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1. The Bill (1984–2010)

50 min | Crime, Drama

6.5
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Episodes follow uniform officers and detectives from an inner London police station as they enforce law and order on a day to day basis.

Creator: Geoff McQueen | Stars: Graham Cole, Trudie Goodwin, Jeff Stewart, Simon Rouse

Votes: 1,892

2. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 1,960

3. Screen Two (1985–2002)

Drama

7.0
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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: Geoffrey Chater, Roger Brierley, Bernard Hill, Warren Clarke

Votes: 78

4. Minder (1979–1994)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.9
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Arthur Daley, a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann to be his 'minder', so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other, small-time, crooks. While Terry is trying his hardest to... See full summary »

Creator: Leon Griffiths | Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman, Gary Webster

Votes: 1,174

5. London's Burning (1988–2002)

50 min | Drama

7.0
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The lives of firefighters at Blackwall Fire Station.

Stars: Glen Murphy, Richard Walsh, Ben Onwukwe, Shirley Greenwood

Votes: 333

6. If.... (1968)

X | 111 min | Drama

7.7
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In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Writers: David Sherwin, John Howlett | Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick, Christine Noonan

Votes: 16,769

7. David Copperfield (1999 TV Mini-Series)

Unrated | 185 min | Drama

7.8
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Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick, James Thornton

Votes: 3,270

8. The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy

5.8
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During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they ... See full summary »

Writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs, James Cawthorn, Michael Moorcock | Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron

Votes: 3,643

9. 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

10. Dempsey and Makepeace (1985–1986)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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James Dempsey was a tough New York cop who got himself into a lot of trouble by killing his partner during a corruption investigation. With things too hot for him in New York, Dempsey was ... See full summary »

Creator: Tony Wharmby | Stars: Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber, Ray Smith, Tony Osoba

Votes: 978

11. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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56 Metascore

Will Graham is a gangster who has left the life of crime and is living in the countryside. He comes out of hiding to investigate the death of his brother when he learns that he committed ... See full summary »

Writer: Trevor Preston | Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Clive Owen, Malcolm McDowell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 7,519

12. Boon (1986–1992)

60 min | Drama, Comedy

6.4
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Ken Boon and Harry Crawford are two middle-aged ex-firemen who start out in business together, initially in Birmingham and later in Nottingham. During the seven series (1986-1992), Ken ... See full summary »

Creators: Jim Hill, William Stair | Stars: Michael Elphick, David Daker, Neil Morrissey, Elizabeth Carling

Votes: 452

13. Colditz (1972–1974)

50 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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This grim and claustrophobic drama chronicles the lives of the prisoners in Colditz Castle from the arrival of the first British prisoners after Dunkirk until the liberation of the castle ... See full summary »

Stars: David McCallum, Richard Heffer, Paul Chapman, Jack Hedley

Votes: 464

14. Crown Court (1972–1984)

30 min | Drama

7.1
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Courtroom drama - each case takes three episodes. At the end of the third episode a jury of "ordinary people" comes to a verdict on the evidence presented.

Stars: Peter Wheeler, Joseph Berry, Richard Colson, David Ashford

Votes: 128

15. Between the Lines (1992–1994)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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"Between The Lines" is set in the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB) - the department responsible for investigating other police officers - of London's Metropolitan Police. The first two... See full summary »

Creator: J.C. Wilsher | Stars: Neil Pearson, Tom Georgeson, Siobhan Redmond, Tony Doyle

Votes: 309

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: 76

17. Timeslip (1970– )

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

8.1
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Simon and Liz were teenage friends who fell into a time hole and found themselves trapped in various periods of the 20th century, where they encounter all sorts of adventures. Many of them ... See full summary »

Creators: James Boswell, Ruth Boswell | Stars: Cheryl Burfield, Spencer Banks, Denis Quilley, Iris Russell

Votes: 99

18. The Naked Civil Servant (1975 TV Movie)

77 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.

Writers: Quentin Crisp, Philip Mackie | Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge, Stanley Lebor

Votes: 1,076

19. The Chief (1990–1995)

50 min | Drama

6.8
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Focussing on the politics at the top of a typical English police force in its continual battle to solve the problems the times, in this case the fictional Eastland of East Anglia.

Creator: Jeffrey Caine | Stars: Martin Shaw, Karen Archer, Gillian Martell, Michael Cochrane

Votes: 48

20. The Politician's Wife (1995 TV Mini-Series)

185 min | Drama

8.0
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A woman's life is turned upside down when it is revealed that her husband, a member of the British Parliament, has been having an affair with a former prostitute.

Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Trevor Eve, Ian Bannen, Anton Lesser

Votes: 400

21. A Taste for Death (1988 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Sir Paul Berowne (Bosco Hogan) - a prominent Government Minister - turns to his old friend Adam Dalgleish following a series of threatening letters delivered to his London home. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Marsden, Wendy Hiller, Fiona Fullerton, Penny Downie

Votes: 194

22. Terror (1978)

R | 84 min | Horror

5.0
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Royal ancestors feel the wrath of the curse of the condemned witch Mad Dolly, who spews forth her prophecy while she is burned at the stake. The victims suffer death by having their heads ... See full summary »

Writers: David McGillivray, Les Young, Moira Young | Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: John Nolan, Carolyn Courage, James Aubrey, Sarah Keller

Votes: 710

23. Special Branch (1969–1974)

60 min | Action, Crime

7.4
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Ground-breaking British police drama series following the exploits of the Special Branch of the Metropolitan Police. An elite group of officers tasked with protecting London from spies, terrorists and subversives.

Stars: Derren Nesbitt, George Sewell, Morris Perry, Fulton Mackay

Votes: 45

24. Irina Palm (2007)

R | 103 min | Drama

7.2
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55 Metascore

Maggie, a 50-year-old widow, desperately needs some money to pay for a medical treatment for her ill grandson. After one attempt at trying to find a job, Maggie finds herself roaming the ... See full summary »

Writers: Philippe Blasband, Martin Herron | Director: Sam Garbarski | Stars: Marianne Faithfull, Predrag Manojlovic, Kevin Bishop, Siobhan Hewlett

Votes: 6,375

25. The Day the Universe Changed (1985– )

52 min | Documentary, History

9.1
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James Burke explores key moments in Western History where new knowledge in science changed the way the modern Western world thinks.

Stars: James Burke, Roger Avon, Jeff Pirie, Peter Sproule

Votes: 366

26. Beryl's Lot (1973–1977)

60 min | Comedy

8.8
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Stars: Carmel McSharry, Annie Leake, Tony Caunter, Norman Mitchell

Votes: 8

27. Hannay (1988–1989)

52 min | Drama

7.7
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Creator: Michael Robson | Stars: Robert Powell, Christopher Scoular, Gavin Richards, Neville Phillips

Votes: 76

28. Hadleigh (1969–1976)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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Creator: Robert Barr | Stars: Gerald Harper, Peter Dennis, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Alastair Hunter

Votes: 32

29. Owen, M.D. (1971– )

50 min | Drama

7.9
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As far as I remember Dr Owen played by Nigel Stock ran a country GP surgery. I also think the external scenes were filmed in Kendal, Gloucestershire.

Stars: Nigel Stock, Joan Newell, Alan Moore, Maggie Hanley

Votes: 7

30. Blind Justice (1988 TV Mini-Series)

90 min | Drama

7.9
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Creator: Helena Kennedy | Stars: Jack Shepherd, Julian Wadham, Caroline Hutchison, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 14

31. Churchill's People (1974– )

50 min | Drama

6.5
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Stars: Alfred Lynch, Bernard Hepton, Geoffrey Matthews, Daniel Brian

Votes: 12

32. Adult Fun (1972)

102 min | Comedy

8.2
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Writer: James Scott | Director: James Scott | Stars: Peter Marinker, Deborah Norton, Judy Liebert, Anne Foster

Votes: 6

33. The Sunday Drama (1977– )

Drama

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A little boy is going to spend the day with his divorced father and he is looking forward to it. But things will not go according to plan.

Stars: Jeremy Clyde, Jane Wenham, Petra Davies, Maurice Denham

34. Romeo and Juliet (1965 TV Movie)

107 min

6.7
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William Skakespeare's tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, embittered families and timeless passion. Based on a stage production by Hugh Morrison, this is a filmed record of a stage ... See full summary »

Writer: William Shakespeare | Directors: Val Drumm, Paul Lee | Stars: Robin Austen, John Carter, Veronica Clifford, William Corderoy

Votes: 7

35. The Mouse and the Woman (1980)

105 min | Drama

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Writers: Karl Francis, Vincent Kane, Dylan Thomas | Director: Karl Francis | Stars: Karen Archer, Robert Blythe, John Cassady, Huw Ceredig

36. Element of Doubt (1996)

100 min | Crime, Thriller

6.5
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A woman has doubts about the intentions of her husband, even to the point where she thinks he might kill her.

Writer: David Pirie | Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Nigel Havers, Polly Adams, Helen Anderson, Christopher Baines

Votes: 91

37. White City (1985)

60 min | Drama, Musical

7.6
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Writers: Richard Lowenstein, Pete Townshend | Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Pete Townshend, Frances Barber, Cecily Hobbs, Pauline Melville

Votes: 39

38. Frontiers (1996– )

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Stars: Kevin McNally, Peter Howitt, Simon Kunz, Clare Holman

39. Don't Get Me Started (1994)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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As part of his efforts to turn over a new leaf by relocating to suburbia, former hitman Jack Lane gave up smoking a year ago minus a day. When Jerry Hoff comes to town, threatening to ... See full summary »

Writer: Arthur Ellis | Director: Arthur Ellis | Stars: Trevor Eve, Steven Waddington, Marion Bailey, Ralph Brown

Votes: 11

40. Olly's Prison (1993 TV Movie)

Drama

8.3
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Writer: Edward Bond | Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: George Anton, Charlotte Coleman, Mike Eastman, Richard Graham

Votes: 9

41. All Our Saturdays (1973– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Diana Dors, Tony Caunter, Norman Jones, Anthony Jackson

42. Headmaster (1977– )

50 min | Drama

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Drama series about the efforts of a traditional school headmaster to adapt to the changing education system.

Creator: John Challen | Stars: Frank Windsor, Colin Douglas, Michael Byrne, Lucinda Curtis

43. Brensham People (1976– )

50 min | Drama, History

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Life in a Gloucestershire town.

Stars: Richard Warwick, Denis Carey, Dominic Long, Freddie Jones

44. The Contenders (1969 TV Mini-Series)

240 min | Drama

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Two childhood friends continue to rival each other in their adult lives, competing in their careers and for the love of a woman.

Stars: John Bryans, Keith Drinkel, Victor Henry, Alan Lake

45. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Billy (1979)

Comedy, Drama

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Writer: G.F. Newman | Director: Charles Stewart | Stars: Jason Plenderleith, Chrissie Cotterill, Leigh Medcraft, Terry Andrews

46. Dempsey and Makepeace (1985–1986)
Episode: Bird of Prey (1986)

46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Eddie Dean kidnaps a young girl to keep her mother from testifying against a crook named Burton. Dempsey and Makepeace seek help from the one man able to find Dean: Dempsey's nemesis Keith ... See full summary »

Creator: Tony Wharmby | Directors: Francis Megahy, Roger Tucker | Stars: Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber, Ray Smith, Tony Osoba

Votes: 14

47. The Sunday Drama (1977– )
Episode: Blue Skies from Now On (1977)

Drama

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Writer: Beryl Bainbridge | Director: Graham Evans | Stars: David Foxxe, Dinsdale Landen, Daniel Murray, Colette O'Neil

48. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
Episode: Board Wages (1971)

48 min | Drama

7.7
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Matters get out of hand when the servants mock their employers while the family are away on a summer holiday.

Writers: Charlotte Bingham, Terence Brady | Director: Derek Bennett | Stars: Pauline Collins, Jean Marsh, Alethea Charlton, George Innes

Votes: 54

49. The Politician's Wife (1995– )
Episode: Body Politic (1995)

64 min | Drama

8.6
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As the architect of Duncan's destruction, Flora plays him against Tory grandees while stirring up resentment against him amongst his constituents. Can he fight back?

Writer: Paula Milne | Director: Graham Theakston | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Trevor Eve, Ian Bannen, Anton Lesser

Votes: 5

50. All Our Saturdays (1973– )
Episode: Charity Meets Its Match (1973)

Comedy

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Writer: Stuart Harris | Director: Ian Davidson | Stars: Diana Dors, Tony Caunter, Norman Jones, Anthony Jackson