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1. Banished (2015)

60 min | Drama, History

British convicts have been sent to Australia as punishment for their crimes. As they try to live their new lives, they have to live with the new rules. The soldiers also have to adjust.

Stars: Orla Brady, Ewen Bremner, MyAnna Buring, Ryan Corr

Votes: 2,838

2. Grantchester (2014– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester.

Stars: Robson Green, Tessa Peake-Jones, Al Weaver, James Norton

Votes: 7,626

3. Last Knights (2015)

R | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

27 Metascore

A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, Payman Maadi

Votes: 35,614

4. Moll Flanders (1996)

PG-13 | 123 min | Drama, Romance

The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother. However, the actions of an abusive priest lead Moll to rebel as a teenager, ... See full summary »

Director: Pen Densham | Stars: Robin Wright, Morgan Freeman, Stockard Channing, John Lynch

Votes: 3,747 | Gross: $3.36M

5. Mr Selfridge (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama

Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store.

Stars: Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill, Amy Beth Hayes

Votes: 12,907

6. Jericho (2016)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama

In the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, the shantytown of Jericho is the home of a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they've been brought together to build.

Stars: Jessica Raine, Samuel Bottomley, Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters

Votes: 1,203

7. Our Zoo (2014)

312 min | Drama

A drama series about the family who founded Chester Zoo in the 1930s.

Stars: Lee Ingleby, Liz White, Anne Reid, Honor Kneafsey

Votes: 1,171

8. Sinbad (2012–2013)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A Persian prisoner sets out to find his dead brother with help from his misfit group.

Stars: Elliot Knight, Marama Corlett, Elliot Cowan, Junix Inocian

Votes: 3,316

9. The Durrells in Corfu (2016– )

TV-PG | 46 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the real-life events of the Durrell family as they resettle from England to Greece.

Stars: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Daisy Waterstone

Votes: 4,660

10. The Crimson Petal and the White (2011– )

TV-MA | 274 min | Drama, Romance

Set in 1870s London, a young prostitute finds potential power and status after becoming the mistress of a powerful patriarch.

Stars: Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Amanda Hale, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 2,681

11. My Family and Other Animals (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

An English family relocates to sunny Greece four years before WWII.

Director: Sheree Folkson | Stars: Eugene Simon, Imelda Staunton, Chris Langham, Omid Djalili

Votes: 1,520

12. Brief Encounters (2016)

Not Rated | 276 min | Drama

In the early 1980s the lives of four ordinary women, their husbands, mothers, families and community are turned around when they become Ann Summers party plan saleswomen.

Stars: Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin, Sharon Rooney, Penelope Wilton

Votes: 593

13. Dancing on the Edge (2013)

TV-MA | Drama

Set in the 1930s, a black Jazz band rises in fame and popularity while becoming entangled in an intricate web of intrigue, mystery & suspense with the elite of London society.

Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode, Joanna Vanderham, Wunmi Mosaku

Votes: 2,309

14. Mystery!: Cadfael (1994–1996)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The medieval era cases of a Crusader-turned-Monk who investigates mysteries in the Norman English town of Shrewsbury.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver, Julian Firth, Terrence Hardiman

Votes: 1,976

15. Endeavour (2012– )

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set in the 1960s, the show follows Endeavour Morse in his early years as a police constable. Working alongside his senior partner DI Fred Thursday, Morse engages in a number of investigations around Oxford.

Stars: Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw, Anton Lesser

Votes: 13,885

16. Horrible Histories (2009–2019)

28 min | Comedy, Family, History

A group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach you in school. From the 'Savage Stone Age' to the 'Troublesome 20th Century', you see the full side to history.

Stars: Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas

Votes: 3,100

17. Maigret Sets a Trap (2016 TV Movie)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Chief Inspector Jules Maigret hunts for a serial killer.

Director: Ashley Pearce | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Leo Staar, Shaun Dingwall, Alexander Campbell

Votes: 7,153

18. Maigret's Dead Man (2016 TV Movie)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Maigret plunges into the murky Parisian underworld.

Director: Jon East | Stars: Ian Puleston-Davies, Dorottya Hais, Mark Hadfield, Iván Fenyö

Votes: 5,347

19. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 186,513

20. Royal Flash (1975)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, History

Ne'er-do-well Harry Flashman is coerced by Otto von Bismark into impersonating a Prince.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Alan Bates, Florinda Bolkan, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,798

21. The Shadow in the North (2007 TV Movie)

94 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Sally Lockhart and friends investigate the disappearance of a steamship, a magician who is threatened by thugs, a psychic with dark visions, and heartless industrialist.

Director: John Alexander | Stars: Jared Harris, Doña Croll, David Harewood, JJ Feild

Votes: 833

22. Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

R | 105 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish

Director: Paul Morrison | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Nia Roberts, Sue Jones-Davies, William Thomas

Votes: 1,091 | Gross: $0.30M

23. The Abduction Club (2002)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A group of Irish noblemen kidnap girls in order to marry into their fortune and avoid becoming priests or soldiers.

Director: Stefan Schwartz | Stars: Alice Evans, Daniel Lapaine, Sophia Myles, Matthew Rhys

Votes: 1,613

24. The Collection (2016– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

A gripping family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. It exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers.

Stars: Richard Coyle, Mamie Gummer, Tom Riley, Alix Poisson

Votes: 1,619

25. The House of Eliott (1991–1994)

50 min | Drama

Two sisters Beatrice (Bee) and Evangeline (Evie) hit rock bottom when their father passes away leaving them in debt. Uneducated they strive hard to find jobs deemed worthy of their new ... See full summary »

Stars: Stella Gonet, Louise Lombard, Aden Gillett, Cathy Murphy

Votes: 950

26. The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A look at the life of 19th century Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister (1791-1840), who lived openly as a lesbian and kept diaries chronicling the details of her daily life.

Director: James Kent | Stars: Maxine Peake, Anna Madeley, Susan Lynch, Christine Bottomley

Votes: 1,608

27. The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2000 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Music

A woman tries to reunite the swing band she played with during World War II.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Judi Dench, Ian Holm, Leslie Caron, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 1,317

28. The Secret Agent (2016)

60 min | Drama

Verloc, the owner of a seedy shop in Victorian Soho, plays a dangerous game spying on an agitating anarchist group that will prove useful to the foreign power he is secretly working for.

Stars: Toby Jones, Vicky McClure, Charlie Hamblett, Marie Critchley

Votes: 739

29. Wide Sargasso Sea (2006 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 84 min | Drama, Romance

The first Mrs. Rochester recalls how she met her future husband and eventually came to be imprisoned in the attic at Thornfield Hall.

Director: Brendan Maher | Stars: Rafe Spall, Rebecca Hall, Nina Sosanya, Victoria Hamilton

Votes: 604

30. A Little Chaos (2014)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

51 Metascore

Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.

Director: Alan Rickman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts

Votes: 17,843 | Gross: $0.55M

31. Adventures of Arsene Lupin (2004)

Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

As the daring thief Arsène Lupin (Duris) ransacks the homes of wealthy Parisians, the police, with a secret weapon in their arsenal, attempt to ferret him out.

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas, Pascal Greggory, Eva Green

Votes: 6,316

32. Bill (I) (2015)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, History

60 Metascore

What really happened during Shakespeare's 'Lost Years'? Hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare leaves his home to follow his dream.

Director: Richard Bracewell | Stars: Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick

Votes: 1,580

33. Love in the Time of Cholera (2007)

R | 139 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

Florentino, rejected by the beautiful Fermina at a young age, devotes much of his adult life to carnal affairs as a desperate attempt to heal his broken heart.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Javier Bardem, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Benjamin Bratt, Gina Bernard Forbes

Votes: 21,186 | Gross: $4.61M

34. Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 6,168 | Gross: $1.51M

35. Pendragon: Sword of His Father (2008)

122 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Set in 411 AD, Pendragon tells the story of young Artos who is raised to believe that God has a purpose for each day. When his family is killed and he is taken into slavery by the Saxons, ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Burns | Stars: Aaron Burns, Marilyn Mooney, Chad Burns, Cary Annen

Votes: 287

36. Pride (I) (2014)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Director: Matthew Warchus | Stars: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine

Votes: 46,219

37. Testament of Youth (2014)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Director: James Kent | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Dominic West

Votes: 23,275 | Gross: $1.82M

38. Tin (2015)

94 min | Drama

Cornwall 1895: a blatant swindle by the local bank threatens the life of a remote mining village. The fate of its whole community hangs on the courage of one feisty young maid.

Director: Bill Scott | Stars: Jenny Agutter, Helen Bendell, Stuart Boother, Ben Dyson

Votes: 45

39. The Look of Love (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Steve Coogan, Matt Lucas, Anna Friel, Imogen Poots

Votes: 6,233 | Gross: $0.02M

40. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, History, War

72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 135,383 | Gross: $79.88M

41. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 21,017 | Gross: $14.01M

42. Life in Squares (2015– )

171 min | Drama

An intimate and emotional drama for BBC Two about the revolutionary Bloomsbury group.

Stars: Eve Best, Ed Birch, Phoebe Fox, Andrew Havill

Votes: 515

43. Doctor Thorne (2016– )

TV-G | 48 min | Drama

The life of penniless Mary Thorne, who grows up with her Uncle, Dr Thorne, and her relationship with the family at nearby Greshamsbury Park estate.

Stars: Tom Hollander, Stefanie Martini, Harry Richardson, Rebecca Front

Votes: 3,025



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