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1. Strictly Courtroom (2008 TV Movie)

89 min | Documentary

9.2
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A look at the portrayals of courtroom trials in film history.

Director: Georgina Harvey | Stars: Martin Shaw, Clive Stafford Smith, Derek Malcolm, Stella Bruzzi

Votes: 51

2. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

9.1
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Stars: Brian Rix, Joby Blanshard, Cyril Luckham, John Bennett

Votes: 42

3. Branilac po sluzbenoj duznosti (1961 TV Movie)

Drama

9.1
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Director: Ante Viculin | Stars: Vanja Drach, Ivo Kadic, Fabijan Sovagovic

Votes: 10

4. Summer's Lease (1989– )
Episode: A Battlefield (1989)

Drama, Mystery

9.0
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Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Susan Fleetwood, John Gielgud, Michael Pennington, Rosemary Leach

Votes: 63

5. Summer's Lease (1989– )
Episode: The Urbino Trail (1989)

Drama, Mystery

9.0
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Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Susan Fleetwood, John Gielgud, Michael Pennington, Rosemary Leach

Votes: 63

6. Summer's Lease (1989– )
Episode: Villa to Let (1989)

Drama, Mystery

9.0
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Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Susan Fleetwood, John Gielgud, Michael Pennington, Leslie Phillips

Votes: 63

7. Summer's Lease (1989– )
Episode: Where the Water Goes (1989)

Drama, Mystery

9.0
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Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Susan Fleetwood, John Gielgud, Michael Pennington, Rosemary Leach

Votes: 63

8. Playdate (1961–1964)

60 min

8.8
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Stars: Gillie Fenwick, Gerard Parkes, Jack Creley, Drew Thompson

Votes: 8

9. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole on Trial (1992)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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When Rumpole is charged by Judge Oliphant with contempt of court and faces disbarment, Hilda persuades Sam Ballard to defend him.

Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Robin Bailey, James Grout

Votes: 50

10. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 5,130

11. Der Fluggast (1964 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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Director: Werner Schlechte | Stars: Tom Krinzinger, Walter Bluhm, Heinz Hambitzer, Karin Mai

Votes: 7

12. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)
Episode: Bermondsey (1972)

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.7
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Pip and Bob, both married, are a couple of ordinary working-class blokes in an ordinary London suburb. It's just that they have also been gay lovers for years.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Sharon Duce, Edward Fox, Dinsdale Landen, Rosemary Leach

Votes: 7

13. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962)

TV-14 | 25 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama, and comedy about people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations, perceived or not.

Stars: Alfred Hitchcock, Harry Tyler, John Williams, Patricia Hitchcock

Votes: 11,194

14. Monitor (1958– )

Documentary

8.6
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Arts magazine.

Stars: Huw Wheldon, John Berger, Jonathan Miller, John Betjeman

Votes: 71

15. Television Playwright (1958–1959)

Drama

8.6
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Stars: Brian Peck, Peter Copley, Jack Allen, Helen Shingler

Votes: 5

16. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole a la Carte (1991)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Rumpole agrees to defend an elitist restaurateur whom he dislikes when a live mouse jumps out from one of his gourmet meals.

Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Robin Bailey, Peter Blythe

Votes: 32

17. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle (1992)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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After becoming enamored of a beautiful violinist, Rumpole finds himself defending her husband on a charge of murdering her lover.

Director: Robert Tronson | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Blythe, Julian Curry

Votes: 29

18. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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The cases of a portly and eccentric criminal law barrister.

Stars: Leo McKern, Jonathan Coy, Julian Curry, Marion Mathie

Votes: 847

19. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

8.5
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Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Dinsdale Landen, Miriam Karlin

Votes: 23

20. Sie können's mir glauben (1960 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy

8.5
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Director: Theo Lingen | Stars: Gardy Granass, Harald Juhnke, Theo Lingen, Agnes Windeck

Votes: 24

21. Plays of Today (1969– )
Episode: A Voyage Round My Father (1969)

80 min | Drama

8.5
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A son recalls his eccentric father, who pursued an active career as a barrister despite being blind.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Mark Dignam, Ian Richardson, Arthur Lowe, Trevor Bannister

Votes: 6

22. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: Et in Arcadia Ego (1981)

101 min | Drama, Romance

8.5
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In the spring of 1944, Capt. Charles Ryder finds that he and his men are relocated to the grounds of Brideshead Castle. Charles knows the place well and he recalls a time 20 years before ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Kenneth Cranham, Richard Hope, John Nettleton

Votes: 100

23. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Age of Miracles (1988)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Rumpole defends Hilda's nephew, a canon who has accused of adultery in an ecclesiastical court.

Director: Mike Vardy | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Blythe, Julian Curry

Votes: 33

24. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation (1988)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A notorious tabloid hires Rumpole to defend it in a libel suit being brought by a puritanical novelist it has accused of sexual promiscuity.

Director: Mike Vardy | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Julian Curry, Peter Blythe

Votes: 29

25. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Last Resort (1983)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Rumpole tries to collect an old debt from an elusive deadbeat solicitor while defending a vacation planner on fraud charges.

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Leo McKern, Peggy Thorpe-Bates, Bill Fraser, Peter Blythe

Votes: 34

26. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole for the Prosecution (1991)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Rumpole agrees to prosecute for the first time in a private complaint brought by the rich father of a murdered girl.

Director: Robert Tronson | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Blythe, Rowena Cooper

Votes: 28

27. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Rumpole of the Bailey (1975)

Comedy, Drama

8.5
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An irreverent barrister chooses to defend a young Jamaican boy accused of stabbing on the same day his only son leaves for college in America.

Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Leo McKern, Joyce Heron, Noel Willman, David Yelland

Votes: 113

28. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole's Return (1980)

109 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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A bored Rumpole living in Florida retirement uses an inquiry from Phyllida as a pretext to re-establish himself back in chambers

Director: John Glenister | Stars: Leo McKern, Peggy Thorpe-Bates, Albert Welling, Robin Halstead

Votes: 113

29. Summer's Lease (1989– )

220 min | Drama, Mystery

8.4
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From the DVD box: The minute she sets eyes on it, Molly Pargeter knows that the Tuscan Villa she has found to lease is perfect for her family's summer holiday. She is powerfully drawn to ... See full summary »

Stars: Susan Fleetwood, John Gielgud, Michael Pennington, Rosemary Leach

Votes: 273

30. Theatre Night (1957–1961)

45 min | Drama

8.4
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A BBC television series of forty-five-minute excerpts from stage plays running in London.

Stars: Cicely Courtneidge, Evelyn Laye, Dora Bryan, Hugh Williams

Votes: 7

31. War Stories (2006 TV Movie)

119 min | Documentary

8.4
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Directors: David Olusoga, Francis Welch | Stars: Tony Benn, Joanna Bourke, James Chapman, John Charmley

Votes: 9

32. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: A Blow Upon a Bruise (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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Charles is invited to Brideshead for Christmas and learns that Mr. Samgrass and Sebastian will be there as well. Sebastian is as morose as he was before he left, if not more so. The ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: John Grillo, Anthony Andrews, Jeremy Irons, Al Gillyon

Votes: 65

33. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Barrow Boy (1988)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Nigel Timson, one of the few members of the notorious Timson clan to have a legitimate job, is defended by Rumpole on a charge of insider trading.

Director: Julian Amyes | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Blythe, Julian Curry

Votes: 28

34. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Blind Tasting (1987)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Rumpole defends career criminal Hugh Timson for receiving a garageful full of stolen wine.

Director: Roger Bamford | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Blythe, Julian Curry

Votes: 36

35. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice (1992)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Rumpole finds himself in the unusual position of defending a police officer on a charge of falsifying a confession.

Director: Robert Tronson | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Bowles, Joanna Van Gyseghem

Votes: 26

36. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent (1991)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Rumpole defends a union activist accused of manslaughter while Hilda goes on strike as Rumpole's cook because of his late hours..

Director: Julian Amyes | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Bowles, Peter Blythe

Votes: 32

37. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole at Sea (1991)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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While on a Mediterranean cruise, Rumpole is confronted with his old nemesis, Judge Graves, and the unexplained disappearance of one of his fellow passengers.

Director: Michael Simpson | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Robin Bailey, Benjamin Whitrow

Votes: 27

38. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: Sebastian Against the World (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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Sebastian's decline continues and there is little anyone seems able to do about it. He is terribly unhappy about his family situation and seems bent on destroying any relationships he may ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Phoebe Nicholls, Anthony Andrews, Diana Quick

Votes: 65

39. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: The Bleak Light of Day (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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Charles and Sebastian return to Oxford but feel old and out of place. Sebastian feels that his mother is constantly watching him through her friends. In particular, both young men have to ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, John Grillo, Brian Hayes

Votes: 67

40. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: The Unseen Hook (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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Charles returns to London in the Spring of 1926 during the General Strike and joins the Defense Corps which ensures the delivery of essential supplies. He meets up with Boy Mulcaster and ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, John Gielgud, Raymond Mason, Jeremy Sinden

Votes: 69

41. Paradise Postponed (1986)

569 min | Drama

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A clergyman, famous for his support of left-wing causes, dies - and surprises his family by leaving a great deal of money to a Conservative Member of Parliament. Why?

Stars: Annette Crosbie, Paul Shelley, Peter Egan, David Threlfall

Votes: 92

42. Die Fledermaus (1990 TV Movie)

197 min | Comedy, Music

8.3
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Director: Humphrey Burton | Stars: Judith Howarth, Louis Otey, Bonaventura Bottone, Nancy Gustafson

Votes: 41

43. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: Brideshead Revisited (1981)

90 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Phoebe Nicholls, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 77

44. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: Home and Abroad (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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The aristocratic Sebastian invites his middle-class university friend Charles to spend a glorious summer at the amazing family home, Brideshead.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Diana Quick, Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Roger Milner

Votes: 73

45. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim (1987)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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After an army sergeant is found stabbed to death wearing a woman's dress, Rumpole is assigned to defend the accused murderer.

Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Jones, Neil Stacy

Votes: 31

46. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow (1987)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Rumpole defends the smarmy owner of a string of massage parlors on the charge of running "disorderly houses" (i.e. bordellos).

Director: Donald McWhinnie | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Blythe, Peter Bowles

Votes: 27

47. Rumpole of the Bailey (1978–1992)
Episode: Rumpole and the Official Secret (1987)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Rumpole defends an eccentric spinster accused of being a government whistle-blower.

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Leo McKern, Marion Mathie, Peter Blythe, Julian Curry

Votes: 36

48. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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"Armchair Theatre" is a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid-1968.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 90

49. Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (1988– )

Documentary, Biography

8.2
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This documentary series uses drama and commentary to shed light on the lives and works of Joseph Conrad, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, T. S. Eliot, Henrik Ibsen, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann... See full summary »

Stars: Eileen Atkins, Anthony Burgess, Douglas Hodge, Hermione Lee

Votes: 23

50. Der Mann aus dem Bootshaus (1967 TV Movie)

75 min

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Director: Johannes Schaaf | Stars: Rosemarie Fendel, Ulrich Matschoss, Max Eckard, Christiane Domschke

Votes: 12