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1.
The Young Victoria (2009)
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A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert. (105 mins.)
 
2.
The Pillars of the Earth (2010 Mini-Series)
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Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart. (60 mins.)
 
3.
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers. (125 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
4.
Elizabeth I (2005 Mini-Series)
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Miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I. (223 mins.)
 
5.
Elizabeth (1998)
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A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch. (124 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
6.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
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A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. (114 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
 
7.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
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The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles. (123 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
8.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
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Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. (115 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
 
9.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
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A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
10.
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
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A young peasant maid working in the house of painter Johannes Vermeer becomes his talented assistant and the model for one of his most famous works. (100 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
 
11.
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
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A Venetian courtesan becomes a hero to her city, but later becomes the target of an inquisition by the Church for witchcraft. (111 mins.)
 
12.
The Virgin Queen (2005 Mini-Series)
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim... (237 mins.)
 
13.
The Wonderful World of Disney (1995 TV Series)
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A look at the classic "Cinderella" story from the perspective of one of her 'ugly' stepsisters (120 mins.)
 
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The Queen (2006)
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After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
15.
Black Death (2010)
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Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village. (102 mins.)
 
16.
Lady Jane (1986)
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The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos because of succession disputes. His weak son Edward... (136 mins.)
Director: Trevor Nunn
 
17.
Hornblower: Mutiny (2001 TV Movie)
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Hornblower and his comrades come under the command of a revered but obviously mentally unstable captain and eventually must mutiny. (240 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
18.
Horatio Hornblower: The Duel (1998 TV Movie)
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Horatio Hornblower begins his naval career, but a deadly feud with a despicable mate is causing complications. (93 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
19.
Hornblower: Duty (2003 TV Movie)
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Admiral Pellew interrupts Hornblower's wedding reception and tasks him to locate a British ship which has disappeared off the French coast, where Napoleon's troops are engaged in covert activities. (96 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
20.
Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (1999 TV Movie)
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Lt. Hornblower and his mates are sent to accompany a doomed royalist invasion of revolutionary France. (100 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
21.
Horatio Hornblower: The Fire Ship (1998 TV Movie)
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While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew. (93 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
22.
Horatio Hornblower: Retribution (2001 TV Movie)
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Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
23.
Horatio Hornblower 3 (2003 TV Movie)
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Hornblower is given a dangerous mission to deliver an emigre French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks. (125 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
24.
Horatio Hornblower: The Duchess and the Devil (1999 TV Movie)
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Lt. Hornblower and his crew are captured by the enemy while escorting a Duchess who has secrets of her own. (93 mins.)
Director: Andrew Grieve
 
25.
The Lost Prince (2003 TV Movie)
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The true story of the British royal prince locked away because of having epilepsy. (180 mins.)
 
26.
Quills (2000)
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In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor. (124 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
27.
Sharpe's Rifles (1993 TV Movie)
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In the Peninsular War, a British sergeant is field promoted to a lieutenant in charge of a disrespectful rifle company. (102 mins.)
Director: Tom Clegg
 
28.
Sharpe's Eagle (1993 TV Movie)
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Sharpe is a Captain saddled with the South Essex, a battalion run by incompetents, and filled with soldiers who have never been in battle... (100 mins.)
Director: Tom Clegg
 
29.
The Duchess (2008)
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. (110 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
 
30.
The Crimson Petal and the White (2011 Mini-Series)
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Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch. (274 mins.)
 
31.
Sharpe's Company (1994 TV Movie)
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Spain 1812. After Ciudad Rodrigo, Teresa tells Sharpe that they have a baby daughter. In Badajoz, the next siege target... (100 mins.)
Director: Tom Clegg
 
32.
Sharpe's Enemy (1994 TV Movie)
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Portugal 1813. A band of deserters, including Sharpe's old enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, have captured two women... (90 mins.)
Director: Tom Clegg
 
33.
Jane Eyre (2006 Mini-Series)
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A young governess falls in love with her brooding and complex master. However, his dark past may destroy their relationship forever. (230 mins.)
 
34.
Great Expectations (2011 Mini-Series)
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The orphan Pip becomes a gentleman when his life is transformed by a mystery benefactor. (60 mins.)
 
35.
Jane Eyre (2011)
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A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
 
36.
North & South (2004 Mini-Series)
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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton. (235 mins.)
 
37.
Mystery!: Cadfael (1994 TV Series)
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A Crusader-turned-Monk uses his botanical knowledge to solve mysteries in the old Norman England town of Shrewsbury. (75 mins.)
 
38.
The Way We Live Now (2001 Mini-Series)
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At the center of the story is Augustus Melmotte, a European-born city financier, whose origins are as mysterious as his business dealings... (300 mins.)
 
39.
Queen Margot (1994)
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Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family. (159 mins.)
 
40.
The Hollow Crown (2012 TV Series)
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A miniseries of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts One and Two, and Henry V. (150 mins.)
 
41.
The White Queen (2013 Mini-Series)
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Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England. (60 mins.)
 
42.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
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A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. (119 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
43.
The Crucible (1996)
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials. (124 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
 
44.
The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1970 Mini-Series)
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A six-episode dramatization of Henry VIII's relationships with each of his six wives. Each episode is devoted to one wife, and is a complete play in itself. (540 mins.)
 
45.
The Merchant of Venice (2004)
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In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead. (131 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
 
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The Last King (2003 Mini-Series)
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The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return. (235 mins.)
 
47.
Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)
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Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII. (193 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
 
48.
Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)
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Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII. (193 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
 
49.
The Borgia (2006)
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A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia. (120 mins.)
 
50.
The Countess (2009)
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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty. (98 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
51.
The Countess (2009)
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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty. (98 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
 
52.
Wolf Hall (2015 Mini-Series)
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After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger. (360 mins.)