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1. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 15,339

2. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 6,617

3. Dalziel and Pascoe (1996– )

120 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

7.3
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Supt. Dalziel and partner DI Pascoe investigate murders, and find a bond forming between them despite their blatantly differing personalities.

Stars: Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, David Royle, Jennifer James

Votes: 1,611

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 13,715

5. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985 TV Mini-Series)

153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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An unusual announcement in the newspaper leads the curious villagers to Miss Blacklock's home, where they become witnesses to a murder.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond, Simon Shepherd

Votes: 1,172

6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the devil's foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria Lodge and the Bruce-Partington Plans.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 5,218

7. The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder.

Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay, Ken Kitson

Votes: 197

8. 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: 157

9. Maigret (1992– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche. Yet, he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jack Galloway, James Larkin

Votes: 332

10. Juggernaut (1974)

PG | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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A blackmailer demands a huge ransom in exchange for information on how to disarm the seven bombs he placed aboard the transatlantic liner Britannic.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins

Votes: 3,649

11. Screen One (1985–2002)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.6
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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: Geraldine James, Alfred Molina, Julie Walters, Paul Brooke

Votes: 56

12. The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Music

7.4
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A woman tries to reunite the swing band she played with during WWII.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 1,229

13. The Barchester Chronicles (1982 TV Mini-Series)

385 min | Drama

8.3
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When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne, Angela Pleasence

Votes: 837

14. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)

50 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.7
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In 1930's England, a man from an aristocratic family takes up the pseudonym Albert Campion and, with the help of his ex-burglar manservant, solves mysteries.

Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Moray Watson

Votes: 493

15. Flambards (1979 TV Mini-Series)

780 min | Drama

8.2
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In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a ... See full summary »

Stars: Christine McKenna, Rosalie Williams, Steven Grives, Frank Mills

Votes: 339

16. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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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: 77

17. Z Cars (1962–1978)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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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: 170

18. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

7.4
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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 »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Ken Jones

Votes: 54

19. Fortunes of War (1987 TV Mini-Series)

407 min | Drama, War

8.0
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Guy Pringle and his new wife, Harriet, are members of the English community in Bucharest, Rumania on the eve of World War II. The film catalogs and chronicles, after the war begins, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Charles Kay, Mark Drewry

Votes: 534

20. A Very British Coup (1988 TV Mini-Series)

148 min | Drama

8.5
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Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »

Stars: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Geoffrey Beevers, Hugh Martin

Votes: 607

21. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography, Music

8.4
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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Stephen Fry, John Gielgud

Votes: 99

22. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

6.8
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Stars: Ralph Morse, John Bluthal, Gawn Grainger, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 52

23. A Merry War (1997)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Bierman | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Wadham, Jim Carter

Votes: 1,146 | Gross: $0.30M

24. Belonging (2004 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama

7.1
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Middle-aged Jess Copplestone is left to look after the elderly relatives of her husband Jacob and to make a new life for herself, after he leaves her for a younger woman.

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Kevin Whately, Rosemary Harris, Anna Massey

Votes: 113

25. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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An anthology series from the United Kingdom, from 1955 to 174, producing about 500 ninety minute episodes from Granada Television.

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

Votes: 34

26. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

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

Votes: 29

27. The Beiderbecke Affair (1985 TV Mini-Series)

320 min | Drama

8.7
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dominic Jephcott, Terence Rigby

Votes: 402

28. Softly Softly: Task Force (1969– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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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: 19

29. The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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Film adaptation from the novel by D.H. Lawrence, discovered after the celebrated author's death in 1930, a romantic love story tells of a prim young English girl who is sexually attracted ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Miles | Stars: Joanna Shimkus, Franco Nero, Honor Blackman, Mark Burns

Votes: 247

30. Joe Maddison's War (2010 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama, War

7.2
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Tyneside ship-builder Joe Maddison lost his faith in the trenches at the Somme in 1916. Now that World War Two has begun he is too old to enlist alongside his son and son-in-law and is also... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Collerton | Stars: Sammy T. Dobson, James Atherton, Angela Lonsdale, James Baxter

Votes: 144

31. Priest of Love (1981)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Following the banning and burning of his novel, "The Rainbow," D.H. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, move to the United States, and then to Mexico. When Lawrence contracts tuberculosis, they ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Miles | Stars: Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman, Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith

Votes: 196

32. Timeshift (2002– )

60 min | Documentary

7.1
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Series looking at changes in British society, employing archive footage from the BBC and other sources.

Stars: Veronika Hyks, Tamsin Greig, Andrew Martin, Andrew Collins

Votes: 22

33. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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The Victorian era cases of Detective Sergeant Cribb of Scotland Yard's newly formed Criminal Investigation Department.

Stars: Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller, Alfie Curtis

Votes: 91

34. The Play on One (1988–1991)

Drama

5.4
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Various plays from each of the home nations.

Stars: Kenneth Cranham, Tom Watson, Susan Wooldridge, Phyllis Logan

Votes: 11

35. Shades of Darkness (1983–1986)

60 min | Drama, Horror

7.2
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An anthology of short mysterious dramas, each with a supernatural twist.

Stars: Norma West, Annette Wilkie-Miller, Francesca Annis, Joanna David

Votes: 32

36. Oliver's Travels (1995 TV Mini-Series)

250 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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After his job is terminated, a humanities professor and puzzle addict joins forces with a woman PC to travel the country while solving a cold case murder.

Stars: Alan Bates, Sinéad Cusack, Bill Paterson, Morgan Jones

Votes: 282

37. Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt (1974–1977)

30 min | Comedy

7.4
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Selwyn Froggitt, a well read clumsy buffoon smashes his way through his sleepy Yorkshire village of Scarsdale in these 30 minute 1970's comedies. Starring Bill Maynard in the title role, he... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Maynard, Megs Jenkins, Robert Keegan, Richard Davies

Votes: 74

38. The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987 TV Mini-Series)

151 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

8.7
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. They live together and just want a quiet life. Then they meet ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dudley Sutton, Malcolm Storry

Votes: 247

39. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

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Stars: Judi Dench, Richard O'Callaghan, Frederick Treves, John Shrapnel

Votes: 17

40. Slagskämpen (1984)

95 min | Mystery, Action, Thriller

4.1
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"The Inside Man" is based on a real-life incident during the days of the Cold War when a Soviet submarine was spotted in Swedish waters.

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Hardy Krüger, Gösta Ekman, Kåre Mölder

Votes: 311

41. Shoulder to Shoulder (1974 TV Mini-Series)

75 min | Drama

8.9
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This series dramatizes the lives of the Pankhurst women and their role in the Suffragette Movement.

Stars: Siân Phillips, Patricia Quinn, Angela Down, Georgia Brown

Votes: 77

42. Softly Softly (1966–1976)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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Softly softly was a drama series about two detectives solving local crime. It was a spin-off from another BBC drama series Z Cars.

Stars: Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler, John Barron

Votes: 62

43. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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Stars: Brian Rix, Joby Blanshard, Cyril Luckham, William Russell

Votes: 34

44. Crane (1963–1965)

60 min | Adventure

8.4
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The adventures of Richard Crane, cafe owner & part-time smuggler, around the coast of Morocco, aided (and sometimes abetted) by his ex-Foreign Legion sidekick Orlando, waitress Halina, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Allen, Sam Kydd, Gerald Flood, Laya Raki

Votes: 31

45. Coming Through (1985 TV Movie)

80 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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Celebrated actors Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet) and Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect) star in this film by award-winning playwright Alan Plater about one of the great love affairs and greatest ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Barber-Fleming | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Helen Mirren, Alison Steadman, Philip Martin Brown

Votes: 139

46. It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1976)

G | 94 min | Drama

6.5
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Director: Eric Till | Stars: John Alderton, Colin Blakely, Lisa Harrow, Bill Maynard

Votes: 116

47. Heroes of Comedy (1995– )

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.7
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An affectionate look at the life and work of some of Britain's best-loved comedians.

Stars: Eric Sykes, Spike Milligan, Bob Monkhouse, Barry Cryer

Votes: 27

48. The Afternoon Play (2003– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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A series of individual Dramas each with a different story and cast.

Stars: Rob Swinton, Robert Stone, Tracie Bennett, Ray Burdis

Votes: 39

49. The Beiderbecke Connection (1988 TV Mini-Series)

201 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Chapman teaches English and wants to help save the planet. They live together and just want a quiet life. Since their last ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Terence Rigby, Danny Schiller

Votes: 215

50. The Edwardians (1972 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, History

6.7
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Stars: Thorley Walters, Georgia Brown, Nigel Davenport, Michael Jayston

Votes: 40