Television At The Edges

These are the shows and series that exist on the edges of television consensus reality, some forgotten, some half-remembered and some celebrated as cult classics.
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1.
Star Maidens (1976 TV Series)
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TV series of British/German origin, and set in the "present" Earth of the 1970s. A planet from another... (30 mins.)
 
2.
Children of the Stones (1977 Mini-Series)
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Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it... (30 mins.)
 
3.
The Changes (1975 Mini-Series)
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Children's drama set in modern-day England - but with a major difference: everyone has rebelled against modern technology (electricity... (25 mins.)
 
4.
Space: 1999 (1975 TV Series)
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The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space. (50 mins.)
 
5.
Wild Palms (1993 Mini-Series)
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A multi-national corporation attempts to take over America while small pockets of resistance hold out against rampant technology. (300 mins.)
 
6.
Monkey (1978 TV Series)
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An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.
 
7.
Carlos (2010 Mini-Series)
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The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting. (334 mins.)
 
8.
The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960 Mini-Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
9.
Meantime (1984 TV Movie)
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An odd film, primarily looking at how the dole affects the underclass in Britain. Tim Roth stars as Colin... (102 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
10.
Nowhere Man (1995 TV Series)
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Bruce Greenwood stars as documentary photographer Thomas Veil who, in the course of one evening, seemingly has his whole existence erased... (44 mins.)
 
11.
American Gothic (1995 TV Series)
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Visit Trinity, South Carolina, a small town with more chills than charm. Sheriff Lucas Buck won't let anyone - including local doctor Matt Crower or the determined Gail Emory - stand in the way of his evil plans. (60 mins.)
 
12.
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950 TV Series)
Episode: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)
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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
 
13.
Quatermass (1979 Mini-Series)
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In the near future, civilisation has broken down to the barest fragment of recognisable life. Young... (204 mins.)
 
14.
Alternative 3 (1977 TV Movie)
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World ecological collapse; the next ice-age has already begun! Lucky for us, governments know what to do... (56 mins.)
 
15.
The Starlost (1973 TV Series)
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A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction. (60 mins.)
Director: Martin Lager
 
16.
Noah's Castle (1979 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
17.
The Martian Chronicles (1980 Mini-Series)
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Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them... (360 mins.)
 
18.
Artemis 81 (1981 TV Movie)
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The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death. (185 mins.)
Director: Alastair Reid
 
19.
Beasts (1976 TV Series)
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A series of six effective and concise chillers commissioned by ATV from producer Nicholas Palmer and writer Nigel Kneale... (60 mins.)
 
20.
The Tomorrow People (1973 TV Series)
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The Tomorrow People are British teens who have special powers. They can communicate to each other using telepathy... (30 mins.)
 
21.
The Guardians (1971 TV Series)
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A drama set in a declining England of the future - the UK has broken up, and England is ruled by a fascist military force called 'The Guardians'. (60 mins.)
 
22.
Play for Tomorrow (1982 TV Series)
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An anthology of 6 science fiction plays ; In "Crimes" a psychologist tries to cope with marital problems... (60 mins.)
 
23.
Play for Today (1970 TV Series)
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Dominick Hide, a time traveller from the year 2130, is studying the London transport system of 1980... (75 mins.)
 
24.
Play for Today (1970 TV Series)
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Sequel to The Flipside of Dominick Hide. Now a respected teacher of temporal observers, Dominick has not visited the past for several years... (75 mins.)
 
25.
Play for Today (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Z for Zachariah (1984)
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Based on a book of the same name, depicting events in a Welsh valley after a nuclear holocaust, in which almost everyone has dies... (75 mins.)
 
26.
World on a Wire (1973 TV Movie)
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Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality... (212 mins.)
 
27.
Chimera (1991 Mini-Series)
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A journalist investigates the death of his girl friend at a fertility clinic where she worked and uncovers... (60 mins.)
 
28.
A.D.A.M. (1973 TV Movie)
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Roger Empson builds a house for his disabled wife Jean that is completed automated and monitored by a computer called A.D.A.M... (60 mins.)
 
29.
The Owl Service (1969 Mini-Series)
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Three teenagers discover a mysterious set of owl and flower-patterned dinner plates in the attic and the magical ancient legend of the "Mabinogion" comes to life once again in their Welsh valley. (30 mins.)
 
30.
Omnibus (1967 TV Series)
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A university professor, confident that everything which occurs in life has a rational explanation, finds his beliefs severely challenged when...
 
31.
Sky (1975 TV Series)
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A young time-traveller with superhuman powers is stranded on Earth after running into a Black Hole. Pursued by the evil Goodchild... (30 mins.)
 
32.
Survivors (1975 TV Series)
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When a genetically engineered virus kills 99.99 percent of the world's population, the survivors must... (50 mins.)
 
33.
Journey to the Unknown (1968 TV Series)
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A British anthology series about everyday people finding themselves put into unusual circumstances...many of them supernatural in nature. (60 mins.)
 
34.
Journey to the Unknown (1968 TV Series)
Episode: The New People (1968)
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Hank and Ann move into the country and are taken aback by how friendly the local people are. They soon become part of the community but Hank begins to distrust Luther who seems to lead the local social scene. (60 mins.)
 
35.
Journey to the Unknown (1968 TV Series)
Episode: Somewhere in a Crowd (1968)
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A television host spies the same mysterious faces at various accidents where people have died. (60 mins.)
 
36.
Tales of the Unexpected (1979 TV Series)
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Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories. (25 mins.)
 
37.
Journey to the Unknown (1968 TV Series)
Episode: Matakitas Is Coming (1968)
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Librarians are stalked by a psychotic strangler who continues his murder spree from beyond the grave. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Journey to the Unknown (1968 TV Series)
Episode: Jane Brown's Body (1968)
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A doctor's newly discovered serum restores the life of a female suicide who cannot recall how she was driven to such despair. (60 mins.)
 
39.
Journey to the Unknown (1968 TV Series)
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A has been actor wants his agent to kill him so that his wife will benefit from the insurance money, but soon has a change of heart. (60 mins.)
 
40.
Codename -Icarus- (1981 TV Series)
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(106 mins.)
 
41.
King of the Castle (1977 TV Series)
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Shy young Roland Wright deals with his tortured existance at home with his nagging parents in a tower... (30 mins.)
 
42.
Ace of Wands (1970 TV Series)
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Telepathic stage magician, Tarot, and his two assistants solve mysteries and crimes of a bizarre or magical nature, and battle against villains with various powers. (30 mins.)
 
43.
Stigma (1977 Short Film)
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A young couple move into a remote country house in the middle of a stone circle. They employ workmen who disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force. (30 mins.)
 
44.
The Ice House (1978 Short Film)
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Paul recently divorced seeks sanctuary at a country retreat run by a sinister brother and sister. (35 mins.)
Director: Derek Lister
 
45.
Undermind (1965 TV Series)
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Personnel Officer Drew Heriot returns to England after working in Australia to discover his brother behaving oddly... (60 mins.)
 
46.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: The Cormorant (1993)
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Producer Kenith Trodd was part of a 1984 team brought together to study how the BBC should respond to...
 
47.
The Returned (2012 TV Series)
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The Returned opens in a small mountain community which is rocked to its core when several local people... (52 mins.)
 
48.
Looking After Jo Jo (1998 TV Series)
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Set on an Edinburgh council estate in the bleak 1980's rising drug dealer Jo-Jo McCann is hellbent on gaining money and power at all costs. (50 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
 
49.
Äkta människor (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a parallel present the artificial human has come into its own. Robots no longer have anything robot-like about them... (60 mins.)
 
50.
The Man in the High Castle (2015 TV Series)
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A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. (60 mins.)
 
51.
Deutschland 83 (2015 TV Series)
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Martin Rauch is recruited by the HVA to infiltrate the West Germany army. As a rookie spy, his decisions constantly put his cover at risk and force his agency to take extreme measures. (42 mins.)
 
52.
Witnesses (2014 Mini-Series)
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Set in a small coastal village in France, this is a quiet thriller of crime and dark secrets. The opening... (52 mins.)
Director: Hervé Hadmar
 
53.
This Is England '90 (2015 Mini-Series)
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The year is 1990, the rave scene has just entered England. The sound of the Stone roses lurks toward Shaun and the gang. This means that Woody and Lol are living in a domestic bliss, they are happy again. But this year will see huge changes in everyone. This is the year 1990. This is England.
Director: Shane Meadows
 
54.
This Is England '86 (2010 Mini-Series)
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Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It's mid 80's England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job, and something that resembles a future. (47 mins.)
 
55.
This Is England '88 (2011 Mini-Series)
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Christmas 1988. Soulmates, woody and Lol find themselves in exile from each other and the gang. Trying to understand the definition 'growing up', Shaun begins a course at College, that quickly takes the wrong turn. (70 mins.)
 
56.
Utopia (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'. (50 mins.)
 
57.
The Prisoner (1967 TV Series)
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After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape. (50 mins.)
 
58.
The Corner (2000 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Chronicles West Baltimore family living in poverty on the front lines of America's drug war. (376 mins.)
 
59.
A Very British Coup (1988 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide... (148 mins.)
 
60.
The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Ruth has everything. A large, warty body, a standard house in the suburbs, two whiney children, a dog... (229 mins.)
 
61.
Dark Skies (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1960s America, a young couple struggle to expose the truth about a hidden alien invasion, while a secret government organization follows its own agenda in dealing with the threat. (60 mins.)