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1. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.9
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Wide-ranging arts programme.

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

Votes: 110

2. Roads to Freedom (1970– )

50 min | Drama

8.8
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Stars: Michael Bryant, Colin Baker, Daniel Massey, Alison Fiske

Votes: 71

3. Edge of Darkness (1985 TV Mini-Series)

307 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice

Votes: 2,848

4. Arena (1975– )
Episode: Alec Guinness: A Secret Man (2003)

90 min | Documentary

8.6
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Arena documentary chronicles the life and work of one of Britain's greatest actors.

Director: David Thompson | Stars: Eileen Atkins, Frith Banbury, Sam Beazley, Simon Callow

Votes: 14

5. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: Mr. Axelford's Angel (1974)

Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Director: John Frankau | Stars: Julia Foster, Michael Bryant, Lally Bowers, Jacqueline Stanbury

Votes: 22

6. Oppenheimer (1980 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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Biography of the American physicist who led the U.S. effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War II, only to find himself suspected as a security risk in the 1950s because of his ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Waterston, John Carson, Christopher Muncke, Jana Shelden

Votes: 269

7. Carrie's War (1974– )

25 min | Family

8.4
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Carrie and Peter Willow have been sent to the countryside and are taken in by the Evanses with there auntie Lou and the scary Mr Evans. The Willows are quite happy here. They like to go to ... See full summary »

Stars: Juliet Waley, Andrew Tinney, Tim Coward, Aubrey Richards

Votes: 22

8. Edge of Darkness (1985– )
Episode: Breakthrough (1985)

53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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McCroon breaks into Craven's house intent on killing him. Craven demands McCroon tell him who he is working for but McCroon is shot by a police marksman before he can say anything. Through ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Jack Watson, Charles Kay

Votes: 58

9. The Main Chance (1969–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Yorkshire Television's hugely successful legal drama, The Main Chance, was so fast-paced that even the opening credits were played over images of a speeding train... See full synopsis »

Stars: John Stride, Margaret Ashcroft, John Wentworth, Anna Palk

Votes: 26

10. Achilles Heel (1973 TV Movie)

70 min | Drama

8.0
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A professional footballer suffers an injury which could jeopardize his career.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Alan Barry, Karen Boyes, Kenneth Cranham, Fred Griffiths

Votes: 5

11. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Nuts in May (1976)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet elude them.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Roger Sloman, Alison Steadman, Anthony O'Donnell, Sheila Kelley

Votes: 1,317

12. 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: 156

13. Wessex Tales (1973– )
Episode: Barbara of the House of Grebe (1973)

Drama

7.6
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Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Nick Brimble, Ben Kingsley, Joanna McCallum, Leslie Sands

Votes: 8

14. The Duellists (1977)

PG | 100 min | Drama, War

7.5
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A duel between two feuding Napoleonic officers eventually evolves into a decades-long series of duels, after each bout - for various reasons - ends unresolved.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox

Votes: 14,840

15. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

7.4
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Series of one-off plays made by BBC television which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 60s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer and John Hopkins. ... See full summary »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Ken Jones

Votes: 54

16. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Gritty British-made police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam. Cynical Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" van der Valk and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings and political corruption.

Stars: Barry Foster, Michael Latimer, Joanna Dunham, Susan Travers

Votes: 145

17. Lady Jane (1986)

PG-13 | 142 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward, is on his deathbed. Anxious to keep England true to the Reformation, a ... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Nunn | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern

Votes: 5,142 | Gross: $0.28M

18. The Promoter (1952)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy

7.2
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A charming and ambitious young man finds many ways to raise himself through the ranks in business and social standing- some honest, some not quite so. If he can just manage to avoid a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame | Stars: Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson, Petula Clark

Votes: 878

19. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1970)

G | 100 min | Drama

7.2
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Fly-on-the-wall treatment of an ordinary day in the life of a prisoner in Stalin's Gulag. Closely adapted from Solzhenitsyn's classic novel based on his own experiences. Shot entirely on ... See full summary »

Director: Caspar Wrede | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Espen Skjønberg, Alf Malland, Frimann Falck Clausen

Votes: 399

20. Wessex Tales (1973 TV Mini-Series)

Drama

7.2
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Stars: Nick Brimble, John Hurt, Billie Whitelaw, Yvonne Antrobus

Votes: 18

21. Wetherby (1985)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery

7.1
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The mysterious death of an enigmatic young man newly arrived in the suburb of Wetherby releases the long-repressed, dark passions of some of its residents.

Director: David Hare | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Ian Holm, Judi Dench, Marjorie Yates

Votes: 1,110

22. Mistress of Suspense (1990– )

50 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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Based on Patricia Highsmith short stories. Displaying sinister atmosphere, delving into the darkest depths of human nature.

Stars: Anthony Perkins, Doug Rollins, Stéphane Freiss, Assumpta Serna

Votes: 37

23. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 30

24. Existence (1973)

105 min | Drama

7.0
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"The 14" or "Existance" has a mother of 14 children living in poor working class England falling sick and the children try to carry on as a family. Convincing acting from young actors raises this gritty tale above the horizon.

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: Jack Wild, June Brown, Liz Edmiston, John Bailey

Votes: 69

25. Van der Valk (1972–1992)
Episode: Blue Notes (1972)

52 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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When a world-famous Dutch violinist returns to Amsterdam for a rare performance, he receives a series of death threats. Someone even smashes his Stradivarius. Van der Valk can't fathom why ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Miller | Stars: Barry Foster, Michael Latimer, Susan Travers, Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 8

26. Luther (1974)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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A man's views cause a rift between peasants and the church.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Stacy Keach, Patrick Magee, Hugh Griffith, Robert Stephens

Votes: 242

27. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)

Drama

6.7
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Stars: Ralph Morse, John Bluthal, Gawn Grainger, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 54

28. S.O.S. Titanic (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History

6.3
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The Titanic disaster is depicted, primarily as seen through the eyes of one couple in each of the three classes on board.

Director: William Hale | Stars: David Janssen, Cloris Leachman, Harry Andrews, David Battley

Votes: 859

29. Summer Season (1985– )

55 min | Drama

6.3
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Stars: Tim Wylton, Marion Bailey, Charles Dale, Alan Bates

Votes: 19

30. Plenty (1985)

R | 121 min | Drama

6.1
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A young Englishwoman spends 20 years to make whatever kind of life for herself at the expense of others around her in post-World War 2 England.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Charles Dance, Tracey Ullman

Votes: 2,089

31. The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, War

5.9
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A group of young British soldiers billeted in Singapore of the year 1950 dreaming about winning the love of the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major.

Director: John Dexter | Stars: Lynn Redgrave, Hywel Bennett, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Patrick

Votes: 267

32. The Bride (1985)

PG-13 | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

5.3
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After years of research, the doctor finally succeeds in creating the perfect woman, who gets the name "Eva".

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Sting, Jennifer Beals, Anthony Higgins, Clancy Brown

Votes: 2,291 | Gross: $3.60M

33. Three Comedies of Marriage (1975– )

Drama

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Stars: Polly Adams, Michael Bryant, Margaret Burton, Joanna Craig

34. The Main Chance (1969–1975)
Episode: Acting for Self (1972)

51 min | Drama

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Director: Marc Miller | Stars: Maev Alexander, Margaret Ashcroft, Jan Carey, Matthew Guinness

35. Oppenheimer (1980– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1980)

Biography, Drama, History

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Oppenheimer is now in charge of the top-secret Manhattan Project, but his left-wing politics mean that he is constantly watched by the FBI and others.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Sam Waterston, Manning Redwood, Ed Devereaux, Edward Hardwicke

36. Carrie's War (1974– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1974)

Family

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Carrie and Nick are sent down to a place deep down in the forest called Druids bottom were they discover the Evanses sister, her house keeper Hepzibah and Carries crush Albert who has been sent here for the war.

Director: Paul Stone | Stars: Juliet Waley, Andrew Tinney, Rosalie Crutchley, Tim Coward

37. Oppenheimer (1980– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1980)

Biography, Drama, History

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Oppenheimer's extra-marital relationship with the neurotic Jean Tatlock comes to a tragic end.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Sam Waterston, Jana Shelden, David Baxt, John Morton

38. Carrie's War (1974– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1974)

Family

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Director: Paul Stone | Stars: Rosalie Crutchley, Andrew Tinney, Juliet Waley, Avril Elgar

39. Oppenheimer (1980– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1980)

Biography, Drama, History

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With the death of President Roosevelt, the future of the Manhattan Project seems doubtful. Oppenheimer finds himself more and more at loggerheads with Teller.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Sam Waterston, Manning Redwood, Roger Frazier, Christopher Muncke

40. Carrie's War (1974– )
Episode: Episode #1.4 (1974)

Family

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After Carrie discovers that Mister Evans has possession of the house Carrie makes a terrible choice that will destroy everything and they are asked home by there mother

Director: Paul Stone | Stars: Juliet Waley, Andrew Tinney, Rosalie Crutchley, Tim Coward

41. Oppenheimer (1980– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1980)

Biography, Drama, History

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The dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki bring the war to an end, but Oppenheimer's new status as a national hero is short-lived.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Sam Waterston, Milton Johns, Alexander Knox, Edward Hardwicke

42. Carrie's War (1974– )
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1974)

Family

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With Auntie Lou gone and only a few hours left until they go home Carrie discovers a new side of Mister Evans as she starts to think nothing bad is going to happen on her way home she sees ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Stone | Stars: Juliet Waley, Tim Coward, Andrew Tinney, Rosalie Crutchley

43. Oppenheimer (1980– )
Episode: Episode #1.7 (1980)

Biography, Drama, History

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Oppenheimer's examination by the committee proves disastrous and his career with the A.E.C. is finished, whilst that of his rival Teller flourishes.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Sam Waterston, Christopher Muncke, George Gabriel, Phil Brown

44. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: Friends and Other Lovers (1981)

Comedy, Drama

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Follows the life of Anna, who leaves school to become a prostitute. Three years later she becomes involved with a lecturer at a college in Oxford.

Director: John Frankau | Stars: Christine McKenna, Adam Bareham, Sara Clee, Simon Chandler

45. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Hello, Good Evening and Welcome (1968)

50 min | Drama

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A talk-show host is required to examine his conscience and also the ethics of "good television".

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Robert Hardy, Michael Robbins, Ralph Ball, Ruth Trouncer

46. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (1977)

Comedy, Drama

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A rock star is kidnapped at the end of a concert.The record company ask the question is he worth more dead than alive?

Director: Keith Hack | Stars: Ian Bannen, Don Fellows, Richard Griffiths, Matthew Guinness

47. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)
Episode: Lifelike (1980)

Drama

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Stars: Peter Clay, Paul Easom, Rob Edwards, Matthew Guinness

48. Three Comedies of Marriage (1975– )
Episode: One of the Family (1975)

Drama

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Director: Richard Martin | Stars: Polly Adams, Matthew Guinness

49. Roads to Freedom (1970– )
Episode: The Defeated: Part 1 (1970)

Drama

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Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Michael Bryant, Daniel Massey, Christopher Heywood, Norman Rossington

50. Roads to Freedom (1970– )
Episode: The Defeated: Part 2 (1970)

Drama

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Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Michael Bryant, Colin Baker, Georgia Brown, John Cater