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1. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: Waiting for the Telegram (1998)

30 min | Drama

9.3
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Violet is a confused, elderly woman in a nursing home who has been told by the excited staff she will soon be receiving a congratulatory telegram from the Queen in honour of her one ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Star: Thora Hird

Votes: 17

2. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: Playing Sandwiches (1998)

40 min | Drama

8.9
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Wilfred is, we discover over time, a reformed paedophile living under a false identity and working as a much-praised maintenance man in a public park. However, as a superior begins to ... See full summary »

Director: Udayan Prasad | Star: David Haig

Votes: 14

3. Objects of Affection (1982– )
Episode: A Woman of No Importance (1982)

48 min | Drama

8.8
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A middle-aged woman contemplates her life after she is admitted to hospital.

Director: Giles Foster | Star: Patricia Routledge

Votes: 75

4. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet (1998)

45 min | Drama

8.8
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Miss Fozzard, a spinster in late middle age who works in a department store, is slightly ridiculous, but aware that she is. Her emotionally-impoverished life takes a definite turn for the ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Garland | Star: Patricia Routledge

Votes: 16

5. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: The Hand of God (1998)

45 min | Drama

8.8
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Celia is a covetous antiques dealer who brazenly aids elderly neighbours for the sole purpose of being in a good position to buy their treasures on the cheap when they die. She's ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Star: Eileen Atkins

Votes: 11

6. What's My Line? (1950–1967)

30 min | Family, Game-Show

8.7
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Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Dorothy Kilgallen

Votes: 1,144

7. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )

Drama

8.7
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Stars: Eileen Atkins, David Haig, Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge

Votes: 135

8. The Jack Paar Program (1962–1965)

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

8.7
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This was a variety show, hosted by Jack Paar, that had live and filmed interviews with famous people; comedy and musical acts; and home movies of trips Paar took with his wife Miriam and ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Paar, Jose Melis, Jim G. Lucas, Jonathan Winters

Votes: 136

9. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: A Chip in the Sugar (1988)

Drama

8.7
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Mild, middle-aged Graham Whittaker (who we learn is a repressed homosexual with a history of mild mental health problems) finds life becoming complicated as his mother, with whom he still ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Star: Alan Bennett

Votes: 20

10. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: A Cream Cracker Under the Settee (1988)

30 min | Drama

8.7
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Doris, aged seventy-five, is a tidy woman - and when she suffers a fall after trying to clear up after her considerably less thorough home help, Zulema, it becomes apparent that her ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Thora Hird, Steven Beard

Votes: 20

11. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1998)

40 min | Drama

8.7
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Rosemary Horrocks is a lonely woman whose husband is intent on moving them both to Marbella. Unknown to him, Rosemary does not wish to go. She takes it upon herself to tend to a female ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Powell | Star: Penelope Wilton

Votes: 13

12. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: Soldiering On (1988)

30 min | Drama

8.7
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Muriel is a strong woman, and always has been - a pillar of the community, a regular charity worker, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels; and looking after her mentally ill daughter, ... See full summary »

Directors: Stuart Burge, Tristram Powell | Star: Stephanie Cole

Votes: 13

13. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.6
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Wide-ranging arts program.

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

Votes: 141

14. Talking Heads (1987– )

Drama

8.6
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Six monologues tell the stories of six different repressed souls: a man dominated by his mother, a vicar's wife, an inveterate letter writer, a hopeful actress, a recently widowed woman, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alan Bennett, Stephanie Cole, Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge

Votes: 264

15. Fifty Years on Stage (2013 TV Movie)

151 min | Documentary

8.6
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Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years.

Stars: Roger Allam, Jonathan Bailey, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Bennett

Votes: 201

16. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: A Lady of Letters (1988)

30 min | Drama

8.6
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A lonely woman fills her days by putting her many complaints in writing. Then the complaints evolve into harassment, and she may land in prison.

Directors: Stuart Burge, Giles Foster | Star: Patricia Routledge

Votes: 31

17. The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (1992– )

24 min | Animation, Family

8.5
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An animated series, telling the story of many beloved Beatrix Potter characters.

Stars: Niamh Cusack, Enn Reitel, Sheila Steafel, Suzanne Bonetti

Votes: 656

18. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: Bed Among the Lentils (1988)

Drama

8.5
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Susan, an alcoholic, nervous vicar's wife who has to travel into Leeds to go to the off-licence because of her debts with the local shop keeper, distracts herself from her ambitious, and, ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Bennett, Stuart Burge | Star: Maggie Smith

Votes: 50

19. Sunday Night (1965–1968)
Episode: The Drinking Party (1965)

Documentary

8.5
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Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Alan Bennett, John Fortune, Robert Gillespie, Michael Gough

Votes: 17

20. One Fine Day (1979 TV Movie)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Dave Allen, Robert Stephens, Dominic Guard, Barbara Leigh-Hunt

Votes: 19

21. Julie Walters and Friends (1991 TV Movie)

55 min | Comedy

8.4
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Julie Walters stars in new sketches by four accomplished writers who helped make her famous.

Director: Alasdair Macmillan | Stars: Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Willy Russell

Votes: 25

22. National Theatre Live: The Habit of Art (2010)

Comedy, Drama

8.3
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National Theatre Live's 2010 broadcast of Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Habit of Art, with Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings and Frances de la Tour, returns to cinemas as part of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Griffiths, Alex Jennings, Adrian Scarborough, Stephen Wight

Votes: 45

23. Talking Heads 2 (1998– )
Episode: The Outside Dog (1998)

30 min | Drama

8.3
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Clean freak Marjory gradually comes to realise that her husband, Stuart, who works in a slaughterhouse, is using his employment to cover the fact that he's a particularly dangerous criminal... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Star: Julie Walters

Votes: 13

24. A Dance to the Music of Time (1997– )
Episode: The Twenties (1997)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

8.3
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In flashback to 1920's Britain, Nicholas Jenkins reminisces about his school days, where he met Widmerpool and Jean.

Director: Alvin Rakoff | Stars: Robin Bailey, Gillian Barge, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Cake

Votes: 25

25. Family Guy (1998– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.2
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In a wacky Rhode Island town, a dysfunctional family strive to cope with everyday life as they are thrown from one crazy scenario to another.

Stars: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

Votes: 273,892

26. Mark Lawson Talks to... (2003– )

60 min | Talk-Show

8.2
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A series in which arts presenter Mark Lawson has a 60-minute in-depth conversation with a notable figure.

Stars: Mark Lawson, Noel Gallagher, Celia Imrie, Peter Singer

Votes: 40

27. National Theatre Live: Allelujah! (2018)

170 min | Drama

8.1
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The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an NHS efficiency drive. Meanwhile, a documentary crew ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Van Someren | Stars: Samuel Barnett, Sam Bond, Jacqueline Chan, Jacqueline Clarke

Votes: 7

28. Not Only... But Also (1965–1970)

45 min | Comedy

8.1
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Not Only...But Also, most famously showcased Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in there so-called 'Dagenham dialogues' in which Pete (a nasal know-all who has utter confidence in his surreal and ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Chris Karan, Peter McGuirk

Votes: 151

29. Face the Music (1967–1984)

30 min | Music

8.1
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Stars: Joseph Cooper, Robin Ray, Joyce Grenfell, Richard Baker

Votes: 7

30. Fortunes of War (1987)

407 min | Drama, War

8.0
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Guy Pringle and his new wife, Harriet, are members of the English community in Bucharest, Rumania on the eve of World War II. After the war begins, they cross paths with diplomats, literary... See full summary »

Stars: Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Charles Kay, Mark Drewry

Votes: 584

31. The Willows in Winter (1996 TV Movie)

74 min | Family, Animation

8.0
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Mole disappears while answering what he thinks is an urgent summons from Rat, forcing Badger to enlist Toad and his new airplane in a frantic search party.

Director: Dave Unwin | Stars: Alan Bennett, Michael Palin, Michael Gambon, Rik Mayall

Votes: 260

32. Camera Three (1955–1979)

30 min | Music

8.0
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An examination of the arts and literature. A weekly program on Sunday mornings when there was more likely to be an audience interested in such matters and there was less competition for ratings.

Stars: James Macandrew, Margaret Croyden, Lois Nettleton, Michael Kane

Votes: 31

33. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Sunset Across the Bay (1975)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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A married couple, after a life time of work and bringing up a family, retire and awaken to the fast changing world around them, the habitual nature of their relationship, and what they have left.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Gabrielle Daye, Harry Markham, Bob Peck, Christine Buckley

Votes: 68

34. Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978 TV Movie)

64 min | Drama

7.9
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A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Neville Smith, Julie Walters, Frank Middlemass, Robert Longden

Votes: 23

35. Russell Harty Plus (1972– )

Talk-Show

7.9
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Stars: Russell Harty, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle

Votes: 19

36. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: A Question of Attribution (1991)

70 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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Sir Anthony Blunt, who was a Soviet agent for 25 years, is routinely questioned and gives no answers, but is knighted and works as Director of the Courtauld Institute, and presents his ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: James Fox, Gregory Floy, David Calder, Edward de Souza

Votes: 205

37. ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: Hamlet (1970)

85 min | Drama

7.9
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Hamlet suspects his uncle has murdered his father to claim the throne of Denmark and the hand of Hamlet's mother, but the prince cannot decide whether or not he should take vengeance.

Director: Peter Wood | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Michael Redgrave, Margaret Leighton, Richard Johnson

Votes: 54

38. Talking Heads (1987– )
Episode: Her Big Chance (1988)

30 min | Drama

7.9
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Lesley is an aspiring actress, who, after a series of unpromising extra roles on television programmes such as Crossroads, finds what she believes to be her big break as the adventurous ... See full summary »

Directors: Stuart Burge, Giles Foster | Star: Julie Walters

Votes: 16

39. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Intensive Care (1982)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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When Denis Midgley's father is rushed to hospital, Midgley drops everything to be by his side. They've never really got on, so Midgley wants to be sure he's there if his father ever regains... See full summary »

Director: Gavin Millar | Stars: Alan Bennett, Helen Fraser, David Major, Frank Crompton

Votes: 12

40. The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (1992– )
Episode: The Tale of Two Bad Mice and Johnny Town-Mouse (1994)

25 min | Animation, Family

7.9
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Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca create havoc in a doll's house.

Directors: Roger Mainwood, Jack Stokes | Stars: Niamh Cusack, Felicity Kendal, Rik Mayall, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 24

41. Omnibus (1967–2003)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, Music

7.8
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Arts documentary series with concerts and experimental dramatizations.

Stars: Humphrey Burton, David Collings, Terry Gilliam, Kirsty Wark

Votes: 132

42. Beyond the Fringe (1964 TV Special)

Not Rated | 66 min | Documentary, Comedy

7.8
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A TV version of the stage show originally performed at the Edinburgh Fringe (August 1962) and subsequently in London (Fortune Theatre) and Broadway.

Director: Duncan Wood | Stars: Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore

Votes: 142

43. Ashenden (1991– )

220 min | Drama

7.8
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Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham

Stars: Alex Jennings, Joss Ackland, Ian Bannen, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 34

44. Objects of Affection (1982– )

50 min | Drama

7.8
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Stars: Thora Hird, Patricia Routledge, Elizabeth Spriggs, Marjorie Yates

Votes: 5

45. Sunday Night (1965–1968)

Documentary

7.8
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Stars: Tony Church, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Robert Gillespie, Roddy Maude-Roxby

Votes: 8

46. My Friend Sam: Living for the Moment (2012 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

7.8
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My Friend Sam - Living For The Moment is about an extraordinary man: Sam Frears. Sam was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Familial Dysautonomia. When born, he had 50 per ... See full summary »

Director: Toby Reisz | Stars: Alan Bennett, Sam Frears, Stephen Frears

Votes: 6

47. The Wind in the Willows (1995 TV Movie)

73 min | Animation, Family

7.7
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When three tight friends Mole, Ratty, and Badger, find out that the infamous Mr. Toad of Toad Hall has been up to no good, they must find him and change his ways for good.

Directors: Dave Unwin, Dennis Abey | Stars: Alan Bennett, Michael Palin, Michael Gambon, Rik Mayall

Votes: 650

48. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Anthology of plays and novels adapted into feature length movies.

Stars: Judi Dench, Richard O'Callaghan, Frederick Treves, David Quilter

Votes: 21

49. An Englishman Abroad (1983 TV Movie)

61 min | Drama

7.7
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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: 402

50. Premiere (1977–1980)

30 min | Drama

7.7
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Stars: David Parfitt, Johnny Allan, Brian Poyser, Phil Daniels

Votes: 7



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