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1. The Innocents (1961)

Approved | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror

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

Writers: Henry James, John Mortimer, William Archibald, Truman Capote | Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 18,991

2. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War

6.9
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In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live to blend their proper British ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 9,262

3. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

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 species 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: 8,906

4. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

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.

Writers: John Mortimer, Penelope Mortimer, Marryam Modell | Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Martita Hunt

Votes: 5,196

5. Brideshead Revisited (1981 TV Mini-Series)

659 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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An aristocratic English family is shown in the years between the Great War and The Second World War, often at the crumbling family estate, Brideshead Manor, trying to deal with family ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 4,640

6. 60 Minutes (1968– )

60 min | Documentary, News

7.7
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A popular television News magazine in the USA, in which an ever changing team of CBS News correspondents contribute segments ranging from hard news coverage to politics to lifestyle and pop culture.

Creator: Don Hewitt | Stars: Andrew Rooney, Lesley Stahl, Steve Kroft, Morley Safer

Votes: 2,015

7. 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.

Writers: John Mortimer, Mervyn Jones | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow, Michael Tolan, Sunny Griffin

Votes: 1,500

8. 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 »

Writers: Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra, John Mortimer | Director: Peter Yates | Stars: John Lithgow, Bob Hoskins, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams

Votes: 1,302

9. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

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

Votes: 761

10. 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 »

Writers: John Mortimer, Shelley Smith | Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick, Alan Bates, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 570

11. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986 TV Mini-Series)

229 min | Drama

8.1
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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: 426

12. Trial and Error (1962)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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An incompetent barrister is assigned to defend a wife murderer.

Writers: Pierre Rouve, John Mortimer | Director: James Hill | Stars: Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Beryl Reid, David Lodge

Votes: 311

13. Ferry to Hong Kong (1959)

112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.7
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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 »

Writers: Lewis Gilbert, Vernon Harris, John Mortimer | Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles, Sylvia Syms, Jeremy Spenser

Votes: 300

14. In Love and War (2001 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.6
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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 »

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

Votes: 265

15. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

7.6
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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: 214

16. Question Time (1979– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

7.2
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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: 189

17. A Voyage Round My Father (1984 TV Movie)

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 »

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

Votes: 155

18. 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

19. Summer's Lease (1989 TV Mini-Series)

220 min | Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Stars: Susan Fleetwood, John Gielgud, Michael Pennington, Rosemary Leach

Votes: 142

20. 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.

Writers: Georges Feydeau, John Mortimer | Director: Jacques Charon | Stars: Rex Harrison, Rosemary Harris, Louis Jourdan, Rachel Roberts

Votes: 142

21. 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 »

Writers: John Fowles, John Mortimer | Director: Robert Knights | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Roger Rees, Greta Scacchi, Toyah Willcox

Votes: 122

22. 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.

Writers: Laurie Lee, John Mortimer | Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Dashiell Reece, Joe Roberts, David Troughton

Votes: 121

23. Guns of Darkness (1962)

102 min | Drama

6.1
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An English couple and a deposed ruler head for the border during a South American revolution.

Writers: Francis Clifford, John Mortimer | Director: Anthony Asquith | Stars: Leslie Caron, David Niven, James Robertson Justice, David Opatoshu

Votes: 110

24. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole's Return (1980)

109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A bored Rumpole living in Florida retirement uses an inquiry from Phyllida as a pretext to re-establish himself back in chambers

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: John Glenister | Stars: Leo McKern, Peggy Thorpe-Bates, Albert Welling, Robin Halstead

Votes: 110

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

48 min | Documentary

7.9
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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: 109

26. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Rumpole of the Bailey (1975)

Comedy, Drama

8.5
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An irreverent barrister chooses to defend a young Jamaican boy accused of stabbing on the same day his only son leaves for college in America.

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Leo McKern, Joyce Heron, Noel Willman, David Yelland

Votes: 107

27. Paradise Postponed (1986 TV Mini-Series)

569 min | Drama

8.4
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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: Paul Shelley, David Threlfall, Michael Hordern, Annette Crosbie

Votes: 87

28. This Week (2003– )

45 min | News, Talk-Show

6.6
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Andrew Neil and guests take a look back at the week in politics.

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

Votes: 84

29. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: Et in Arcadia Ego (1981)

101 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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In the spring of 1944, Capt. Charles Ryder finds that he and his men are relocated to the grounds of Brideshead Castle. Charles knows the place well and he recalls a time 20 years before ... See full summary »

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Kenneth Cranham, Richard Hope, John Nettleton

Votes: 81

30. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

7.2
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Long-running arts series.

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

Votes: 80

31. 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

32. Will Shakespeare (1978 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Biography

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

Votes: 67

33. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)
Episode: I Spy (1961)

30 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Mrs Morgan has left her husband and has taken a position as a waitress at an English seaside hotel. Captain Morgan's lawyer has hired a private detective to go and determine exactly what ... See full summary »

Writers: John Collier, John Mortimer | Director: Norman Lloyd | Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Kay Walsh, Eric Barker, Cecil Parker

Votes: 66

34. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Younger Generation (1978)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Rumpole is defending a young member of the Timson clan, an extended family of light-fingered but otherwise moral South London villains. To his distress, his own son appears to be acquiring some of the Timson traits.

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Leo McKern, Peggy Thorpe-Bates, David Yelland, John Welsh

Votes: 65

35. Lunch Hour (1961)

64 min | Comedy

6.7
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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.

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

Votes: 63

36. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: Brideshead Revisited (1981)

90 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining ... See full summary »

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Phoebe Nicholls, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 63

37. Monitor (1958– )

Documentary

8.7
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Arts magazine.

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

Votes: 62

38. Edwin (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

7.2
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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.

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

Votes: 59

39. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: Home and Abroad (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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The aristocratic Sebastian invites his middle-class university friend Charles to spend a glorious summer at the amazing family home, Brideshead.

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Diana Quick, Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Roger Milner

Votes: 58

40. Imagine (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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Wide ranging BBC arts programme.

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

Votes: 57

41. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: The Unseen Hook (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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Charles returns to London in the Spring of 1926 during the General Strike and joins the Defense Corps which ensures the delivery of essential supplies. He meets up with Boy Mulcaster and ... See full summary »

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, John Gielgud, Raymond Mason, Jeremy Sinden

Votes: 54

42. 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

Votes: 53

43. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Alternative Society (1978)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Rumpole defends a hippie-type schoolteacher on a narcotics charge and finds himself attracted to her and her lifestyle.

Writer: John Mortimer | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Leo McKern, Jane Asher, Nigel Gregory, Peter Jeffrey

Votes: 53

44. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: The Bleak Light of Day (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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Charles and Sebastian return to Oxford but feel old and out of place. Sebastian feels that his mother is constantly watching him through her friends. In particular, both young men have to ... See full summary »

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, John Grillo, Brian Hayes

Votes: 52

45. Titmuss Regained (1991 TV Mini-Series)

60 min

7.4
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Stars: David Threlfall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bill Oddie, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 50

46. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: A Twitch Upon the Thread (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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Two years have passed and Charles and Julia are still in love, spending as much time together as possible. They are astounded to learn from Bridey that he is engaged to be married. Bridey's... See full summary »

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Simon Jones

Votes: 50

47. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

6.7
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Creator: Sarah Pia Anderson | Stars: Ralph Morse, John Bluthal, Gawn Grainger, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 49

48. The Andrew Marr Show (2005– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

7.1
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Presenter Andrew Marr talks to invited guests from politics, broadcasting and the arts to review the week's events making the news, and discuss the headlines in the Sunday newspapers.

Stars: Andrew Marr, Susanna Reid, Matt Taylor, Moira Stuart

Votes: 49

49. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: A Blow Upon a Bruise (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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Charles is invited to Brideshead for Christmas and learns that Mr. Samgrass and Sebastian will be there as well. Sebastian is as morose as he was before he left, if not more so. The ... See full summary »

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: John Grillo, Anthony Andrews, Jeremy Irons, Al Gillyon

Votes: 49

50. Brideshead Revisited (1981– )
Episode: Julia (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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Charles returns to Paris to continue his art studies and is surprised with a visit from Rex Mottram. It would seem that he and Sebastian had stopped in Paris enroute to a sanatorium in ... See full summary »

Writers: Evelyn Waugh, John Mortimer | Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Susan Field, Charles Keating, Diana Quick

Votes: 49