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1. Wagner (1981– )
Episode: Episode #1.10 (1983)

67 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Construction on the opera house in Bayreuth begins and his epic Der Ring des Nibelungen can finally be premiered. The performance is attended by Ludwig who is slowly losing his mind, while ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Richard Burton, Bill Fraser, Vanessa Redgrave, Ronald Pickup

Votes: 38

2. The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1980 TV Special)

9.4
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Director: Gene Weed | Stars: Alan Alda, Jane Alexander, Melissa Sue Anderson, Julie Andrews

Votes: 7

3. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)
Episode: 1973 Christmas Special (1973)

63 min | Comedy

9.4
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The musical guests are John Hanson, Hannah Gordon and The New Seekers. Eric surprises the Ernie with the new years honours list. Ernie's play is called 'Napoleon and Josephine' with Vanessa Redgrave as Empress Josephine.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Vanessa Redgrave, Hannah Gordon

Votes: 38

4. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

9.4
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Osman Ragheb, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 7

5. The World at War (1973 TV Mini-Series)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.3
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A series of documentaries about World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 11,883

6. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Part IV (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

9.2
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Osman Ragheb, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 8

7. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

9.1
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Osman Ragheb, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 8

8. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Genocide: 1941-1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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The history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews, showing events leading to the "Final Solution". Footage and Interviews with SS officers and Jewish survivors from various countries describe... See full summary »

Director: Michael Darlow | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Rita Boas-Koopman, Richard Böch, Anthony Eden

Votes: 122

9. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Pt II (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

9.1
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Osman Ragheb, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 8

10. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Stalingrad: June 1942-February 1943 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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Germany is dealt a crushing defeat when the Russians' stubborn defense of Stalingrad delays the German offensive giving the Russians time to mass their forces for a counter attack that ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Raggett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Adolf Hitler, Friedrich Paulus

Votes: 127

11. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Barbarossa: June-December 1941 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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Following the conquest of France Hitler, almost casually by blitzkrieg standards, turn his eyes toward Russia. But Stalin is equally lackadaisical in preparing defenses against Germany. The... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Ion Antonescu, Averell Harriman, King Boris III

Votes: 141

12. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Directed by William Wyler (1986)

60 min | Documentary, Biography

9.0
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A tribute to director William Wyler consisting of interviews and excerpts from his many classic films.

Director: Aviva Slesin | Stars: A. Scott Berg, Bette Davis, Samantha Eggar, Greer Garson

Votes: 356

13. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: France Falls: May-June 1940 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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As their forces invade Northern Europe German strategists capitalize time and again on French preconceptions confounding French defenses.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, André Beaufre, Charles de Gaulle, Lawrence Durrell

Votes: 147

14. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Laurence Olivier: A Life (1983)

Biography, Drama, Music

9.0
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A multi-award winning biography covering the life and career of actor/director Laurence Olivier.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Melvyn Bragg, Peggy Ashcroft, Jill Esmond

Votes: 44

15. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Morning: June-August 1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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Four years after France fell the Allies invade Normandy. Caught by surprise the German defenses are quickly overcome. Heading inland the Allies win major victories against fierce resistance.

Director: John Pett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, David Belchem, Winston Churchill, J. Lawton Collins

Votes: 102

16. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Episode: Part 2 (1977)

TV-G | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History

9.0
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Jesus meets Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist and continues to perform miracles among his people.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Farentino

Votes: 163

17. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, Paul McCartney, Jonathan Miller

Votes: 110

18. Frost on Sunday (1968–1970)

Comedy, Talk-Show

8.9
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Stars: David Frost, Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker, Josephine Tewson

Votes: 21

19. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: A New Germany: 1933-1939 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

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Program chronicles the draconian measures taken by Adolf Hitler to become absolute dictator of Germany and begin his domination of Europe.

Director: Hugh Raggett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Christabel Bielenberg, Emmi Bonhoeffer, Eva Braun

Votes: 210

20. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Inside the Reich: Germany - 1940-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

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Germany is jubilant after the surrender of France. Then the unsuccessful expansion of the war to include Russia and England gradually turns German morale from joy to fatalism. Even der ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Hertha Beese, Christabel Bielenberg, Emmi Bonhoeffer

Votes: 106

21. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Episode: Part 1 (1977)

TV-G | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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After Joseph and Mary's betrothal, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel, who tells her she will bear the Son of God. Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to take part in Herod's census, where Jesus is born.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Claudia Cardinale

Votes: 163

22. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: The Bomb: February-September 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.9
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Following the events from the death of US President Roosevelt through to the dropping of the two bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that prompted Japan's surrender.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, McGeorge Bundy, James Byrnes, Anthony Eden

Votes: 96

23. 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: 4,717

24. The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-1939 (1940)

Approved | 30 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: Carey Wilson, Janet Gaynor, Emil Jannings, Mary Pickford

Votes: 67

25. The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1983 TV Special)

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Stars: Debbie Allen, Julie Andrews, Susan Anton, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 5

26. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Alone: May 1940-May 1941 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

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In the end of May 1940, when the last French cities are captured by the Germans, half a million British and French soldiers retreat to the last channel port still open to them: Dunkerque. ... See full summary »

Director: David Elstein | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook, J.R. Colville

Votes: 140

27. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Red Star: The Soviet Union - 1941-1943 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

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Bent on fulfilling Hilter's policy of colonizing Russia, German forces invade subjecting inhabitants of occupied lands to servitude or death. Russians respond with a mass evacuation and ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Smith | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Ivan Chistyakov, Vsevelod Klokov, Ivan Ludnikov

Votes: 122

28. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma - 1942-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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Allied forces were totally unprepared for the Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942. The Japanese quickly overran the country. The Allies counter-attacked using troops unfamiliar with jungle ... See full summary »

Director: John Pett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Walter Boller, Sydney Bowers, Leonard Brown

Votes: 105

29. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Nemesis: Germany - February-May 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

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The closing weeks of the European war bring retribution for Germany in the form of carpet bombing cities like Dresden, the collapse of the Whermacht, atrocities by Soviet forces, and finally the fall of Berlin and suicide of Hitler.

Director: Martin Smith | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Vladimir Antonov, Eberhard Bethge, Eva Braun

Votes: 99

30. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Remember (1974)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary, History, War

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For many the Second World War was the most significant experience of their lives. These are heartbreaking first hand remembrances from a vast array of survivors from both sides of the war.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, John Barne, Stanley Drinkwater, Lawrence Durrell

Votes: 95

31. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: The Desert: North Africa - 1940-1943 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

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In 1940 Mussolini deploys a massive army to invade British held Egypt, to capture the Suez Canal and most of all to establish an Italian empire to rival Germany's. So begins a multi-year ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, David Belchem, Winston Churchill, Paola Colacicchi

Votes: 118

32. Jesus of Nazareth (1977 TV Mini-Series)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Ressurection, JESUS OF NAZARETH brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 12,948

33. Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (1983 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Towards the end of their lives, two old friends discover that one of them was in love with the other one's wife for more than 30 years.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 66

34. Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady (1982 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Director: Harry Kooperstein | Stars: Natalie Wood, Lauren Bacall, Jim Backus, Martin Balsam

Votes: 15

35. Malta G.C. (1942)

19 min | Short, Documentary

8.6
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Directors: Eugeniusz Cekalski, Derrick De Marney | Star: Laurence Olivier

Votes: 5

36. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Banzai! Japan: 1931-1942 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Following Japan's conquest of eastern Asia the Allies finally respond with sanctions. They prove so threatening to Japan that it prepares to conquer Southeast Asia to secure the resources ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Mitsuo Fuchida, Minoru Genda, Hirohito

Votes: 127

37. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)
Episode: John Gabriel Borkman (1958)

Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Maxine Audley, Pamela Brown, Anne Castaldini, Carmel McSharry

Votes: 5

38. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Occupation: Holland - 1940-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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The Dutch are shocked when the Germans bomb Rotterdam and invade their neutral country. But Germany follows with insidious conciliatory gestures that ease tensions. Germany gradually ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Darlow | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Rita Boas-Koopman, J.A.H.J.S. Bruins Slot, J.F. Bubberman-Boer

Votes: 99

39. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: On Our Way: U.S.A. - 1939-1942 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Although those in the know figured it was just a matter of time, the United States only reluctantly participated in World War 2. But it was not a foregone conclusion that the United States ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, George Ball, Vannevar Bush, Masataka Chihaya

Votes: 123

40. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Pacific: February 1942-July 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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The island hopping strategy of Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur leads from one costly, battle after another. The Japanese fight fanatically as the war gets ever closer to home, but Americans finally use their newest weapon, the A-bomb.

Director: John Pett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Frank Manson, Roy Voris, Douglas MacArthur

Votes: 97

41. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Pincers: August 1944-March 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

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As the Allies debate how to prosecute the the invasion of Germany, Hitler settles the question with a massive counter attack in the Ardenne. Failure of the attack leaves German defenses of ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, J. Lawton Collins, Charles de Gaulle, Francis de Guingand

Votes: 100

42. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Reckoning: 1945... and After (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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As wretched survivours suffer deprivations amongst the ruins, half of Germany and eastern Europe trade one socialist tyranny for another as the Soviets take power. Japan is occupied by the U. S., but the colonial empires disintegrate.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Stephen Ambrose, Charles Bohlen, Anthony Eden

Votes: 92

43. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Tough Old Gut: Italy - November 1942-June 1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary, History, War

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After driving the Germans from North Africa the Allies turn their sites on Italy. But the Italian campaign turned out to be tougher the anyone expected. American reluctance to divert ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harold Alexander, Bill Becket, Alan Brooke

Votes: 103

44. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Whirlwind: Bombing Germany - September 1939-April 1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

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While the British continue to rely on night bombing the American forces attempt to use more dangerous but more precise daylight bombing to interdict German military production and crush the national will.

Director: Ted Childs | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Hans Brunswig, Winston Churchill, John Corcoran

Votes: 113

45. Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987)

60 min | Documentary

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Her story is well-known - the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood's greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights ... See full summary »

Directors: Gene Feldman, Suzette Winter | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Scotty Beckett, Eric Blore, Clara Bow

Votes: 141

46. Hindle Wakes (1976 TV Movie)

78 min

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Directors: June Howson, Laurence Olivier | Stars: Rosalind Ayres, Judi Bowker, Roy Dotrice, Trevor Eve

Votes: 15

47. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Distant War: September 1939-May 1940 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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France and England enter World War 2 following Germany's invasion of Poland. But with the exception of its navy England is rather uncertain how to prepare. After a failed operation in ... See full summary »

Director: David Elstein | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Boothby, R.A. Butler, Lord Chandos

Votes: 163

48. The World at War (1973– )
Episode: Wolf Pack: U-Boats in the Atlantic - 1939-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.4
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For three years German u-boats ravage transatlantic convoys. Despite the critical need for the supplies and materiel British leadership give scant attention to the matter for two years. ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Childs | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Edward Butler, Peter Cremer, Karl Dönitz

Votes: 118

49. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)

Comedy

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The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Ann Hamilton, Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen

Votes: 363

50. Frost on Sunday (1968–1970)
Episode: Frost at the London Palladium for the British Film and Television Awards (1970)

Comedy, Talk-Show

8.3
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A departure from the usual Wembley studio as Frost presents the star-studded awards with help from his usual mix of regulars and guest artistes.

Director: Philip Casson | Stars: David Frost, Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker, Josephine Tewson

Votes: 23