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1. Educating Rita (1983)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman

Votes: 9,833

2. Shirley Valentine (1989)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman

Votes: 5,345 | Gross: $6.35M

3. Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Bernard | Stars: Peter Firth, Alfred Molina, Tracy Marshak-Nash, Alexandra Pigg

Votes: 877

4. Dancin' Thru the Dark (1990)

95 min | Comedy

7.0
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Linda's out on her hen night, her fiance is out on his stag night. Linda is having major doubts about getting married, when both groups arrive at a club, to find the band fronted by her ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Ockrent | Stars: Ben Murphy, Con O'Neill, Peter Beckett, Julian Littman

Votes: 248

5. One Summer (1983 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.

Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, James Hazeldine, Ian Hart

Votes: 232

6. Breakfast (2000– )

180 min | Family, News, Talk-Show

6.0
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Popular morning news programme that covers many news stories from both the UK and from around the world. Other features include a sports round-up, weather reports every thirty minutes and ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Turnbull, Charlie Stayt, Carol Kirkwood, Sian Williams

Votes: 205

7. The Chain (1984)

100 min | Comedy

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Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Denis Lawson, Rita Wolf, Phyllis Logan, David Troughton

Votes: 187

8. 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: 157

9. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Our Day Out (1978)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

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When a teacher takes a group of troubled school children on a school trip to Conwy in Wales, the children understand life outside of Liverpool.

Director: Pedr James | Stars: Alun Armstrong, Jean Heywood, Elizabeth Estensen, Lennox Greaves

Votes: 141

10. The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003 TV Movie)

270 min | Documentary, Music

4.6
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A countdown of the "100 greatest musicals" of stage and screen, as voted by the UK public through Channel 4's website and readers of The Mail newspaper. Each entry is represented by clips ... See full summary »

Stars: Denise Van Outen, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Scott Baio

Votes: 119

11. Prime Time Soap (2011)

105 min | Drama

6.1
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Brazil, 1978, a group of people live their lives under the dictatorship, the euphoria of disco fever and the fantasy of "Dancin' Days", a prime time soap, which fictional drama is set on ... See full summary »

Director: Odilon Rocha | Stars: Claudia Ohana, Vanessa Giácomo, Mateus Solano, Alexandre Nero

Votes: 112

12. A Time to Die (1982)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

4.5
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A World War II vet sets out in 1948 to avenge the death of his wife at the hands of Nazis. His targets are four Germans, a Sicilian, and a Hungarian who committed the atrocities. He is ... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Cimber, Joe Tornatore | Stars: Rex Harrison, Rod Taylor, Edward Albert, Raf Vallone

Votes: 111

13. Wogan (1982–1993)

35 min | Talk-Show

7.1
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Long-running talk show featuring relaxed and informal chat with celebrity guests.

Stars: Terry Wogan, Joanna Lumley, Kenneth Williams, Ben Elton

Votes: 110

14. Mr. Love (1985)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

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An elderly mild-mannered gardener becomes a lovable legend in his town for his talent to romantically please every woman that fancies him.

Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Barry Jackson, Maurice Denham, Margaret Tyzack, Linda Marlowe

Votes: 72

15. British Film Forever (2007 TV Mini-Series)

90 min | Documentary, History

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Stars: Jessica Hynes, Timothy Spall, Nick Moran, Ronald Neame

Votes: 59

16. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 29

17. Julie Walters and Friends (1991 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy

8.4
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Julie Walters stars in new sketches by four accomplished writers who helped make her famous.

Director: Alasdair Macmillan | Stars: Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell

Votes: 22

18. The Story of Musicals (2012– )

60 min | Documentary, Musical

6.8
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Stars: Imelda Staunton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Ball

Votes: 22

19. Movie Connections (2007–2009)

40 min | Documentary

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Series looking at the history of favourite films.

Stars: Ashley Jensen, Julie Walters, John Gordon Sinclair, Alex Norton

Votes: 16

20. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1983)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: James Hazeldine, David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Jane West

Votes: 9

21. Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute (2005 TV Movie)

65 min

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Director: John L. Spencer | Stars: Victoria Wood, Joan Armatrading, Susie Blake, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 8

22. Scene (1968– )

24 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

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Mixture of fictional and non-fictional thought-provoking short films aimed at students of school and college.

Stars: Jenny Jay, Ronald Hines, Nick Ross, James Morrison

Votes: 7

23. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Corsets, Cleavage and Country Houses: The Story of British Costume Drama (2007)

89 min | Documentary, History

4.7
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Directors: Neil Dougan, Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Kate Winslet, Timothy Spall, Steve Coogan

Votes: 7

24. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1983)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Sheila Fay, Gil Brailey

Votes: 7

25. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1983)

60 min | Drama

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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: James Hazeldine, David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Jane West

Votes: 7

26. Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Samantha Peters | Stars: Julie Walters, Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell, Victoria Wood

Votes: 6

27. 2nd House (1973–1976)

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BBC Arts programme derived from Full House (1972).

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Edwin Mullins, Roger McGough, Struan Rodger

Votes: 6

28. The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa (2010 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

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Stars: Mark Radcliffe, Caroline Aherne, Kenton Allen, Craig Cash

Votes: 6

29. Timmarna med Rita (1988 TV Movie)

125 min

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Director: Björn Melander | Stars: Lennart Hjulström, Gunilla Nyroos

Votes: 6

30. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1983)

Drama

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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Phil Kernot, Ian Bleasdale

Votes: 6

31. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1983)

Drama

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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: James Hazeldine, David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, John Cording

Votes: 6

32. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Terraces (1993)

90 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

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Trouble flares in a Liverpool terraced street when one man refuses to join in and paint his house in the local football teams colours. A tale of victimization and mob rule.

Director: Rob Rohrer | Stars: Mark Womack, Claire Hackett, Carl Rice, Paul Broughton

Votes: 6

33. Germans de sang (1996 TV Movie)

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Director: Ricard Reguant | Stars: Àngels Gonyalons, Joan Crosas, Roger Pera, Sergi Zamora

34. Färdknäpp (1991 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

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Färdknäpp (One For The Road), based on a play by Willy Russell, is the story of Dennis who feels he's had enough of the cozy middle-class life in the suburbia. Before the middle-age (and ... See full summary »

Director: Olle Ljungberg | Stars: Göran Stangertz, Suzanne Ernrup, Bibbi Unge, Janne Carlsson

35. I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern (2011)

Documentary, Music

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Director: John Piper | Stars: Pete Best, Billy Butler, Bernadette Byrne, Frankie Connor

36. 2nd House (1973–1976)
Episode: 2nd House in Liverpool (1973)

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Director: Ken Griffin | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Alan Dossor, Jackie Hamilton, David Lincoln

37. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Break In (1975)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Director: Michael Simpson | Stars: Peter Riley, Gerard Riley, Tony O'Hagen, Michael Byrne

38. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Bullets, Bombs and Bridges: The Story of the War Film (2007)

94 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Richard Todd, Al Murray, Kate Adie

39. The Story of Musicals (2012– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2012)

Documentary, Musical

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Director: Stephen Franklin | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Michael Ball, Don Black, Alain Boublil

40. Wogan (1982–1993)
Episode: Episode dated 11 October 1989 (1989)

Talk-Show

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Stars: Joanna Lumley, Douglas Adams, Michael Palin, Willy Russell

41. Breakfast (2000– )
Episode: Episode dated 16 July 2010 (2010)

195 min | Family, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Charlie Stayt, Susanna Reid, Matt Taylor, Chris Hollins

42. 2nd House (1973–1976)
Episode: Episode dated 16 November 1974 (1974)

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Directors: Ben Rea, David Wilson, Bob Lockyear, Tony Tyley | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, John Chesworth, Robert Cohan, Barbara Dickson

43. Breakfast (2000– )
Episode: Episode dated 30 April 2004 (2004)

Family, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Tim Firth, Elizabeth George, Willy Russell

44. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Hardship, Humour and Heroes: The Story of British Realism (2007)

90 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Phil Davis, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach

45. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Lies: Part 1 (1978)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Stars: Sean Barrett, David Bradshaw, Janet Dale, Pip Donaghy

46. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Lies: Part 2 (1978)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Stars: David Bradshaw, Janet Dale, Paul Harman, Hal Jeayes

47. British Film Forever (2007– )
Episode: Longing, Loving and Leg-Overs: The Story of British Romance (2007)

90 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Richard Curtis, Tim Bevan, Kate Winslet

48. Pete Postlethwaite: A Tribute (2011 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary

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Stars: Sean Bean, Peter Bradshaw, Gerry Conlon, Michael Coveney

49. Movie Connections (2007–2009)
Episode: Shirley Valentine (2009)

39 min | Documentary

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Stars: Ashley Jensen, Gillian Kearney, Willy Russell, Alison Steadman

50. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: The Daughters of Albion (1979)

Comedy, Drama

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Stars: John Batty, Ian Burns, Lynn Clayton, Annette Ekblom