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1. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

100 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.

Creator: Caroline Graham | Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

2. Inspector Lewis (2007– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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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

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.

Creator: Reginald Hill | Stars: Warren Clarke, Colin Buchanan, David Royle, Jennifer James

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

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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The cases of the greatest of the detectives

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

5. Play for Today (1970–1987)

75 min | Drama

7.5
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Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

6. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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Dr. Watson, finds a mystery in an empty house, while Holmes and he later solve the mysteries of an abbey grange, the Musgrave ritual, a second stain, a man with a twisted lip, the priory ... See full summary »

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985 TV Movie)

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.

Writer: Alan Plater | Director: David Giles | Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Renée Asherson, Samantha Bond

11. Juggernaut (1974)

PG | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.6
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Some unknown maniac is threatening a navigation company to blow up one of its luxury transatlantics, the "Britannic", now in high sea with 1200 passengers. He is asking for a £500,000 ... See full summary »

Writers: Alan Plater, Richard Alan Simmons | Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Richard Harris, Omar Sharif, David Hemmings, Anthony Hopkins

12. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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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

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

385 min | Drama

8.3
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Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne, Angela Pleasence

14. 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.

Writers: Stevie Davies, Alan Plater | Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Kevin Whately, Rosemary Harris, Anna Massey

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

PG-13 | 84 min | Comedy, Music

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

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

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

407 min | Drama, War

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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

17. 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 »

Writers: Harry T. Moore, Alan Plater | Director: Christopher Miles | Stars: Ian McKellen, Janet Suzman, Ava Gardner, Penelope Keith

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

148 min | Drama

8.4
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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

19. A Merry War (1997)

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

6.4
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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 »

Writers: George Orwell, Alan Plater | Director: Robert Bierman | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Wadham, Jim Carter

20. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

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

21. Timeshift (2002– )

60 min | Documentary

7.6
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Series looking at changes in British society employing BBC archive footage.

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Andrew Collins, Matthew Sweet, Peter York

22. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography

8.3
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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: David Collings, John Gielgud, André Previn, Stephen Fry

23. Flambards (1979 TV Mini-Series)

780 min | Drama

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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

24. 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

25. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Gwen Nelson

26. 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

27. The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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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 »

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

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

110 min | Drama, War

7.1
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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 »

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

29. 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 »

Creator: Sydney Newman | Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Ken Jones

30. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Stars: Derek Francis, Laurence Hardy, Peter Wyngarde, Alfred Burke

31. Softly Softly (1966–1976)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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Stars: Stratford Johns, Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler, John Barron

32. 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.

Writers: Harry Kullman, William Aldridge, Tom Clegg, Alan Plater | Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Hardy Krüger, Gösta Ekman, Kåre Mölder

33. The Play on One (1988–1991)

Drama

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Stars: Kenneth Cranham, Phyllis Logan, Gawn Grainger, Jack Shepherd

34. Frank Stubbs (1993–1994)

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Creator: Simon Nye | Stars: Timothy Spall, Lesley Sharp, Danniella Westbrook, Choy-Ling Man

35. Shades of Darkness (1983–1986)

60 min | Drama, Horror

7.0
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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

36. Softly Softly: Task Force (1969– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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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

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

250 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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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

38. 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 »

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

39. Theatre 625 (1964–1968)

90 min | Drama

7.9
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Stars: Michael Bryant, Judi Dench, Maurice Denham, Ronald Hines

40. The Afternoon Play (2003– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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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

41. Heroes of Comedy (1995– )

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

6.6
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An affectionate look at the life and work of some of Britain's best-loved comedians.

Stars: Michael Parkinson, Eric Sykes, John Cleese, Spike Milligan

42. The Edwardians (1972 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Drama, History

6.6
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Stars: Thorley Walters, Georgia Brown, Nigel Davenport, Michael Jayston

43. 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 »

Creators: Alan Plater, Bill Maynard | Stars: Bill Maynard, Megs Jenkins, Robert Keegan, Richard Davies

44. Doggin' Around (1994 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

7.7
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Writer: Alan Plater | Director: Desmond Davis | Stars: Elliott Gould, Geraldine James, Alun Armstrong, Ewan McGregor

45. 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

46. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

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

47. 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

48. Selected Exits (1993 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama

7.5
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Writers: Alan Plater, Gwyn Thomas | Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: James Arlon, Gavin Ashcroft, John Grillo, Abigail Hopkins

49. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Drama series about police work in Victorian London, featuring Detective Sergeant Cribb, a member of Scotland Yard's newly formed CID unit.

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

50. Legends (2006– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

6.7
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The story of the big names that have shaped the musical genres, plus an occasional stopgap for the new rock 'n' roll - comedy.

Stars: Lynne Seymour, Sean Carlsen, The Andrews Sisters, Clare Teal