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1. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, June Barry

Votes: 761

2. The First Churchills (1969– )

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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The television dramatization of the lives of John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough and his wife Sarah.

Stars: John Neville, Susan Hampshire, John Standing, Robert Robinson

Votes: 167

3. Forever Green (1989–1992)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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Jack Boult, a former rally driver, and his second wife Harriet, who used to be a nurse, move from the bustle of London to start a new life in a cottage in the Somerset countryside, together... See full summary »

Stars: Pauline Collins, John Alderton, Paola Dionisotti, Wendy van der Plank

Votes: 42

4. The Barchester Chronicles (1982– )

385 min | Drama

8.3
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When a crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires, scandal taints the cozy community of Barchester when their local church becomes the object of a scathing, investigative report.

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Janet Maw, Nigel Hawthorne, Angela Pleasence

Votes: 897

5. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )

350 min | Drama

8.3
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In a drunken and disheartened state, Michael Henchard sells his wife at a fair. When he becomes sober again he realises what he has done, and though unable to find his wife and child, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Bates, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway, Anna Massey

Votes: 238

6. The Strauss Family (1972– )

60 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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A seven-part mini-series produced in England about Vienna's Strauss family in the 19th-century. Members of the London Symphony Orchestra provided the music.

Stars: Stuart Wilson, Anne Stallybrass, Barbara Ferris, Christopher Benjamin

Votes: 79

7. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: Family Values (1998)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.3
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After his invalid brother drowns in his remote garden pond, Tom Carter hires Hetty to investigate his housekeeper, whom he suspects of larceny.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, Suzanne Maddock

Votes: 26

8. Drummonds (1985– )

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Stars: Richard Pasco, Ciaran Madden, Anthony Calf, Shaughan Seymour

Votes: 11

9. The Story of the Costume Drama (2008– )

60 min | Documentary

8.2
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This documentary series looks at the enduring appeal of the British costume drama genre, and features clips and interviews with both the stars and those who worked behind the camera.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Kathryn Flett, Barbara Flynn, Michael Grade

Votes: 33

10. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
Episode: The Happiest Days of Your Life: Part 2 (1993)

Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Charley and Mariette decide to buy the brewery; the whole family repairs the twins' boarding school.

Director: David Giles | Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Abigail Rokison, Stephanie Ralph

Votes: 24

11. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: The Silver Spoon (1967)

Drama, Romance

8.2
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Unable to negotiate a satisfactory settlement, the libel action against Fleur Mont goes to court. Soames has laid the groundwork for a successful defence and with an effective barrister, ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: John Bailey, George Benson, Caroline Blakiston, David Brook

Votes: 12

12. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: Woman of the Year (1997)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.2
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Hetty goes undercover as a battered wife in an isolated shelter after an abused woman is accidentally killed fleeing her husband under questionable circumstances.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 26

13. A Family at War (1970–1972)

60 min | Drama, War

8.1
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How the events of WW 2 affected various members of a lower middle class family in Liverpool, the emphasis being on life on the home front.

Stars: Colin Douglas, Barbara Flynn, Lesley Nunnerley, Coral Atkins

Votes: 202

14. Fame Is the Spur (1982– )

50 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: David Hayman, Tim Pigott-Smith, Joanna David, Phyllida Law

Votes: 12

15. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
Episode: A Breath of French Air: Part 1 (1991)

Comedy, Drama

8.1
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The whole family go on holiday to France, a holiday which gets off to a bad start. However, when the family car is seen to have a crest on it, it is assumed that they are titled nobility. ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 29

16. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: A Man of Property (1967)

Drama, Romance

8.1
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Soames hires Philip Bosiney to build him a house at Robin Hill. He accepts the design Bosinney has come up with and the price, which is considerably more than he had planned to spend. June ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Kenneth More, Eric Porter, John Bennett, Maggie Jones

Votes: 17

17. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: Daughter of the Regiment (1997)

TV-PG | 50 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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A well-to-do woman hires Hetty to find out why her soon-to-be-married daughter is being stalked and photographed by a stranger in the village.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, Mel Martin

Votes: 27

18. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: Decisions (1967)

Drama, Romance

8.1
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Rumors abound that Irene Forsyte and Philip Bosinney are having an affair.Young Jolyon and Helene see Philip Bosinney and a beautiful woman meeting secretly. Young Jolyon had met Philip at ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Bart Allison, June Barry, John Bennett, Olwen Brookes

Votes: 16

19. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
Episode: Oh! To Be in England: Part 1 (1992)

Comedy, Drama

8.1
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Mariette gives birth to a boy, John Blenheim, and, when the vicar, Reverend Candy, comes to see about the christening, he persuades the Larkins to have all their children baptised. Primrose... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 27

20. Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985)

153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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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.

Stars: Joan Hickson, Ursula Howells, Samantha Bond, Simon Shepherd

Votes: 1,343

21. Richard II (1978 TV Movie)

158 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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The incompetent Richard II is deposed by Henry Bolingbroke and undergoes a crisis of identity once he is no longer king.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Gielgud, Jon Finch, Wendy Hiller

Votes: 223

22. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: A Family Festival (1967)

Drama, Romance

8.0
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In 1879 London, we are introduced to the rich upper middle class Forsyte family. The nominal head of the family is Jolyon Forsyte, the eldest of several brothers and sisters, referred to as... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Kenneth More, Joseph O'Conor, Fay Compton, Nora Nicholson

Votes: 20

23. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: All Stitched Up (1997)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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DCI Adams recruits Hetty to pose as the Irish sister of a local woman who is being preyed upon by a teenage thief and vandal.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 26

24. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: Birth of a Forsyte (1967)

Drama, Romance

8.0
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Irene and Jolyon are named as co-respondents by Soames in divorce proceedings but the suit only serves to draw them closer together. When the divorce is finalized, Jolyon and Irene marry ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Terence Alexander, John Barcroft, John Baskcomb, Mischa De La Motte

Votes: 16

25. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: Dinner at Swithin's (1967)

Drama, Romance

8.0
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It is now 1886 and with her grandfather's permission, 17 year-old June Forsyte becomes engaged to architect Philip Bosinney. Old Jolyon sets conditions on their marriage - Philip must earn ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Kenneth More, Eric Porter, Mischa De La Motte, Bart Allison

Votes: 17

26. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1978)

Drama

8.0
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Michael remarries Susan. He hires Donald Farfrae to manage his business but there is tension between them. Michael's standing goes down and, unable to take any more, Donald leaves him to set up a business in opposition to Michael.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anne Stallybrass, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 6

27. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.6 (1978)

Drama

8.0
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A drunk Michael disrupts Prince Albert's visit to Casterbridge, which angers Donald. Jopp discloses some of Lucetta's and the townspeople decide to humiliate her. Shocked, she collapses and dies. Newson turns up looking for Elizabeth-Jane.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anna Massey, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 5

28. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.7 (1978)

Drama

8.0
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Newson unexpectedly returns to Casterbridge and Michael promptly decides to leave the town. Newson and Elizabeth-Jane are reunited and then she and Donald get married. Elizabeth-Jane is angry when Michael appears at the wedding.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway, Richard Owens

Votes: 5

29. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: Portrait of Fleur (1967)

Drama, Romance

8.0
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Fleur goes to Harold Blade's studio for her portrait sitting but she sees Jon and Anne there as she too is having her portrait done. When she learns that Jon will also have his portrait ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: June Barry, George Benson, Jonathan Burn, David Cargill

Votes: 13

30. Henry IV Part I (1979 TV Movie)

148 min | Drama

7.9
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Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Rob Edwards, Robert Brown

Votes: 154

31. Henry IV Part II (1979 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama

7.9
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Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Rob Edwards, Martin Neil

Votes: 105

32. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: A Family Scandal (1967)

Drama, Romance

7.9
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Young Jolyon's affair with his former nanny is now widely known and he asks his wife Frances for a divorce. Old Jolyon has become aware as well and takes his son to task for abandoning ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Kenneth More, Eric Porter, Mischa De La Motte, Clifford Parrish

Votes: 17

33. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: In the Web (1967)

Drama, Romance

7.9
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Jolyan returns hurriedly from Paris, sad at leaving Irene for whom he has developed deep affection, but feeling it is important to be home now that Jolly has enlisted in the Imperial ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Terence Alexander, John Barcroft, June Barry, John Baskcomb

Votes: 15

34. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
Episode: Oh! To Be in England: Part 2 (1992)

Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Pop comes across a fun-fair owned by his friend Fruity Pears, though it is losing money. Fruity tells off two teddy boys for causing trouble and they attack and hospitalize him, also ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 24

35. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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The life of the Larkin family, farmers in Kent.

Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Stephanie Ralph, Philip Franks

Votes: 1,201

36. Just William (1994–1995)

30 min

7.8
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In this remake, William Brown remains the story concentrate of an English boy. No matter what trouble his elders, and -worse- the insufferable 'good girl' Violet Elizabeth Bott who manages ... See full summary »

Stars: Oliver Rokison, David Horovitch, Polly Adams, Rebecca Johnson

Votes: 24

37. Hamlet (I) (1970 TV Movie)

Drama

7.8
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Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the Prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Faith Brook, Susan Fleetwood, Ian McKellen, John Woodvine

Votes: 32

38. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
Episode: A Breath of French Air: Part 2 (1991)

Comedy, Drama

7.8
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A jealous Charley gets drunk when Mariette refuses to go on the local miniature railway, preferring to stay on the beach with the admiring local boys. Pop sobers him up and effects a ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 26

39. The Darling Buds of May (1991–1993)
Episode: Christmas Is Coming (1991)

51 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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The holidays are disrupted by a prison break.

Director: David Giles | Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 28

40. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1978– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1978)

Drama

7.8
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Michael Henchard sold his wife and daughter when drunk 18 years ago. Now, his wife has come for him with their daughter, only to find out that he is now the mayor of Casterbridge. She is reluctant to meet him but he wants to see her.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Alan Bates, Anne Stallybrass, Janet Maw, Jack Galloway

Votes: 6

41. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: How Time Flies (1998)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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A self-taught expert in antique clocks is being stalked because of a clock in his possession and calls on Hetty for help.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, Frank Mills

Votes: 24

42. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: Indian Summer of a Forsyte (1967)

Drama, Romance

7.8
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Most everyone is upset at the death of Philip Bosinney. Young Jolyon suspects that it may have been a suicide - his cousin George Forsyte told him of his encounter with Bosinney in the ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: June Barry, A.J. Brown, Roy Denton, Sarah Harter

Votes: 18

43. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: Into the Dark (1967)

Drama, Romance

7.8
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After Soames forced his way into her bed, Irene packs her bags and has moved into a small hotel. She refuses to move in with Philip Bosinney fearing that it would ruin his career. When he ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Eric Porter, Terence Alexander, Bart Allison, John Barcroft

Votes: 16

44. The Barchester Chronicles (1982– )
Episode: Part 7 (1982)

Drama

7.8
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Mrs. Proudie is clearly in charge again and Bishop Proudie announces that Mr. Quiverful is to become the new Warden of the hospital. Obadiah Slope's objections fall on deaf ears as does his... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Trevor Baxter, Jonathan Adams, Maggie Jones

Votes: 22

45. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: The Pursuit of Happiness (1967)

Drama, Romance

7.8
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Wnifred is distraught when she finds a promissory note in her husband's jacket and realizes that he owes £500. He assures her that her father will no doubt be generous when their child is ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Eric Porter, Kenneth More, Garry Marsh, Maggie Jones

Votes: 17

46. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: The Winslow Boy (1977)

Drama

7.8
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In pre-WW1 England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, but his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Simon Chandler, Ann Beach, Eric Porter

Votes: 20

47. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)

120 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Charles Gray, Eric Porter, Lally Bowers, John Gielgud

Votes: 75

48. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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Stars: Donald Sinden, Robin Chadwick, Deborah Lavin, Helen Lindsay

Votes: 26

49. Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1996–1998)
Episode: A Rose by Any Other Name (1997)

TV-PG | 49 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.7
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The family of a recently widowed older woman suspect the man she's involved with is a fortune hunter, so they hire Hetty to expose him.

Director: David Giles | Stars: Patricia Routledge, Derek Benfield, Dominic Monaghan, John Graham-Davies

Votes: 29

50. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )
Episode: Afternoon at Ascot (1967)

50 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Fleur and Jon meet again after 7 years when she stops in at her Aunt Winifred's, purportedly to check the strike's canteen accounts, but really to see him. She invites Winifred, Holly ... See full summary »

Director: David Giles | Stars: Andrew Armour, June Barry, George Benson, Jonathan Burn

Votes: 11