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1. Wagner (1981– )
Episode: Episode #1.10 (1983)

67 min | Biography, Drama, History

9.5
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Construction on the opera house in Bayreuth begins and his epic Der Ring des Nibelungen can finally be premiered. The performance is attended by Ludwig who is slowly losing his mind, while ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Palmer | Stars: Richard Burton, Bill Fraser, Vanessa Redgrave, Ronald Pickup

Votes: 43

2. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)
Episode: 1973 Christmas Special (1973)

63 min | Comedy

9.4
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The musical guests are John Hanson, Hannah Gordon and The New Seekers. Eric surprises the Ernie with the new years honours list. Ernie's play is called 'Napoleon and Josephine' with Vanessa Redgrave as Empress Josephine.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Vanessa Redgrave, Hannah Gordon

Votes: 41

3. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A series of documentaries about World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 16,441

4. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Genocide: 1941-1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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The history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews, showing events leading to the "Final Solution". Footage and Interviews with SS officers and Jewish survivors from various countries describe... See full summary »

Director: Michael Darlow | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Rita Boas-Koopman, Richard Böch, Anthony Eden

Votes: 195

5. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Stalingrad: June 1942-February 1943 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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Germany is dealt a crushing defeat when the Russians' stubborn defense of Stalingrad delays the German offensive giving the Russians time to mass their forces for a counter attack that ... See full summary »

Director: Hugh Raggett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Andrey Yeryomenko, Hermann Göring, Franz Halder

Votes: 206

6. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Barbarossa: June-December 1941 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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Following the conquest of France Hitler, almost casually by blitzkrieg standards, turn his eyes toward Russia. But Stalin is equally lackadaisical in preparing defenses against Germany. The... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Averell Harriman, John Russell, Paul Schmidt

Votes: 226

7. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Directed by William Wyler (1986)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography

9.0
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A tribute to director William Wyler consisting of interviews and excerpts from his many classic films.

Director: Aviva Slesin | Stars: A. Scott Berg, Bette Davis, Samantha Eggar, Greer Garson

Votes: 366

8. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Inside the Reich: Germany - 1940-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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Germany is jubilant after the surrender of France. Then the unsuccessful expansion of the war to include Russia and England gradually turns German morale from joy to fatalism. Even der ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Hertha Beese, Christabel Bielenberg, Emmi Bonhoeffer

Votes: 171

9. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Laurence Olivier: A Life (1983)

Music

9.0
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A multi-award winning biography covering the life and career of actor/director Laurence Olivier.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Melvyn Bragg, Peggy Ashcroft, Jill Esmond

Votes: 46

10. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Morning: June-August 1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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Four years after France fell the Allies invade Normandy. Caught by surprise the German defenses are quickly overcome. Heading inland the Allies win major victories against fierce resistance.

Director: John Pett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, David Belchem, Winston Churchill, J. Lawton Collins

Votes: 167

11. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Nemesis: Germany - February-May 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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The closing weeks of the European war bring retribution for Germany in the form of carpet bombing cities like Dresden, the collapse of the Whermacht, atrocities by Soviet forces, and finally the fall of Berlin and suicide of Hitler.

Director: Martin Smith | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Vladimir Antonov, Eberhard Bethge, C.J.R. Duffin

Votes: 159

12. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Episode: Part 2 (1977)

TV-G | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History

9.0
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Jesus meets Mary Magdalene and John the Baptist and continues to perform miracles among his people.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Farentino

Votes: 229

13. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Part IV (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

9.0
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 12

14. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: The Bomb: February-September 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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Following the events from the death of US President Roosevelt through to the dropping of the two bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that prompted Japan's surrender.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, McGeorge Bundy, James Byrnes, Anthony Eden

Votes: 153

15. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: A New Germany: 1933-1939 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.9
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Program chronicles the draconian measures taken by Adolf Hitler to become absolute dictator of Germany and begin his domination of Europe.

Director: Hugh Raggett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Christabel Bielenberg, Emmi Bonhoeffer, Hugh Greene

Votes: 326

16. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: France Falls: May-June 1940 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.9
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As their forces invade Northern Europe German strategists capitalize time and again on French preconceptions confounding French defenses.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, André Beaufre, Maurice Chevalier, Lawrence Durrell

Votes: 237

17. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Red Star: The Soviet Union - 1941-1943 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.9
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Bent on fulfilling Hilter's policy of colonizing Russia, German forces invade subjecting inhabitants of occupied lands to servitude or death. Russians respond with a mass evacuation and ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Smith | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Ivan Chistyakov, Vsevolod Klokov, Ivan Ludnikov

Votes: 198

18. The 26th Annual Tony Awards (1972 TV Special)

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Director: Clark Jones | Stars: Paul Ainsley, Tom Aldredge, Jonelle Allen, Desi Arnaz

Votes: 5

19. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Alone: May 1940-May 1941 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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In the end of May 1940, when the last French cities are captured by the Germans, half a million British and French soldiers retreat to the last channel port still open to them: Dunkerque. ... See full summary »

Director: David Elstein | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Max Aitken, J.R. Colville, Anthony Eden

Votes: 226

20. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Occupation: Holland - 1940-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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The Dutch are shocked when the Germans bomb Rotterdam and invade their neutral country. But Germany follows with insidious conciliatory gestures that ease tensions. Germany gradually ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Darlow | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Rita Boas-Koopman, Sieuwert Bruins Slot, J.F. Bubberman-Boer

Votes: 163

21. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Episode: Part 1 (1977)

TV-G | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.8
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After Joseph and Mary's betrothal, Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel, who tells her she will bear the Son of God. Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to take part in Herod's census, where Jesus is born.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Claudia Cardinale

Votes: 233

22. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Reckoning: 1945... and After (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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As wretched survivours suffer deprivations amongst the ruins, half of Germany and eastern Europe trade one socialist tyranny for another as the Soviets take power. Japan is occupied by the U. S., but the colonial empires disintegrate.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Stephen Ambrose, Charles Bohlen, Anthony Eden

Votes: 145

23. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Remember (1974)

TV-PG | 49 min | Documentary, History, War

8.8
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For many the Second World War was the most significant experience of their lives. These are heartbreaking first hand remembrances from a vast array of survivors from both sides of the war.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, John Barne, Stanley Drinkwater, Lawrence Durrell

Votes: 151

24. Brideshead Revisited (1981)

659 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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Two young men meet at Oxford. Charles Ryder, though of no family or money, becomes friends with Sebastian Flyte when Sebastian throws up in his college room through an open window. He then ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Roger Milner, Phoebe Nicholls

Votes: 5,526

25. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

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Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, Paul McCartney, Jonathan Miller

Votes: 137

26. Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)

Approved | 30 min | Documentary, Short

8.7
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Stars: Carey Wilson, Janet Gaynor, Emil Jannings, Mary Pickford

Votes: 77

27. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Banzai! Japan: 1931-1942 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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Following Japan's conquest of eastern Asia the Allies finally respond with sanctions. They prove so threatening to Japan that it prepares to conquer Southeast Asia to secure the resources ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Lewis Bush, George Elliott, Mitsuo Fuchida

Votes: 207

28. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Episode #1.3 (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

8.7
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 13

29. Frost on Sunday (1968–1970)
Episode: Frost at the London Palladium for the British Film and Television Awards (1970)

Comedy, Talk-Show

8.7
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A departure from the usual Wembley studio as Frost presents the star-studded awards with help from his usual mix of regulars and guest artistes.

Director: Philip Casson | Stars: David Frost, Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker, Josephine Tewson

Votes: 22

30. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow: Burma - 1942-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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Allied forces were totally unprepared for the Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942. The Japanese quickly overran the country. The Allies counter-attacked using troops unfamiliar with jungle ... See full summary »

Director: John Pett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Walter Boller, Sydney Bowers, Leonard Brown

Votes: 164

31. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Pacific: February 1942-July 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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The island hopping strategy of Admiral Nimitz and General MacArthur leads from one costly, battle after another. The Japanese fight fanatically as the war gets ever closer to home, but Americans finally use their newest weapon, the A-bomb.

Director: John Pett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Frank Manson, Roy Voris, Douglas MacArthur

Votes: 157

32. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: The Desert: North Africa - 1940-1943 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.7
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In 1940 Mussolini deploys a massive army to invade British held Egypt, to capture the Suez Canal and most of all to establish an Italian empire to rival Germany's. So begins a multi-year ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, David Belchem, Paola Colacicchi, Francis de Guingand

Votes: 192

33. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 14

34. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Japan: 1941-1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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After the victories in 1941-2, Japanese fortunes reverse as America succeeds in destroying their aircraft fleet and Pacific island bases. At home, shortages of goods and manpower lead to desperation for the population.

Director: Hugh Raggett | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Naoki Hoshino, Toshikazu Kase, Teruo Okada

Votes: 154

35. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)
Episode: John Gabriel Borkman (1958)

Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Maxine Audley, Pamela Brown, Anne Castaldini, Carmel McSharry

Votes: 5

36. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: On Our Way: U.S.A. - 1939-1942 (1973)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Although those in the know figured it was just a matter of time, the United States only reluctantly participated in World War 2. But it was not a foregone conclusion that the United States ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, George Ball, Vannevar Bush, Masataka Chihaya

Votes: 201

37. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Pincers: August 1944-March 1945 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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As the Allies debate how to prosecute the the invasion of Germany, Hitler settles the question with a massive counter attack in the Ardenne. Failure of the attack leaves German defenses of ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, J. Lawton Collins, Francis de Guingand, Averell Harriman

Votes: 158

38. Peter the Great (1986)
Episode: Pt II (1986)

Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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Directors: Marvin J. Chomsky, Lawrence Schiller | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 14

39. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Tough Old Gut: Italy - November 1942-June 1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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After driving the Germans from North Africa the Allies turn their sites on Italy. But the Italian campaign turned out to be tougher the anyone expected. American reluctance to divert ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Bill Becket, Mark W. Clark, Walter Davis

Votes: 164

40. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Whirlwind: Bombing Germany - September 1939-April 1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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While the British continue to rely on night bombing the American forces attempt to use more dangerous but more precise daylight bombing to interdict German military production and crush the national will.

Director: Ted Childs | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Hans Brunswig, John Corcoran, Ira C. Eaker

Votes: 178

41. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this miniseries brings to life all the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 16,252

42. The Dick Cavett Show (1968–1974)

90 min | Music, Talk-Show

8.5
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Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester Maddox walked out angrily during one interview). Cavett was intelligent and witty, ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Cavett, Bobby Rosengarden, Fred Foy, Muhammad Ali

Votes: 474

43. Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady (1982 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

8.5
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Director: Harry Kooperstein | Stars: Natalie Wood, Lauren Bacall, Jim Backus, Martin Balsam

Votes: 28

44. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Distant War: September 1939-May 1940 (1973)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.5
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France and Great Britain enter World War 2 following Germany's invasion of Poland. But with the exception of its navy Britain is rather uncertain how to prepare. After a failed operation in... See full summary »

Director: David Elstein | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Boothby, R.A. Butler, Lord Chandos

Votes: 259

45. Mr. Halpern and Mr. Johnson (1983 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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Towards the end of their lives, two old friends discover that one of them was in love with the other one's wife for more than 30 years.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jackie Gleason

Votes: 74

46. Hindle Wakes (1976 TV Movie)

78 min

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Directors: June Howson, Laurence Olivier | Stars: Rosalind Ayres, Judi Bowker, Roy Dotrice, Trevor Eve

Votes: 16

47. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: Brideshead Revisited (1981)

90 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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In the winter of 1939, Lord Marchmain decides to return to Brideshead from Venice in view of the deteriorating international situation. It soon becomes apparent that he is in declining ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Diana Quick, Phoebe Nicholls, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 81

48. Brideshead Revisited (1981)
Episode: Home and Abroad (1981)

52 min | Drama, Romance

8.4
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The aristocratic Sebastian invites his middle-class university friend Charles to spend a glorious summer at the amazing family home, Brideshead.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Diana Quick, Jeremy Irons, Anthony Andrews, Roger Milner

Votes: 81

49. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Wolf Pack: U-Boats in the Atlantic - 1939-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 51 min | Documentary, History, War

8.4
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For three years German u-boats ravage transatlantic convoys. Despite the critical need for the supplies and materiel British leadership give scant attention to the matter for two years. ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Childs | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Edward Butler, Peter Cremer, Karl Dönitz

Votes: 184

50. The World at War (1973–1976)
Episode: Home Fires: Britain - 1940-1944 (1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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The war effort required total commitment from British citizens stretching their bodies and spirits to the breaking point and occasionally beyond it. As a result of grim news early in the ... See full summary »

Stars: Laurence Olivier, William Beveridge, Mrs. Gwen Bunt, R.A. Butler

Votes: 163



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