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1. The Ghost Sonata (1962 TV Movie)

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Director: Stuart Burge | Stars: Jeremy Brett, Robert Helpmann, Beatrix Lehmann, William Mervyn

Votes: 5

2. The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957–1962)

105 min | Comedy, Family, Talk-Show

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Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar, Cliff Arquette

Votes: 191

3. Theatre Night (1957–1961)

45 min | Drama

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A BBC television series of forty-five-minute excerpts from stage plays running in London.

Stars: Cicely Courtneidge, Evelyn Laye, Dora Bryan, Hugh Williams

Votes: 12

4. The Red Shoes (1948)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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A young ballet dancer is torn between the man she loves and her pursuit to become a prima ballerina.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Marius Goring, Moira Shearer, Jean Short

Votes: 27,050 | Gross: $10.90M

5. Cinderella (1970 TV Movie)

102 min | Fantasy, Music, Romance

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Cinderella is helped to the ball by her fairy godmother.

Director: John Vernon | Stars: Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, Frederick Ashton, Robert Helpmann

Votes: 17

6. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

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An anthology series from the U.K., from 1955 to 1974, producing about five hundred ninety-minute episodes from Granada Television.

Stars: Derek Francis, Alfred Burke, Arthur Hewlett, Peter Wyngarde

Votes: 47

7. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

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Series of one-off plays made by BBC television, which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 1960s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer, and John ... See full summary »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Michael Robbins

Votes: 75

8. Parkinson (1971–2007)

50 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Journalist Michael Parkinson interviews a broad range of the most famous people in the world.

Stars: Michael Parkinson, Marian Montgomery, Billy Connolly, Barry Humphries

Votes: 587

9. Don Quixote (1973)

G | 111 min | Music

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A film adaptation of the Ludwig Minkus ballet, completely re-orchestrated and with additional music by John Lanchbery.

Directors: Robert Helpmann, Rudolf Nureyev | Stars: Robert Helpmann, Ray Powell, Rudolf Nureyev, Francis Croese

Votes: 71

10. The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Tommy Dysart

Votes: 7,421 | Gross: $20.66M

11. The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

Not Rated | 128 min | Fantasy, Music, Musical

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A melancholy poet reflects on three women he loved and lost in the past: a mechanical performing doll, a Venetian courtesan, and the consumptive daughter of a celebrated composer.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Moira Shearer, Robert Rounseville, Ludmilla Tchérina, Ann Ayars

Votes: 2,601 | Gross: $0.09M

12. That's Dancing! (1985)

G | 105 min | Documentary, Musical

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The history of dance depicted on film.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ray Bolger, Sammy Davis Jr., Gene Kelly

Votes: 873 | Gross: $4.21M

13. Henry V (1944)

Not Rated | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

Director: Laurence Olivier | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 5,395

14. One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles

Votes: 1,738

15. The Mango Tree (1977)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

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Jamie is a young man growing up in the small Australian town of Bundaberg during the early 1940's. Jamie loves his tranquil life, surrounded by the friendly locals, and being brought up by ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin James Dobson | Stars: Geraldine Fitzgerald, Robert Helpmann, Christopher Pate, Gerard Kennedy

Votes: 73

16. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 38,661

17. The Soldier's Tale (1964)

52 min | Musical, Fantasy

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Director: Michael Birkett | Stars: Robert Helpmann, Svetlana Beriosova, Brian Phelan

Votes: 9

18. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, U.S. marine, Maj. Matt Lewis, along with British consul, Sir Arthur Robertson, develop a plan to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force can arrive.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 5,621

19. A Country Practice (1981–1993)

60 min | Drama, Romance

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Follow the highs and lows of the townsfolk of Wandin Valley. This drama TV series revolves around the daily happenings of a 'small town' rural Australian hospital, its doctors, nurses, ... See full summary »

Stars: Shane Porteous, Brian Wenzel, Lorrae Desmond, Joyce Jacobs

Votes: 427

20. This Is Your Life (1955–2003)

30 min | Documentary, Biography

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The UK version of the popular US show. Eamonn Andrews (later Michael Aspel) surprises celebrities by presenting them with the Big Red Book before taking them into the studio to tell viewers... See full summary »

Stars: Eamonn Andrews, Michael Aspel, Eric Sykes, William Roache

Votes: 159

21. The Mike Walsh Show (1969–1984)

120 min | Music, Talk-Show

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Daytime variety show, featuring music and interviews with special guests and celebrities from Australia and around the world.

Stars: Mike Walsh, Jim Berinson, The Four Kinsmen, The Joe Latona Dancers

Votes: 7

22. The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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In the West Berlin of the 1960s, two British agents are killed by a Nazi group, prompting British Intelligence to dispatch agent Quiller to investigate.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: George Segal, Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow, Senta Berger

Votes: 3,216

23. Patrick (1978)

PG | 96 min | Horror

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A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar, Bruce Barry

Votes: 2,625

24. Caravan (1946)

117 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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During the last half of the 19th century writer Richard Darrell saves Don Carlos from two robbers, and is entrusted by Don Carlos to take a valuable necklace to Spain. Richard leaves his ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Crabtree | Stars: Stewart Granger, Jean Kent, Anne Crawford, Dennis Price

Votes: 134

25. This Is Your Life (1975–1980)

Reality-TV

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Surprise celebrity show based on an American radio show from 1948 and its TV follow-up from 1952.

Stars: Roger Climpson, Mike Willesee, Digby Wolfe, Brian Henderson

Votes: 15

26. Film Night (1970–1976)

Family

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Stars: Philip Jenkinson, Sheridan Morley, Tony Bilbow, Frankie Howerd

Votes: 19

27. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)

G | 95 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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Alice (Fiona Fullerton) falls down a rabbit hole and into a magical dream world populated by surreal characters and bewildering adventures. It's a journey of self-discovery for Alice as she... See full summary »

Director: William Sterling | Stars: Fiona Fullerton, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett, Michael Crawford

Votes: 1,443

28. The Big Money (1956)

86 min | Comedy

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Petty thief Willie Frith steals a suitcase full of bank notes, only to find out that they have been given all the same serial number. But this is only the start of his troubles, now he has ... See full summary »

Director: John Paddy Carstairs | Stars: Ian Carmichael, Belinda Lee, Kathleen Harrison, Robert Helpmann

Votes: 150

29. Don Quixote of La Mancha (1987 TV Movie)

55 min | Animation

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Don Quixote is a middle-aged gentleman from the region of La Mancha in central Spain. Obsessed with the chivalrous ideals touted in books he has read, he decides to take up his lance and sword to defend the helpless and destroy the wicked.

Stars: Robert Helpmann, Chris Haywood, Phillip Hinton, Peter Kaye

Votes: 31

30. The Iron Petticoat (1956)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy

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Captain Vinka Kovelenko defects from Russia, but not for political reasons. She defects because she feels discriminated against as a woman. Captain Chuck Lockwood gets the order to show her... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas | Stars: Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn, Noelle Middleton, James Robertson Justice

Votes: 948

31. Puzzle (1978 TV Movie)

90 min | Romance, Thriller

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Franciscus searches for the urn that contains the remains of Buddha but instead finds danger and intrigue.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: James Franciscus, Wendy Hughes, Robert Helpmann, Peter Gwynne

Votes: 17

32. Second Time Lucky (1984)

101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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There's a new wager between Heaven and Hell. Devil bets God that if God were to pick two young people to be the new Adam and Eve, they'd sin again. God accepts and sends a college couple to various eras, starting with the Garden of Eden.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Diane Franklin, Roger Wilson, Jon Gadsby, Robert Helpmann

Votes: 230

33. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Catch as Catch Can (1964)

75 min | Drama

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Director: David Benedictus | Stars: Robert Helpmann, Basil Henson, David Horne, Kenneth Williams

Votes: 7

34. Music for You (1951–1966)

45 min | Music

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Stars: Eric Robinson, Joan Bramhall, Bowles Bevan, Elizabeth Boyd

35. Parkinson in Australia (1979–1983)

90 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Michael Parkinson, Kate Fitzpatrick, Bob Hawke, Robert Helpmann

36. BP Super Show (1959–1970)

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A loosely scheduled series of specials, usually featuring top performers.

Stars: Horrie Dargie, Bob Dyer, Kathy Lloyd, Toni Lamond

37. The Sleeping Princess (1939 TV Movie)

Musical

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Stars: Margot Fonteyn, June Brae, Robert Helpmann, Mary Honer

38. Coppélia (1957 TV Movie)

50 min | Music

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Stars: Robert Helpmann, Nadia Nerina, Donald Britton, Rudolph Offenbach

39. The Australian Londoners (1965 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Famous and not so famous Australians living in London in the summer of 1965 say why they left home.

Director: Stefan Sargent | Stars: Virginia Sargent, Jon Bannenberg, Bill Beresford, Richard Bonynge

40. Wednesday Theatre (1952– )

Drama

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Stars: Alex McCrindle, Margaret Anderson, Robert Eddison, Mary Ellis

41. Job (1936 TV Short)

25 min | Short, Musical

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Televised Ballet based on Blake's vision of the Book of Job.

Stars: Maurice Brook, Joy Newton, Robert Helpmann, William Chappell

42. Les patineurs (1937 TV Movie)

Musical

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Stars: Margot Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann, Mary Honer, Elizabeth Miller

43. Façade (1936 TV Movie)

Musical

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Stars: June Brae, Molly Brown, William Chappell, Richard Ellis

44. Checkmate (1963 TV Movie)

40 min | Music

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Stars: Beryl Grey, Robert Helpmann, Ian Hamilton, Deirdre O'Conaire

45. Sir Robert Helpmann (1975)

53 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Director: Keith Salvat | Star: Robert Helpmann

46. Carnaval (1937 TV Movie)

Musical

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Stars: Elizabeth Miller, Ursula Moreton, Mary Honer, Joy Newton

47. Le lac des cygnes (1937 TV Movie)

40 min | Musical

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Director: D.H. Munro | Stars: The BBC Television Orchestra, June Brae, Molly Brown, William Chappell

48. Contrabandits (1967–1968)

60 min | Crime

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Stars: John Bonney, Denis Quilley, Janet Kingsbury, Ben Gabriel

49. The Soldier's Tale (1959 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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A live production of the well-known theatrical work "The Soldier's Tale", which mixes drama with dancing.

Stars: Edward Brayshaw, Robert Helpmann, Kevin McBeath, Heather McCrae

50. Celebration: The History of the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet (1981)

Documentary

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Documentary history of the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet. Includes footage of the 16 year old Margot Fonteyn.

Stars: Frederick Ashton, Ninette de Valois, Anton Dolin, Margot Fonteyn



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