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1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

2. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

107 min | Mystery, Thriller

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A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Writers: John Mortimer, Penelope Mortimer, Marryam Modell | Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

3. The Innocents (1961)

Approved | 100 min | Horror

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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Writers: Henry James, John Mortimer, William Archibald, Truman Capote | Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

4. Brideshead Revisited (1981 TV Mini-Series)

659 min | Drama, Romance

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Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

5. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War

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1935. A group of elderly British women, who the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British sensibilities ... See full summary »

Writers: John Mortimer, Franco Zeffirelli | Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher

6. Play for Today (1970–1987)

75 min | Drama

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

7. Don Quixote (2000 TV Movie)

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

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Writers: Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, John Mortimer | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams

8. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

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

9. John and Mary (1969)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

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John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.

Writers: John Mortimer, Mervyn Jones | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Michael Tolan, Sunny Griffin

10. The Running Man (1963)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Hard up and with a grudge against insurance companies, Rex Black feigns his death and meets up with his wife and the money in Malaga when things seemed to have quietened down. But when the ... See full summary »

Writers: John Mortimer, Shelley Smith | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick, Alan Bates, Felix Aylmer

11. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

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

12. Imagine (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, History

7.3
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Wide ranging BBC arts programme.

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

13. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

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Long-running arts series.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Ian McKellen, Peter Hall, Lenny Henry

14. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986 TV Mini-Series)

229 min | Drama

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Ruth has everything. A large, warty body, a standard house in the suburbs, two whiney children, a dog, a cat and a guinea pig. She also has Bobo, her unfaithful accountant husband who ... See full summary »

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Patricia Hodge, Julie T. Wallace, Paul Herzberg

15. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.0
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"Armchair Theatre" is a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid-1968.

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

16. 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

17. ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969– )

78 min | Drama

6.2
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Stars: Michael Balfour, Madoline Thomas, Sandra Bryant, Diane Cilento

18. Cider with Rosie (1998 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Writers: Laurie Lee, John Mortimer | Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Dashiell Reece, Joe Roberts, David Troughton

19. In Love and War (2001 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance, War

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Writers: Eric Newby, John Mortimer | Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Callum Blue, Barbora Bobulova, Peter Bowles, Nick Reding

20. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

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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

21. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

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Stars: Derek Francis, Laurence Hardy, Peter Wyngarde, Alfred Burke

22. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

7.6
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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

23. A Voyage Round My Father (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

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Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father ... See full summary »

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates, Jane Asher, Elizabeth Sellars

24. Paradise Postponed (1986 TV Mini-Series)

569 min | Drama

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Stars: Paul Shelley, David Threlfall, Michael Hordern, Annette Crosbie

25. Ferry to Hong Kong (1959)

112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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Mark Conrad, a habitual drunk and troublemaker with a shady past, is expelled by Hong Kong police after one too many bar fights. He's sent to Macao on the Fa Tsan, a ferry owned by Captain ... See full summary »

Writers: Lewis Gilbert, Vernon Harris, John Mortimer | Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles, Sylvia Syms, Jeremy Spenser

26. Under the Hammer (1993– )

Comedy, Drama

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Life at a London art-auction house.

Stars: Richard Wilson, Jan Francis, Robert Lang, Michael Siberry

27. Trial and Error (1962)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

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Writers: John Mortimer, Pierre Rouve | Director: James Hill | Stars: Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Beryl Reid, David Lodge

28. Will Shakespeare (1978 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Biography

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Stars: Tim Curry, Paul Freeman, John Normington, Ron Cook

29. A Flea in Her Ear (1968)

M | 94 min | Comedy

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A Frenchwoman (Rosemary Harris), suspecting her lawyer husband (Rex Harrison) of having an affair, plots to catch him in the act.

Writers: Georges Feydeau, John Mortimer | Director: Jacques Charon | Stars: Rex Harrison, Rosemary Harris, Louis Jourdan, Rachel Roberts

30. Play of the Week (1959–1961)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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This syndicated anthology series staged a different play every week covering all genres - dramas, comedies, musicals, fantasies, mysteries, et al - utilizing some of the best talent appearing on Broadway

Stars: Myron McCormick, Cathleen Nesbitt, Frank Conroy, Kurt Kasznar

31. Guns of Darkness (1962)

102 min | Drama

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Writers: Francis Clifford, John Mortimer | Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Leslie Caron, David Niven, James Robertson Justice, David Opatoshu

32. Maschenka (1987)

103 min | Drama, Romance

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Writers: John Mortimer, Vladimir Nabokov | Director: John Goldschmidt | Stars: Irina Brook, Cary Elwes, Sunnyi Melles, Jonathan Coy

33. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Donald Sinden, Deborah Lavin, Helen Lindsay, Paul Moriarty

34. The Ebony Tower (1984 TV Movie)

80 min | Drama

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A young artist goes to interview an older painter who live in the south of France with two young women, and gets caught up in the painter's bohemian lifestyle and begins examining his own ... See full summary »

Writers: John Fowles, John Mortimer | Director: Robert Knights | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Roger Rees, Greta Scacchi, Toyah Willcox

35. Friday Night, Saturday Morning (1979–1982)

Talk-Show

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Stars: John Wells, Ned Sherrin, Tim Rice, Jane Walmsley

36. Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene (2013)

Documentary, Biography

7.5
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This film is a portrait of a writer Graham Greene. It explores how Greene's life both inspired great writing and drove him to attempt suicide. He was a British spy, a doubting Catholic, and... See full summary »

Writer: Thomas P. O'Connor | Director: Thomas P. O'Connor | Stars: Bill Nighy, Derek Jacobi, Bernard Diederich, Graham Greene

37. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Campbell Singer, Dinsdale Landen, Thomas Heathcote, Miriam Karlin

38. Summer's Lease (1989 TV Mini-Series)

220 min | Drama, Mystery

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Stars: Susan Fleetwood, John Gielgud, Michael Pennington, Rosemary Leach

39. This Week (2003– )

45 min | News, Talk-Show

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Andrew Neil and guests take a look back at the week in politics.

Stars: Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo, Diane Abbott, Miranda Green

40. Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (1988 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, Biography

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This documentary series uses drama and commentary to shed light on the lives and works of Joseph Conrad, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, T. S. Eliot, Henrik Ibsen, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann... See full summary »

Stars: Eileen Atkins, Anthony Burgess, Douglas Hodge, Hermione Lee

41. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Brian Rix, William Russell, Joby Blanshard, Peter Sallis

42. Monitor (1958– )

Documentary

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Arts magazine.

Stars: Huw Wheldon, John Berger, Jonathan Miller, John Betjeman

43. Titmuss Regained (1991 TV Mini-Series)

60 min

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Stars: David Threlfall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bill Oddie, Peter Capaldi

44. A Flea in Her Ear (1967 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Writers: Georges Feydeau, John Mortimer | Director: Michael Hayes | Stars: Petronella Barker, Peter Cellier, Margo Cunningham, Anne Godley

45. Edwin (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

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Touching comedy about a high court judge, now retired to his English countryside home, who resolves to end years of suspicion about his wife's fidelity and the true paternity of their son.

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Alec Guinness, Renée Asherson, Paul Rogers

46. Lunch Hour (1961)

64 min | Comedy

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Writer: John Mortimer | Director: James Hill | Stars: Shirley Anne Field, Robert Stephens, Kay Walsh, Hazel Hughes

47. Shades of Greene (1975– )

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Denholm Elliott, Shane Briant, Neville Phillips, Ian Hendry

48. Aquarius (1970–1977)

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Arts magazine.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, Peter Hall, Russell Harty, John Wells

49. Rumpole's Return (1980 TV Movie)

109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A bored Rumpole living in Florida retirement uses an inquiry from Phyllida as a pretext to re-establish himself back in chambers

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: John Glenister | Stars: Leo McKern, Peggy Thorpe-Bates, Albert Welling, Robin Halstead

50. The Secret Life of Brian (2007 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary

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A documentary about the making of the controversial Life of Brian (1979) and the surrounding accusations of blasphemy.

Director: Will Yapp | Stars: Richard Dillane, Jonathan Benson, John Beyer, Inayat Bunglawala