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1. Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981)
Episode: The Return of Dafthead (1980)

Family, Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Dafthead, the scarecrow created by Worzel (in the episode "Fire Drill"), comes back and usurps Worzel's place as the scarecrow of Scatterbrook Farm. Worzel's attempts to regain his rightful... See full summary »

Writers: Barbara Euphan Todd, Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: James Hill | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Austin, Geoffrey Bayldon, Norman Bird

Votes: 6

2. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

8.6
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Stars: Brian Rix, Cyril Luckham, Peter Sallis, Joby Blanshard

Votes: 36

3. Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981)
Episode: A Home Fit for Scarecrows (1979)

Family, Comedy, Drama

8.5
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John and Sue offer Worzel a proper chair for his home in the barn if he will teach them Worzelese; the sly scarecrow also gets the idea to filch a full set of furniture from the villagers.

Writers: Barbara Euphan Todd, Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: James Hill | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Austin, Charlotte Coleman, Mike Berry

Votes: 6

4. Hollywood U.K. (1993– )
Episode: Northern Lights (1993)

Documentary

8.5
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Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Michael Caine, Julie Christie, Tom Courtenay

Votes: 8

5. The Upchat Line (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

8.4
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Stars: John Alderton, Margaret Courtenay, Maurice Denham, Ruth Dunning

Votes: 8

6. Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981)
Episode: A Fair Old Pullover (1980)

Family, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Worzel hitches a ride to town to shop for a new sweater to attract the attention of Aunt Sally. Once at the department store, he causes a commotion in the menswear department then is ... See full summary »

Writers: Barbara Euphan Todd, Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: James Hill | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Austin, Charlotte Coleman, Geoffrey Bayldon

Votes: 5

7. Charters & Caldicott (1985 TV Mini-Series)

50 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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Stars: Robin Bailey, Michael Aldridge, Caroline Blakiston, Gerard Murphy

Votes: 44

8. Comedy Playhouse (1961–2014)

30 min | Comedy

8.1
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Creators: A.J. Bacon, Neil Munro | Stars: Frank Thornton, John Le Mesurier, Robert Dorning, Ronald Fraser

Votes: 11

9. Hollywood U.K. (1993– )

5 min | Documentary

8.1
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A five-part history of British cinema in the 1960s presented by American director Richard Lester.

Stars: Michael Caine, Lindsay Anderson, Dirk Bogarde, Julie Christie

Votes: 29

10. Budgie (1971–1972)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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Chirpy Cockney petty crook 'Budgie' Bird is the main character in this British TV series of the early 70s. Budgie was the eternal failure, with every scam, and every attempt to make his ... See full summary »

Creators: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Stars: Adam Faith, Iain Cuthbertson, Lynn Dalby, June Lewis

Votes: 101

11. Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (1999 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Peter O'Toole stars as the complex, funny, charming, and hard-drinking Jeffrey Bernard in this live performance at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Writer: Keith Waterhouse | Directors: Tom Kinninmont, Peter O'Toole | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Timothy Ackroyd, Sarah Berger, Annabel Leventon

Votes: 166

12. The Upchat Connection (1978– )

30 min | Comedy

8.0
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A new man wins the locker, life and lascivious lust of lovable Lothario Mike Upchat.

Creator: Keith Waterhouse | Stars: Robin Nedwell, Susan Jameson, Bernadette Milnes, Ray Marioni

Votes: 5

13. Whistle Down the Wind (1961)

Unrated | 99 min | Drama

7.9
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When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Writers: Mary Hayley Bell, Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall | Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird, Diane Clare

Votes: 2,101

14. The Frost Report (1966–1967)

30 min | Comedy

7.9
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A comedy show written and staring various comedy pioneers including comedians who would go on to form the Two Ronnies and Monty Python.

Stars: David Frost, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, John Cleese

Votes: 46

15. Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981)
Episode: A Cup 'O Tea and a Slice 'O Cake (1980)

Family, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Double-length musical holiday special: it's Christmas Eve, a most important day for scarecrows as they must stand in position to guide Santa Claus back to the North Pole. Worzel Gummidge, ... See full summary »

Writers: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: James Hill | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Austin, Geoffrey Bayldon, Mike Berry

Votes: 20

16. Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981)
Episode: Worzel's Washing Day (1979)

Family, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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When the Peters family moves into the caravan on Scatterbrook Farm, young John and Sue make the acquaintance of Worzel Gummidge, a scarecrow come to life and full of mischief.

Writers: Barbara Euphan Todd, Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: James Hill | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Austin, Geoffrey Bayldon, Mike Berry

Votes: 8

17. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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Stars: Derek Francis, Alfred Burke, Laurence Hardy, Peter Wyngarde

Votes: 39

18. That Was the Week That Was (1962–1963)

50 min | Comedy

7.7
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Satirical sketch show. The first such show in the UK. It ran for two seasons before being pulled just before the 1964 general election.

Stars: David Frost, Millicent Martin, William Rushton, Roy Kinnear

Votes: 53

19. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)

30 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: Donald Sinden, Deborah Lavin, Helen Lindsay, Paul Moriarty

Votes: 20

20. First Night (1963–1964)

Drama

7.7
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Stars: James Maxwell, Madge Ryan, Anthony Bate, Michael Ripper

Votes: 32

21. Billy Liar (1973–1974)

30 min | Comedy

7.6
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Stars: Jeff Rawle, George A. Cooper, Pamela Vezey, May Warden

Votes: 25

22. Billy Liar (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A lazy, irresponsible young clerk in provincial Northern England lives in his own fantasy world and makes emotionally immature decisions as he alienates friends and family.

Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall | Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Tom Courtenay, Julie Christie, Wilfred Pickles, Mona Washbourne

Votes: 3,850

23. A Kind of Loving (1962)

112 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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After his girlfriend's pregnancy forces him to marry her, a young man must adjust to his new life and contend with his domineering mother-in-law.

Writers: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse, Stan Barstow | Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, June Ritchie, Thora Hird, Bert Palmer

Votes: 882

24. Saturday, Sunday, Monday (1978 TV Movie)

98 min | Drama

7.4
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One Saturday evening Rosa Priore is preparing a magnificent Sunday lunch for her family and their friends. By Sunday afternoon her life and marriage are in ruins.

Writers: Eduardo De Filippo, Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Caroline Blakiston, Nicholas Clay, John Duttine, Michael Elphick

Votes: 14

25. Worzel Gummidge (1979–1981)

60 min | Family, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Children's series about the adventures of Worzel Gummidge, a scarecrow who comes to life.

Stars: Jon Pertwee, Jeremy Austin, Charlotte Coleman, Mike Berry

Votes: 349

26. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

7.1
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Long-running arts series.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Ian McKellen, Peter Hall, Lenny Henry

Votes: 80

27. A Deadly Game (1979 TV Movie)

104 min | Thriller

7.1
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Charlie Muffin, top British Intelligence operative, has just broken up a major Soviet spy network in England. However, a new Director with new ideas takes over and wants Charlie out. But ... See full summary »

Writers: Brian Freemantle, Keith Waterhouse | Director: Jack Gold | Stars: David Hemmings, Sam Wanamaker, Jennie Linden, Pinkas Braun

Votes: 144

28. A Matter of Innocence (1967)

Approved | 102 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Miss Poly decides to spend a few months with her wealthy spinster aunt as a traveling companion. While in India her Aunt's demise leaves her alone to persue her freedom and explore an arms ... See full summary »

Writers: Noel Coward, Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: Guy Green | Stars: Hayley Mills, Trevor Howard, Shashi Kapoor, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 83

29. Worzel Gummidge Down Under (1986–1989)

30 min | Family, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Creators: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Stars: Jon Pertwee, Bruce Phillips, Jonathan Marks, Olivia Ihimaera-Smiler

Votes: 46

30. Love Story (1963–1974)

60 min | Drama

6.8
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Stars: T.P. McKenna, Frances Cuka, Keith Barron, Patrick Macnee

Votes: 46

31. Torn Curtain (1966)

PG | 128 min | Thriller

6.7
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An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.

Writer: Brian Moore | Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Paul Newman, Julie Andrews, Lila Kedrova, Hansjörg Felmy

Votes: 16,874

32. Budgie (1971–1972)
Episode: Out (1971)

Drama

6.7
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Writers: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Adam Faith, Iain Cuthbertson, Lynn Dalby, Adrienne Posta

Votes: 7

33. The Winston Affair (1964)

94 min | Drama, War

6.5
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In WW2,a US lieutenant stationed in India shoots dead a British NCO and admits his crime but his reason for the murder is so bizarre that it puzzles his defense counsel.

Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall, Howard Fast | Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Robert Mitchum, France Nuyen, Barry Sullivan, Trevor Howard

Votes: 325

34. Queenie's Castle (1970–1972)

30 min | Comedy

6.5
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A popular North Country vehicle for Diana Dors, who starred as the indomitable and downright blunt Queenie Shepherd, drinker of light ale by the crate, owner of a stout Yorkshire accent and... See full summary »

Creators: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse | Stars: Diana Dors, Tony Caunter, Barrie Rutter, Freddie Fletcher

Votes: 19

35. The Valiant (1962)

80 min | Action, Drama, War

6.4
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Having placed mines on the hull of a British warship whilst it is safe in harbour during the second World War , the two man crew of an Italian miniature submarine are captured and held ... See full summary »

Writers: Giorgio Capitani, Franca Caprino, Willis Hall, Robert Mallet, Keith Waterhouse | Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: John Mills, Ettore Manni, Roberto Risso, Robert Shaw

Votes: 47

36. West 11 (1963)

93 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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This Michael Winner directed film looks into life at Notting Hill, London, then a seedy slum. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman).

Writers: Willis Hall, Keith Waterhouse, Laura del Rivo | Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Alfred Lynch, Kathleen Breck, Eric Portman, Diana Dors

Votes: 50

37. Inside George Webley (1968–1970)

30 min | Comedy

6.2
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Stars: Roy Kinnear, Patsy Rowlands, Les Dawson, Roy Hudd

Votes: 6

38. Drama 61-67 (1961–1967)

60 min | Drama

6.0
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Stars: Brian Haines, John Ronane, Aubrey Richards, Neil Wilson

Votes: 10

39. ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969– )

78 min | Drama

5.9
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Stars: Michael Balfour, Madoline Thomas, Sandra Bryant, Diane Cilento

Votes: 35

40. Andy Capp (1988– )

30 min | Comedy

5.2
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Andy is an out-of-work layabout who only wants to have a drink and read the racing news. This leaves his long-suffering wife Flo as the sole breadwinner.

Stars: James Bolam, Paula Tilbrook, Susan Brown, John Arthur

Votes: 19

41. Lock Up Your Daughters! (1969)

R | 102 min | Comedy

4.9
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Writers: Lionel Bart, Henry Fielding, Willis Hall, Bernard Miles, John Vanbrugh, Keith Waterhouse | Director: Peter Coe | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Glynis Johns, Ian Bannen

Votes: 118

42. The Happy Apple (1983– )

30 min | Comedy

4.9
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Nancy was the new secretary at the Happy Apple advertising agency.Despite being ill-educated, she had a remarkable gift; she could come up with the most brilliantly simple and most ... See full summary »

Stars: Leslie Ash, Jeremy Child, Peter-Hugo Daly, Nicky Henson

Votes: 8

43. BBC 3 (1965–1966)

60 min | Comedy

4.1
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Late-night satire and revue show.

Stars: Bill Oddie, John Bird, Eleanor Bron, John Fortune

Votes: 7

44. Three Piece Suite (1977– )

30 min | Comedy

3.0
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Stars: Diana Rigg, Gawn Grainger, George Baker, Keith Ashley

Votes: 7

45. This Office Life (1984 TV Movie)

Comedy, Drama

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Writer: Keith Waterhouse | Director: Ian Keill | Stars: Dinsdale Landen, Jenny Agutter, Roy Kinnear, Bryan Pringle

46. The Great Paper Chase (1986 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama

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Tells the story of Scotland Yard's attempt to extradite Ronald Biggs, the Great Train Robber, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Writers: Anthony Delano, Keith Waterhouse | Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Suzana Borges, Amílcar Botica, Valerie Braddell, George Costigan

47. Thursday Theatre (1964–1965)

Drama

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Stars: John Sharp, Paul Rogers, Laurence Hardy, Marjorie Rhodes

48. The Upper Crusts (1973– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Margaret Leighton, Charles Gray, Lalla Ward, Martin Neil

49. West End Tales (1981– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Toni Palmer, Susan Skipper, Peter Childs, Larry Martyn

50. Childhood (1974– )

60 min | Drama

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Stars: Alan Luxton, Max Harris, Rhoda Lewis, Joe Lynch