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1. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds 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

Votes: 11,112

2. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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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

Votes: 5,088

3. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

7.9
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A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 21,466

4. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War

6.9
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An orphaned Italian boy is raised among a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during the Second World War.

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

Votes: 9,788 | Gross: $14.35M

5. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

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

Votes: 845

6. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

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

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

Votes: 175

7. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986)

229 min | Drama

8.0
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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

Votes: 478

8. John and Mary (1969)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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John and Mary meet in a singles bar, sleep together, and spend the next day getting to know each other.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Michael Tolan, Sunny Griffin

Votes: 1,646

9. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Not Rated | 107 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 5,936

10. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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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

Votes: 90

11. Cider with Rosie (1998 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Dashiell Reece, Joe Roberts, David Troughton

Votes: 129

12. Don Quixote (2000 TV Movie)

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

6.2
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Adapted from the work of Miguel de Cervantes, this is the story of a hidalgo, fanatic for chivalry novels, who loses his sanity and believing to be a knight named Don Quixote de La Mancha, ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams

Votes: 1,399

13. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

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Stars: Ralph Morse, John Bluthal, Gawn Grainger, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 62

14. The Running Man (1963)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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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 »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick, Alan Bates, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 640

15. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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An anthology series from the United Kingdom, from 1955 to 1974, producing about five hundred ninety-minute episodes from Granada Television.

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

Votes: 40

16. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

7.7
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Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.

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

Votes: 277

17. Imagine (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, History

6.6
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Wide ranging BBC arts programme.

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

Votes: 67

18. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

7.2
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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 1960s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer, and John ... See full summary »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Michael Robbins

Votes: 64

19. Trial and Error (1962)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend a wife murderer.

Director: James Hill | Stars: Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Beryl Reid, David Lodge

Votes: 400

20. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 32

21. Summer's Lease (1989– )

220 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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From the DVD box: The minute she sets eyes on it, Molly Pargeter knows that the Tuscan Villa she has found to lease is perfect for her family's summer holiday. She is powerfully drawn to ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 270

22. ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969– )

78 min | Drama

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

Votes: 39

23. Paradise Postponed (1986)

569 min | Drama

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A clergyman, famous for his support of left-wing causes, dies - and surprises his family by leaving a great deal of money to a Conservative Member of Parliament. Why?

Stars: Annette Crosbie, Paul Shelley, Peter Egan, David Threlfall

Votes: 92

24. In Love and War (2001 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.7
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After being released from an Italian prison, British officer Eric Newby (Blue) must find his way out of Italy before the Germans come. However, he is injured on the way and is left behind ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 276

25. Lunch Hour (1963)

64 min | Comedy

6.9
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A young designer and a married executive may be about to start an affair. A series of lunch hours play out the relationship.

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

Votes: 94

26. Question Time (1979– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

7.0
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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

Votes: 252

27. Play of the Week (1959–1961)

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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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

Votes: 35

28. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Stars: Donald Sinden, Robin Chadwick, Deborah Lavin, Helen Lindsay

Votes: 26

29. Guns of Darkness (1962)

102 min | Drama

6.2
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An English couple and a deposed ruler head for the border during a South American revolution.

Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Leslie Caron, David Niven, James Robertson Justice, David Opatoshu

Votes: 171

30. Under the Hammer (1993– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Life at a London art-auction house.

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

Votes: 28

31. Ferry to Hong Kong (1959)

Approved | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.6
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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 »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles, Sylvia Syms, Jeremy Spenser

Votes: 358

32. Will Shakespeare (1978– )

60 min | Biography

7.7
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Stars: Tim Curry, Paul Freeman, John Normington, Ron Cook

Votes: 77

33. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Dinsdale Landen, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 23

34. Maschenka (1987)

103 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Director: John Goldschmidt | Stars: Irina Brook, Cary Elwes, Sunnyi Melles, Jonathan Coy

Votes: 32

35. Late Review (1994– )

30 min | Biography, Talk-Show

6.1
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A panel of academics, writers, critics and actors discuss the latest films, books, art exhibitions and plays.

Stars: Kirsty Wark, Martha Kearney, Mark Lawson, Paul Morley

Votes: 28

36. A Flea in Her Ear (1968)

M | 94 min | Comedy

5.6
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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.

Director: Jacques Charon | Stars: Rex Harrison, Rosemary Harris, Louis Jourdan, Rachel Roberts

Votes: 171

37. A Voyage Round My Father (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.9
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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 »

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

Votes: 163

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

48 min | Documentary

7.7
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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

Votes: 146

39. Shades of Greene (1975– )

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Denholm Elliott, Shane Briant, Neville Phillips, Ian Hendry

Votes: 17

40. Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (1988– )

Documentary, Biography

8.2
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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

Votes: 23

41. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

7.1
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ITV's long-running arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg.

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

Votes: 97

42. The Ebony Tower (1984 TV Movie)

80 min | Drama

6.6
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A young artist goes to interview an older painter who lives in the south of France with two young women. He gets caught up in the painter's Bohemian lifestyle and begins examining his own ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Knights | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Roger Rees, Greta Scacchi, Toyah Willcox

Votes: 130

43. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

9.1
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Stars: Brian Rix, Joby Blanshard, Cyril Luckham, John Bennett

Votes: 42

44. This Week (2003– )

45 min | News, Talk-Show

5.6
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Political journalist and comic Andrew Neil is joined by guests to take a light-hearted look back at the week in politics.

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

Votes: 108

45. Twenty-Four Hours in a Woman's Life (1961 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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Helen Lester is in love with a man she has known just 24 hours, a playboy who spent time in jail for passing bad checks. Though the man has promised to change, most of her straitlaced ... See full summary »

Director: Silvio Narizzano | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Rip Torn, Helena de Crespo, Jerry Orbach

Votes: 28

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

Comedy

7.7
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Director: Michael Hayes | Stars: Petronella Barker, Peter Cellier, Margo Cunningham, Anne Godley

Votes: 20

47. Monitor (1958– )

Documentary

8.6
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Arts magazine.

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

Votes: 71

48. Edwin (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

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

Votes: 62

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

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary, Biography

8.1
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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 »

Director: Thomas P. O'Connor | Stars: Bill Nighy, Derek Jacobi, John le Carré, Bernard Diederich

Votes: 38

50. Aquarius (1970–1977)

Documentary

5.9
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Arts magazine.

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

Votes: 7