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1. Shirley Valentine (1989)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie, Alison Steadman

Votes: 6,376 | Gross: $6.35M

2. Educating Rita (1983)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman

Votes: 11,381 | Gross: $14.65M

3. 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: 198

4. Dancin' Thru the Dark (1990)

95 min | Comedy

6.9
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Linda's out on her hen night, her fiance is out on his stag night. Linda is having major doubts about getting married, when both groups arrive at a club, to find the band fronted by her ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Ockrent | Stars: Ben Murphy, Con O'Neill, Peter Beckett, Julian Littman

Votes: 302

5. Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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Two Soviet sailors, Peter and Sergei, go ashore in Liverpool to spend one night on the town. Peter can speak a minimal amount of English but it's enough to make contact with two ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Bernard | Stars: Peter Firth, Alfred Molina, Tracy Marshak-Nash, Alexandra Pigg

Votes: 1,108

6. One Summer (1983– )

60 min | Drama

8.3
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Two teenagers, Icky and Billy, grow tired of their life in Liverpool and decide to run away to North Wales. But it's not long before their past catches up with them.

Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, James Hazeldine, Ian Hart

Votes: 295

7. ITV Playhouse (1967– )

Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 37

8. A Time to Die (1982)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama

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A World War II vet sets out in 1948 to avenge the death of his wife at the hands of Nazis. His targets are four Germans, a Sicilian, and a Hungarian who committed the atrocities. He is ... See full summary »

Directors: Matt Cimber, Joe Tornatore | Stars: Rex Harrison, Rod Taylor, Edward Albert, Raf Vallone

Votes: 205

9. Connie (1985)

60 min | Drama

7.6
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Gritty series set in the fashion industry. Connie is the former owner of a fashion chain, who is now determined to return to a position of power within the business

Stars: Stephanie Beacham, Richard Morant, Paul Rogers, Pam Ferris

Votes: 39

10. The Chain (1984)

100 min | Comedy

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Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Denis Lawson, Rita Wolf, Phyllis Logan, David Troughton

Votes: 232

11. Scene (1968– )

24 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.3
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Mixture of fictional and non-fictional thought-provoking short films aimed at students of school and college.

Stars: Paddy Feeny, Jane Carr, Ken Jones, Jenny Jay

Votes: 15

12. Wogan (1982–1993)

35 min | Talk-Show

6.4
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Long-running talk show featuring relaxed and informal chat with celebrity guests.

Stars: Terry Wogan, Joanna Lumley, Kenneth Williams, Ben Elton

Votes: 127

13. Second City Firsts (1973– )

30 min | Drama

6.0
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Second City Firsts was a BBC drama anthology series of short plays, written largely by first time writers, which were transmitted between 1973 and 1978.

Stars: Ken Kitson, Jean Heywood, Ivor Roberts, Alison Steadman

Votes: 10

14. Our Day Out (2017)

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The film centres on a school trip to Conwy Castle in North Wales. Mrs. Kay teaches a remedial class for illiterate children, called the "Progress Class". The whole class - along with Digga ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Bateman | Stars: Christopher Bache, Isobel Banks, Emily Barber, Elly Callaghan-Ormshaw

15. Mr. Love (1985)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy

6.5
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An elderly mild-mannered gardener becomes a lovable legend in his town for his talent to romantically please every woman that fancies him.

Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Barry Jackson, Maurice Denham, Margaret Tyzack, Linda Marlowe

Votes: 123 | Gross: $0.00M

16. 2nd House (1973–1976)

6.4
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BBC Arts program derived from Full House (1972).

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Edwin Mullins, Roger McGough, Struan Rodger

Votes: 7

17. The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003 TV Movie)

270 min | Documentary, Music

5.0
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A countdown of the "100 greatest musicals" of stage and screen, as voted by the UK public through Channel 4's website and readers of The Mail newspaper. Each entry is represented by clips ... See full summary »

Director: Deepak Gattani | Stars: Denise Van Outen, Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire, Scott Baio

Votes: 124

18. Artsnight (2015– )

Talk-Show

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Guest-edited art magazine show.

Stars: Lynn Barber, Lily Cole, Armando Iannucci, Maxine Peake

Votes: 11

19. Prime Time Soap (2011)

105 min | Drama

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Brazil, 1978, a group of people live their lives under the dictatorship, the euphoria of disco fever and the fantasy of "Dancin' Days", a prime time soap, which fictional drama is set on ... See full summary »

Director: Odilon Rocha | Stars: Claudia Ohana, Vanessa Giácomo, Mateus Solano, Alexandre Nero

Votes: 120

20. 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: 26

21. British Film Forever (2007)

90 min | Documentary, History

6.9
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Stars: Jessica Hynes, Timothy Spall, Nick Moran, Ronald Neame

Votes: 72

22. Movie Connections (2007–2009)

40 min | Documentary

6.5
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Series looking at the history of favourite films.

Stars: Ashley Jensen, Julie Walters, John Gordon Sinclair, Alex Norton

Votes: 18

23. The 47th Annual Tony Awards (1993 TV Special)

Family

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Director: Walter C. Miller | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Jane Alexander, John Arnone, Bea Arthur

Votes: 20

24. Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Samantha Peters | Stars: Julie Walters, Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell, Victoria Wood

Votes: 7

25. The Royle Family: Behind the Sofa (2010 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

8.0
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Stars: Mark Radcliffe, Caroline Aherne, Kenton Allen, Craig Cash

Votes: 10

26. I Was There: When the Beatles Played the Cavern (2011)

Documentary, Music

6.8
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Director: John Piper | Stars: Pete Best, Billy Butler, Bernadette Byrne, Frankie Connor

Votes: 5

27. Pete Postlethwaite: A Tribute (2011 TV Special)

46 min | Documentary

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Offers interviews and clips from fellow actors, friends and directors of the actor, who passed away on January 2nd 2011.

Stars: Sean Bean, Peter Bradshaw, Gerry Conlon, Michael Coveney

28. Germans de sang (1996 TV Movie)

156 min | Musical

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Director: Ricard Reguant | Stars: Xavier Carbó, Esther Badosa, Adela Vilà, Eduard Doncos

29. Färdknäpp (1991 TV Movie)

90 min | Comedy

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Färdknäpp (One For The Road), based on a play by Willy Russell, is the story of Dennis who feels he's had enough of the cozy middle-class life in the suburbia. Before the middle-age (and ... See full summary »

Director: Olle Ljungberg | Stars: Göran Stangertz, Suzanne Ernrup, Bibbi Unge, Janne Carlsson

30. Victoria Wood: A BAFTA Tribute (2005 TV Special)

65 min

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A tribute to the multi-talented English comedienne, writer, pianist and actress.

Director: John L. Spencer | Stars: Victoria Wood, Joan Armatrading, Susie Blake, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 9

31. Timmarna med Rita (1988 TV Movie)

125 min

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Director: Björn Melander | Stars: Lennart Hjulström, Gunilla Nyroos

Votes: 6

32. The Story of Musicals (2012– )

60 min | Documentary, Musical

6.8
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Stars: Imelda Staunton, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cameron Mackintosh, Michael Ball

Votes: 29

33. Funny Women: Julie Walters (2018 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Tom Hopgood | Stars: Sally Phillips, Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Richard E. Grant

34. Fern Britton Meets... (2009– )

60 min | Talk-Show

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Fern Britton interviews famous people about their lives and careers.

Stars: Fern Britton, Tony Blair, Sheila Hancock, June Brown

35. The Boy with the Transistor Radio (1980 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: John Michael Phillips | Stars: Stephen Anderson, Angela Butler, Edward Clayton, Diana Davies

36. One Hit Wonderland (2012– )
Episode: "I Touch Myself" by Divinyls (2016)

15 min | Documentary, History, Music

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Director: Todd Nathanson | Star: Todd Nathanson

37. 2nd House (1973–1976)
Episode: 2nd House in Liverpool (1973)

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Director: Ken Griffin | Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Alan Dossor, Jackie Hamilton, David Lincoln

38. Fern Britton Meets... (2009– )
Episode: Barbara Dickson (2017)

Talk-Show

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Stars: Fern Britton, Melvyn Bragg, Oliver Cookson, Ronnie Corbett

39. Scene (1968– )
Episode: Break In (1975)

Documentary, Drama, Family

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Director: Michael Simpson | Stars: Peter Riley, Gerard Riley, Tony O'Hagen, Michael Byrne

40. British Film Forever (2007)
Episode: Bullets, Bombs and Bridges: The Story of the War Film (2007)

94 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Richard Todd, Al Murray, Kate Adie

41. British Film Forever (2007)
Episode: Corsets, Cleavage and Country Houses: The Story of British Costume Drama (2007)

89 min | Documentary, History

4.7
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Directors: Neil Dougan, Angus Cameron | Stars: Jessica Hynes, Kate Winslet, Timothy Spall, Steve Coogan

Votes: 7

42. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1983)

60 min | Drama

7.5
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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Sheila Fay, Gil Brailey

Votes: 10

43. Connie (1985)
Episode: Episode #1.1 (1985)

Drama

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Director: Alan Dossor | Stars: Stephanie Beacham, Richard Morant, Brenda Bruce, Paul Rogers

44. Connie (1985)
Episode: Episode #1.10 (1985)

Drama

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Director: Michael Rolfe | Stars: Stephanie Beacham, Richard Morant, Brenda Bruce, Paul Rogers

45. Connie (1985)
Episode: Episode #1.11 (1985)

Drama

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Director: Paul Harrison | Stars: Stephanie Beacham, Richard Morant, Paul Rogers, Georgia Allen

46. Connie (1985)
Episode: Episode #1.12 (1985)

Drama

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Director: Paul Harrison | Stars: Stephanie Beacham, Richard Morant, Paul Rogers, Peter Straker

47. Connie (1985)
Episode: Episode #1.13 (1985)

Drama

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Director: Paul Harrison | Stars: Stephanie Beacham, Richard Morant, Paul Rogers, Georgia Allen

48. One Summer (1983– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1983)

Drama

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Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh, Phil Kernot, Ian Bleasdale

Votes: 9

49. The Story of Musicals (2012– )
Episode: Episode #1.2 (2012)

Documentary, Musical

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Director: Stephen Franklin | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Michael Ball, Don Black, Alain Boublil

50. Connie (1985)
Episode: Episode #1.2 (1985)

Drama

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Director: Alan Dossor | Stars: Stephanie Beacham, Richard Morant, Brenda Bruce, Paul Rogers



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