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1. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.5
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The adventures of a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey known only as the Doctor, who travels through time and space fighting monsters and other villainous megalomaniacs with companions.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 30,132

2. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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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: 2,218

3. The Pallisers (1974– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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Follows the novels of Anthony Trollope. Beginning with the forced Marriage of Susan Hampshire's character, Glencora, the lives of the friends and children of this couple are the subject of ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Barbara Murray, Moray Watson

Votes: 337

4. Quatermass II (1955– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

7.4
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Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Robinson, Monica Grey, Hugh Griffith, John Stone

Votes: 266

5. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: The Moonbase: Episode 2 (1967)

TV-PG | 25 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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The Doctor and his friends attempt to convince the Moonbase crew that the Cybermen are responsible for the disappearances and find a cure for the plague.

Director: Morris Barry | Stars: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines, Anneke Wills, Patrick Barr

Votes: 172

6. Maigret (1959–1963)

50 min | Crime, Drama

8.6
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Televisations of the Maigret novels by Georges Simenon.

Stars: Rupert Davies, Ewen Solon, Helen Shingler, Neville Jason

Votes: 94

7. 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: 91

8. Dead of Night (1972– )

50 min | Horror

7.4
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A horror anthology series of chilling tales.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, Anna Cropper, Bernard Brown, Sylvia Kay

Votes: 66

9. 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

10. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)

Drama

8.0
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Series of television plays performed live.

Stars: Richard Caldicot, George Woodbridge, Robert Brown, Brian Rix

Votes: 55

11. The Adventurer (1972–1973)

30 min | Adventure

6.5
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Basically an updating of Gene Barry's "Amos Burke, Secret Agent" character, Gene Bradley is a wealthy government agent, who, posing as an American movie star, travels the globe in search of adventure, intrigue and danger.

Stars: Gene Barry, Barry Morse, Catherine Schell, Garrick Hagon

Votes: 51

12. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)
Episode: Out of the Everywhere (1972)

50 min | Drama

8.0
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Elizabeth returns home with her newborn daughter, Lucy, and the very disagreeable and old Nanny Webster, to look after "Baby".

Director: Christopher Hodson | Stars: Angela Baddeley, Gordon Jackson, Pauline Collins, Rachel Gurney

Votes: 50

13. No Hiding Place (1959–1967)

60 min | Crime

8.0
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Tales of Scotland Yard centering on a detective team. A sort of half-way house between Dixon of Dock Green and 'Z' Cars. The detectives are still 1950s style with good elecution and ... See full summary »

Stars: Raymond Francis, Eric Lander, Johnny Briggs, Michael McStay

Votes: 45

14. Hadleigh (1969–1976)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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James Hadleigh is the squire of the village in this series created by Robert Barr.

Stars: Gerald Harper, Peter Dennis, Ambrosine Phillpotts, Alastair Hunter

Votes: 38

15. Scotland Yard Dragnet (1957)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Thriller

5.9
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A test pilot is injured in a plane crash, following which his fiancee takes him to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist is unhappily married and has a crush on the fiancee. He attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Roland Culver, Patricia Roc, Paul Carpenter, William Hartnell

Votes: 28

16. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

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

Votes: 24

17. Theatre 625 (1964–1968)

90 min | Drama

8.0
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Stars: Michael Bryant, Judi Dench, Maurice Denham, Margery Mason

Votes: 22

18. A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973– )

55 min | Drama

7.7
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A young woman and her lover are charged with the murder of her husband.

Stars: Francesca Annis, Bernard Hepton, Mary Chester, Petronella Barker

Votes: 22

19. Quatermass II (1955– )
Episode: The Destroyers (1955)

33 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

6.3
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Quatermass succeeds in launching his rocket and he and Pugh head for the asteroid. However, Pugh has been taken over and Quatermass must overcome his attack before he can defeat the evil force on the asteroid.

Director: Rudolph Cartier | Stars: John Robinson, Monica Grey, Hugh Griffith, John Stone

Votes: 16

20. Churchill's People (1974– )

50 min | Drama

6.4
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An historical anthology series based on "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples", Winston Churchill's four volume history of Britain and its former colonies.

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

Votes: 14

21. Insurrection (1966– )

Drama, History

7.6
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An eight part series dramatizing the Irish Easter Rising of 1916. The series was commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rising.

Stars: Ray McAnally, Eoin O'Súilleabháin, Gerry Alexander, Maurie Taylor

Votes: 11

22. Suspense (1962–1963)

Thriller

7.6
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Anthology series telling suspenseful tales.

Stars: Ray Handy, Bill Meilen, John Carson, Alex Scott

Votes: 11

23. The Pallisers (1974– )
Episode: Part Fourteen (1974)

Drama, Romance

7.4
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Lizzie Eustace faces charges of perjury when her maid turns state's evidence, and Finn returns from Ireland after his wife's death hoping to return to Parliament.

Director: Ronald Wilson | Stars: Susan Hampshire, Philip Latham, Sarah Badel, Anthony Ainley

Votes: 11

24. This Is York (1953)

20 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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Director: J.B. Holmes | Star: Denis McCarthy

Votes: 10

25. Top Secret (1961–1962)

60 min | Drama

7.3
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A British agent starts work in South America.

Stars: William Franklyn, Patrick Cargill, Alan Rothwell, Frieda Knorr

Votes: 7

26. Prometheus: The Life of Balzac (1975– )

300 min | Drama

8.8
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Honore Balzac , ablaze with vitality, determined to embrace greatness as a writer, embraces instead the first great love of his life.

Stars: Nicky Henson, Rosemary McHale, Helen Ryan, Elizabeth Spriggs

Votes: 5

27. Hadleigh (1969–1976)
Episode: The Ring (1969)

Drama

8.6
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Director: Raymond Menmuir | Stars: Gerald Harper, Gillian Wray, Sydney Tafler, Tim Barrett

Votes: 5

28. Scott On... (1964–1974)

45 min | Comedy

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Stars: Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Peter Butterworth, Frank Thornton

29. Educated Evans (1957–1958)

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Charlie Chester, Michael Balfour, Jack Melford, Myrtle Reed

30. Amelia (1961– )

30 min | Drama

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Stars: Frederick Jaeger, Elizabeth Shepherd, Peter Sallis, Andre Van Gyseghem

31. Broome Stages (1966– )

360 min | Drama

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Drama serial dealing with the lives of the Broomes, an English theatrical family, throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

Stars: Gwen Watford, Richard Pasco, Robin Phillips, Paul Daneman

32. Huckleberry Finn (1952– )

Adventure, Drama, Family

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Stars: Colin Campbell, Orlando Martins, Shaun Sutton, Jeremy Spenser

33. The Silence of the Sea (1946 TV Movie)

50 min

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Stars: J.H. Roberts, Antoinette Cellier, Kenneth More, Tamara Chahverdian

34. Don't Say Die (1950)

72 min | Comedy

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Director: Vivian Milroy | Stars: Charles Heslop, Sandra Dorne, Desmond Walter-Ellis, Constance Smith

35. They Flew Through Sand (1946 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

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Director: Michael Barry | Stars: Kenneth More, Charles Victor, Peter Castner, Campbell Singer

36. Private Investigator (1958–1959)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Stars: Campbell Singer, Douglas Muir, Ian White, Ursula Camm

37. A Time to Be Born (1953 TV Movie)

Drama, Family

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Stars: John Akar, Timothy Bateson, Mark Dignam, Jack Gwillim

38. Jury Room (1965)

50 min | Drama

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Stars: Alan MacNaughtan, Donald Eccles, John Wyse, Ian Fleming

39. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant (1967)

75 min | Drama

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John Joe Moran is pulled between the compulsion to leave his small town in Ireland and the desire to stay.

Director: James MacTaggart | Stars: T.P. McKenna, Elizabeth Begley, Fionnula Flanagan, Will Leighton

40. Huckleberry Finn (1952– )
Episode: Back to the River (1952)

Adventure, Drama, Family

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Stars: Colin Campbell, Noel Dyson, John Harrison, Megs Jenkins

41. A Pin to See the Peepshow (1973– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1973)

Drama

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Director: Raymond Menmuir | Stars: Francesca Annis, John Duttine, Bernard Hepton, Mary Chester

42. Amelia (1961– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1961)

Drama

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Director: Chloe Gibson | Stars: Frederick Jaeger, Elizabeth Shepherd, David Peel, Peter Sallis

43. Maigret (1959–1963)
Episode: High Politics (1962)

Crime, Drama

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Someone is trying to destroy the reputation and career of a government minister. Maigret must find out who - and why.

Stars: Rupert Davies, Ewen Solon, Helen Shingler, Neville Jason

44. Broome Stages (1966– )
Episode: Lettice and Her Sons (1966)

Drama

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Director: Michael Barry | Stars: George Camiller, Betty Cooper, Paul Daneman, Robert Davies

45. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)
Episode: One a Penny, Two a Penny (1959)

Drama

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Director: Toby Robertson | Stars: Edward Woodward, Pauline Yates, Joan Newell, Ian Hendry

46. Educated Evans (1957–1958)
Episode: Private Wire (1958)

Comedy

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Stars: Charlie Chester, Michael Balfour, Michael Collins, Frank Crane

47. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)
Episode: Release (I) (1951)

Drama

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Stars: Margaret Leighton, Julien Mitchell, Grace Arnold, Margaret Boyd

48. Insurrection (1966– )
Episode: Saturday, 29 April 1916: Was There No Other Way? (1966)

Drama, History

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The programme opens with Ray McAnally in studio reporting on the events of the fifth day of the Rising. He explains how the military are closing in on the rebels. McAnally gives reports ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Garvey, Louis Lentin | Stars: David Kelly, Ronnie Walsh, Eoin O'Súilleabháin, Jim Norton

49. Dead of Night (1972– )
Episode: Smith (1972)

Horror

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When a journalist decides to do a story on a criminal named Smith, whose crimes horrified and appalled the England of his time, she discovers that the past is living on in present.

Stars: John Castle, Gerald Cross, Jason Fithian, John Gabriel

50. Theatre 625 (1964–1968)
Episode: Sword of Honour #1: Men at Arms (1967)

Drama

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Prevented by his strict Roman Catholicism from divorcing his faithless wife, Guy Crouchback prepares for war in 1939.

Director: Donald McWhinnie | Stars: Edward Woodward, Trader Faulkner, Vivian Pickles, Anthony Roye