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1. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #2.10 (2003)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Harry finds out that Tom and Christine Dale, a CIA officer, are having a relationship. Tom ignores Harry's demands to end his relationship with Christine. Tom learns that an American ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Miller | Stars: Tomas Arana, Elizabeth Chambers, Samantha Coughlan, Megan Dodds

Votes: 202

2. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #2.5 (2003)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.8
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A routine MI-5 training exercise to handle external calamities turns sinister when the team finds out that the threat is real and that a deadly biochemical weapon may have wiped out the ... See full summary »

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Annabelle Apsion, Marty Cruikshank, Peter Firth, Alastair Galbraith

Votes: 253

3. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #3.1 (2004)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.8
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After shooting Harry, Tom disappears once again. Evidence clearly speaks against him. Oliver Mace, chairman of Joint Intelligence Committee, seizes the opportunity of the fiasco to take ... See full summary »

Director: Jonny Campbell | Stars: Tomas Arana, Fiona Carew, Michael Culver, Megan Dodds

Votes: 177

4. Fifty Years on Stage (2013 TV Movie)

151 min | Documentary

8.7
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Royal National Theatre celebrates 50 years.

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

Votes: 203

5. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #1.6 (2002)

TV-14 | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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SPOILERS Patrick McCann, the leader of an Irish splinter group walks into a safe house and insists that he has crucial information for MI5 concerning their investigation on an Middle East ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: Jenny Agutter, Heather Cave, Lorcan Cranitch, Peter Firth

Votes: 228

6. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #4.10 (2005)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.5
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Harry Pearce and the entire team are taken prisoner by a retired ex-agent, Angela Wells, who believes she has evidence that the British security services killed Princess Diana. Her evidence... See full summary »

Director: Julian Simpson | Stars: Anna Chancellor, Lindsay Duncan, Peter Firth, Raza Jaffrey

Votes: 148

7. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #2.2 (2003)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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An extremist mullah may be planning England's first suicide bombing. MI5's mole is discovered and tortured, leaving the team in need of someone who can get deep inside the mosque. A former ... See full summary »

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Rene Costa, Jenny Agutter, Gary Bakewell, Sam Bond

Votes: 183

8. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #3.2 (2004)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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The discovery of a nuclear lab in suburban England prompts Harry to activate a long-quiet sleeper agent, a university professor who must sacrifice, albeit temporarily, his name and maybe ... See full summary »

Director: Jonny Campbell | Stars: Hannah Bridges, Rebecca Bridges, Peter Firth, Richard Harrington

Votes: 162

9. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #4.8 (2005)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.3
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Still in shock and unable to properly grieve, Adam Carter insists that he must return to work and keep himself occupied. Harry Pearce isn't so sure and he has Adam monitoring Hugo Ross who ... See full summary »

Director: Omar Madha | Stars: Janet Amsden, George Baker, David Burke, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 132

10. Spooks (2002–2011)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.2
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The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

Stars: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 13,401

11. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.1
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Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, John Walters, Paul McCartney

Votes: 154

12. Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution (2010– )

60 min | Documentary

8.0
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Alan Davies looks back at the British social history of the 1980s using his own experiences growing up as a teenager in the decade.

Stars: Alan Davies, Simon Bligh, Billy Bragg, Rory Bremner

Votes: 20

13. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #4.4 (2005)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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After an agent is killed in Istanbul, MI-5 fears that a known terrorist, Yazdi, is trying to infiltrate the UK to stage an attack. The agent in Istanbul had identified a people smuggling ... See full summary »

Director: Alrick Riley | Stars: Charles Daish, Khalid Abdalla, Rupert Penry-Jones, Peter Firth

Votes: 130

14. Arena (1975– )
Episode: The National Theatre: Part Two - War and Peace (2013)

Documentary

7.9
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Director: Adam Low | Stars: Penelope Wilton, Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett, Michael Blakemore

Votes: 7

15. Centre Play (1973–1977)

Drama

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BBC Playhouse [1980] 'Gentle Folk' set in the Edwardian Era.

Stars: Will Knightley, John Barrett, David Daker, Kenneth Watson

Votes: 8

16. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #2.4 (2003)

TV-14 | 52 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Twenty billion in US aid has disappeared from Russia. Meanwhile, MI5 is called in to deal with the theft of a billion dollars from a well known bank - that also handles government accounts.... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bailey | Stars: Richard Braine, Enzo Cilenti, Julie Cox, Megan Dodds

Votes: 172

17. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #3.8 (2004)

TV-14 | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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When the infant child of a fading but recently knighted rock star is kidnapped from his home, the Government wants MI-5 rather than the police to take charge of the investigation. Harry ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Anderson | Stars: Peter Firth, Adrian Lukis, Shauna Macdonald, Rory MacGregor

Votes: 149

18. Dead Head (1986– )

50 min | Drama

7.7
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4-part drama series. A dark tale about a small-time crook, Eddie Cass, who finds himself threatened by the state's shadowy security agencies.

Stars: Denis Lawson, Lindsay Duncan, George Baker, Simon Callow

Votes: 80

19. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #1.4 (2002)

TV-14 | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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During riots in advance of US President Bush's visit to London, the MI-5 team observe Peter Salter among the agitators. Salter is a legendary agent and neither Zoe or Danny are quite sure ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Bailey | Stars: Jenny Agutter, Richard Armitage, Joanne Baxter, Heather Cave

Votes: 234

20. Spooks (2002–2011)
Episode: Episode #1.5 (2002)

TV-14 | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A former MP, imprisoned years before in an arms-dealing scandal, claims to have a damaging memoir ready to go to press. The team tries to determine whether its claims are genuine while ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Wilson | Stars: Jenny Agutter, Joan Blackham, David Calder, Heather Cave

Votes: 202

21. Play for Today (1970–1984)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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: 200

22. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)

30 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Stars: Robin Chadwick, Donald Sinden, Deborah Lavin, Helen Lindsay

Votes: 30

23. The South Bank Show (1978– )

53 min | Documentary

6.8
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ITV's long-running arts series presented by Melvyn Bragg.

Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Ian McKellen, Lenny Henry, Alan Bennett

Votes: 115

24. Skinflicker (1973)

44 min | Short

6.8
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Presented as found footage à la The Blair Witch Project, this chilling and provocative fake home movie presents the story of three dissidents and their plan to commit a revolutionary act on... See full summary »

Director: Tony Bicât | Stars: Brendan Barry, Hilary Charlton, Elizabeth Choice, William Hoyland

Votes: 13

25. Full House (1972–1973)

Drama

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Stars: Joe Melia, John Bird, Henry Woolf, Jack Shepherd

Votes: 10

26. Plays for Britain (1976– )

60 min | Drama

6.1
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Stars: Bill Buffery, Sheila Gish, Kevin McNally, Deborah Norton

Votes: 8

27. Artsnight (1994– )

30 min | Biography, Talk-Show

6.0
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A panel of academics, writers, critics and actors discuss the latest films, books, art exhibitions and plays.

Stars: Kirsty Wark, Martha Kearney, Mark Lawson, Paul Morley

Votes: 28

28. Plays for Britain (1976– )
Episode: The Paradise Run (1976)

60 min | Drama

5.8
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Johnny has joined the army because he likes canoeing, but ends up in a war-torn city and is compromised into helping the enemy. However, desertion will not be a solution, and he finds himself more distressed than ever.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Kevin McNally, Ian Charleson, Sarah Porter, Maurice O'Connell

Votes: 6

29. Iranian Nights (1989 TV Movie)

56 min | Drama

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A television recording of a play first shown at The Royal Court Theatre and written by Howard Brenton and Tariq Ali in response to the fatwah against Salman Rushdie - broadcast on Channel 4 TV.

Directors: Dave Heather, Penny Cherns | Stars: Paul Bhattacharjee, Nabil Shaban, Fiona Victory

30. Burning Embers (1990– )

60 min | Family

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Stars: Tony Benn, John Bercow, Howard Brenton, Wilmette Brown

31. Dead Head (1986– )
Episode: Anything for England (1986)

48 min | Drama

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Director: Rob Walker | Stars: Denis Lawson, Lindsay Duncan, Simon Callow, George Baker

32. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Brassneck (1975)

Comedy, Drama

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England, 1945-75: Builder Alfred Bagley makes a fortune, with a little help from his friends.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jeremy Kemp, Andrew Ray, Paul Dawkins, Peter Howell

33. The South Bank Show (1978– )
Episode: David Hare (1983)

Documentary

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Follows David Hare through the production of his play A Map of the World at the National Theatre.

Director: Philip Draycott | Stars: Howard Brenton, Richard Eyre, David Hare, Ian McEwan

34. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Desert of Lies (1984)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

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Jake and Sue's expedition to the Kalahari Desert in 1983 follows in the footsteps of an earlier trek in 1848 by two missionaries. The two pairs of travellers, in the past and the present, meet with disaster.

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Elizabeth Anson, Elizabeth Bell, Tom Bell, Michael Bilton

35. Full House (1972–1973)
Episode: Episode #1.5 (1972)

Drama

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Director: Vernon Lawrence | Stars: Joe Melia, Eric Idle, Henry Woolf, Danny Abse

36. Artsnight (1994– )
Episode: Episode dated 10 February 2006 (2006)

Biography, Talk-Show

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Stars: Martha Kearney, Anne Atkins, Howard Brenton, James Brown

37. Burning Embers (1990– )
Episode: European Nation (1990)

55 min | Family

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Director: Rob Walker | Stars: Tony Benn, Howard Brenton

38. Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution (2010– )
Episode: Get Up, Stand Up (2010)

Documentary

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Stars: Alan Davies, Simon Bligh, Rory Bremner, Howard Brenton

39. The South Bank Show (1978– )
Episode: Howard Brenton and Darryl Way (1979)

Documentary

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Stars: Melvyn Bragg, Howard Brenton, Donald Douglas, Darlene Johnson

40. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)
Episode: Lushly (1972)

30 min | Crime, Drama

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Director: Brian Farnham | Stars: Roy Kinnear, Dudley Sutton, George Tovey, Donald Burton

41. Dead Head (1986– )
Episode: The Patriot (1986)

47 min | Drama

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Director: Rob Walker | Stars: Denis Lawson, Lindsay Duncan, George Baker, Leonie Mellinger

42. Centre Play (1973–1977)
Episode: The Saliva Milkshake (1975)

Drama

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Director: Robert Knights | Stars: Rosalind Ayres, John Beardmore, Edmond Bennett, Julian Curry

43. Dead Head (1986– )
Episode: The War Room (1986)

48 min | Drama

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Director: Rob Walker | Stars: Denis Lawson, Norman Beaton, Susannah Bunyan, Larrington Walker

44. Dead Head (1986– )
Episode: Why Me? (1986)

47 min | Drama

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Director: Rob Walker | Stars: Denis Lawson, Lindsay Duncan, Simon Callow, George Baker



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