Single Drama / TV Movie

by jones-simonleslie | created - 14 Nov 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

List of stand alone, single dramas I have seen. Which don't fit easily into my Film Diary Lists. Predominately UK television productions which have a life beyond British television and are promoted as TV Movies or may receive festival screenings.

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1. The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1983 TV Movie)

Comedy, Drama

During questioning by the police, a railway worker falls to his death from the multi-story police HQ. The government says it was an accident but there is a public outcry. The Superintendant... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Horrox, Gavin Richards | Stars: Gavin Richards, Jim Bywater, Clive Russell, Gavin Muir

Votes: 68

14-09-1983 C4. TV version of the Belt and Braces Roadshow Company's production.

2. The Secret Adversary (1983 TV Movie)

PG | 115 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

After two old friends accidentally meet and resolve to become investigators for hire, they quickly become embroiled in a missing treaty and a Bolshevik conspiracy.

Director: Tony Wharmby | Stars: James Warwick, Francesca Annis, Gavan O'Herlihy, Alec McCowen

Votes: 277

09-10-1983. Central. Agatha Christie's The Secret Adversary.

3. The Aerodrome (1983 TV Movie)

91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In the future England is ruled by a fascist government, and one day the leaders begin the construction of a heavily guarded, mysterious airport.

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: Peter Firth, Richard Johnson, Richard Briers, Dominic Jephcott

Votes: 24

13-12-1983 BBC1.

4. Separate Tables (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

Arrival of a beautiful model stirs up the guests of a peaceful small-town hotel where most of them hide from their troubles. Secrets, infatuations and lies come out.

Directors: John Schlesinger, Ken Price | Stars: Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Claire Bloom, Irene Worth

Votes: 154

02-01-1984 Central.

5. An Englishman Abroad (1983 TV Movie)

61 min | Drama

Actress Coral Browne travels to Moscow, and meets a mysterious Englishman. Turns out he's the notorious spy, Guy Burgess. Based on a true story, with Ms. Browne playing herself.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Alan Bates, Coral Browne, Charles Gray, Harold Innocent

Votes: 393

22-01-1984 BBC2.

6. Edwin (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama

Touching comedy about a high court judge, now retired to his English countryside home, who resolves to end years of suspicion about his wife's fidelity and the true paternity of their son.

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Alec Guinness, Renée Asherson, Paul Rogers

Votes: 63

03-05-1984 C4.

7. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

92 Metascore

The effects of a nuclear holocaust on the working class city of Sheffield, England and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 8,692

23-09-1984 BBC2.

9. The Ebony Tower (1984 TV Movie)

80 min | Drama

A young artist goes to interview an older painter who lives in the south of France with two young women. He gets caught up in the painter's Bohemian lifestyle and begins examining his own ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Knights | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Roger Rees, Greta Scacchi, Toyah Willcox

Votes: 133

09-12-1984 Central.

10. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Poppyland (1985)

90 min | Drama

He is a respectable pillar of London society who yearns for an idyllic existence away from the noise and the smoke. She feels hemmed in by the confines of an isolated fishing village and ... See full summary »

Director: John Madden | Stars: Alan Howard, Phoebe Nicholls, John McEnery, Richard Wilson

Votes: 6

Screen Two was umbrella banner for made for television films. 13-01-1985 BBC2.

11. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Unfair Exchanges (1984)

70 min | Drama

Mavis's plight will ring a bell in the heart of anyone who ever felt like murdering a telephone. Is some ghoulish mind behind the increasingly mysterious and sinister calls she gets? Is it ... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Julie Walters, George Lapham, David Rappaport, Robert Kingswell

Votes: 10

20-01-1985 BBC2.

12. Knockback (1984 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama

Knockback is based on a true story about the first man to be sentenced to life imprisonment in the UK for murder following the abolition of capital punishment. Female prison worker Sylvia ... See full summary »

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Peggy Aitchison, Pauline Collins, John Fowler, Leslie Grantham

Votes: 5

Original shown as part BBC2's Screen Two season; aired in two parts. 27-01-1985 BBC2.

13. The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Comedy, Music

Charts the adventures of the prefab four, possibly the most famous band of all time.

Directors: Eric Idle, Gary Weis | Stars: Eric Idle, John Halsey, Ricky Fataar, Neil Innes

Votes: 5,414

3-3-1985 BBC2.

14. The Knowledge (1979 TV Movie)

89 min | Comedy, Drama

Four men attempt "The Knowledge" examination to qualify as London taxi drivers.

Director: Bob Brooks | Stars: Nigel Hawthorne, Mick Ford, Kim Taylforth, Jonathan Lynn

Votes: 183

19-08-1985 C4.

15. Callahan (1982 TV Movie)

25 min | Adventure, Comedy

Add a Plot

Director: Harry Winer | Stars: Hart Bochner, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Harkins, Peter Maloney

Votes: 23

Pilot which never went to series. 18-10-1985 Central.

16. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Monsignor Quixote (1987)


In this modern adaptation of the Don Quixote theme based on a novel by Graham Greene, Quixote is an old Spanish village priest who travels through Spain with his friend, Sancho, the ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Ian Richardson, Graham Crowden

Votes: 172

16-12-85 Central.

17. Minder (1979–1994)
Episode: Minder on the Orient Express (1985)

106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Saving deceased gangster Jack South's daughter Nikki from an attack by hired thugs earns "minder" Terry McCann a trip for two across Europe on the famous Orient Express. But a perfect ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Dennis Waterman, George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Peter Childs

Votes: 163

25-12-1985 Central.

18. Tenko Reunion (1985 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

Former prisoners of war reunite in Singapore in 1950 but a new danger arises when they are met by Communist insurgents.

Director: Michael Owen Morris | Stars: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Veronica Roberts, Elizabeth Chambers

Votes: 90

26-12-1985 BBC1.

19. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Hotel du Lac (1986)

75 min | Drama

An authoress, whose career is more successful than her private life, arrives at a Swiss hotel and finds her life changing in unexpected ways.

Director: Giles Foster | Stars: Anna Massey, Denholm Elliott, Googie Withers, Julia McKenzie

Votes: 117

2-03-1986 BBC2.

20. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: The McGuffin (1986)

100 min | Drama

A penurious film critic begins to wonder if his increasingly complicated life isn't rather like the plot of a Hitchcock film.

Director: Colin Bucksey | Stars: Charles Dance, Ann Todd, Mark Rylance, Bill Shine

Votes: 50

12-01-1986 BBC2.

21. Jessie (1984 TV Movie)

100 min

The story of a Dr. Jessie Hayden, a female police department psychiatrist.

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Tony Lo Bianco, Celeste Holm, William Lucking

Votes: 44

03-04-1986 Central.

22. Shadowlands (1985 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Noted author and scholar finds love, then must endure its loss...

Director: Norman Stone | Stars: Joss Ackland, Claire Bloom, David Waller, Rupert Baderman

Votes: 377

04-05-1986 BBC2.

23. Death Is Part of the Process (1986 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama

The struggles of white intellectuals and their black activist friends in the apartheid of South Africa during the 1950s.

Director: Bill Hays | Stars: Art Malik, John Matshikiza, Jack Klaff, Estelle Kohler

28-09-1986 BBC1. Shown in two parts.

24. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Hedgehog Wedding (1987)


Mr and Mrs Desmond Howard Jones invite you to the wedding of their daughter Mariella to Dominic Frazer.

Director: Tim King | Stars: Christoph Hargreaves-Allen, Lynsey Baxter, Marsha Fitzalan, Francesca Brill

Votes: 10

17-04-1987 BBC2.

25. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: After Pilkington (1987)

100 min | Drama

What's happened to Pilkington? James doesn't much care, he's far more interested in renewing acquaintance with the girl he silently adored as a teenager - but maybe she knows something.

Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Bob Peck, Miranda Richardson, Reina James, Gary Waldhorn

Votes: 69

03-11-1987 BBC1.

26. Scoop (1987 TV Movie)

120 min

A reporter is mistakenly sent to report from the war front. There he meets other reporters who are waiting for a scoop. When one notable reporter goes missing, they all presume he found a scoop and go looking for him.

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Michael Maloney, Michael Hordern, Robert Eddison, Leon Sinden

Votes: 91

26-04-1987 Central.

27. Horizon (1964– )
Episode: The Race for the Double Helix (1987)

97 min | Documentary

Watson and Crick race to find the structure of DNA before Linus Pauling, Maurice Wilkins, or Rosalind Franklin can find the key to unlocking the secret.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Tim Pigott-Smith, Alan Howard, Juliet Stevenson

Votes: 657

27-04-1987 BBC2.

28. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: East of Ipswich (1987)


Seventeen-year-old Richard and his parents take their annual seaside holiday in a guesthouse on England's east coast in the 1950s. Julia, a teenage girl holidaying with her parents in a ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: John Nettleton, Pat Heywood, Edward Rawle-Hicks, Allan Cuthbertson

Votes: 114

23-06-1987 BBC1.

29. Cause célèbre (1989 TV Movie)

109 min | Crime, Drama

When a woman's husband is murdered by her lover, they are both tried for murder. The prosecution claims that she is the mastermind behind the crime, but she has an ace up her sleeve.

Director: John Gorrie | Stars: Helen Mirren, Harry Andrews, David Suchet, David Morrissey

Votes: 127

23-08-1987 Central.

30. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: The Vision (1987)

104 min | Drama

Veteran broadcaster James Marriner is persuaded to front a new big budget national family TV channel. But he begins to suspect that the channel is a front for something much more sinister and political.

Director: Norman Stone | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Lee Remick, Eileen Atkins, Helena Bonham Carter

Votes: 43

10-01-1988 BBC2.

31. Mr. H Is Late (1988 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Comedy

A team of inept undertakers attempt to get a coffin to a funeral on time.

Director: Eric Sykes | Stars: John Alderton, Bobby Ball, Tommy Cannon, Norman Collier

Votes: 89

15-02-1988 Central.

32. Theatre Night (1985– )
Episode: The Master Builder (1988)

138 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Ibsen's play is the story of Halvard Solness, Master Builder of a town in Norway. Solness is a successful architect but he's afraid of the being surpassed by those younger than himself. The... See full summary »

Director: Michael Darlow | Stars: Pamela Binns, Donald Churchill, Jane Lapotaire, Leo McKern

Votes: 13

15-05-1988 BBC2.

33. Number 27 (1988 TV Movie)

74 min | Comedy

A contractor attempts to convince a 90-year old woman to sell her house but ends up falling in love with the house's history and befriending the old woman.

Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: Joyce Carey, Nigel Planer, Helena Michell, Edward Lyon

Votes: 25

23-10-1988 BBC1.

34. Season's Greetings (1986 TV Movie)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Eight people attend a christmas party in hope of having a pleasant celebration, however it takes various awkward turns and ends with one of the guests leaving sooner than they thought.

Director: Michael A. Simpson | Stars: Peter Vaughan, Geoffrey Palmer, Barbara Flynn, Lesley Dunlop

Votes: 88

22-12-1988 BBC2.

35. CivvyStreet (1988 TV Movie)

57 min | Drama

Life in Albert Square circa 1939-1945.

Director: Julia Smith | Stars: Gary Olsen, Karen Meagher, Avis Bunnage, Linda Robson

Votes: 11

26-12-1988 BBC1.

36. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Defrosting the Fridge (1989)

95 min | Drama

An American football coach takes over the running of a no-hope English soccer team.

Director: Sandy Johnson | Stars: Joe Don Baker, Phyllis Logan, Bill Armstrong, Maggie O'Neill

Votes: 12

26-03-1989 BBC2.

37. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Will You Love Me Tomorrow (1987)


Freedom fascinates and frightens Jackie, encountering the real world for the first time in years, She clings to an ideal : 'What I want most in the whole world is to be in love and to be ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Joanne Whalley, Tilly Vosburgh, Phil Daniels, Iain Glen

Votes: 53

21-08-1989 BBC2.

38. Robin Williams: An Evening at the Met (1986 TV Special)

65 min | Documentary, Comedy

In this hilarious stand up comedy, Robin Williams is energetic, witty and again hilarious. It's the number one stand up comedy of all time.

Director: Bruce Gowers | Star: Robin Williams

Votes: 1,105

24-09-1989 VHS tape.

39. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: She's Been Away (1989)

103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Locked away in an asylum as a young girl because she was an embarrassment to her family, then forgotten, an old woman returns to what's left of her kin and to her memories.

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, Geraldine James, James Fox, Jackson Kyle

Votes: 153

02-10-1989 Triangle Cinema.

40. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: The Mountain and the Molehill (1989)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

It is May 1944, two weeks before D-day. Britain stands poised for the long-awaited invasion of France - thousands of troops wait anxiously for the orders to come for embarkation. MI5 is ... See full summary »

Director: Moira Armstrong | Stars: Michael Gough, Michael Quill, Demetri Jagger, Jacob Krichefski

Votes: 16

15-10-1989 BBC1.

41. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: Blore M.P. (1989)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

Derek Blore MP enjoys both a happy successful political career and a sideline in the suburbs. When his two political lives become confused, with an added Russian complication, he finds a national scandal engulfing him.

Director: Robert Young | Stars: Maggie O'Neill, Timothy West, Alexei Jawdokimov, Sergei Rusakov

Votes: 6

22-10-1989 BBC1.

42. A Day in Summer (1989 TV Movie)

105 min

Boring bank manager Peplow arrives by the early-morning train in the small Yorkshire Dales town of Great Minden on the day of their annual Feast (fair). He chances to meet Herbert Ruskin, ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Mahoney | Stars: Peter Egan, Jack Shepherd, John Sessions, Jill Bennett

Votes: 24

01-02-1989 Central.

43. Theatre Night (1985– )
Episode: Arms and the Man (1989)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

1865: Swiss captain Bluntschli fights as mercenary in the war between Bulgaria and Serbia. When his group's attacked by a few Bulgarian troopers, he learns that he's got the wrong ... See full summary »

Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Nicolas Chagrin, Mark Crowdy, Patsy Kensit

Votes: 94

16-04-1989 BBC2.

44. Theatre Night (1985– )
Episode: Knuckle (1989)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Add a Plot

Director: Moira Armstrong | Stars: Emma Thompson, Tim Roth, Bernard Hepton, Geoffrey Church

Votes: 15

07-05-1989 BBC2.

25-05-1989 BBC2.

46. Back Home (1989 TV Movie)

103 min | Drama, Family

During World War II, young Rusty was sent to America for safety. It's now five years later and the spunky redhead returns to her native England. From the family she hardly remembers to ... See full summary »

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Hayley Mills, Hayley Carr, Adam Stevenson, Brenda Bruce

Votes: 118

23-07-1989 Central.

47. The Fifteen Streets (1989 TV Movie)

104 min | Drama, History, Romance

In northern England around 1900, the worker John O'Brien lives near poverty in a small house in the worker's district. He falls in love with Mary, the teacher of his highly intelligent ... See full summary »

Director: David Wheatley | Stars: Owen Teale, Sean Bean, Anny Tobin, Leslie Schofield

Votes: 396

20-08-1989 Central.

48. Screenplay (1986–1993)
Episode: Seeing in the Dark (1989)


Tony has begun to panic that life may be passing him by. As his friends forge ahead, he feels stuck in a dead end job and trapped by his relationship with Judith. One day, he starts to be ... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Jones | Stars: David Threlfall, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Greg Hicks, Jane Bertish

13-09-1989 BBC2.