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1. Shirley Valentine (1989)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »

Writer: Willy Russell | Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman

Votes: 5,316 | Gross: $6.35M

2. Educating Rita (1983)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A young wife decides to complete her education and take her exams. She meets a professor who teaches her to value her own insights while still being able to beat the exams. The change in ... See full summary »

Writer: Willy Russell | Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman

Votes: 9,789

3. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A British television anthology drama series transmitted on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984.

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

Votes: 153

4. Breakfast (2000– )

180 min | Family, News, Talk-Show

6.0
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Popular morning news programme that covers many news stories from both the UK and from around the world. Other features include a sports round-up, weather reports every thirty minutes and ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Turnbull, Charlie Stayt, Carol Kirkwood, Sian Williams

Votes: 202

5. Dancin' Thru the Dark (1990)

95 min | Comedy

7.0
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Linda's out on her hen night, her fiance is out on his stag night. Linda is having major doubts about getting married, when both groups arrive at a club, to find the band fronted by her ... See full summary »

Writer: Willy Russell | Director: Mike Ockrent | Stars: Ben Murphy, Con O'Neill, Peter Beckett, Julian Littman

Votes: 247

6. One Summer (1983 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.

Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, James Hazeldine, Ian Hart

Votes: 229

7. Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two ... See full summary »

Writer: Frank Clarke | Director: Chris Bernard | Stars: Peter Firth, Alfred Molina, Tracy Marshak-Nash, Alexandra Pigg

Votes: 874

8. A Time to Die (1982)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

4.6
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A World War II vet sets out in 1948 to avenge the death of his wife at the hands of Nazis. His targets are four Germans, a Sicilian, and a Hungarian who committed the atrocities. He is ... See full summary »

Writers: Mario Puzo, John F. Goff, Matt Cimber, Willy Russell | Directors: Matt Cimber, Joe Tornatore | Stars: Rex Harrison, Rod Taylor, Edward Albert, Raf Vallone

Votes: 109

9. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 29

10. Wogan (1982–1993)

35 min | Talk-Show

7.1
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Long-running talk show featuring relaxed and informal chat with celebrity guests.

Stars: Terry Wogan, Joanna Lumley, Kenneth Williams, Ben Elton

Votes: 109

11. The Chain (1984)

100 min | Comedy

7.2
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Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

Writer: Jack Rosenthal | Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Denis Lawson, Rita Wolf, Phyllis Logan, David Troughton

Votes: 185

12. Scene (1968– )

24 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.6
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Mixture of fictional and non-fictional thought-provoking short films aimed at students of school and college.

Stars: Jenny Jay, Ronald Hines, Nick Ross, James Morrison

Votes: 7

13. A Novela das 8 (2011)

105 min | Drama

6.1
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Brazil, 1978, a group of people live their lives under the dictatorship, the euphoria of disco fever and the fantasy of "Dancin' Days", a prime time soap, which fictional drama is set on ... See full summary »

Writer: Odilon Rocha | Director: Odilon Rocha | Stars: Claudia Ohana, Vanessa Giácomo, Mateus Solano, Alexandre Nero

Votes: 112

14. Mr. Love (1985)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

7.3
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An elderly mild-mannered gardener becomes a lovable legend in his town for his talent to romantically please every woman that fancies him.

Writer: Kenneth Eastaugh | Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Barry Jackson, Maurice Denham, Margaret Tyzack, Linda Marlowe

Votes: 70

15. The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003 TV Movie)

270 min | Documentary, Music

4.6
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A countdown of the "100 greatest musicals" of stage and screen, as voted by the UK public through Channel 4's website and readers of The Mail newspaper. Each entry is represented by clips ... See full summary »

Writers: Robin Ince, Stewart Williams | Stars: Denise Van Outen, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Scott Baio

Votes: 117

16. British Film Forever (2007 TV Mini-Series)

90 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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Stars: Jessica Hynes, Timothy Spall, Nick Moran, Ronald Neame

Votes: 59

17. The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa (2010 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

8.2
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Stars: Mark Radcliffe, Caroline Aherne, Kenton Allen, Craig Cash

Votes: 6

18. Julie Walters and Friends (1991 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy

8.5
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Julie Walters stars in new sketches by four accomplished writers who helped make her famous.

Writers: Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell, Alan Bleasdale | Director: Alasdair Macmillan | Stars: Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell

Votes: 21

19. Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

9.2
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Director: Samantha Peters | Stars: Julie Walters, Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell, Victoria Wood

Votes: 6

20. The Story of Musicals (2012– )

60 min | Documentary, Musical

6.8
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Stars: Imelda Staunton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Ball

Votes: 22

21. 2nd House (1973–1976)

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BBC Arts programme derived from Full House (1972).

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Edwin Mullins, Roger McGough, Struan Rodger

22. Movie Connections (2007–2009)

40 min | Documentary

6.9
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Series looking at the history of favourite films.

Stars: Ashley Jensen, Julie Walters, John Gordon Sinclair, Alex Norton

Votes: 15

23. I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern (2011)

Documentary, Music

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Director: John Piper | Stars: Pete Best, Billy Butler, Bernadette Byrne, Frankie Connor

24. Germans de sang (1996 TV Movie)

Musical

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Writers: Albert Mas-Griera, Willy Russell | Director: Ricard Reguant | Stars: Àngels Gonyalons, Joan Crosas, Roger Pera, Sergi Zamora

25. Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute (2005 TV Movie)

65 min

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Director: John L. Spencer | Stars: Victoria Wood, Joan Armatrading, Susie Blake, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 8

26. Färdknäpp (1991 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

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Färdknäpp (One For The Road), based on a play by Willy Russell, is the story of Dennis who feels he's had enough of the cozy middle-class life in the suburbia. Before the middle-age (and ... See full summary »

Writers: Gunilla Anderman, Olle Ljungberg, Willy Russell | Director: Olle Ljungberg | Stars: Göran Stangertz, Suzanne Ernrup, Bibbi Unge, Janne Carlsson

27. Timmarna med Rita (1988 TV Movie)

125 min

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Writers: Gunilla Anderman, Willy Russell | Director: Björn Melander | Stars: Lennart Hjulström, Gunilla Nyroos

Votes: 6

28. 2nd House (1973–1976)
Episode: 2nd House in Liverpool (1973)

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Writers: Alan Bleasdale, John McGrath | Director: Ken Griffin | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Alan Dossor, Jackie Hamilton, David Lincoln

29. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Break In (1975)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Writer: Willy Russell | Director: Michael Simpson | Stars: Peter Riley, Gerard Riley, Tony O'Hagen, Michael Byrne

30. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Bullets, Bombs and Bridges: The Story of the War Film (2007)

94 min | Documentary, History

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Writer: Matthew Sweet | Director: Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Richard Todd, Al Murray, Kate Adie

31. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Corsets, Cleavage and Country Houses: The Story of British Costume Drama (2007)

89 min | Documentary, History

4.7
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Writer: Matthew Sweet | Directors: Neil Dougan, Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Kate Winslet, Timothy Spall, Steve Coogan

Votes: 7

32. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1983)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Sheila Fay, Gil Brailey

Votes: 7

33. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1983)

Drama

7.5
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Phil Kernot, Ian Bleasdale

Votes: 6

34. The Story of Musicals (2012– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2012)

Documentary, Musical

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Director: Stephen Franklin | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Michael Ball, Don Black, Alain Boublil

35. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1983)

Drama

8.0
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: James Hazeldine, David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, John Cording

Votes: 6

36. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1983)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: James Hazeldine, David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Jane West

Votes: 7

37. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1983)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: James Hazeldine, David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Jane West

Votes: 9

38. Wogan (1982–1993)
Episode: Episode dated 11 October 1989 (1989)

Talk-Show

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Stars: Joanna Lumley, Douglas Adams, Michael Palin, Willy Russell

39. Breakfast (2000– )
Episode: Episode dated 16 July 2010 (2010)

195 min | Family, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Charlie Stayt, Susanna Reid, Matt Taylor, Chris Hollins

41. Breakfast (2000– )
Episode: Episode dated 30 April 2004 (2004)

Family, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Tim Firth, Elizabeth George, Willy Russell

42. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Hardship, Humour and Heroes: The Story of British Realism (2007)

90 min | Documentary, History

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Writer: Matthew Sweet | Director: Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Phil Davis, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach

43. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Lies: Part 1 (1978)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Writer: Willy Russell | Stars: Sean Barrett, David Bradshaw, Janet Dale, Pip Donaghy

44. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Lies: Part 2 (1978)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Writer: Willy Russell | Stars: David Bradshaw, Janet Dale, Paul Harman, Hal Jeayes

45. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Longing, Loving and Leg-Overs: The Story of British Romance (2007)

90 min | Documentary, History

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Writer: Matthew Sweet | Director: Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Richard Curtis, Tim Bevan, Kate Winslet

46. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Our Day Out (1978)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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When a teacher takes a group of troubled school children on a school trip to Conwy in Wales, the children understand life outside of Liverpool.

Writer: Willy Russell | Director: Pedr James | Stars: Alun Armstrong, Jean Heywood, Elizabeth Estensen, Lennox Greaves

Votes: 137

47. Movie Connections (2007–2009)
Episode: Shirley Valentine (2009)

39 min | Documentary

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Stars: Ashley Jensen, Gillian Kearney, Willy Russell, Alison Steadman

48. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Terraces (1993)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

8.0
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Trouble flares in a Liverpool terraced street when one man refuses to join in and paint his house in the local football teams colours. A tale of victimization and mob rule.

Writer: Willy Russell | Director: Rob Rohrer | Stars: Mark Womack, Claire Hackett, Carl Rice, Paul Broughton

Votes: 6

49. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: The Daughters of Albion (1979)

Comedy, Drama

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Writer: Willy Russell | Stars: John Batty, Ian Burns, Lynn Clayton, Annette Ekblom

50. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Death of a Young, Young Man (1975)

Comedy, Drama

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Writer: Willy Russell | Director: Viktors Ritelis | Stars: Gary Brown, Andrew Schofield, Paul Cahill, Bill McGuirk