50 min | Comedy

8.9
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Adventures and misadventures of Lord Meldrum, his family and their servants. Set in 1920's.

Stars: Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Donald Hewlett

Votes: 1,639

18. Peak Practice (1993–2002)

50 min | Drama

6.2
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Stars: Esther Coles, Simon Shepherd, Gary Mavers, Margery Mason

Votes: 151

19. Tenko (1981 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, War

8.7
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WWII drama follows a group of British, Dutch, and Australian women; from the bombing of Singapore to their years spent in prison camps and eventually to the end of the war where the survivors try to readjust to civilian life.

Creator: Lavinia Warner | Stars: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Claire Oberman, Emily Bolton

Votes: 344

20. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.0
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Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Creator: Brian Clemens | Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Robert Powell, Pamela Franklin

Votes: 241

21. King Rat (1965)

Approved | 134 min | War, Drama

7.6
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A fast-taking wheeler-dealer corporal in a Malaysian POW camp during WWII uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

Writers: James Clavell, Bryan Forbes | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 2,877

22. Howards' Way (1985–1990)

50 min | Drama

7.1
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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

Votes: 96

23. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

7.8
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When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Writers: Mary Hayley Bell, Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare

Votes: 2,092

24. Cuba (1979)

R | 122 min | Adventure, Romance, Thriller

5.7
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A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train the corrupt General Batista's army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Writer: Charles Wood | Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 1,681

25. Colditz (1972–1974)

50 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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This grim and claustrophobic drama chronicles the lives of the prisoners in Colditz Castle from the arrival of the first British prisoners after Dunkirk until the liberation of the castle ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Richard Heffer, Paul Chapman, Jack Hedley

Votes: 418

26. Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

115 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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A psychic convinces her weak-willed husband to kidnap the child of a wealthy couple, so she can use her abilities to locate the child and thus achieve fame.

Writers: Mark McShane, Bryan Forbes | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Kim Stanley, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Lacey, Marie Burke

Votes: 4,171

27. Juliet Bravo (1980–1985)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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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

Votes: 102

28. Screen Two (1985–2002)

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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

Votes: 65

29. The Protectors (1972–1973)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

7.1
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The Protectors were Harry Rule, the Contessa di Contini and Paul Buchet, three freelance troubleshooters who ran an international crime fighting agency. Based in London, Harry was the ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt, Yasuko Nagazumi

Votes: 169

30. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Gritty British-made police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam. Cynical Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" van der Valk and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings and political corruption.

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

Votes: 126

31. 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

Votes: 158

32. Softly Softly: Task Force (1969– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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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

Votes: 14

33. The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank (1988 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, History, War

6.9
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Miep Gies' struggle to keep Anne Frank and her family hidden and safe inside the secret annex, as the Nazis turn Amsterdam upside-down.

Writers: Anne Frank, Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold, William Hanley | Director: John Erman | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Paul Scofield, Huub Stapel, Eleanor Bron

Votes: 329

34. Dangerfield (1995–1999)

50 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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The life and times of a small-town family practitioner and police surgeon.

Creator: Don Shaw | Stars: Roderick Smith, Bill Wallis, Nadim Sawalha, Nicola Cowper

Votes: 70

35. Smith & Jones (1984–1998)

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones present a series of short (often tasteless, always scathing) sketches about modern life and the stupidity and gullibility of those who believe in it.

Stars: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, Sarah Alexander

Votes: 684

36. Angels (1975–1983)

50 min | Drama

6.6
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Creator: Paula Milne | Stars: Carol Holmes, Joanna Monro, Shirley Cheriton, Sharon Rosita

Votes: 46

37. Love in a Cold Climate (1980 TV Mini-Series)

420 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Judi Dench, Michael Aldridge, Michael Williams, Lucy Gutteridge

Votes: 100

38. Série rose (1986–1990)

NC-17 | 26 min | Comedy

7.1
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Stars: Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Anne Fontaine, Thierry Bearzatto, Lucienne Bruinooge

Votes: 91

39. 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

Votes: 115

40. The Whisperers (1967)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen ... See full summary »

Writers: Robert Nicolson, Bryan Forbes | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Edith Evans, Nanette Newman, Harry Baird, Jack Austin

Votes: 636

41. The Wrong Box (1966)

Approved | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.0
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In Victorian England, a fortune now depends on which of two brothers outlives the other... or can be made to have seemed to do so!

Writers: Robert Louis Stevenson, Lloyd Osbourne, Larry Gelbart, Burt Shevelove | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: John Mills, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Jeremy Lloyd

Votes: 2,239

42. The Gentle Touch (1980–1984)

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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The adventures of tough lady cop Maggie Forbes.

Creator: Terence Feely | Stars: Jill Gascoine, William Marlowe, Paul Moriarty, Brian Gwaspari

Votes: 65

43. Public Eye (1965–1975)

60 min | Crime, Drama

8.5
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A long-running British TV series starring Alfred Burke as dour private-eye Frank Marker. Cynical and world-weary, Marker is frequently the unwitting stooge in bigger criminal wheels in his ... See full summary »

Creators: Anthony Marriott, Roger Marshall | Stars: Alfred Burke, Ray Smith, Pauline Delaney, Brenda Cavendish

Votes: 100

44. The Fenn Street Gang (1971–1973)

30 min | Comedy

6.1
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Stars: Peter Cleall, Carol Hawkins, David Barry, Peter Denyer

Votes: 35

45. Whodunnit? (1972–1978)

Family, Game-Show, Mystery

8.0
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British game show in which celebrity panelists were shown a dramatised murder and had to guess the identity of the killer or killers from the clues presented.

Stars: Jon Pertwee, Patrick Mower, Anouska Hempel, Edward Woodward

Votes: 39

46. Long Ago, Tomorrow (1971)

GP | 110 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Bruce Pritchard is paralysed in a soccer game and is confined to a wheelchair in a convalescence home. But this doesn't slow his lust for life. Then he meets Jill and has to think about the... See full summary »

Writers: Bryan Forbes, Peter Marshall | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Nanette Newman, Georgia Brown, Bernard Lee

Votes: 218

47. Mapp & Lucia (1985–1986)

60 min | Comedy

8.5
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The social rivalry between two women in the 1930s when Lucia moves to the small English town of Tilling.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Prunella Scales, Nigel Hawthorne, Denis Lill

Votes: 243

48. General Hospital (1972–1980)

30 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: Lewis Jones, David Garth, James Kerry, Ian White

Votes: 30

49. Moonbase 3 (1973 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In the 21st century, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 77

50. The Angry Silence (1960)

95 min | Drama

7.5
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A young factory worker decides to stand up against his work-mates and fellow union members when they want to hold a wildcat strike.

Writers: Richard Gregson, Michael Craig, Bryan Forbes | Director: Guy Green | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Pier Angeli, Michael Craig, Bernard Lee

Votes: 739