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1. China: Between Clouds and Dreams (2016)

Documentary

9.7
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Documentary series exploring the everyday lives of people throughout China, combining personal stories and natural history to create a rarely seen portrait of what life is really like in the world's most populous nation.

Star: Paul McGann

Votes: 20

2. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Homemaking (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.7
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To create their hugely varied homes, animals become potters and plasterers, weavers and needleworkers, miners, masons, scaffolders, thatchers and sculptors.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 21

3. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Living Together (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.7
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Whole communities of different kinds of animals have been committed by evolution to live together. We show how some of these animal partnerships are ancient and intricate, whilst others are... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 21

4. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-G | 533 min | Documentary

9.5
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Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allen

Votes: 118,291

5. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Finding Food (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.4
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Finding enough to eat is a problem which faces every animal on the planet and since animals - unlike plants - cannot manufacture their own food, they have to eat other organisms which, by and large, don't welcome the experience.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 21

6. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Hunting and Escaping (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.3
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Kill or die. Escape or perish. Such life and death duels are fought on a daily basis in the wild between assassins and their victims and have fuelled a long evolutionary arms race.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 27

7. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Talking to Strangers (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.3
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An exploration of the enormous variety of ways in which animals communicate and then by imitating or adopting some of these, David Attenborough demonstrates how he is able to "talk" to animals.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 21

8. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: Waiting for the Telegram (1998)

30 min | Drama

9.3
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Violet is a confused, elderly woman in a nursing home who has been told by the excited staff she will soon be receiving a congratulatory telegram from the Queen in honour of her one ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Star: Thora Hird

Votes: 13

9. A French Affair (2003 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary

9.2
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Director: Phil Agland

Votes: 5

10. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Friends and Rivals (1990)

47 min | Documentary

9.2
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Many animals find it advantageous, essential even, to live in social groups where recognising friends and respecting the power of rivals is vital. However there are problems: inevitable ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 21

11. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Growing Up (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.2
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For some baby animals, the care of diligent parents smooths the way to adulthood. Whereas others are abandoned before their childhood is over. But whether cared for or not, the main trial ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 25

12. Life (2009– )

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

9.1
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David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Oprah Winfrey, Doug Allen, Michael Pitts

Votes: 27,436

13. One Fine Day (1979 TV Movie)

95 min

9.1
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George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Dave Allen, Robert Stephens, Dominic Guard, Barbara Leigh-Hunt

Votes: 15

14. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Continuing the Line (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.1
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A look at the ingenious strategies employed by animals in their desperate attempts to find and retain a mate.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 22

15. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Fighting (1990)

49 min | Documentary

9.1
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Fighting is most usually an expression of competition - for food, for land or for a mate. But all fights do not have to be expressed with physical violence. Some are also ritualised ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 19

16. Frozen Planet (2011– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

9.0
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Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

Stars: David Attenborough, Alec Baldwin, Chadden Hunter, Ted Giffords

Votes: 14,624

17. The Blue Planet (2001– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary

9.0
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Mammoth series, five years in the making, taking a look at the rich tapestry of life in the world's oceans.

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, David Attenborough, Jason Roberts

Votes: 16,165

18. The Trials of Life (1990– )

Documentary

9.0
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Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,241

19. China: Beyond the Clouds (1994 TV Movie)

240 min | Documentary

8.9
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Director: Phil Agland | Star: Lisa Lu

Votes: 48

20. Objects of Affection (1982– )
Episode: A Woman of No Importance (1982)

48 min | Drama

8.8
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A middle-aged woman contemplates her life after she is admitted to hospital.

Director: Giles Foster | Star: Patricia Routledge

Votes: 67

21. Life (2009– )
Episode: Challenges of Life (2009)

TV-G | 58 min | Documentary

8.8
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David Attenborough shows us how some animals have evolved new hunting, mating and parental techniques to help them survive the challenges of life.

Stars: David Attenborough, Doug Allen, David Baillie, Martha Holmes

Votes: 417

22. Life (2009– )
Episode: Plants (2009)

TV-G | 61 min | Documentary

8.8
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Flora has evolved to live in extreme conditions and a wide variety of locations and seen as the eldest 'creatures' on the planet. Their struggle for life, like animals (only usually much ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Mick Connaire, Neil Lucas, Tim Shepherd

Votes: 267

23. Life (2009– )
Episode: Reptiles & Amphibians (2009)

TV-G | 62 min | Documentary

8.8
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Reptilians survive from the age of the Saurians, but if many look Ancient that's because their early and sometimes relatively recent adaptations to widely varied conditions worldwide still ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Kevin Flay, Matthew Swarbrick, Oprah Winfrey

Votes: 337

24. Life in the Freezer (1993– )

30 min | Documentary

8.7
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Series exploring the natural history of Antarctica.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 1,109

25. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )

Drama

8.7
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Stars: Eileen Atkins, David Haig, Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge

Votes: 120

26. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: A Chip in the Sugar (1988)

Drama

8.7
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Mild, middle-aged Graham Whittaker (who we learn is a repressed homosexual with a history of mild mental health problems) finds life becoming complicated as his mother, with whom he still ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Star: Alan Bennett

Votes: 15

27. Planet Earth (2006)
Episode: From Pole to Pole (2006)

TV-G | 49 min | Documentary

8.7
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"Planet Earth" travels around the Earth, finding where the sun always shines and where it's rarely seen. Next, they find where water is abundant and where it's scarce.

Director: Alastair Fothergill | Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Mike Holding, Tania Jenkins

Votes: 2,135

28. Life (2009– )
Episode: Insects (2009)

TV-G | 62 min | Documentary

8.7
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Insects and - species outnumber all higher animals by far. Their immense variety reflect adaptation to an extreme range of ecological conditions, even gravely toxic ones. Especially the ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Lincoln Brower, Tim Fogg, Jim Spickler

Votes: 267

29. Fox (1980– )

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Bernard Hill, Derrick O'Connor, Larry Lamb, Ray Winstone

Votes: 66

30. Talking Heads (1987– )

Drama

8.6
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Six monologues tell the stories of six different repressed souls: a man dominated by his mother, a vicar's wife, an inveterate letter writer, a hopeful actress, a recently widowed woman, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Bennett, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge

Votes: 234

31. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Courting (1990)

49 min | Documentary

8.6
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In the animal kingdom all sorts of methods are employed to attract the best mate from singing, to fantastical displays of plumage, to stylish dance routines, and more violent strategies ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 26

32. Life (2009– )
Episode: Creatures of the Deep (2009)

TV-G | 62 min | Documentary

8.6
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Marine invertebrates, the descendants of one billion years of evolutionary history, are the most abundant creatures in the ocean. In the Sea of Cortez, packs of Humboldt squid make ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Doug Allen, David Jones, Michael Pitts

Votes: 260

33. Shoestring (1979–1980)
Episode: Find the Lady (1979)

Drama

8.6
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Rock singer Toola asks Eddie to dissuade her sacked bass player Mole from his belief that his beauty queen girlfriend Chrissie was killed out of jealousy by the band's manager Malcolm ... See full summary »

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Trevor Eve, Michael Medwin, Doran Godwin, Liz Crowther

Votes: 8

34. Life (2009– )
Episode: Fish (2009)

TV-G | 61 min | Documentary

8.6
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Countless fish fill the seas and almost all other waters on the blue planet, some even visit or invade bordering land. Evolution created a huge variety in size, shape, defense means etc., ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Doug Anderson, Anthony Mendillo, Rick Rosenthal

Votes: 292

35. Life (2009– )
Episode: Mammals (2009)

TV-G | 62 min | Documentary

8.6
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Mammals dominate the planet. They do it through having warm blood and by the care they lavish on their young. Filming in the bitter Antarctic winter reveal how a mother Weddell seal wears ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Simon Blakeney, Nick Guy, Roger Munns

Votes: 308

36. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (1998)

45 min | Drama

8.6
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Miss Fozzard, a spinster in late middle age who works in a department store, is slightly ridiculous, but aware that she is. Her emotionally-impoverished life takes a definite turn for the ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Garland | Star: Patricia Routledge

Votes: 14

37. The Jewel in the Crown (1984)

778 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.5
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The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James, Wendy Morgan, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 1,568

38. Wildlife Specials (1995– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Occasional series of one-off documentaries, each examining the lifestyle of a particular animal.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 424

39. The Waterloo Bridge Handicap (1978)

21 min | Comedy, Short

8.5
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A commuter's race to catch a rush-hour train, narrated in the style of a horse race.

Director: Ross Cramer | Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Lynda Bellingham, Tricia George, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 28

40. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Arriving (1990)

49 min | Documentary

8.5
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The first dangerous step into a hazardous world. From egg laying to live-bearing mammals have adopted an extraordinary variety of techniques to give birth, but the release of an egg to the ... See full summary »

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 28

41. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: Bed Among the Lentils (1988)

Drama

8.5
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Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shop keeper, distracts herself from her ambitious, and, ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Bennett, Stuart Burge | Star: Maggie Smith

Votes: 44

42. Life (2009– )
Episode: Primates (2009)

TV-G | 62 min | Documentary

8.5
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Primates include apes, monkeys and even more primitive simians, such as lemurs. Thanks to their intelligence, the higher primates take adaptation beyond anatomical evolution: their behavior... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Justine Evans, Tatyana Humle, Oprah Winfrey

Votes: 249

43. The History Man (1981– )

206 min | Drama

8.4
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Ardently left-wing, or so it seems, Howard Kirk subtly extends his power over students and colleagues alike at a redbrick university.

Stars: Antony Sher, Geraldine James, Isla Blair, Laura Davenport

Votes: 71

44. Past Caring (1985 TV Movie)

77 min | Drama

8.4
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67 year-old Victor is forced to move into an old people's home but he prefers to grow old disgracefully.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Emlyn Williams, Connie Booth, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 15

45. Baka: A Cry from the Rainforest (2012)

89 min | Documentary

8.4
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Director: Phil Agland

Votes: 12

46. Shanghai Vice (1999– )

50 min

8.4
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Star: Ian Holm

Votes: 17

47. Life (2009– )
Episode: Birds (2009)

TV-G | 62 min | Documentary

8.4
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Birds descend from dinosaurs who developed feathers. Those allow most of them to fly, which few other vertebrates can. Some birds gave up flying, like penguins, who specialize in diving and... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Barrie Britton, Stephen Lyle, Simon Ullo

Votes: 272

48. The Trials of Life (1990– )
Episode: Finding the Way (1990)

48 min | Documentary

8.4
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How do animals find their way around the globe with such extraordinary accuracy - an accuracy which we have only been able to match in recent years with satellite navigation.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 22

49. Life (2009– )
Episode: Hunters and Hunted (2009)

TV-G | 61 min | Documentary

8.4
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The struggle of life is often based on 'eat (and/)or be eaten'. Therefore evolutionary success is largely defined in terms of skills to survive as prey and/or hunter. Mammals are ... See full summary »

Stars: David Attenborough, Adam Chapman, Michael Pitts, Oprah Winfrey

Votes: 257

50. Bergerac (1981–1991)
Episode: Ice Maiden (1983)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Philippa Vale is a lady with a reputation as a jewel thief so that, when she comes to Jersey on the eve of George Thomas's private auction of a diamond worth a quarter of a million pounds, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Tronson | Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold, Liza Goddard

Votes: 18