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  1. Wives and Daughters

    Wives and Daughters (1999)

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  2. Playing the Field

    Playing the Field (1998)

    2,003 views

    Playing the Field is a BBC television drama series following the lives of the Castlefield Blues, a fictitious female football team from South Yorkshire.


  3. Compact

    Compact (1962)

    1,513 views

    Compact was a British television soap opera shown by the BBC from 1962 to 1965. The series was created by Hazel Adair and Peter Ling, who together subsequently devised Crossroads. In contrast to the kitchen sink realism of Coronation Street, Compact was a distinctly middle-class serial, set in the more "sophisticated" arena of magazine publishing. An early "avarice" soap, it took the viewer into the business workplace, and aligned the professional lives of the characters with more personal storylines. The show was scheduled for broadcast on Tuesdays and Thursdays, thus avoiding a clash with ITV's Coronation Street on Mondays and Wednesdays.


  4. Parade's End

    Parade's End (2012)

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    Parade's End is a five-part BBC/HBO/VRT television serial, which is an adaptation of the tetralogy of novels of the same name by Ford Madox Ford. It premiered on BBC Two on 24 August 2012, and on HBO on 26 February 2013. The series was also screened at the 39th Ghent Film Festival on 11 October 2012. Its five episodes were directed by Susanna White and written by Tom Stoppard. The cast was led by Benedict Cumberbatch and Rebecca Hall as Christopher and Sylvia Tietjens, along with Adelaide Clemens, Rupert Everett, Miranda Richardson, Anne-Marie Duff, Roger Allam, Janet McTeer, Freddie Fox, Jack Huston, and Steven Robertson.


  5. Common As Muck

    Common As Muck (1994)

    1,060 views

    Common As Muck is a comedy drama serial made by the BBC about the lives of a crew of binmen; it ran for two series.


  6. Zen

    Zen (2011)

    1,043 views

    Zen is a British television series produced by Left Bank Pictures for the BBC, co-produced with WGBH Boston for its Masterpiece anthology series, Mediaset and ZDF. It stars Rufus Sewell and Caterina Murino and is based on the Aurelio Zen detective novels by Michael Dibdin. The series was filmed on location in Italy, but the dialogue is in English. The series, which comprises three 90-minute films, was broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sunday evenings from 2 January 2011 on BBC One. The three films were based on the books Vendetta, Cabal and Ratking. The series was canceled by BBC One in February 2011; BBC One controller Danny Cohen later said there were already enough male crime-fighters on TV. Left Bank, the show's producer, has been in discussions with other broadcasters about continuing the series elsewhere.


  7. Clocking Off

    Clocking Off (2000)

    900 views

    Clocking Off is a British television drama series which ran on the BBC One network for four series from 2000 to 2003. It was produced for the BBC by the independent Red Production Company, and created by Paul Abbott. It is currently being repeated on ITV3.


  8. By the Sword Divided

    By the Sword Divided (1983)

    887 views

    By the Sword Divided is a British television series produced by the BBC between 1983 and 1985.


  9. The Pallisers

    The Pallisers (1974)

    874 views

    The Pallisers is a 1974 BBC television adaptation of Anthony Trollope's Palliser novels. Set in Victorian era England with a backdrop of parliamentary life, Simon Raven's dramatisation covers six of Anthony Trollope's novels and follows the events of the characters over two decades.


  10. The Diary of Anne Frank

    The Diary of Anne Frank (2009)

    872 views

    The Diary of Anne Frank is a BBC adaptation, in association with France 2, of The Diary of a Young Girl, written by Deborah Moggach.


  11. The Buddha of Suburbia

    The Buddha of Suburbia (1993)

    656 views

    The Buddha of Suburbia was a 1993 BBC television miniseries, directed by Roger Michell. It was based on the novel by Hanif Kureishi. The programme starred Naveen Andrews as the main character, Karim Amir. Other cast members included David Bamber, Steven Mackintosh, Harish Patel, Brenda Blethyn, Roshan Seth, Jemma Redgrave and Philip Franks. The programme's soundtrack was written and performed by David Bowie.


  12. Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking

    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking (2004)

    652 views

    Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking is a British television movie originally broadcast on BBC One in the UK on December 26, 2004. Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, it was written by Alan Cubitt and was a sequel to the same company's adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles, made for the BBC two years previously. Although Silk Stocking retained the same Dr. Watson, Ian Hart, this time the character of Sherlock Holmes was played by Rupert Everett.


  13. Tucker's Luck

    Tucker's Luck (1983)

    471 views

    Tucker's Luck was a British television series made by the BBC between 1983 and 1985.


  14. Death in Paradise

    Death in Paradise (2011)

    466 views

    Death in Paradise is a crime comedy-drama created by Robert Thorogood and starring Ben Miller (Seasons 1-2), Kris Marshall (Season 3 -) and Sara Martins (all three seasons so far). The programme is a joint UK and French production filmed on the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe.


  15. The Cazalets

    The Cazalets (2001)

    454 views

    The Cazalets is a 2001 five-episode television drama series about a large privileged family set at the time of World War II, set between 1937 and 1947. It was based on the novels of Elizabeth Jane Howard, adapted by the screenwriter Douglas Livingstone. The series was originally produced by Cinema Verity for BBC One.


  16. Fanny Hill

    Fanny Hill (2007)

    425 views

    Fanny Hill is a BBC adaptation of John Cleland's controversial novel, Fanny Hill, written by Andrew Davies and directed by James Hawes. This is the first television adaptation of the novel. Fanny Hill was broadcast in October 2007 on BBC Four, in two episodes.


  17. The Barchester Chronicles

    The Barchester Chronicles (1982)

    369 views

    The Barchester Chronicles is a 1982 British television serial produced by the BBC. It is an adaptation of Anthony Trollope's first two Barchester novels, The Warden and Barchester Towers, and was directed by David Giles. It was largely filmed in and around Peterborough Cathedral, using locations such as the Deanery and Laurel Court.


  18. The Borgias

    The Borgias (1981)

    364 views

    The Borgias is a British television drama serial produced by the BBC in 1981, in association with the Second Network of the Italian RAI.


  19. The Cleopatras

    The Cleopatras (1983)

    362 views

    The Cleopatras was a 1983 BBC Television eight part historical drama serial. Written by Philip Mackie. Set in ancient Egypt during the latter part of the Ptolemaic Dynasty with an emphasis on the Cleopatras. Intended to be the I, Claudius of the 1980s, The Cleopatras met with a decidedly mixed critical reaction. It was regarded and portrayed as a gaudy farce.


  20. Mersey Beat

    Mersey Beat (2001)

    315 views

    Merseybeat is a British police procedural television series shown on BBC One, with a total of four series broadcast between 2001 and 2004. The series follows the personal and professional lives of one shift of police officers from the fictional Newton Park police station on Merseyside, England.


  21. Clarissa

    Clarissa (1991)

    315 views

    Clarissa is a 1991 British period drama television miniseries starring Sean Bean, Saskia Wickham and Lynsey Baxter. It aired on the BBC in three hour-long episodes between 27 November and 11 December 1991. It was based on the 1749 novel Clarissa by Samuel Richardson.


  22. Rockface

    Rockface (2002)

    297 views

    Rockface is a British television drama series which was broadcast on BBC One from 2002 to 2003. It ran for two series: the first six episodes were broadcast from 13 March to 17 April 2002 on Wednesday nights; the second series of eight episodes ran from 25 May to 27 July 2003 on Sunday nights.


  23. Screen Two

    Screen Two (1985)

    296 views

    Screen Two was a British television anthology drama series, produced by the BBC and transmitted on BBC1 from 1985 to 1994.


  24. My Wife Next Door

    My Wife Next Door (1972)

    285 views

    My Wife Next Door is a British sitcom created by Brian Clemens and written by Richard Waring. It premiered on BBC1 in 1972, and ran for 13 episodes.


  25. True Dare Kiss

    True Dare Kiss (2007)

    281 views

    True Dare Kiss is a British television drama produced for BBC One. It is written by Debbie Horsfield and produced by Marcus Wilson and features Dervla Kirwan, David Bradley and Lorraine Ashbourne. It concerns the reunion of four sisters and a brother following the death of their estranged father, uncovering the truth, hiding secrets, and a cataclysmic event in the past.


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