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1. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)
Episode: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)

120 min | Drama

8.0
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In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Rudolph Cartier | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Yvonne Mitchell, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 414

2. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Traitor (1971)

61 min | Comedy, Drama

9.3
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Dishillusioned by his rich, aristocratic upbringing in Britain, top foreign office diplomat Adrian Harris became a spy for the Russians. He escaped to Moscow after being found out and it is... See full summary »

Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: John Le Mesurier, Jack Hedley, Vincent Ball, Neil McCallum

Votes: 38

3. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Schmoedipus (1974)

67 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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When a stranger, Glen, appears at the door of middle-aged Elizabeth Carter, he claims to be the illegitimate son she gave away at birth, and she accepts his story.

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Anna Cropper, John Carson, Tim Curry, John Horsley

Votes: 40

4. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Son of Man (1969)

90 min | Drama

8.1
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Dennis Potter's controversial reading of the life of Christ, with Jesus portrayed as a hearty, fiery, well-meaning carpenter who believes that people should try to love their enemies rather... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Colin Blakely, Robert Hardy, Bernard Hepton, Brian Blessed

Votes: 65

5. Black and Blue (1973– )
Episode: Secrets (1973)

53 min | Drama

7.2
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Secrets Chocolates receive an unexpected sales boost when three maintenance workers fall into the chocolate vat and are fed through the production line.

Director: James Cellan Jones | Stars: Warren Mitchell, Clifford Rose, Julian Holloway, David Collings

Votes: 20

6. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965)

75 min | Drama

8.0
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Semi-autobiographical TV play by Dennis Potter, from the BBC's 'Wednesday Play' series. It deals with the experiences of Nigel Barton, a young man from a poor mining community who wins a ... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Keith Barron, Jack Woolgar, Katherine Parr, Vickery Turner

Votes: 60

7. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Double Dare (1976)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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For the BBC's PLAY FOR TODAY series, Dennis Potter wrote this reflexive commentary on writers and actresses, the first Potter production to be done entirely on film. Playwright Martin Ellis... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Alan Dobie, Kika Markham, Malcolm Terris, Joe Melia

Votes: 34

8. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: Displaced Person (1985)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.2
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Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Stan Shaw, Rosemary Leach, Ricco Ross, Neville Aurelius

Votes: 17

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

70 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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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: 62

10. 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: 199

11. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Visitors (1987)

89 min | Drama

7.3
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This production for the BBC-2's "Screen Two" series was the last of Dennis Potter's "one-shot, one-slot" plays for television. It had its origins in Potter's 1983 play "Sufficient ... See full summary »

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Robert MacNaughton, Michael Brandon, Glynis Barber, John Standing

Votes: 46

12. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Alice (1965)

72 min | Drama

8.3
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Written for THE WEDNESDAY PLAY (1964-70), which the BBC retitled PLAY FOR TODAY in 1970, ALICE has the earliest airdate (10/13/65) of the Potter productions to survive on tape. After THE ... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: George Baker, Deborah Watling, Rosalie Crutchley, David Langton

Votes: 29

13. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (1965)

80 min | Drama

7.9
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Candidate Nigel Barton goes from idealism to cynicism as he becomes disillusioned and suspicious of hollow campaign promises.

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Keith Barron, Valerie Gearon, John Bailey, Cyril Luckham

Votes: 63

14. American Playhouse (1981– )
Episode: Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Avery Brooks, Rhetta Greene, Mason Adams, Ken Broadhurst

Votes: 132

15. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Shadow on the Earth (1988)

Drama

8.6
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Two brothers growing up in a small Scottish mining town become convinced the albino man living in their street is an alien. Influenced by science fiction films and the religious bigotry ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Bernard | Stars: Sam Hickman, Billy Hartman, Billy McElhaney, Gerry Slevin

Votes: 25

16. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Monsignor Quixote (1987)

Biography, Drama, Music

8.0
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In this modern adaptation of the Don Quixote theme based on a novel by Graham Greene, Quixote is an old Spanish village priest who travels through Spain with his friend, Sancho, the ... See full summary »

Director: Rodney Bennett | Stars: Alec Guinness, Leo McKern, Ian Richardson, Graham Crowden

Votes: 168

17. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: The Golden Vision (1968)

74 min | Drama

8.5
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The problems of a group of football fans.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Ken Jones, Bill Dean, Neville Smith, Joey Kaye

Votes: 54

18. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: I Have Been Here Before (1982)

Drama

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Guests at a small hotel are disquieted by the insistence of a mysterious doctor that he has been there before.

Director: James Ormerod | Stars: Herbert Lom, James Griffiths, Anthony Valentine, Lorna Heilbron

19. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: The Firm (1989)

70 min | Drama

7.3
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This is the story of rival "Firms" of football supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davis, Andrew Wilde

Votes: 2,679

20. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Streetlife (1995)

98 min | Drama

7.0
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The rough urban life in a Welsh valley that focuses on Jo, a single mother who has just become pregnant by her married boyfriend Kevin.

Director: Karl Francis | Stars: Helen McCrory, Rhys Ifans, Christine Tuckett, Donna Edwards

Votes: 46

21. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Our Day Out (1978)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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When a teacher takes a group of troubled school children on a school trip to Conwy in Wales, the children understand life outside of Liverpool.

Director: Pedr James | Stars: Alun Armstrong, Jean Heywood, Elizabeth Estensen, Lennox Greaves

Votes: 155

22. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Leeds - United! (1974)

116 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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The true story of a strike in 1970 by female textile-factory workers in Leeds who wanted to be paid the same as their male colleagues, but whose efforts were undermined by the trade union that they belonged to.

Director: Roy Battersby | Stars: Lynne Perrie, Elizabeth Spriggs, Lori Wells, Josie Lane

Votes: 14

23. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Edna, the Inebriate Woman (1971)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.9
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Edna is a drunk, and a homeless one. The play follows her through the streets, the police station, the psychiatric ward and a hostel, which for a while looks like it may become somewhere she can stay.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Patricia Hayes, Barbara Jefford, Geraldine Sherman, Cheryl Hall

Votes: 94

24. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Home (1972)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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In a mental home, two elderly men become unlikely friends.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Dandy Nichols, Mona Washbourne

Votes: 34

25. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Land of Green Ginger (1973)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Faced with the prospect of being sent to work abroad, Sally Brown returns home from London to Hull, to see if she still feels the same attachment for her home town - and for her old ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Parker | Stars: Gwen Taylor, John Flanagan, Jean Heywood, Michael Elwyn

Votes: 22

26. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Comedians (1979)

Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Six wannabe stand-up comedians attend an evening class run by Eddie Waters. Eddie is a professional comic and he's determined to teach them that comedy is much more than just jokes.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Bill Fraser, Jonathan Pryce, David Burke, Linal Haft

Votes: 37

27. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: United Kingdom (1981)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

9.0
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Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Colin Welland, Val McLane, Bill Paterson, Rosemary Martin

Votes: 13

28. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Fishing Party (1972)

Comedy, Drama

8.9
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Three miners plan a weekend fishing.

Director: Michael Simpson | Stars: Brian Glover, Ray Mort, Douglas Livingstone, Jane Freeman

Votes: 41

29. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Spend Spend Spend (1977)

85 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Autobiographical tale about Viv Nicholson who had a large Football Pools win in the early 1960s, and the ultimately destructive effect it had on her and her family.

Director: John Goldschmidt | Stars: Susan Littler, John Duttine, Helene Palmer, Joe Belcher

Votes: 41

30. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Crossing the Floor (1996)

70 min | Drama

8.6
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Political satire closely mirroring real-life British politics of the time - a self-serving Conservative minister "crosses the floor" to join the opposition Labour Party, at a time when the ... See full summary »

Director: Guy Jenkin | Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Neil Pearson, Clive Russell, James Fleet

Votes: 62

31. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: Down Among the Big Boys (1993)

88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Set in Glasgow, Louie, the detective son of an upright police sergeant, is about to marry. His intended is the daughter of JoJo (Connolly), a wealthy and compulsive thief who attempts a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Gormley | Stars: Billy Connolly, Ashley Jensen, Douglas Henshall, John Murtagh

Votes: 70

32. BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)
Episode: Grown-Ups (1980)

95 min | Drama

7.9
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Dick and Mandy, a young working class couple, move into a council house in Canterbury, and find Mr. Butcher, one of their former teachers, living next door. Mandy's unmarried sister, Gloria... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Phil Davis, Lesley Manville, Brenda Blethyn, Janine Duvitski

Votes: 335

33. ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: Another Sunday and Sweet F.A (1972)

50 min | Drama

7.7
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Mr. Armistead is the referee for an amateur league Sunday Football match. Disliked and abused by all the players he tries to play fair and ensure they follow the rules. By the end of the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: David Swift, Gordon McGrae, Freddie Fletcher, Fred Feast

Votes: 41

34. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: The Snapper (1993)

R | 91 min | Drama

7.2
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Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters. When she gets herself pregnant and refuses to name the father, she becomes the talk of ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe, Eanna MacLiam

Votes: 5,165 | Gross: $3.32M

35. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.5
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Drama documentary adaptation of John McGrath's play staged by the 7:84 theatre company dealing with the exploitation of the Scottish people throughout history, from the brutal evictions of ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: John Bett, David MacLennan, Dolina MacLennan, Elizabeth MacLennan

Votes: 29

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

75 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 776

37. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: The Big Flame (1969)

85 min | Drama

7.8
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Dock workers under the threat of redundancy, work day and night in an attempt to keep employed by running the workforce themselves.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Norman Rossington, Godfrey Quigley, Peter Kerrigan, Ken Jones

Votes: 43

38. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: 3 Clear Sundays (1965)

85 min | Drama

7.4
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A dull witted young labourer from a criminal family is sent to gaol for a minor crime, leaving his pregnant girlfriend unmarried. But while there he is talked into attacking a guard, who ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Tony Selby, Rita Webb, Finnuala O'Shannon, Dickie Owen

Votes: 36

39. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Price of Coal: Part 1 - Meet the People (1977)

77 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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The workers of Milton Colliery prepare for a royal visit by H.R.H. Prince Charles.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Bobby Knutt, Rita May, Paul Chappell, Jayne Waddington

Votes: 51

40. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Price of Coal: Part 2 - Back to Reality (1977)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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A month after the royal visit, the workers at Milton Colliery are brought crashing back down to earth by an underground explosion.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Rita May, Bobby Knutt, Paul Chappell, Jayne Waddington

Votes: 39

41. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Up the Junction (1965)

72 min | Drama

7.4
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Fragments of the life of three working-class women, and the people around them, in South London in the 1960s. Scenes in homes, streets, pubs, prison and their workplace cover family, friendship, romance, sex, and abortion.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Carol White, Geraldine Sherman, Vickery Turner, Tony Selby

Votes: 101

42. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Emma's Time (1970)

80 min | Drama

9.0
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Emma, who lived with an author for the last two years of his life, is involved in a television film about him.

Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Michele Dotrice, Andrew Keir, Ian Holm, Pauline Yates

Votes: 8

43. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Close the Coalhouse Door (1969)

80 min | Drama

8.5
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The history of the mining industry in the northeast of England is told through family drama, comedy sketches and song.

Director: Bill Hays | Stars: Dudley Foster, Alan Browning, Colin Douglas, Bryan Pringle

Votes: 11

44. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: No Trams to Lime Street (1970)

50 min | Drama

7.7
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Three young merchant seamen from Liverpool take shore leave in their home city after three years away.

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Rosemary Nicols, Glyn Owen, Anthony May, Paul Greenwood

Votes: 7

45. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: A Beast with Two Backs (1968)

71 min | Drama

7.4
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Part of the BBC's celebrated 'Wednesday Play' series of the 1960s, this early work by Dennis Potter is set in an isolated New Forest community in 19th Century Britain. A young local girl is... See full summary »

Director: Lionel Harris | Stars: Patrick Barr, Denis Carey, Laurence Carter, Madeleine Newbury

Votes: 23

46. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Anyone for Tennis? (1968)

75 min | Drama

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Garry committed suicide to escape disgrace and imprisonment. Does he now have the chance to change the circumstances leading to his downfall?

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Clifford Evans, Rachel Kempson, Joseph O'Conor, Ernest Clark

47. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: The Gorge (1968)

75 min | Drama

8.4
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A teenage boy reluctantly accompanies his ghastly family on a coarse bank-holiday day out to local beauty spot and tourist trap, the Cheddar Gorge.

Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Billy Hamon, Constance Chapman, Reg Lye, Neil Wilson

Votes: 17

48. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Message for Posterity (1967)

79 min | Drama

8.8
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An elderly painter, once radical and confrontational, is given a final commission - to paint the portrait of the former Conservative Prime Minister who represented a totally opposing set of... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Patrick Magee, Joseph O'Conor, Patricia Lawrence, Anna Calder-Marshall

Votes: 13

49. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: In Two Minds (1967)

85 min | Drama

7.4
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In a series of small vignettes, we follow the course of a manic-depressive girl through high and low instances, slowly following her disintegration as she deals with her doctors and family,... See full summary »

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Anna Cropper, Brian Phelan, George A. Cooper, Helen Booth

Votes: 34

50. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: The Lump (1967)

75 min | Drama

8.9
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The story of a bricklayer, who moonlights as a revolutionary.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Leslie Sands, Colin Farrell, Joby Blanshard, James Caffrey

Votes: 8

51. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Where the Buffalo Roam (1966)

75 min | Drama

8.0
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A mentally disturbed Welsh teenager is obsessed with Westerns. His volatile temperament loses him the few people who might have been sympathetic, and helped him. Instead, he spirals down to... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Hywel Bennett, Megs Jenkins, Aubrey Richards, Glyn Houston

Votes: 25

52. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Angels Are So Few (1970)

63 min | Comedy, Drama

8.4
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For the BBC's WEDNESDAY PLAY series, Dennis Potter offered one of his "visitation dramas": Housewife Cynthia Nicholls is married to prudish Richard Nicholls. One day, her mundane household ... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Tom Bell, Christine Hargreaves, Susan Richards, Erik Chitty

Votes: 16

53. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Only Make Believe (1973)

74 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Playwright Christopher Hudson finds his medical problem hinders his writing. He employs secretary Sandra George and dictates his new play to her, but tensions soon develop between the two. ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Knights | Stars: Keith Barron, Georgina Hale, Rowena Cooper, Alun Armstrong

Votes: 8

54. ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: Paper Roses (1971)

52 min | Drama

8.1
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Facing retirement, elderly journalist Clarence Hubbard reflects on the pointlessness of a life wasted writing banal tabloid human interest, animal, and crime stories. Rather than go quietly... See full summary »

Director: Barry Davis | Stars: Bill Maynard, Donald Gee, John Carson, Aimée Delamain

Votes: 10

55. ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: Lay Down Your Arms (1970)

78 min | Drama

8.1
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Dennis Potter used his own background as a Russian language clerk in the War Office when writing this play for ITV's SATURDAY NIGHT THEATRE series. At the time of the 1956 Suez Crisis and ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Morahan | Stars: Nikolas Simmonds, Leonard Trolley, Peter Cellier, John Warner

Votes: 22

56. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: The Confidence Course (1965)

61 min | Drama

8.3
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Three swindlers advertise a self-assertiveness seminar, lure a dozen victims to a hotel and attempt to persuade them to enroll in their course. However, a man claiming to be the ... See full summary »

Director: Gilchrist Calder | Stars: Geoffrey Matthews, Dennis Price, Stanley Baxter, Neil McCarthy

Votes: 13

57. Thirty-Minute Theatre (1965–1973)
Episode: Emergency Ward 9 (1966)

30 min | Crime, Drama

8.8
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In this medical drama for the BBC's THIRTY MINUTE THEATER series, a doctor is helpless as an old man dies in pain. In the same ward, three other patients of different backgrounds attempt to... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: Terence de Marney, Tenniel Evans, Dan Jackson, Gillian Lewis

Votes: 6

58. ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: Moonlight on the Highway (1969)

52 min | Drama

8.1
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Writing for ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969), Dennis Potter introduced the notion that popular music expresses the yearning of the human spirit for a better world. A troubled young man, ... See full summary »

Director: James MacTaggart | Stars: Ian Holm, Anthony Bate, Deborah Grant, Robin Wentworth

Votes: 27

59. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Joe's Ark (1974)

66 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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The religious beliefs of pet shop owner Joe (Freddie Jones) are shaken by the terminal illness of his daughter Lucy (Angharad Rees). For Potter, this play "makes more than a wry nod at ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Freddie Jones, Angharad Rees, Dennis Waterman, Christopher Guard

Votes: 24

60. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: The Bonegrinder (1968)

78 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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This was Dennis Potter's first play for independent TV in Great Britain. It aired on ITV's PLAYHOUSE series. Potter contrasted the fading heritage of the British empire with new American ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Kemp-Welch | Stars: George Baker, Margaret Tyzack, Weston Gavin, Arthur Cox

Votes: 7

61. The Sextet (1972– )
Episode: Follow the Yellow Brick Road (1972)

69 min | Drama

7.4
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A disturbed actor takes refuge in drugs and therapy.

Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Billie Whitelaw, Richard Vernon, Dennis Waterman

Votes: 21

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

75 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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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: 65

63. Screen One (1985–2002)
Episode: A Very Polish Practice (1992)

Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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Dr. Stephen Daker feels finally settled in his life in Poland with his new wife Grete Grotowska and son Tomasz but he soon find things to be just as tumultuous, not least because Bob Buzzard is still around. And is that those nuns again?

Director: David Tucker | Stars: Peter Davison, Joanna Kanska, Adam Przedrzymirski, David Troughton

Votes: 47

64. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Who's a Good Boy Then? (1966)

75 min | Drama

8.8
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Billy Oates meets a lady in a market and, taken by his kindness, she invites him to lodge with her and her husband. A rivalry soon develops between the young man and his landlord.

Director: James Ferman | Stars: Thora Hird, Ron Moody, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 12

65. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: In Camera (1964)

85 min | Drama

7.7
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Three people, a man convicted of cowardice, a lesbian and a self obsessed blonde are put in a small, stark room with a few garish modern artworks and three benches. All have died and are in... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Harold Pinter, Jane Arden, Katherine Woodville, Jonathan Hansen

Votes: 41

66. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Dinner at the Sporting Club (1978)

63 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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John Thaw plays Dinny Mathews a small time boxing promoter who struggles with his conscience as to whether or not to provide a fighter for a Sporting Club promotion, a fighter he knows is ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Gibson | Stars: John Thaw, Billy McColl, Patrick Durkin, Jonathan Lynn

Votes: 18

67. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Robin Redbreast (1970)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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After the break-up of a long-term relationship, urban sophisticate Norah seeks refuge in a remote house in the country. The locals are friendly, if eccentric, and she toys with the idea of ... See full summary »

Director: James MacTaggart | Stars: Anna Cropper, Amanda Walker, Julian Holloway, Freda Bamford

Votes: 122

68. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Just Another Saturday (1975)

77 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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It's the day of the Orange Parade in Glasgow, but for Jon, the thrill of leading the parade and swinging the mace soon turns to horror as he learns the truth behind the costumes and songs.

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Jon Morrison, Eileen McCallum, Bill Henderson, Ken Hutchison

Votes: 93

69. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Elephants' Graveyard (1976)

50 min | Comedy, Drama

7.9
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Bunny has told his wife he is working as a postman, but in fact is wandering the hills all day, wondering why he doesn't want to work. He meets Jody, an older man who has told his wife he's... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Billy Connolly, Jon Morrison

Votes: 72

70. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Just a Boys' Game (1979)

Comedy, Drama

9.1
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Jake lives in the shadow of his dying grandfather, who was once the town's toughest hard man. Despite their hatred of each other, Jake's sole aim is to be as tough as the old man was. One ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Frankie Miller, Ken Hutchison, Jean Taylor Smith, Hector Nicol

Votes: 106

71. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Just Your Luck (1972)

Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A pregnant teenager sets about wooing a sailor in a sectarian council estate in Greenock.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Lesley Mackie, David Hayman, Mary Riggans, Gerry Slevin

Votes: 9

72. The Play on One (1988–1991)
Episode: Down Where the Buffalo Go (1988)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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Down Where The Buffalo Go is a drama made for television by BBC Scotland. It follows the life of a US Marine (played by Keitel) based at the Holy Loch naval base and the local girl he ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Knox | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Andrew Byatt, Stella Gonet, David Lansbury

Votes: 35

73. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Dominick Hide, a time traveller from the year 2130, is studying the London transport system of 1980. Time travellers are supposed to be observers, and are strictly forbidden to land their ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Peter Firth, Caroline Langrishe, Pippa Guard, Patrick Magee

Votes: 252

74. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Another Flip for Dominick (1982)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Now a respected teacher of temporal observers, Dominick has not visited the past for several years. He is content with his lot, resigned to the idea that he will never again see Jane, the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Peter Firth, Caroline Langrishe, Pippa Guard, Patrick Magee

Votes: 111

75. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Penda's Fen (1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Through a series of real and imagined encounters with angels, demons, and England's pagan past, a pastor's son begins to question his religion and politics, and comes to terms with his sexuality.

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Spencer Banks, John Atkinson, Georgine Anderson, Ron Smerczak

Votes: 253

76. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: East of Ipswich (1987)

Drama

7.1
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Seventeen-year-old Richard and his parents take their annual seaside holiday in a guesthouse on England's east coast in the 1950s. Julia, a teenage girl holidaying with her parents in a ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Powell | Stars: John Nettleton, Pat Heywood, Edward Rawle-Hicks, Allan Cuthbertson

Votes: 107

77. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: Mr. Axelford's Angel (1974)

Comedy, Drama

8.6
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Add a Plot

Director: John Frankau | Stars: Julia Foster, Michael Bryant, Lally Bowers, Jacqueline Stanbury

Votes: 22

78. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: The Country Wife (1977)

110 min | Drama

7.2
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Add a Plot

Director: Donald McWhinnie | Stars: Anthony Andrews, Leslie Sarony, Phil Daniels, John Nettleton

Votes: 41

79. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Soft Targets (1982)

Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A Russian in London finds himself targeted by British Intelligence.

Director: Charles Sturridge | Stars: Ian Holm, Helen Mirren, Nigel Havers, Celia Gregory

Votes: 44

80. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: The Lorelei (1990)

75 min | Drama

8.5
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A lonely schoolteacher has a strange experience on her walking holiday. It haunts her and threatens to wreck her growing romance with a colleague.

Director: Terry Johnson | Stars: Amanda Redman, Michael Maloney, Ellie Haddington, John Nettleton

Votes: 21

81. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Heading Home (1991)

Drama

7.6
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A story of a women is torn between two men in post World War II London.

Director: David Hare | Stars: Gary Oldman, Joely Richardson, Stephen Dillane, Stella Gonet

Votes: 65

82. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Dirtysomething (1994)

60 min | Drama

8.2
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The story of a couple who are new age travellers but get sucked into suburban life.

Director: Carl Prechezer | Stars: Paul Reynolds, Rachel Weisz, Bernard Hill, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 56

83. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Long Distance Piano Player (1970)

80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A man tries to break the world's record for nonstop piano playing.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Ray Davies, Lois Daine, Norman Rossington, James Hazeldine

Votes: 13

84. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Licking Hitler (1978)

Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Made as part of the BBC series Play For Today, Licking Hitler deals with the propaganda campaign by the Allies in WW2.

Director: David Hare | Stars: Kate Nelligan, Bill Paterson, Hugh Fraser, Brenda Fricker

Votes: 23

85. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Gangsters (1975)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Birmingham is a melting pot of races and every community has a stake in the city's underworld. When John Kline is released from prison after serving a sentence for murder, he becomes the unwilling catalyst in a gang war.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Maurice Colbourne, Philip Martin, Tania Rogers, Paul Barber

Votes: 33

86. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Home Sweet Home (1982)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Three postal workers and their dysfunctional families interact over cups of tea and Sunday dinner.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Eric Richard, Lorraine Brunning, Kay Stonham, Timothy Spall

Votes: 160

87. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Hard Labour (1973)

74 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A quiet and put-upon house cleaner breaks her silence.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Liz Smith, Clifford Kershaw, Polly Hemingway, Bernard Hill

Votes: 223

88. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Shakespeare or Bust (1973)

70 min | Comedy, Drama

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Three miners take a boat trip to Stratford-on-Avon.

Director: Brian Parker | Stars: Brian Glover, Ray Mort, Douglas Livingstone, Katya Wyeth

89. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: A Landing on the Sun (1994)

Drama

8.1
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Brian Jessel, a civil servant in the Cabinet Office, is asked to investigate the mysterious death of the civil servant Stephen Summerchild twenty years earlier. Summerchild was working on a... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Renton | Stars: Robert Glenister, Susan Fleetwood, Roger Allam, Judith Scott

Votes: 15

90. Plays of Today (1969– )
Episode: A Voyage Round My Father (1969)

80 min | Drama

8.5
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A son recalls his eccentric father, who pursued an active career as a barrister despite being blind.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: Mark Dignam, Ian Richardson, Arthur Lowe, Trevor Bannister

Votes: 6

91. Screenplay (1986–1993)
Episode: You, Me & Marley (1992)

84 min | Drama

7.7
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A group of bored Roman Catholic teens from Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, steal cars and joyride around the city, causing havoc among the nearby Protestants and local Irish ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Spence | Stars: Marc O'Shea, Bronagh Gallagher, Michael Liebmann, Michael Gregory

Votes: 133

92. Screenplay (1986–1993)
Episode: Antonia and Jane (1990)

R | 71 min | Drama

7.1
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Plain Jane Hartman hates her life. She's goofy, boring and only has sex if she reads Iris Murdoch novels out loud to her loopy boyfriend. Her oldest friend Antonia McGill knows about ... See full summary »

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Saskia Reeves, Imelda Staunton, Patricia Leventon, Alfred Hoffman

Votes: 298 | Gross: $1.00M

93. Screenplay (1986–1993)
Episode: Amongst Barbarians (1990)

Drama

7.8
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Two teenage boys, Ralph and Bryan, are in a jail in Malaysia, awaiting death. They have been found guilty of smuggling drugs. 48 hours before their execution, their parents arrive to visit them.

Director: Jane Howell | Stars: David Jason, Rowena Cooper, Anne Carroll, Lee Ross

Votes: 26

94. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: Aimée (1991)

90 min | Drama

7.8
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A white Mercedes, the English countryside, a cathedral city, a haunted figure at the wheel with an overnight bag in the boot. Frank Summers has run away from a career as a fabulously ... See full summary »

Director: Pedr James | Stars: Donald Sumpter, Juliet Stevenson, Simon Chandler, Christine Rose

Votes: 29

95. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)
Episode: The Wild Duck (1957)

Comedy, Drama

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"It takes two people to tell the truth - one to speak and one to listen". But is Gregers Werle speaking the truth, and who will listen?

Director: Charles Crichton | Stars: Emlyn Williams, Dorothy Tutin, Angela Baddeley, George Relph

96. Coming Up (2003– )
Episode: Bed Bugs (2003)

25 min | Drama

7.1
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A young man runs away from his pregnant fiancée. He meets and falls in love Max. will he tell his girlfriend and come to terms with his homosexuality?

Directors: Andrea Arnold, Andrew Arnold | Stars: Amber Sealey, Dominic Carter, Ben Homewood, Tim Smith

Votes: 9

97. Theatre Night (1985– )
Episode: The Birthday Party (1987)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Stanley, a pianist, lives in a cheap boarding-house near the sea and never talks about himself. But the past catches up with him when Mr. Goldberg and Mr. McCann arrive - clearly, they don't wish him well.

Director: Kenneth Ives | Stars: Joan Plowright, Harold Pinter, Kenneth Cranham, Colin Blakely

Votes: 48

98. ABC Stage 67 (1966– )
Episode: A Christmas Memory (1966)

51 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

9.1
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Its the last Christmas together in Depression era Alabama of a sensitive boy and his elderly cousin who was his closest friend. The two raise enough money to buy the ingredients for 30 ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Geraldine Page, Donnie Melvin, Lavinia Cassels, Christine Marler

Votes: 159

99. Red Letter Day (1976– )
Episode: Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill (1976)

Comedy, Drama

9.0
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A film extra has won a chance for the big break in his career. He has two crucial lines in a television film, but nothing goes according to plan.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Joe Black, Barbara Moore-Black, Diana Davies, Joe Belcher

Votes: 28

100. The Company of Five (1968– )
Episode: Shaggy Dog (1968)

51 min | Drama

7.0
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A no-nonsense businessman, Mr. Wilkie, is interviewed for a position with a top-of-the-line hotel chain corporation. During the interview, Wilkie attempts to complete a shaggy-dog story. ... See full summary »

Director: Gareth Davies | Stars: John Neville, Ray Smith, Derek Godfrey, Ann Bell

Votes: 24