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1. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

9.0
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Stars: Brian Rix, Joby Blanshard, Cyril Luckham, John Bennett

Votes: 48

2. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Time of Need (1999)

TV-14 | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

9.0
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A new government minister is charged by a young felon with having molested him while she he was in her care over a decade before.

Director: David Thacker | Stars: John Thaw, Anne Carroll, Martin Chamberlain, Kenneth Cope

Votes: 29

3. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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An anthology series featuring various predominately British mystery stories.

Stars: Vincent Price, Alan Cumming, Gene Shalit, Joan Hickson

Votes: 708

4. Saturday Night Thriller (1982– )

Thriller

8.8
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Stars: Peter Egan, Bernard Hepton, Billy Murray, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 5

5. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Care in the Community (1998)

TV-MA | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Kavanagh and Peter travel to Kavanagh's hometown to defend a young unmarried couple on welfare from the murder of their young child.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Thaw, Hal Cruttenden, Valerie Edmond, Oliver Ford Davies

Votes: 37

6. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: The End of Law (2001)

TV-MA | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Kavanagh is considering being a justice, but government pressure tries to persuade him not to pursue an appeals case.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Thaw, David Allister, Daisy Bates, Samantha Bond

Votes: 31

7. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: The More Loving One (1999)

TV-14 | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.8
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Kavanagh defends a convicted arsonist and former heroin junkie for blowing up his apartment and killing his addicted, pregnant girlfriend.

Director: David Thacker | Stars: John Thaw, Richard Banham, Susanna Best, Di Botcher

Votes: 33

8. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: End Game (1999)

TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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In 1985 a student and a pregnant woman were shot dead during an armed robbery. Three men were apprehended and sentenced to life imprisonment, Kavanagh being a junior member of the defence ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: Daisy Bates, Imogen Claire, Race Davies, Donald Douglas

Votes: 30

9. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Masonic Mysteries (1990)

TV-14 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.7
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Morse finds himself framed for murder by an unknown mastermind and suspended as Lewis is seconded to DCI Bottomley, who is in charge of the case.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Madelaine Newton, Ian McDiarmid

Votes: 580

10. The Last Morse: A Documentary (2000 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.6
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A review as well as a celebration of the television series Inspector Morse (1987) as it concluded its 64-episode, 13-year run.

Star: John Thaw

Votes: 33

11. We'll Support You Evermore (1985 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama

8.6
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A father is intent on finding the truth as to how his soldier son met his death while serving in Northern Ireland.

Director: Douglas Livingstone | Stars: John Thaw, Anthony Milner, Ann Hasson, Colette O'Neil

Votes: 7

12. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Bearing Witness (1998)

TV-MA | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Kavanagh's personal views and professional pride clash when his clerk Tom asks him to represent a former girlfriend Susannah Emmott. After they split she was briefly married to a Jehovah's ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Smith | Stars: John Thaw, Peter Ashdown, Graham Bill, Lara Cazalet

Votes: 34

13. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Memento Mori (1998)

TV-MA | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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Recovering after LIzzie's death, Kavanagh moves to a new home and gets back to work with a novice lawyer on the case of a doctor accused of murdering his wife.

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: John Thaw, Daisy Bates, Marjorie Bland, Jill Brassington

Votes: 32

14. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Mute of Malice (1997)

TV-MA | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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An army chaplain is accused of killing his brother after returning home from duty in Bosnia, but he will or cannot speak in his own defense.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Thaw, Mac Andrews, Robert Ashby, Linda Bassett

Votes: 71

15. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)
Episode: The Other Man (1964)

150 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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In 1940, Winston Churchill is killed, Britain signs a separate peace with Nazi Germany, and the Second World War is over. George Grant, a young Army officer, witnesses the gradual changes ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Flemyng | Stars: Michael Caine, Siân Phillips, John Thaw, Peter Dyneley

Votes: 11

16. Big Brother (1970)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.5
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A series of plays which examine if 1970s society is heading towards the dystopian world predicted in the book '1984'.

Stars: Alfred Burke, Michael Gwynn, Robert Hardy, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 6

17. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: A Sense of Loss (1996)

TV-14 | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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The shooting of a young policewoman draws Kavanagh into a tragic case in which his client refuses to help himself.

Director: Colin Gregg | Stars: John Thaw, Robin Bailey, James Barriscale, Daisy Bates

Votes: 44

18. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Abduction (1975)

51 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.5
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After Regan gets a tip about an upcoming robbery from a trusted informant, the gang kidnaps his daughter to blackmail him into inaction.

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Janet Key

Votes: 68

19. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Briefs Trooping Gaily (1998)

TV-MA | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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Kavanagh defends a battered wife who stabbed her husband to death and Jeremy when he is accused of professional misconduct.

Director: Peter Smith | Stars: John Thaw, John Davis, Angela Down, Valerie Edmond

Votes: 28

20. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Deadly Slumber (1993)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.5
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When the head of a medical clinic is found asphyxiated in his garage, the father of a one of his brain-dead patients becomes the prime suspect.

Director: Stuart Orme | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Carol Starks, Jason Durr

Votes: 452

21. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Jack or Knave (1978)

Action, Comedy, Crime

8.5
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A security guard is murdered during a payroll snatch. The local police force under Chief Superintendent Canning have no luck in catching the robbers and Canning is reluctant to work with ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Barrie Ingham

Votes: 63

22. The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968–1977)
Episode: 1976 Christmas Show (1976)

65 min | Comedy

8.4
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The musical guests are The Nolans, Marian Montgomery and Elton John. Eric and Ernie play a pair of game pieces. The play is 'Mademoiselle from I'm-In-Tears', which is set in Paris during World War I.

Stars: Eric Morecambe, Ernie Wise, Elton John, Des O'Connor

Votes: 16

23. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: A Stranger in the Family (1996)

TV-14 | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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An industrial accident at a Recycling plant leaves a young man mentally and physically impaired. Kavanagh goes to court to secure a fair settlement from the insurance company for the family.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: John Thaw, Janet Amsbury, Robert Ashby, Tim Barron

Votes: 48

24. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Bait (1978)

46 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Regan is staking out vicious robber Vic Tolman and his girl-friend Lyn Hurst, who have stolen the wages from the firm where Lyn worked. A surveillance is in progress on the flat belonging ... See full summary »

Director: Sid Roberson | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, George Sewell, Barbara Ewing

Votes: 55

25. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Driven to Distraction (1990)

TV-14 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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After two beautiful women are stabbed to death a month apart by the same killer, the only connection between the pair is their car dealership.

Director: Sandy Johnson | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Julia Lane, Tariq Yunus

Votes: 487

26. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Messenger of the Gods (1978)

45 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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A hung-over Regan pulls local Lothario Lukey Sparrow for his part in the theft of thirty thousand pounds worth of mercury. The boy has an alibi - he was in bed with a married woman, but ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Green | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Diana Dors, Malcolm McFee

Votes: 64

27. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Poppy (1975)

48 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Vic Labbett, a violent robber who fled England following a robbery, has now returned from exile but only temporarily. His aim is to pick up the cash from the heist and convert it into ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, James Booth

Votes: 65

28. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Second Time Around (1991)

TV-14 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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Morse links the killing of a Deputy Assistant Commissioner on the night of his retirement to the 18 year old cold case murder of an 8 year old girl.

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Jenny Laird, Oliver Ford Davies

Votes: 495

29. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Taste of Fear (1976)

60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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Robert Hargreaves, who has an apparently distinguished military background, joins Regan's team. However, at a raid on a caravan site to capture a gang of ex-soldiers who have carried out a ... See full summary »

Director: David Wickes | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Norman Eshley

Votes: 68

30. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Thou Shalt Not Kill (1975)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.4
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The day before the start of a new term, the university branch of the National Mercian bank is robbed. Regan and his squad arrive and catch or shoot most of the gang but known killer Wands ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 65

31. Strange Report (1969–1970)

60 min | Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Retired Scotland Yard commissioner Adam Strange investigates bizarre mysteries in "Swinging Sixties" London.

Stars: Anthony Quayle, Kaz Garas, Anneke Wills, Charles Lloyd Pack

Votes: 113

32. The Borderers (1968–1970)

50 min | Adventure, Drama

8.3
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Drama series dealing with life for a family living on the frontier between Scotland and England during the 16th century.

Stars: Ross Campbell, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Gambon, Edith MacArthur

Votes: 14

33. Menace (1970–1973)

75 min | Thriller

8.3
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This is a series of thrillers designed to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Stars: David Wood, John Wentworth, Sheila Hancock, Anne Kristen

Votes: 15

34. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Chalk and Cheese (1975)

Action, Comedy, Crime

8.3
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Giles Nunn and Carrie Selhurst are an upper crust couple who, partly for kicks and for the profits, commit highway robbery in lonely country lanes, along with the lower class boy Tommy ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Green | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Shane Briant

Votes: 68

35. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Dead Reckoning (1998)

TV-MA | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Kavanaugh prosecutes the owner of a capsized fishing trawler for negligent manslaughter even though his son is one of the five victims.

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: John Thaw, Antony Carrick, Colum Convey, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 30

36. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Money, Money, Money (1978)

45 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.3
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Eddie Monk has been straight for some years and he and his wife are good friends to Regan. He wins the pools but is blackmailed over a robbery for which he was never caught eleven years ... See full summary »

Director: Sid Roberson | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Edward Judd

Votes: 51

37. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: Promised Land (1991)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Morse and Lewis go to Australia to find a witness who has been in witness protection for ten years, but this is one witness who doesn't want to be found.

Director: John Madden | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, James Grout, Con O'Neill

Votes: 456

38. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Stay Lucky Eh? (1975)

48 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.3
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Two young villains, Tyson and Jenner, working for gang boss Tony Kirby, are relieved of the spoils of their robbery by a mysterious gun-man, who shoots Jenner in the leg. Nobody knows who ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 68

39. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: The Death of the Self (1992)

TV-14 | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Morse looks to mix a little pleasure with business when he and Lewis are sent to Italy to look into the suspicious death of an English woman near Vicenza.

Director: Colin Gregg | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Michael Kitchen, Christopher Hunter

Votes: 487

40. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
Episode: The Remorseful Day (2000)

TV-14 | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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An ailing Morse involves himself in a year old cold murder case of a nymphomaniac is when persons of interest connected with it turn up dead.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Thaw, Kevin Whately, Meg Davies, Eddie Webber

Votes: 547

41. Masterpiece Mystery (1980– )
Episode: The Return of Sherlock Holmes II: The Sign of Four (1988)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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Why did Mary Morstan's father disappear? And who has been sending her a pearl of great price every year?

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Emrys James, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 49

42. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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A quirky spy show of the adventures of eccentrically suave British Agent John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 5,986

43. Inspector Morse: Rest in Peace (2000 Video)

96 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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Clip show that represents a biography of sorts of the now late great Inspector Morse. Chief Superintendent Strange fills in the blanks in between the clips with his first hand testimony about the man.

Director: Jamie McCoan | Stars: James Grout, John Thaw, Kevin Whately

Votes: 59

44. The Second World War in Colour (1999– )

180 min | History

8.2
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Stars: John Thaw, Winston Churchill, Hirohito, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 454

45. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Contact Breaker (1975)

49 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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After Danny Keever, a convict on weekend release and due for parole, is framed in a bank robbery, Regan works to clear him.

Director: William Brayne | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Warren Clarke

Votes: 71

46. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: Golden Fleece (1975)

45 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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Colin MacGruder and Ray Stackpole, two Australians with the theme "Nice 'n' easy does it", commit eleven armed robberies, in each case stealing Kruger Rands purchased from the same firm, ... See full summary »

Director: David Wickes | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Patrick Mower

Votes: 65

47. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Heartland (1995)

TV-14 | 76 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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In Sunderland a young former car thief is run over by a local vigilante, leaving him brain damaged. His mother asks Kavanagh to to take on the case despite lack of sufficient evidence.

Director: Colin Gregg | Stars: John Thaw, Rod Arthur, Christopher Barr, Daisy Bates

Votes: 58

48. The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Episode: In from the Cold (1976)

50 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.2
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Some years earlier Billy Medhurst shot and crippled police sergeant Eddie Jackson before escaping to Spain. Now he is back and Regan is determined to nail him. Haskins advises against ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Green | Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, Anthony Heaton

Votes: 61

49. Kavanagh QC (1995–2001)
Episode: Men of Substance (1996)

TV-14 | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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When another QC becomes ill, Kavanagh inherits the prosecution of a ruthless drug dealer with a record of intimidating witnesses and their families.

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: John Thaw, Peter Barnes, Tom Brodie, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 40

50. Mitch (1984– )
Episode: Nature of the Beast (1984)

Drama

8.2
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Mitch goes undercover in a dangerous white supremacist group, and he doesn't fair much better in his private life.

Director: Gerry Mill | Stars: John Thaw, Clare Higgins, David Calder, Stephen Yardley

Votes: 5



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