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1. Crystal Spirit: Orwell on Jura (1983 TV Movie)

Drama

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Writer: Alan Plater | Director: John Glenister | Stars: Ronald Pickup, Fiona Walker, David Swift, Kit Thacker

Votes: 5

2. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the devil's foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria Lodge and the Bruce-Partington Plans.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 4,814

3. Shoulder to Shoulder (1974 TV Mini-Series)

75 min | Drama

8.9
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This series dramatizes the lives of the Pankhurst women and their role in the Suffragette Movement.

Stars: Siân Phillips, Patricia Quinn, Angela Down, Georgia Brown

Votes: 74

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 12,781

5. The Beiderbecke Tapes (1987 TV Mini-Series)

151 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

8.7
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. They live together and just want a quiet life. Then they meet ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dudley Sutton, Malcolm Storry

Votes: 243

6. The Beiderbecke Connection (1988 TV Mini-Series)

201 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Chapman teaches English and wants to help save the planet. They live together and just want a quiet life. Since their last ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Terence Rigby, Danny Schiller

Votes: 214

7. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.7
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Stars: Brian Rix, Cyril Luckham, Peter Sallis, Joby Blanshard

Votes: 36

8. The Beiderbecke Affair (1985 TV Mini-Series)

320 min | Drama

8.6
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Trevor Chaplin teaches woodwork and likes to listen to jazz. Jill Swinburne teaches English and wants to help save the planet. Trevor tries to buy some jazz records but this leads to ... See full summary »

Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Dominic Jephcott, Terence Rigby

Votes: 403

9. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Close the Coalhouse Door (1969)

80 min | Drama

8.6
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History of the mining industry in the N.E. of England told by means of family drama, comedy sketches, and song !

Writers: Sid Chaplin, Alan Plater | Director: Bill Hays | Stars: Dudley Foster, Alan Browning, Colin Douglas, Bryan Pringle

Votes: 10

10. A Very British Coup (1988 TV Mini-Series)

148 min | Drama

8.5
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Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »

Stars: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Geoffrey Beevers, Hugh Martin

Votes: 589

11. The Consultant (1983– )

50 min | Thriller

8.5
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An ambitious computer consultant is hired to detect fraud in a major bank's computer system and finds himself involved in a complex scheme of lies, blackmail and murder.

Stars: Hywel Bennett, Donald Burton, Jane Hayward, Jonathon Morris

Votes: 11

12. Oliver's Travels (1995 TV Mini-Series)

250 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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After his job is terminated, a humanities professor and puzzle addict joins forces with a woman PC to travel the country while solving a cold case murder.

Stars: Alan Bates, Sinéad Cusack, Bill Paterson, Morgan Jones

Votes: 282

13. A Very British Coup (1988– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1988)

Drama

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Writers: Chris Mullin, Alan Plater | Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Geoffrey Beevers, Hugh Martin

Votes: 5

14. The Barchester Chronicles (1982 TV Mini-Series)

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: 820

15. Flambards (1979 TV Mini-Series)

780 min | Drama

8.3
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In the early 1900's in England, young Christina is orphaned and goes to live with her Uncle Russell, who owns the country estate of Flambards, and has two sons. Mark, the elder, is a ... See full summary »

Stars: Christine McKenna, Rosalie Williams, Steven Grives, Frank Mills

Votes: 332

16. Crane (1963–1965)

60 min | Adventure

8.2
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The adventures of Richard Crane, cafe owner & part-time smuggler, around the coast of Morocco, aided (and sometimes abetted) by his ex-Foreign Legion sidekick Orlando, waitress Halina, and ... See full summary »

Creators: Patrick Alexander, Jordan Lawrence | Stars: Patrick Allen, Sam Kydd, Gerald Flood, Laya Raki

Votes: 32

17. A Day in Summer (1989 TV Movie)

105 min

8.2
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Boring bank manager Peplow arrives by the early-morning train in the small Yorkshire Dales town of Great Minden on the day of their annual Feast (fair). He chances to meet Herbert Ruskin, ... See full summary »

Writers: J.L. Carr, Alan Plater | Director: Bob Mahoney | Stars: Peter Egan, Jack Shepherd, John Sessions, Jill Bennett

Votes: 24

18. Inspector Lewis (2006– )
Episode: And the Moonbeams Kiss the Sea (2008)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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The murder of a maintenance worker at the Bodleian Library and the death of a popular Art student seem to be linked.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Alan Plater | Director: Dan Reed | Stars: Darren Clarke, Haydn Gwynne, Sam Alexander, Emily Beecham

Votes: 310

19. A Very British Coup (1988– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1988)

Drama

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Writers: Chris Mullin, Alan Plater | Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Jim Carter, Geoffrey Beevers

Votes: 5

20. The Play on One (1988–1991)
Episode: Misterioso (1991)

Drama

8.2
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On the death of her mother, a young woman in northern England learns that her father is actually her step-father. She embarks on a search for her birth father, finds him running a jazz club... See full summary »

Writer: Alan Plater | Director: John Glenister | Stars: Suzan Sylvester, Jack Shepherd, Hugh Ross, Eilidh Alexander

Votes: 5

21. The Afternoon Play (2003– )
Episode: The Last Will and Testament of Billy Two-Sheds (2006)

Comedy, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Sam, an overworked young student, inherits her grandfather's allotment and finds herself taking on his ghost into the bargain. She finds herself strangely drawn to this peaceful new world, ... See full summary »

Writer: Alan Plater | Director: Pip Broughton | Stars: James Bolam, Jodie Whittaker, Tom Chambers, Paul Copley

Votes: 19

22. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)
Episode: The Solitary Cyclist (1984)

TV-PG | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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A strange man on a bicycle follows a young music teacher as she bicycles on a lonely road to and from the city.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Paul Annett | Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Barbara Wilshere, John Castle

Votes: 400

23. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Documentary, Biography

8.1
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Arts documentary series.Also with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, John Gielgud, André Previn

Votes: 106

24. The Good Companions (1980 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

8.1
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Stars: John Stratton, Judy Cornwell, Jeremy Nicholas, Bryan Pringle

Votes: 22

25. The Stars Look Down (1974 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Ian Hastings, Basil Dignam, Alun Armstrong, Avril Elgar

Votes: 29

26. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)
Episode: The Man with the Twisted Lip (1986)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Responding to a grieving wife, Holmes investigates the apparent murder of her husband in an apartment above an opium den.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Patrick Lau | Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Clive Francis, Eleanor David

Votes: 293

27. Maigret (1992– )
Episode: The Patience of Maigret (1992)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Maigret's sneaking affection for a paralyzed criminal Manuel Palmari propels him to pursue his murderer despite the mastermind's involvement in a current jewel robbery.

Writers: Georges Simenon, Alan Plater | Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Michael Gambon, Ciaran Madden, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jack Galloway

Votes: 51

28. Fortunes of War (1987 TV Mini-Series)

407 min | Drama, War

8.0
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Guy Pringle and his new wife, Harriet, are members of the English community in Bucharest, Rumania on the eve of World War II. The film catalogs and chronicles, after the war begins, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Charles Kay, Mark Drewry

Votes: 523

29. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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Drama series about police work in Victorian London, featuring Detective Sergeant Cribb, a member of Scotland Yard's newly formed CID unit.

Stars: Alan Dobie, William Simons, David Waller, Alfie Curtis

Votes: 89

30. Flambards (1979– )
Episode: Edge of the Cloud (1979)

Drama

8.0
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Writers: K.M. Peyton, Alan Plater | Director: Leonard Lewis | Stars: Christine McKenna, Alan Parnaby, Edward Judd, Steven Grives

Votes: 5

31. Cribb (1980–1981)
Episode: Wobble to Death (1980)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.0
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The pedestrian Championship of the World is taking place in London, an indoor marathon lasting six days and the winner is the man who can be shown to have walked the greatest distance in ... See full summary »

Writers: Peter Lovesey, Alan Plater | Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Alan Dobie, William Simons, Andrew Burt, Archie Tew

Votes: 6

32. Inspector Lewis (2006– )

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway solve the tough cases that the learned inhabitants of Oxford throw at them.

Stars: Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman, Rebecca Front

Votes: 5,954

33. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985 TV Mini-Series)

153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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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, Renée Asherson, Samantha Bond

Votes: 1,108

34. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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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: 79

35. A Very British Coup (1988– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1988)

Drama

7.9
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Writers: Chris Mullin, Alan Plater | Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Jim Carter, Geoffrey Beevers

Votes: 7

36. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Land of Green Ginger (1973)

50 min | Drama

7.9
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Faced with the prospect of being sent to work abroad, Sally Brown returns home from London to Hull, to see if she still feels the same attachment for her home town - and for her old ... See full summary »

Writer: Alan Plater | Director: Brian Parker | Stars: Gwen Taylor, John Flanagan, Jean Heywood, Michael Elwyn

Votes: 17

37. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)
Episode: Look to the Lady: Part 1 (1989)

55 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Campion and Lugg help protect a prominent family's name, fortune, and a priceless heirloom from thieves, cutthroats, and witchcraft.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Gordon Jackson, Barbara Jefford

Votes: 68

38. Inspector Lewis (2006– )
Episode: The Quality of Mercy (2009)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Lewis investigates the murder of student Richard Scott. He was killed just before premiering The Merchant of Venice. During the investigation Lewis gets personally involved.

Writers: Colin Dexter, Alan Plater | Director: Bille Eltringham | Stars: Jo Herbert, Bryan Dick, Ronan Vibert, Shaughan Seymour

Votes: 264

39. Maigret (1992– )

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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From Montmartre to the remote French countryside, Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche. Yet, he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jack Galloway, James Larkin

Votes: 299

40. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Stars: Alfred Burke, Derek Francis, Laurence Hardy, Peter Wyngarde

Votes: 39

41. Theatre 625 (1964–1968)

90 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Michael Bryant, Judi Dench, Maurice Denham, Ronald Hines

Votes: 22

42. First Night (1963–1964)

Drama

7.8
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Stars: James Maxwell, Madge Ryan, Anthony Bate, Michael Ripper

Votes: 31

43. Get Lost! (1981 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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Stars: Bridget Turner, Alun Armstrong, David Calder, Michael Goldie

Votes: 25

44. Middlemen (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

7.8
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Stars: Frank Windsor, Francis Matthews, Avril Elgar, Gwen Taylor

Votes: 5

45. Jake on the Box (2006 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.8
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Director: John Warburton | Stars: Elizabeth Allcock, Phillip Allcock, Alex Armitage, Phil Ault

Votes: 5

46. Maigret (1992– )
Episode: Maigret and the Burglar's Wife (1992)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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Maigret is visited by Ernestine, the wife of a burglar known as 'Sad Freddie'. Whilst breaking into a house he discovered a body and is so alarmed he has fled the country. The trail leads ... See full summary »

Writers: Georges Simenon, Alan Plater | Director: John Glenister | Stars: Michael Gambon, Ciaran Madden, Geoffrey Hutchings, Jack Galloway

Votes: 36

47. The Beiderbecke Connection (1988– )
Episode: Oh Look, It's Average-Sized Trevor Chaplin (1988)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Jill & Trevor have produced Firstborn. They need a babysitter and get a refugee. Head for the border.

Writer: Alan Plater | Director: Alan Bell | Stars: James Bolam, Barbara Flynn, Terence Rigby, Danny Schiller

Votes: 9

48. Midsomer Murders (1997– )

100 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: 14,486

49. Mystery!: Campion (1989–1990)

50 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

7.7
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In 1930's England, a man from an aristocratic family takes up the pseudonym Albert Campion and, with the help of his ex-burglar manservant, solves mysteries.

Creator: John Hawkesworth | Stars: Peter Davison, Brian Glover, Andrew Burt, Moray Watson

Votes: 457

50. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

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Stars: Judi Dench, Richard O'Callaghan, Frederick Treves, John Shrapnel

Votes: 18