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1. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)
Episode: Episode #11.51 (2003)

TV-14 | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Director: Allan Kartun | Stars: Ian McKellen, Petra Nemcova, Joel Godard, Conan O'Brien

Votes: 7

2. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )

Documentary

9.5
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John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

Stars: John Barton, David Suchet, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard

Votes: 140

3. The Graham Norton Show (2007– )
Episode: Hugh Jackman/Sir Patrick Stewart/Sir Ian McKellen/James Blunt (2017)

48 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

9.5
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Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart discuss their upcoming X-Men movie Logan (2017); Ian McKellen talks about his role in the upcoming Disney live-action remake Beauty and the Beast (2017); ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Smith | Stars: Graham Norton, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 25

4. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )
Episode: The Two Traditions (1982)

50 min | Documentary

9.5
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Contrasting Shakespeare's elevated language with modern naturalistic speech.

Director: Peter Walker | Stars: John Barton, Mike Gwilym, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow

Votes: 6

5. The South Bank Show (1978– )
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2004)

Documentary

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Star: Ian McKellen

Votes: 5

6. The London Programme (1975– )

60 min

9.2
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Stars: Trevor Phillips, Godfrey Hodgson, John Taylor, Andrew Phillips

Votes: 19

7. Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen (2009 TV Special)

25 min

9.2
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Premio Donostia translates to The Donostia Award. It is an honorific award given every year to either one, two or several actors and occasionally to directors. It is awarded during the San ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Rodríguez | Stars: Saffron Burrows, Pilar López de Ayala, Samira Makhmalbaf, Ian McKellen

Votes: 30

8. Churchill (2003– )
Episode: The Lion's Roar (2004)

Documentary, Biography, History

9.2
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Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill

Votes: 8

9. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )
Episode: Using the Verse (1982)

49 min | Documentary

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John Barton and company examine blank verse. Its strengths and particularities are discussed in great detail. Members of the cast try out various readings.

Director: John Carlaw | Stars: John Barton, Sinéad Cusack, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow

Votes: 5

10. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Wedding (2015)

22 min | Comedy

9.1
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The wedding day brings the whole group together but as always, it doesn't go to plan.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 133

11. Great Canal Journeys (2014– )

9.0
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Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel across canals in both Britain and Europe.

Stars: Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Juliet West, Samuel West

Votes: 106

12. Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014– )
Episode: Actors on Actors (2015)

Talk-Show

9.0
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Director: Rob Schroeder | Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 6

13. Charlie Rose (1991– )
Episode: Episode dated 8 March 1999 (1999)

54 min | News, Talk-Show

9.0
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A Remembrance Of Joe Dimaggio; A Remembrance Of Stanley Kubrick; An Interview With Ian Mckellen

Stars: Roger Angell, Yogi Berra, Richard Ben Cramer, Mario Cuomo

Votes: 7

14. Shakespeare Uncovered (2012– )
Episode: King Lear with Christopher Plummer (2015)

52 min | Documentary

9.0
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Christopher Plummer discusses William Shakespeare's King Lear with Jonathan Miller, Ian McKellen and Simmon Russell Beale.

Stars: Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Miller, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 5

15. Churchill (2003– )
Episode: The Last Prize (2003)

Documentary, Biography, History

9.0
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Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Anthony Montague Browne, Arabella Churchill, Clementine Churchill

Votes: 5

16. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,321,751 | Gross: $377.02M

17. Troldspejlet (1989– )

25 min

8.9
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Jakob Stegelmann reviews upcoming movies, video and dvd releases, video games, comic books, and role playing games.

Stars: Jakob Stegelmann, Christopher Hedegaard Andersen, Jens Olesen, Sonny Lahey

Votes: 266

18. Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare (1982 TV Movie)

90 min

8.9
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Ian McKellen, alone on stage, with no props or scenery, performs monologues from Shakespeare and discusses some of his plays.

Director: Kirk Browning | Star: Ian McKellen

Votes: 58

19. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: Episode #9.5 (2002)

Talk-Show

8.9
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Interviewee: Ian McKellen

Stars: James Lipton, Ian McKellen

Votes: 16

20. The Simpsons (1989– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.8
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith

Votes: 294,300

21. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,342,421 | Gross: $313.84M

22. Tales of the City (1993– )

Unrated | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.8
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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (A Man I Dreamt Up).

Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

Votes: 1,973

23. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.8
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Wide-ranging arts program.

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

Votes: 126

24. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (2004 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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You play the events of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, both with the Fellowship of the Ring and the larger War of the Ring.

Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Votes: 1,368

25. Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage (2016 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

8.8
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Documentary celebrating the life and career of the veteran actress, looking back at the high points of her 60-year career on stage and screen. With clips of her greatest performances and tributes from those she has worked with.

Director: Francis Whately | Stars: Samantha Bond, Pierce Brosnan, Billy Connolly, Daniel Craig

Votes: 12

26. Great West End Theatres (2012)

65 min | Documentary, History

8.8
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Directed by Marc Sinden and produced by Jo Gilbert, Great West End Theatres is an enjoyable, informed and informative stroll around London's famed Theatreland in the company of the ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Sinden | Stars: Donald Sinden, Anthony Andrews, Michael Ball, Steven Berkoff

Votes: 10

27. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Anniversary (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.8
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Freddie and Stuart are having a party to celebrate their 49th anniversary. Ash accidentally invites Stuart's mother Mildred, who doesn't know her son is gay.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 169

28. Who Do You Think You Are? (2004– )
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2017)

Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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The actor and civil-rights activist delves into his family history and discovers one of his ancestors was a Victorian political activist, another was linked to the theatre. He learns his family have a link to an ancient landmark.

Director: Leo Burley | Stars: Ian McKellen, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 17

29. Doctor Who (2005– )

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

8.7
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The further adventures of the time travelling alien adventurer known as the Doctor and his/her companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith, David Tennant

Votes: 163,365

30. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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88 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,198,032 | Gross: $340.48M

31. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

8.7
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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their careers.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Arthur Penn

Votes: 4,356

32. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king (2006 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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After the death of Isildur and with the missing of the ring. The Witch King plans to attack to dunedain kingdom of Arnor and take control of the north.

Director: Jill Eckhart | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Votes: 1,172

33. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Flatmates (2015)

22 min | Comedy

8.7
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After Freddie and Stuart have a falling out, Stuart moves in with Ash and Violet moves in with Freddie.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 129

34. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: Hedda Gabler (1972)

Drama

8.7
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Hedda Gabler is a beautiful woman married to the solid and respectable academic George Tesman. Then an old flame, the dreamer Eilert Lovborg, turns up on the scene with tragic results.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Janet Suzman, Ian McKellen, Tom Bell, Jane Asher

Votes: 33

35. Extras (2005–2007)
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2006)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Andy's school mate Steve Sherwood visits him on set and inspires Darren to ask Maggie out on a date. Wanting to be recognized more for his acting abilities, Andy auditions for a new play directed by Sir Ian McKellen.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 563

36. The Daily Show (1996– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.6
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Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Craig Kilborn

Votes: 37,757

37. The Colbert Report (2005–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.6
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Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

Votes: 33,478

38. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (1963) approaching, former Doctors Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy try to sneak onto the set of the anniversary special.

Director: Peter Davison | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Olivia Colman, Peter Davison, Louis Davison

Votes: 1,258

39. Shakespeare Uncovered (2012– )

55 min | Documentary

8.6
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Various actors discuss Shakespeare plays. Each episode is presented by one actor and, in most cases, the actor discusses one play. However, some episodes cover more than one play. For ... See full summary »

Stars: Harriet Walter, Simon Russell Beale, Vanessa Redgrave, Ian McKellen

Votes: 128

40. The Academy: Special (2012 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Director: Peter Hinton | Stars: Ian McKellen, Jonathan Hyde, Sylvester McCoy, Frances Barber

Votes: 14

41. The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.6
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Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Rafe Esquith, Ian McKellen, Michael York

Votes: 110

42. BBC Show of the Week (1965–1975)

60 min | Music

8.6
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Stars: The Irving Davies Dancers, Keith Michell, Tony Bennett, Sacha Distel

Votes: 7

43. Peter Tatchell: Just Who Does He Think He Is? (2004)

60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Profile of the gay UK activist Peter Tatchell with interviews by Sir Ian McKellen, Ivan Massow and Michael Cashman.

Director: Max Barber | Stars: Stephen Bourne, Michael Cashman, Ivan Massow, Ian McKellen

Votes: 7

44. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Dinner Party (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.6
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Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his vegan girlfriend Chloe for dinner. But things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 169

45. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Sister (2015)

23 min | Comedy

8.6
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Worried that her wealthy sister Lillian will discover the truth about a few white lies she's told, Violet and her friends begin a plan to save her from humiliation.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 168

46. The Academy Part 2: First Impressions (2009 Video)

Comedy

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Director: Peter Hinton | Stars: Rebecca Alexander, Anoushka Arden, Frances Barber, Tori Butler Hart

Votes: 8

47. Middle-earth: There and Back Again (2014 TV Movie)

60 min

8.5
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Director: Dan Storey | Stars: Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Philippa Boyens

Votes: 15

48. Cubism: Pet Shop Boys in Concert - Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2007 Video)

114 min | Music

8.5
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Director: David Barnard | Stars: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Sylvia Mason-James, Nick Clow

Votes: 51

49. Vicious (2013– )
Episode: Ballroom (2015)

22 min | Comedy

8.5
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The gang decides to join Ash and Jess at a ballroom dancing class while Ash decides to take his relationship with Jess to the next level.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 119

50. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Snowmen (2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.5
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London, 1892. Snow is trying to evolve, feeding off of the nightmares of a little girl. But the Doctor has given up on saving the world. It is up to a young governess named Clara to convince him, with just one word, to save the day.

Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Tom Ward, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 4,243