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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 County.

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

Votes: 12,622

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

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.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 10,618

3. 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

Votes: 4,884

4. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986– )

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.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 4,092

5. 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

Votes: 3,201

6. 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

Votes: 1,247

7. 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

Votes: 1,139

8. 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

Votes: 1,119

9. 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

Votes: 923

10. 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

Votes: 765

11. 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

Votes: 536

12. 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: 496

13. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)

50 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Moray Watson

Votes: 385

14. 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: 381

15. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)
Episode: The Solitary Cyclist (1984)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A strange man on a bicycle follows a young music teacher as she bicycles on a lonely road to and from the city.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Paul Annett | Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Barbara Wilshere, John Castle

Votes: 357

16. Flambards (1979 TV Mini-Series)

780 min | Drama

8.3
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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: 316

17. 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

Votes: 302

18. 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

Votes: 277

19. Inspector Lewis (2007– )
Episode: And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea (2008)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The murders of a maintenance worker at the Bodleian Library and a popular Art student seem to be linked.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Alan Plater | Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Darren Clarke, Haydn Gwynne, Sam Alexander, Emily Beecham

Votes: 277

20. 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: 260

21. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986– )
Episode: The Man with the Twisted Lip (1986)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Responding to a grieving wife, Holmes investigates the apparent murder of her husband in an apartment above an opium den.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Patrick Lau | Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Clive Francis, Eleanor David

Votes: 259

22. Inspector Lewis (2007– )
Episode: Old School Ties (2007)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A former criminal computer hacker turned best-selling celebrity and one of his student sponsors are murdered after being invited to lecture at Oxford.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Alan Plater | Director: Sarah Harding | Stars: Owen Teale, Don Gallagher, James Russell, Frances Albery

Votes: 252

23. Inspector Lewis (2007– )
Episode: The Quality of Mercy (2009)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Lewis investigates the murder of student Richard Scott. He was killed just before premiering The Merchant of Venice. During the investigation Lewis gets personally involved.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Alan Plater | Director: Bille Eltringham | Stars: Jo Herbert, Bryan Dick, Ronan Vibert, Shaughan Seymour

Votes: 235

24. 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

Votes: 234

25. Midsomer Murders (1997– )
Episode: A Tale of Two Hamlets (2003)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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When heirs of the aristocratic Smythe-Webster family are killed, one by explosion and another by electrocution, Barnaby's investigation uncovers long-hidden family secrets.

Writers: Alan Plater, Caroline Graham | Director: Peter Smith | Stars: John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson

Votes: 227

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

151 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

8.8
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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: 224

27. Shades of Darkness (1983–1986)
Episode: Bewitched (1983)

60 min | Drama, Horror

6.9
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The story is set in a small English coastal town, around the turn of the century. A young woman, thought by many in the village to be a witch, dies suddenly one day. Not long after she's ... See full summary »

Writers: Alan Plater, Edith Wharton | Directors: John Gorrie, Edmund Oboler | Stars: Eileen Atkins, Alfred Burke, Mary Healey, Martyn Hesford

Votes: 218

28. 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: 196

29. Inspector Lewis (2007– )
Episode: Your Sudden Death Question (2010)

80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Six couples gather at Chaucer College for a competitive weekend 5000 pound trivia contest but several of he participants are summarily murdered.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Alan Plater | Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Adam James, Susannah Doyle, Ruth Gemmell, Sally Bretton

Votes: 190

30. 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

Votes: 178

31. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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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: 162

32. 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

Votes: 153

33. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Drama

7.6
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Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

Votes: 133

34. 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

Votes: 133

35. 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

Votes: 130

36. It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1977)

G | 94 min | Drama

6.3
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Writers: James Herriot, Alan Plater | Director: Eric Till | Stars: John Alderton, Colin Blakely, Lisa Harrow, Bill Maynard

Votes: 111

37. 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

Votes: 104

38. Dalziel and Pascoe (1996– )
Episode: A Clubbable Woman (1996)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

7.5
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Two unorthodox police officers are called to investigate dodgy dealings at Wetherton rugby club after the body of their star player's wife is found dead at home.

Writers: Reginald Hill, Alan Plater | Director: Ross Devenish | Stars: Colin Buchanan, Warren Clarke, Mark Lambert, Steve Speirs

Votes: 98

39. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography

8.2
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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: David Collings, John Gielgud, André Previn, Humphrey Burton

Votes: 90

40. Dalziel and Pascoe (1996– )
Episode: An Advancement of Learning (1996)

90 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

7.5
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When the body of a school principal, thought to be buried in Austria, is found under her own memorial in the school grounds, police detectives Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe are called in ... See full summary »

Writers: Reginald Hill, Alan Plater | Director: Maurice Phillips | Stars: Howard Crossley, Catherine Wilkening, Kenneth Hadley, Zoë Hart

Votes: 87

41. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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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

Votes: 86

42. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: Doggin' Around (1994)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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

Votes: 79

43. 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

Votes: 76

44. Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: Simisola: Part One (1996)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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The 22 year old daughter of Wexford's new Nigerian doctor reports his 22 year old daughter missing and the last person known to have seen her is found murdered.

Writers: Alan Plater, Ruth Rendell | Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Jane Lapotaire, George Harris

Votes: 72

45. 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: 64

46. Dalziel and Pascoe (1996– )
Episode: Bones and Silence (1998)

95 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

7.8
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Dalziel almost witnesses a shooting which two witnesses claim was a beautiful woman trying to commit suicide by shooting herself in the face. He is convinced it is murder. Ironically, ... See full summary »

Writers: Reginald Hill, Alan Plater | Director: Maurice Phillips | Stars: Carmel Howard, Duncan Holmes, Roger Heathcott, Colin Buchanan

Votes: 64

47. 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

Votes: 63

48. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)
Episode: Look to the Lady: Part One (1989)

Adventure, Comedy, Crime

8.0
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Campion and Lugg help protect a prominent family's name, fortune, and a priceless heirloom from thieves, cutthroats, and witchcraft.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Gordon Jackson, Barbara Jefford

Votes: 62

49. Shades of Darkness (1983–1986)
Episode: The Intercessor (1983)

60 min | Drama, Horror

6.8
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Mr. Garvin is a writer who is seeking a quiet place to do his research and work on his book. Although he was staying in a small village, he find the children to be quite noisy and the local... See full summary »

Writers: May Sinclair, Alan Plater | Director: Peter Smith | Stars: John Duttine, Chrissie Cotterill, David Hargreaves, Maggie Ford

Votes: 60

50. Dalziel and Pascoe (1996– )
Episode: Deadheads (1997)

95 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

7.7
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The two detectives investigate a string of bizarre, seemingly accidental deaths occurring over three decades which somehow or other all involve the same man.

Writers: Reginald Hill, Alan Plater | Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: Mel Martin, Veda Warwick, Steven Geller, Melissa Knatchbull

Votes: 59