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1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.8
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82 Metascore

After the rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 977,623 | Gross: $290.48M

2. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.4
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The adventures of a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey known only as the Doctor, who travels through time and space fighting monsters and other villainous megalomaniacs with companions.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 30,486

3. An American Werewolf in London (1981)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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60 Metascore

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Director: John Landis | Stars: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher, Griffin Dunne

Votes: 76,191 | Gross: $30.57M

4. Blake's 7 (1978–1981)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A group of convicts and outcasts fight a guerrilla war against the totalitarian Terran Federation from a highly advanced alien spaceship.

Stars: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell

Votes: 2,697

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

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

8.7
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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.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 16,273

6. Porridge (1973–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

8.3
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The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 4,262

7. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 13,021

8. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 2,246

9. Frenzy (1972)

R | 116 min | Thriller

7.5
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A serial murderer is strangling women with a necktie. The London police have a suspect, but he is the wrong man.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Jon Finch, Barry Foster, Barbara Leigh-Hunt, Anna Massey

Votes: 34,880

10. Outland (1981)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.6
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In the distant future, a police marshal stationed at a remote mining colony on the Jupiter moon of Io uncovers a drug-smuggling conspiracy, and gets no help from the populace when he later finds himself marked for murder.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James Sikking

Votes: 23,694 | Gross: $17.37M

11. Law & Order (1978– )

80 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Four-part drama series about the British juicidal system, dealing with an investigation presented from the perspectives of the police force, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.

Stars: Peter Dean, Derek Martin, Deirdre Costello, Billy Cornelius

Votes: 67

12. The Sweeney (1975–1978)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.1
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Jack Regan is a hard edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. He pursues villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal themselves, frequently violent and more often than not successful.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, John Alkin

Votes: 1,319

13. The Onedin Line (1971–1980)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.7
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James Onedin marries Anne Webster in order to get his hands on a ship. However the marriage turns out to be one of true love. James is ruthless in his attempt to get a shipping line started... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Gilmore, Jessica Benton, Howard Lang, Mary Webster

Votes: 674

14. The Professionals (1977–1983)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.1
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Bodie and Doyle, top agents for Britain's CI5 (Criminal Intelligence 5), and their controller, George Cowley fight terrorism and similar high-profile crimes. Cowley, a hard ex-MI5 operative... See full summary »

Stars: Gordon Jackson, Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins, Bridget Brice

Votes: 2,011

15. Juliet Bravo (1980–1985)

50 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay takes charge of the police station in the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley. She is the first woman to be placed in charge of the station and ... See full summary »

Stars: David Ellison, Noel Collins, Stephanie Turner, Anna Carteret

Votes: 138

16. Ivanhoe (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 142 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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Ivanhoe, a worthy and noble knight, the champion of justice returns to England after the holy wars. He finds England under the reign of Prince John and his henchmen and finds himself being ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: James Mason, Anthony Andrews, Sam Neill, Michael Hordern

Votes: 3,737

17. Enemy at the Door (1978–1980)

650 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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During the Second World War, the inhabitants of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, try to cope with the German occupation.

Stars: Alfred Burke, Bernard Horsfall, Antonia Pemberton, Simon Cadell

Votes: 154

18. Z Cars (1962–1978)

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.

Stars: James Ellis, John Slater, Douglas Fielding, Bernard Holley

Votes: 212

19. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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A British television anthology drama series that aired on BBC1 between 1970 and 1984.

Stars: Alison Steadman, Nigel Hawthorne, Tony Caunter, David Daker

Votes: 181

20. Brannigan (1975)

PG | 111 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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Chicago police lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the UK to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the USA but Larkin's hit-men prepare an ambush for Brannigan.

Director: Douglas Hickox | Stars: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, Mel Ferrer

Votes: 4,231

21. Secret Army (1977–1979)

50 min | Drama, History, War

8.7
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During World War II, the kind, intelligent and worrisome Albert Foiret runs both a café, which is the only notable public house in a small Belgian town, where locals therefore naturally mix... See full summary »

Stars: Bernard Hepton, Angela Richards, Clifford Rose, Juliet Hammond

Votes: 889

22. Dixon of Dock Green (1955–1976)

45 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Constable George Dixon and his colleagues at the Dock Green police station in the East End of London deal with petty crime, successfully controlling it through common sense and human understanding.

Stars: Jack Warner, Peter Byrne, Geoffrey Adams, Arthur Rigby

Votes: 160

23. When the Boat Comes In (1976–1981)

50 min | Drama

8.6
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Set in Gallowshields on Tyneside between the 2 World Wars, this story follows the life of ex-sergeant Jack Ford and the Seaton family as they deal with the aftermath of the Great War, the Great 1920s Depression and trade union activists.

Stars: James Bolam, James Garbutt, Jean Heywood, John Nightingale

Votes: 275

24. Shoestring (1979–1980)

50 min | Drama

7.4
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Lighthearted detective series set in the West Country, about Eddie Shoestring, a radio-phone-in detective

Stars: Trevor Eve, Michael Medwin, Doran Godwin, Liz Crowther

Votes: 225

25. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)

120 min | Drama

7.6
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Monthly anthology series featuring televised versions of plays.

Stars: Charles Gray, Eric Porter, Lally Bowers, John Gielgud

Votes: 79

26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.5
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A disfigured man is feared and tormented by the townspeople of Notre Dame, but he has a sensitive nature of which few are aware.

Directors: Michael Tuchner, Alan Hume | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, David Suchet, Gerry Sundquist

Votes: 929

27. The Brothers (1972–1976)

50 min | Drama

8.1
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Robert Hammond died while "doing the deed" with his secretary/mistress Jennifer. His 3 sons Edward, Brian and David inherit the family trucking company and try to run it.

Stars: Jean Anderson, Robin Chadwick, Jennifer Wilson, Derek Benfield

Votes: 52

28. The Gentle Touch (1980–1984)

60 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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The adventures of tough lady cop Maggie Forbes.

Stars: Jill Gascoine, William Marlowe, Paul Moriarty, Brian Gwaspari

Votes: 97

29. Softly Softly: Task Force (1969– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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1970s BBC police drama with experienced cop DCS Charlie Barlow. and DS John Watt who lead a task force charged with tackling the toughest chases Thamesford has to offer.

Stars: Frank Windsor, Norman Bowler, David Lloyd Meredith, Terence Rigby

Votes: 34

30. Cribb (1980–1981)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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The Victorian era cases of Detective Sergeant Cribb of Scotland Yard's newly formed Criminal Investigation Department.

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

Votes: 100

31. Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973)

99 min | Comedy, Sport

6.8
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Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are junk dealers, complete with horse and cart to tour the neighbourhood. They also live amicably together at the junk yard. Always on the lookout for ways... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sykes | Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Diana Dors, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 863

32. Clochemerle (1972– )

230 min | Comedy

8.3
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A rural French town attempts to erect a public urinal.

Stars: Peter Ustinov, Roy Dotrice, Wendy Hiller, Michael Golden

Votes: 67

33. Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1983–1985)

30 min | Comedy

5.0
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James 'Jim' London becomes a man of property when a relative dies, leaving him the run-down Victorian abode of 17 Railway Terrace, in Elephant and Castle (south London). He's troubled by ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Davidson, John Bardon, Brian Hall, Sue Nicholls

Votes: 59

34. The Devil's Crown (1978– )

55 min | Drama, History

8.4
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Henry Plantagenet (later King Henry II), sees his opportunity to seize the crown of England and create a kingdom of law and order.

Stars: Jane Lapotaire, Christopher Gable, John Duttine, Brian Cox

Votes: 58

35. Moonbase 3 (1973– )

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 104

36. Beau Geste (1982– )

204 min | War, Action, Adventure

8.6
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Three brothers of a well-to-do English family join the French Foreign Legion.

Stars: Benedict Taylor, Anthony Calf, Jonathon Morris, John Forgeham

Votes: 80

37. Breakaway (1980– )

30 min | Mystery, Thriller

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Much as detective inspector Sam Harvey would like to retire to devote himself full-time to his hobby of writing children's books, he has to solve a couple of intricate and baffling murder cases first.

Stars: Martin Jarvis, Ed Bishop, Angela Browne, David Collings

38. John Wycliffe: The Morning Star (1984)

Not Rated | 75 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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The story of 14th century John Wycliffe, AKA "The Morning Star of the Reformation", who was the first to translate the Bible into English.

Director: Tony Tew | Stars: Michael Bertenshaw, James Downie, Peter Howell, Barrie Cookson

Votes: 108

39. Burning an Illusion (1981)

101 min | Drama

7.0
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A young black woman in England becomes increasingly frustrated with her life with her lazy, demanding boyfriend, and with the help of friends seeks something better.

Director: Menelik Shabazz | Stars: Cassie McFarlane, Victor Romero Evans, Beverley Martin, Angela Wynter

Votes: 77

40. Everyday Maths (1978–1979)

20 min

8.5
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Stars: Arthur English, Jack Wild, Sam Kydd, Mike Mungarvan

Votes: 10

41. Barlow at Large (1971–1975)

50 min

7.4
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Stars: Stratford Johns, Neil Stacy, Derek Newark, Norman Comer

Votes: 11

42. Spyder's Web (1972– )

50 min | Thriller

6.8
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Stars: Anthony Ainley, Veronica Carlson, Patricia Cutts, Roger Lloyd Pack

Votes: 9

43. Buccaneer (1980– )

50 min | Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Stars: Bryan Marshall, Clifford Rose, Pamela Salem, Carolyn Courage

Votes: 5

44. The Dancing Princesses (I) (1978 TV Movie)

60 min

7.8
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Director: Ben Rea | Stars: Joseph O'Conor, Rosalie Crutchley, Bosco Hogan, Christopher Biggins

Votes: 11

45. Classic Ghost Stories (1986– )

Horror

7.0
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Five partially-dramatized readings of classic M.R. James ghost stories by actor Robert Powell. Including "The Mezzotint", "The Ash-Tree", "The Rose Garden", "Wailing Well" and "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad".

Stars: Robert Powell, Arthur Nightingale, Michael Richmond, Jeremy Roberts

Votes: 12

46. Out of Town (1989)

Short, Horror

7.8
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A man out hiking in the countryside accidentally gets his foot stuck in a hole. Events become progressively worse.

Director: Norman Hull | Stars: John Cannon, Samantha David, Nigel Horton, David Morrissey

Votes: 34

47. West End Tales (1981– )

30 min | Comedy

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

48. Juliet Bravo (1980–1985)
Episode: A Breach of the Peace (1982)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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A gypsy is released from prison, reawakening a long-standing family feud.

Director: Paul Ciappessoni | Stars: Stephanie Turner, David Ellison, Noel Collins, David Gillies

Votes: 5

49. Porridge (1973–1977)
Episode: A Night In (1974)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime

8.5
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Supposedly as a temporary measure Lennie Godber is moved into Fletch's cell. As a first-timer the prison world is new to him and he misses his girl-friend. Fletch shows a kindly, ... See full summary »

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Paul McDowell, Steve Ismay

Votes: 68

50. I, Claudius (1976)
Episode: A Touch of Murder (1976)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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Elderly and lame from birth emperor Claudius is writing his biography and the history of his family. He recalls an encounter with the Sibyl, who recognizes him from his stutter and tells ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wise | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed, George Baker

Votes: 213