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1. How We Used to Live (1968–1996)

History

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British educational drama tracing the lives and fortunes of fictional Yorkshire families from Victorian times.

Stars: Redvers Kyle, Diana Davies, James Tomlinson, John Keyworth

2. The Mark Steel Lectures (2003– )

Documentary, Biography, Comedy

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Stand-up comedian Mark Steel gives satirical and educational lectures on some of history's greatest thinkers.

Stars: Mark Steel, Martin Hyder, Emma Kennedy, Geoffrey McGivern

3. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

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Wide-ranging arts programme.

Creator: Anthony Haas | Stars: Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Penelope Wilton, Harold Pinter

4. Timewatch (1982– )

50 min | Documentary

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BBC investigative documentary series noted for its new perspectives on historical events.

Stars: Michael Praed, Adolf Hitler, Simon Haslett, Ian Holm

5. Pandora's Box (1992 TV Mini-Series)

276 min | Documentary

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The consequences of exploiting technological and political ideas without understanding and concern for the outcome.

Stars: George Ball, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Roy Adkin, Abel G. Aganbegyan

6. Anyone for Pennis? (1995 TV Movie)

29 min

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Writers: Paul Kaye, Anthony Hines | Stars: Paul Kaye, Keith Allen, Clive Anderson, Jeff Banks

7. The Late Edition (2005– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Marcus Brigstocke, Steve Furst, Margaret Cabourn-Smith, Will Smith

8. Big Ideas That Changed the World (2005– )

270 min | Documentary

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Stars: Tony Benn, Mikhail Gorbachev, Germaine Greer, Bjørn Lomborg

9. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002– )
Episode: The Battle of Ideas (2002)

Documentary, History

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Writers: William Cran, Daniel Yergin | Director: William Cran | Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Kenneth Baker, Gary Becker, Tony Benn

10. Tony Benn: Will and Testament (2014)

Documentary

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Tony Benn (87), the longest serving Labour MP in history, is also, arguably, the most popular UK politician of all time. Across the globe and in particular over the last five years his ... See full summary »

Writer: Skip Kite | Director: Skip Kite | Star: Tony Benn

11. Creating Freedom: The Lottery of Birth (2013)

77 min | Documentary, History

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THE LOTTERY OF BIRTH is the first in a three-part documentary series entitled 'Creating Freedom' exploring the relationship between freedom, power and control in Western democracies. The ... See full summary »

Writer: Raoul Martinez | Directors: Raoul Martinez, Joshua van Praag | Stars: Michael Albert, Stanley Aronowitz, Tony Benn, Nick Davies

12. Later with Jools Holland (1992– )

35 min | Music, Talk-Show

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Late-night music and chat show with celebrity guests.

Stars: Jools Holland, P.J. Harvey, Paul Weller, Stereophonics

13. Sicko (2007)

PG-13 | 123 min | Documentary

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74 Metascore

A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories.

Writer: Michael Moore | Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn, George W. Bush

14. Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy (2002 TV Mini-Series)

360 min | Documentary, History

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The people, ideas, and events that created our current world economy.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Kenneth Baker, Gary Becker, Tony Benn

15. Thatcher: The Downing Street Years (1993 TV Mini-Series)

Documentary, History

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A history of the eleven years which Thatcher spent as Prime Minister of the UK.

Stars: Margaret Thatcher, Philip Tibenham, Emma Nicholson, Peter Carrington

16. Turning Points of History (1997– )

History

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Stars: Cedric Smith, Tony Benn, Nigel Lawson, Craig Cyr

17. Pandora's Box (1992– )
Episode: The League of Gentlemen (1992)

Documentary

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Writer: Adam Curtis | Stars: Roy Adkin, Tony Benn, Samuel Brittan, Alan Budd

18. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: Frank Sinatra, Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Fred Astaire

19. HARDtalk (1997– )

25 min | Talk-Show

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Politicians and other public figures are asked the tough questions about whether the way they do things is really the best way.

Stars: Tim Sebastian, Stephen Sackur, Sarah Montague, Zeinab Badawi

20. Breakfast with Frost (1993–2005)

60 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Iain Duncan Smith, Charles Kennedy, Tony Blair, Rory Bremner

21. We Are Many (2014)

104 min | Documentary

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The story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq.

Writer: Amir Amirani | Director: Amir Amirani | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Mark Rylance, Ken Loach

22. Taking Liberties (2007)

100 min | Documentary

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Writer: Chris Atkins | Director: Chris Atkins | Stars: David Morrissey, Ashley Jensen, Riz Ahmed, Kate Allen

23. Car Years (2000– )

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Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Bob Barrett, Tony Benn, Charles Dale

24. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Paul Robeson: Here I Stand (1999)

Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: St. Claire Bourne | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Tony Benn, Stephen Bourne, Ossie Davis

25. Ethos (I) (2011)

78 min | Documentary

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Hosted by twice Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, Ethos explores the mechanisms in our systems that work against democracy, the environment and our own personal liberty.

Writer: Pete McGrain | Director: Pete McGrain | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Justin Lewis, Bill Hogan, Noam Chomsky

26. Timeshift (2002– )

60 min | Documentary

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Series looking at changes in British society employing BBC archive footage.

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Andrew Collins, Matthew Sweet, Peter York

27. Panorama (1953– )

40 min | Documentary, News

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Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain.

Stars: Fred Emery, David Dimbleby, Richard Lindley, Tom Mangold

28. Motorworld (1995–1996)

Documentary

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Jeremy Clarkson travels the world presenting different countries car history and their motoring culture.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Giovanni Agnelli, Fabio Di Segni, Michael Dunne

29. War Stories (2006 TV Movie)

119 min | Documentary

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

30. Unlawful Killing (2011)

Documentary

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A documentary about the allegedly conspiratorial killing of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Fayed

Writers: Victor Lewis-Smith, Paul Sparks | Director: Keith Allen | Stars: Keith Allen, Piers Morgan, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Howard Stern

31. Outbreak 1939 (2009 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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In a programme broadcast 70 years to the day after the outbreak of WWII, people who were alive at the time speak of their memories.

Writer: Melvyn Bragg | Director: Martina Hall | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Richard Attenborough, Tony Benn, Peter Blake

32. Imagine (2003– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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Wide ranging BBC arts programme.

Stars: Alan Yentob, Chuck Close, Richard Rogers, Martin Parr

33. Democracy Now! (2001– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Nermeen Shaikh, Sharif Abdel Kouddous

34. Banned in the UK (2005– )

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Sheryl Garratt, Muriel Gray, John Hassey, Iain Lee

35. The Shot That Shook the World (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, News

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As part of ITV's 50th Birthday celebration, a look back at 50 years of amazing news footage brought to British homes by ITN News. A poll was also conducted to find out which item was most shocking to witness being broadcasted.

Directors: Peter Higgins, Gabriella Polletta | Stars: Trevor McDonald, Buzz Aldrin, Mark Austin, Tony Benn

36. London - The Modern Babylon (2012)

125 min | Documentary, Music

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77 Metascore

London: The Modern Babylon is legendary director Julien Temple's (Joe Strummer - The Future is Unwritten) epic time-traveling voyage to the heart of his hometown.

Writer: Julien Temple | Director: Julien Temple | Stars: Keith Allen, Michael Gambon, Steve Jones, Bill Nighy

37. The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005 TV Movie)

150 min | Documentary

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A countdown of the top 50 documentaries, based on a vote by documentary filmmakers.

Directors: Garry John Hughes, Elaine Shepherd | Stars: Zoë Wanamaker, David Aaronovitch, Barry Ackroyd, Randall Adams

38. Clive Anderson Talks Back (1989–1996)

40 min | Talk-Show

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Conversation with celebrity guests.

Stars: Clive Anderson, Peter Cook, Gore Vidal, Paul Merton

39. Question Time (1979– )

60 min | News, Talk-Show

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Politicians, public office-holders and celebrities face questions on topical issues from a studio audience.

Stars: David Dimbleby, Robin Day, Peter Sissons, Shirley Williams

40. Your MP (2006 Video)

100 min | Documentary

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Writer: Chris Thomas | Director: Chris Thomas | Stars: John McDonnell, Tony Benn, Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn

41. Beyond a Joke (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Stars: Dave Lamb, Trevor Bannister, Jo Brand, Edwina Currie

42. The Spirit of '45 (2013)

94 min | Documentary, History

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A documentary on how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Writer: Ken Loach | Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Winston Churchill, Tony Benn, Clement Attlee, Aneurin Bevan

43. Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady (2012)

90 min | Biography

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From her humble beginnings as a Grocer's daughter from Grantham, Margaret Thatcher fought her way through the murky world of politics, the sexist prejudices of the Conservative Party elite ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Byron | Stars: Tony Benn, Gyles Brandreth, Michael Brunson, Philip Craik

44. New Heroes of Comedy (2008– )
Episode: Sacha Baron Cohen (2008)

48 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Carey Dunn | Stars: Simon Greenall, Ken Davitian, Judd Apatow, Dan Mazer

45. Car Years (2000– )
Episode: Who Killed the British Car Industry? (2000)

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Writer: Jeremy Clarkson | Director: Ewan Keil | Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Tony Benn, Michael Edwardes, Bernd Pischetsrieder

46. Greatest Ever Comedy Movies (2006 TV Movie)

170 min

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Directors: Miranda Glasser, Tim Van Someren | Stars: Giles Coren, Derek Acorah, Andrew Adamson, Rick Baker

47. New Heroes of Comedy (2008– )

48 min | Documentary, Biography

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A look at the careers of successful contemporary comedians.

Stars: David Baddiel, Richard Curtis, Russell Brand, Kate Ashfield

48. Strike: When Britain Went to War (2003 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

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Director: Janice Sutherland | Stars: Sarah Lancashire, Arthur Scargill, Margaret Thatcher, Tim Bell

49. Newsnight (1980– )

45 min | News

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Serious news reports, analysis and no-holds-barred interviews with leading politicians and public figures.

Stars: Kirsty Wark, Jeremy Paxman, Gavin Esler, Emily Maitlis

50. This Week (2003– )

45 min | News, Talk-Show

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Andrew Neil and guests take a look back at the week in politics.

Stars: Andrew Neil, Michael Portillo, Diane Abbott, Miranda Green