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1. Village Hall (1974–1975)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

9.0
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Anthology series with each episode a different story set in a village hall.

Stars: Reginald Barratt, Priscilla Morgan, Frank Crompton, Stella Moray

Votes: 8

2. The Expert (1968–1976)

50 min

8.9
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Marius Goring plays a Forensic Scientist, working not only for the police, but also for other interested parties.

Creators: N.J. Crisp, Gerard Glaister | Stars: Marius Goring, Ann Morrish, Victor Winding, Michael Farnsworth

Votes: 11

3. Boon (1986–1992)
Episode: Message in a Bottle (1992)

Drama, Comedy

8.6
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Creators: Jim Hill, William Stair | Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Josh Maguire, Diana Hardcastle, Geoffrey Hughes, Tom Watt

Votes: 26

4. The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game (1979– )
Episode: Horsenap (1979)

52 min | Mystery

8.4
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When a famous retired racehorse is kidnapped, no ransom demands are made. Sid and Chico are called on to find the horse and bring him home. Meanwhile, a reporter learns that the crime could... See full summary »

Writers: Trevor Preston, Dick Francis | Director: Colin Bucksey | Stars: Mike Gwilym, Mick Ford, Iain Cuthbertson, Susan Penhaligon

Votes: 5

5. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A Crusader-turned-Monk uses his botanical knowledge to solve mysteries in the old Norman England town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 1,683

6. Survivors (1975–1977)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.2
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When a genetically engineered virus kills ninety-five percent of the world's population, the survivors must rebuild humanity in the face of overwhelming odds. "Survivors" is a study of man ... See full summary »

Creator: Terry Nation | Stars: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill, Stephen Dudley

Votes: 759

7. Law & Order (1978 TV Mini-Series)

80 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Four-part drama series about the British juicidal system, dealing with an investigation presented from the perspectives of the police force, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.

Stars: Peter Dean, Derek Martin, Deirdre Costello, Billy Cornelius

Votes: 56

8. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Inspector Morse has an ear for music, a taste for beer and a nose for crime. He sets out with Sergeant Lewis to solve each intriguing case.

Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Peter Woodthorpe

Votes: 6,318

9. The Sweeney (1975–1978)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.1
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British police TV series which revolutionized the genre on UK television in the mid-1970s starring John Thaw as a hard-edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police.

Creator: Ian Kennedy Martin | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, John Alkin

Votes: 1,084

10. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Creator: Brian Clemens | Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston, Robert Powell

Votes: 266

11. Timeslip (1970– )

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

8.1
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Simon and Liz were teenage friends who fell into a time hole and found themselves trapped in various periods of the 20th century, where they encounter all sorts of adventures. Many of them ... See full summary »

Creators: James Boswell, Ruth Boswell | Stars: Cheryl Burfield, Spencer Banks, Denis Quilley, Iris Russell

Votes: 99

12. The Shadow of the Tower (1972 TV Mini-Series)

Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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A series of dramas by various writers recording the key events in the reign of Henry Tudor and his founding of the Tudor Dynasty

Stars: James Maxwell, Norma West, Hugh Sullivan, Denis Carey

Votes: 104

13. The Manageress (1989–1990)

60 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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A woman takes over as the manager of a football team

Creator: Stan Hey | Stars: Cherie Lunghi, Warren Clarke, Tom Georgeson, Adam Bareham

Votes: 56

14. Everyday Maths (1978–1979)

20 min

8.1
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Stars: Arthur English, Jack Wild, Sam Kydd, Mike Mungarvan

Votes: 8

15. The Battle of Culloden (1964 TV Movie)

69 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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A reconstruction of the Battle of Culloden, the last battle to take place on British soil, as if modern TV cameras were present.

Writer: Peter Watkins | Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Tony Cosgrove, Olivier Espitalier-Noel, Don Fairservice, George McBean

Votes: 945

16. Strangers (1978–1982)

60 min | Crime, Thriller

8.0
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Don Henderson resurrected the eccentric police detective George Kitchener Bulman (from the short lived series "The XYY Man") in this British series which saw him reluctantly and grumpily ... See full summary »

Creator: Murray Smith | Stars: Don Henderson, Dennis Blanch, Fiona Mollison, John Ronane

Votes: 51

17. Survivors (1975–1977)
Episode: Garland's War (1975)

Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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Abby becomes separated from Jenny and Greg and rescues a man called Jimmy Garland who is waging his own personal war against a man called Knox... See full synopsis »

Creator: Terry Nation | Director: Terence Williams | Stars: Carolyn Seymour, Ian McCulloch, Lucy Fleming, Richard Heffer

Votes: 24

18. Goodnight, Mister Tom (1998 TV Movie)

108 min | Drama, War

7.9
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A shy and quiet World War II evacuee is housed by a disgruntled old man, and they soon develop a close bond.

Writers: Brian Finch, Michelle Magorian | Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion, Thomas Orange

Votes: 2,688

19. Out of the Unknown (1965–1971)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.9
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Features adaptations of stories by famous sci-fi authors such as Isaac Asimov, J.G. Ballard, Fredrik Pohl, John Wyndham and others.

Stars: Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Peter Copley, Geoffrey Palmer, Erik Chitty

Votes: 49

20. ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: Hamlet (1970)

85 min | Drama

7.9
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Writers: John Barton, William Shakespeare | Director: Peter Wood | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Leighton, Richard Johnson

Votes: 52

21. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)
Episode: One Corpse Too Many (1994)

76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Assigned by King Stephen to dispose of 94 hanged rebels, Cadfael discovers the body of a murdered man among the corpses and given just four days to solve the crime.

Writers: Russell Lewis, Edith Pargeter | Director: Graham Theakston | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee, Peter Copley, Michael Culver

Votes: 169

22. Finding Neverland (2004)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.8
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67 Metascore

The story of J.M. Barrie's friendship with a family who inspired him to create Peter Pan.

Writers: Allan Knee, David Magee | Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 173,834

23. Silent Witness (1996– )

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Crimes through the eyes of a team of forensic pathologists and forensic scientists.

Stars: Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward, Amanda Burton

Votes: 3,084

24. Withnail & I (1987)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to ... See full summary »

Writer: Bruce Robinson | Director: Bruce Robinson | Stars: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown

Votes: 30,476

25. 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: 1,038

26. Armchair Thriller (1978–1981)

25 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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Suspense and mystery-themed anthology series.

Creator: Andrew Brown | Stars: Frank Duncan, Maria Aitken, Zena Walker, Benjamin Whitrow

Votes: 91

27. Dandelion Dead (1994 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Drama based on the true story of a solicitor who in 1922 found himself at the center of one of Britain's most notorious murder trials.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Sarah Miles, David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp

Votes: 155

28. The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: A New Lease of Death: Part One (1991)

51 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Wexford's first ever successful murder case comes back to haunt him when a vicar starts to rake up the past. Was the man hanged on Wexford's evidence actually innocent?

Writers: Peter Berry, Ruth Rendell | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Peter Egan, Sharon Maughan

Votes: 17

29. 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.

Writers: H.E. Bates, Richard Harris | Director: David Giles | Stars: David Jason, Pam Ferris, Philip Franks, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 18

30. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Ghost in the Machine (1989)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A vanished baronet and the theft of some of his collection of erotic art is investigated by Morse and Lewis.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Julian Mitchell | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Amanda Hillwood, Patricia Hodge

Votes: 257

31. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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A veteran DCI and his young sergeant investigate murders around the regional community of Midsomer County.

Creator: Caroline Graham | Stars: John Nettles, Jane Wymark, Barry Jackson, Jason Hughes

Votes: 15,095

32. The Fifth Element (1997)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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52 Metascore

In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr Zorg at bay.

Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen | Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm

Votes: 339,921

33. Fox Mystery Theater (1984)

70 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.7
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An anthology series of chilling tales with a twist.

Stars: Dirk Benedict, Barbi Benton, David Carradine, Mary Crosby

Votes: 151

34. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: The Sweetest Thing (1995)

76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Kavanagh defends a high-priced prostitute accused of murdering a business tycoon, and wife Lizzie interviews for a job on the continent.

Writer: Adrian Hodges | Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: John Thaw, Daisy Bates, Jesse Birdsall, Stephen Boxer

Votes: 29

35. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: I'm the Girl He Wants to Kill (1974)

PG | 70 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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Returning home to her flat, Ann Rogers passes a stranger leaving the building. A few moments later she discovers her neighbor lying dead in the hallway, the latest victim of a serial killer... See full summary »

Writer: Brian Clemens | Director: Shaun O'Riordan | Stars: Robert Lang, Julie Sommars, Tony Selby, Ken Jones

Votes: 103

36. Screenplay (1986–1993)
Episode: Safe (1993)

66 min | Comedy

7.6
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Writer: Al Ashton | Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Aidan Gillen, Kate Hardie, Neil Smals, Robert Oates

Votes: 116

37. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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A crusty barrister oversees difficult criminal cases while dealing with the demands of his family life.

Creators: Ted Childs, Susan Rogers | Stars: John Thaw, Oliver Ford Davies, Nicholas Jones, Cliff Parisi

Votes: 369

38. Silent Witness (1996– )
Episode: An Academic Exercise: Part 1 (1998)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Sam is shaken when she has to look into the death of a very dear friend, Dr. Annabelle Evans, a Cambridge professor. She was found in her home, badly beaten in what appears to be a botched ... See full summary »

Writers: Nigel McCrery, Tony McHale | Director: Jonas Grimås | Stars: Amanda Burton, Nick Reding, William Armstrong, Anthony Bate

Votes: 33

39. Softly Softly: Task Force (1969– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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1970s BBC police drama with experienced cop DCS Charlie Barlow. and DS John Watt who lead a task force charged with tackling the toughest chases Thamesford has to offer.

Stars: Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler, David Lloyd Meredith, Terence Rigby

Votes: 18

40. T-Bag Bounces Back (1987)

20 min | Family

7.3
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T. Bag has regained her powers and calls her former servant, Thomas, into a storybook and makes him serve her tea again as 'T.Shirt'. Debbie follows her friend and soon discovers she has to... See full summary »

Stars: Elizabeth Estensen, Jennie Stallwood, John Hasler, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 22

41. The Sweeney (1975–1978)
Episode: Feet of Clay (1978)

Action, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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Regan absents himself from the stakeout of a gang who rob wealthy tourists to come to the aid of Alan Ember, who, years earlier, had been a helpful informant. Now a rich businessman he has ... See full summary »

Creator: Ian Kennedy Martin | Director: Chris Burt | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Joss Ackland, Thelma Whiteley

Votes: 32

42. Playing the Field (1998–2002)

60 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.2
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The on-the-field trials and tribulations and the off-the-field lives, loves and infidelities of the Castlefield Blues, an underfunded, badly managed ladies football team from South ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Ineson, Jo McInnes, Melanie Hill, Lorraine Ashbourne

Votes: 217

43. Julius Caesar (1979 TV Movie)

161 min | Drama, History

7.2
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The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for Brutus and the republic.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Richard Pasco, Charles Gray, Keith Michell, David Collings

Votes: 142

44. The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game (1979– )

309 min | Mystery

7.1
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The cases of a disabled jockey turned private detective specializing in investigations involving horse racing.

Stars: Mike Gwilym, Mick Ford, James Maxwell, Susan Wooldridge

Votes: 45

45. Foreign Affairs (1993 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Romance

7.1
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Two couples find love and comfort in London. A reserved, but lonely aging American female college professor meets a self-confident, married, but disillusioned aging American and aging English actress meets a young lively American.

Writers: Alison Lurie, Chris Bryant | Director: Jim O'Brien | Stars: Joanne Woodward, Brian Dennehy, Eric Stoltz, Stephanie Beacham

Votes: 126

46. The Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987– )
Episode: Bribery & Corruption: Part One (1997)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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A recent college graduate believes he loves the wife of his father's former friend, but young Nicholas does not know that she's having an affair with his father.

Writers: Guy Meredith, Ruth Rendell | Director: Mike Vardy | Stars: James D'Arcy, Fiona Mollison, Damian Zuk, Tim Woodward

Votes: 37

47. London's Burning (1988–2002)

50 min | Drama

7.0
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The lives of firefighters at Blackwall Fire Station.

Stars: Glen Murphy, Richard Walsh, Ben Onwukwe, Shirley Greenwood

Votes: 333

48. Midsomer Murders (1997– )
Episode: Who Killed Cock Robin? (2001)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Barnaby and Troy are drawn to Newton Magna where their search for a horse whisperer allegedly struck by a car is complicated by the discovery of a body in the town well.

Writers: Jeremy Paul, Caroline Graham | Director: David Tucker | Stars: John Nettles, Daniel Casey, Jane Wymark, Patrick Drury

Votes: 262

49. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 29

50. Antony and Cleopatra (1974 TV Movie)

161 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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After the murder of her lover Julius Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor, Octavius.

Writer: William Shakespeare | Director: Jon Scoffield | Stars: Richard Johnson, Janet Suzman, Rosemary McHale, Mavis Taylor Blake

Votes: 97