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1. Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)

Comedy

Political satire about television news company Globe Link and it's team of workers such as anchors Henry and Sally reporter damien editor Dave execs George and Helen assistant joy and manager gus hedges

Stars: Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, David Swift, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 1,143

2. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,471

3. Till Death Us Do Part (1965–1975)

TV-PG | 40 min | Comedy

A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and experienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and carelessly.

Stars: Warren Mitchell, Anthony Booth, Una Stubbs, Dandy Nichols

Votes: 746

4. Walking with Monsters (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

A 90-minute documentary about life before the dinosaurs.

Star: Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 1,591

5. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Documentary-style series about the era of the dinosaurs, mixing real locations and CGI.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

Votes: 4,820

6. Secret State (2012)

Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Secret State explores the relationship between a democratically elected government, big business and the banks.

Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance, Jamie Sives

Votes: 1,844

7. Z Cars (1962–1978)

50 min | Crime, Drama

A gritty drama which follows the work of the Police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown.

Stars: James Ellis, John Slater, Douglas Fielding, Bernard Holley

Votes: 234

8. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976)

75 min | Comedy, Drama

On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, young Elliot finds that all the grown men in his life are somewhat wanting.

Director: Michael Tuchner | Stars: Jeremy Steyn, Maria Charles, Bernard Spear, Adrienne Posta

Votes: 72

9. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, Kenneth More

Votes: 849

10. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Nuts in May (1976)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

A middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet elude them.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Roger Sloman, Alison Steadman, Anthony O'Donnell, Sheila Kelley

Votes: 1,568

11. Steptoe and Son (1962–2016)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy

A thirty-something year-old man named Harold and his elderly father, Albert, work as rag and bone men (collecting and selling junk). Harold is ambitious and wants to better himself, but his... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton, Tim Buckland

Votes: 2,439

12. Porridge (1974–1977)

TV-14 | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 4,838

13. The War Game (1965 TV Movie)

48 min | Drama, War

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Director: Peter Watkins | Stars: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin, Kathy Staff

Votes: 5,800

14. The Black Stuff (1980 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

A group of Liverpudlians goes to Middlesborough to lay a tarmac road.

Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Michael Angelis, Tom Georgeson, Alan Igbon, Gary Bleasdale

Votes: 320

15. Boys from the Blackstuff (1982– )

50 min | Drama

Five unemployed men would do anything just to have a job in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Michael Angelis, Bernard Hill, Alan Igbon, Peter Kerrigan

Votes: 958

16. Our Friends in the North (1996– )

623 min | Drama

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends, Nicky, Geordie, Mary, and Tosker, from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, Gina McKee, Daniel Craig

Votes: 1,356

17. The Jewel in the Crown (1984)

778 min | Drama, History, Romance

The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end. The story begins with an unjust arrest for rape, ... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James, Wendy Morgan, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 1,762

18. Edge of Darkness (1985)

307 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The mysterious murder of an environmental activist leads her straight-laced father, an Inspector of the local police force, through a haunting revelation of the murkiness of the British ... See full summary »

Stars: Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice

Votes: 3,281

19. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Abigail's Party (1977)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Alison Steadman, Tim Stern, Janine Duvitski, John Salthouse

Votes: 1,680

20. The Naked Civil Servant (1975 TV Movie)

77 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: John Hurt, Liz Gebhardt, Patricia Hodge, Stanley Lebor

Votes: 1,328

21. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Cathy Come Home (1966)

75 min | Drama

Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Carol White, Ray Brooks, Winifred Dennis, Wally Patch

Votes: 856

22. Night Will Fall (2014)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, History, War

85 Metascore

Researchers discover film footage from World War II that turns out to be a lost documentary shot by Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Bernstein in 1945 about German concentration camps.

Director: André Singer | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Jasper Britton, Leonard Berney, George Leonard

Votes: 2,799

23. King Lear (1983 TV Movie)

158 min | Drama

An aging King invites disaster, when he abdicates to his corrupt, toadying daughters, and rejects his loving and honest one.

Director: Michael Elliott | Stars: Colin Blakely, Leo McKern, Robert Lindsay, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 711

24. The Deal (2003 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

Follows the rise to power of Tony Blair, and his friendship and rivalry with his contemporary, Gordon Brown.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: David Morrissey, Matt Blair, Michael Sheen, Dexter Fletcher

Votes: 1,213

25. The Rook (2019– )

Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

This London-set series centers on a young woman pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries while grappling with extraordinary abilities of her own.

Stars: Emma Greenwell, Joely Richardson, Jon Fletcher, Ronan Raftery

Votes: 2,111

26. Watership Down (2018– )

TV-PG | 204 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Fleeing their doomed warren, a colony of rabbits struggle to find and defend a new home.

Stars: James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, John Boyega, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 3,894

27. Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1995– )

30 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Horror stories by Edgar Allen Poe dramatized and introduced by horror actor Sir Christopher Lee.

Stars: Christopher Lee, Jeremy Crutchley, Patrick Ryecart, Moray Watson

Votes: 70

28. Psychoville (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A group of seemingly unrelated strangers all receive a mysterious note stating "I know what you did," which sends their lives into a downward spiral.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Daniel Kaluuya, Daisy Haggard

Votes: 5,805

29. A History of Scotland (2008–2009)

60 min | Documentary, History

A documentary charting the birth and growth of the Scottish nation.

Stars: Neil Oliver, Grace Beagan, James Fleming, Scott Glynn

Votes: 298

30. Medieval Lives (2004– )

240 min | Documentary, History

Terry Jones hosts this series that looks at the real facts about the Middle Ages and its roots.

Stars: Terry Jones, Peter Barber, Faye Getz, Robert Stone

Votes: 489

31. Walks Around Britain (2016– )

30 min | Documentary, History

Join Andrew White and the team from Walks Around Britain as they discover fantastic walks between 2-8 miles with stunning views and great stories from around the British Isles.

Stars: Andrew White, Alannah White, Olivia White, Leah Hather

Votes: 24

32. Monarchy with David Starkey (2004–2007)

60 min | Documentary, History

A history of the English Crown from AD 400 to today.

Stars: David Starkey, Tony Cottrell, Gerard Hayling, David Alder

Votes: 431

33. A History of Britain (2000–2002)

60 min | Documentary, History

A comprehensive historical survey of the British Isles.

Stars: Simon Schama, Michael Kitchen, Samuel West, Lindsay Duncan

Votes: 735

34. The Ascent of Man (1973)

50 min | Documentary

An account of man's development through his scientific and technological achievements.

Stars: Jacob Bronowski, Joss Ackland, Roy Dotrice, Stefan Bor-Grajewicz

Votes: 680

35. Civilisation (1969– )

TV-G | 50 min | Documentary, History, Music

Sir Kenneth Clarke guides us through the ages exploring the glorious rise of civilisation in western man. Beginning with the bleakness of the dark ages to the present day, we consider ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenneth Clark, Nicholas Blake, William Devlin, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 678

36. Grass (2003– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Billy Bleach is a Londoner and pub know-it-all who is relocated to Norfolk in rural England under a witness protection programme after he witnesses a gangland killing in this spinoff of the fast show

Stars: Simon Day, Philip Jackson, Robert Wilfort, Tristan Gemmill

Votes: 69

37. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 7,935

38. The Devil's Crown (1978– )

55 min | Drama, History

Henry Plantagenet (later King Henry II), sees his opportunity to seize the crown of England and create a kingdom of law and order.

Stars: Jane Lapotaire, Christopher Gable, John Duttine, Brian Cox

Votes: 66

39. An Age of Kings (1960)

60 min | Drama

A linking together of Shakespeare's history plays chronicling the rise and fall of monarchs over the eighty-six years between Richard II and Richard III.

Stars: Frank Windsor, Julian Glover, Patrick Garland, John Ringham

Votes: 114

40. Sam (1973–1975)

60 min | Drama

Thirty years in the life of a working-class British family, during times of great change.

Stars: Michael Goodliffe, Alethea Charlton, James Hazeldine, Dorothy White

Votes: 35

42. Looking After Jo Jo (1998– )

50 min | Crime, Drama

Set on an Edinburgh council estate in the bleak 1980's rising drug dealer Jo-Jo McCann is hellbent on gaining money and power at all costs.

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Paul Doonan, Steven Duffy, Gilly Gilchrist

Votes: 297

43. The Alan Clark Diaries (2004– )

29 min | Comedy, Drama

Alan Clarke (Sir John Hurt) is the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, where he longs for a "proper" role as a Minister in Thatcher's government. When he gets the call, he joins the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Jenny Agutter, Hugh Fraser, Nicholas Jones

Votes: 167

44. BBC2 Play of the Week (1977– )

Crime, Drama, Mystery

Anthology of plays and novels adapted into feature length movies.

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

Votes: 20

45. Game, Set, and Match (1988– )

60 min | Drama

Bernard Samson is a spy in the employ of S.I.S., London Central.

Stars: Ian Holm, Michael Culver, Michael Degen, Anthony Bate

Votes: 173

46. Torchwood: Web of Lies (2011)

Animation, Drama

A ten episode companion series with events taking place during the Torchwood: Miracle Day series.

Stars: Eve Myles, John Barrowman, Eliza Dushku, Bob Harris

Votes: 436

47. Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (1973– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery

A genre anthology series in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) hosted by Orson Welles.

Stars: Orson Welles, Edward Albert, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen

Votes: 140