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Silent Witness star Emilia Fox plays a teenager at odds with her social-climbing family.
The record-breaking police drama follows those in blue from Sun Hill Police Station.
Canadian drama following a detective agency at work in new frontier.
Adaptation of Barbara Taylor Bradford's sweeping sequel to A Woman of Substance.
Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg (Brosnan) must travel around the globe in 80 days or less
Blockbuster mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford's bestselling romance.
Catherine Zeta-Jones in an early role here in this spellbinding historical drama.
Essex girls Sharon and Tracey rely on each other while their husbands are in prison.
James Bolam and Michael French star in a cosy drama set in a Lancashire cottage hospital.
Runaway hit medical drama.
Peter Davison stars in this detective series, based on the novels by Leslie Thomas.
Kate Beckinsale stars in this adaptation of Stella Gibbons's comic novel.
Annabella learns lessons in life the hard way when her father's debts catch up with him.
Anna Parquin stars as the brave social worker who smuggled Jewish children out of Warsaw.
This series explores the perils and challenges facing the world's most famous castaway.
Chris O'Dowd stars in this powerful saga of love, lust, desire and revenge.
18th Century England - a time of turbulence, when the world was up for grabs.
The Cazalets take up residence in Sussex after World War II breaks out.
Dishy Martin Shaw stars as the detective struggling to come to terms with the 60s.
Geordie heartthrob Robson Green stars in this feature-length 19th century drama.
Alan Davies is the curly-haired magical mystery-solver Jonathan Creek.
Four girls keep calm and carry on, working for the Women's Land Army during the War.
Laura Timmins makes the move to town in this delightful drama with an all-star cast.
Romantic, feature-length adaptation from the mind of the best-selling novelist.
Long-running sitcom about the exploits of a trio of men who are old enough to know better.
Ian McShane as the antiques dealer with an eye for a valuable item... and the ladies.
Joan Hickson stars as Agatha Christie's famous detective, the spinster from St. Mary Mead.
Archie MacDonald (Alastair Mackenzie) returns to the Highlands to restore his family home.
A classic adaptation about Rebecca Sharp, a strong-willed, cunning, moneyless, young woman
A group of ex-policemen are brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved crimes.
Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth star in this lavish adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.
British detectives solve sun-drenched mysteries on a beautiful Caribbean island.
Rumpole of the Bailey uncovers more mysteries from John Mortimer's short stories.
Swashbuckling action starring the brooding Sean Bean as Bernard Cornwell's sergeant.
You know when the Taggart team's around it can only mean one thing... Murrrrrrderrrrr.
Sylvestra Le Touzel stars in this lavish adaptation of Jane Austen's novel.
Tense World War II drama about the sinking of the British ocean liner by a German U-boat.
Jane Austen's classic novel where a naive young girl visits the wealthy Tilney family.
Gripping wartime drama about two women recrutied as undercover agents in occupied France.
Amanda Root stars in a great adaptation of Austen's classic novel.
Life at the Bar with Maxine Peake as a barrister facing problems in the pursuit of silk.
The trilogy that began with A Woman of Substance ends with this epic tale.
A treasure chest for fans of the comedy duo, as a host of stars look back at their career.
Explore the origin of the Gallipoli legend from the point of view of war correspondents.
Biopic about Captain Matthew Webb, who became the first person to swim the Channel.
Rebecca Night and Alison Steadman star in this adatption of John Cleland's novel.
Following the fortunes of a young house keeper Emily.
Stock up on the quinine, as we go back to WWII for the acclaimed women POW drama Tenko.
After the death of her parents Cissie is left orphaned and in charge of her young siblings
Daring drama based on the best-selling debut novel by Sarah Waters, starring Keeley Hawes.
Orphaned Millie is taken in by a local rag woman, and a new life begins.
Mark Strong stars as Jake Arnott's nightclub owner, recketeer and porn king in 1960s Soho.
What chance do young lovers have in the North East of 1910?
Michael Caine plays a drunkard Scotland Yard inspector on the trail of the famous killer.
Lavish drama series adapted from Catherine Cookson's best-selling novel.
James Nesbitt plays the wise-cracking uncompromising, tough-talking cop with a dark past.
The action-packed and edge-of-the-seat spy drama about the British Security Service.
Opposites attract as Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage fall for each other.
The medical and crime drama fused together in this fab series with the sleuthing surgeon.
Billy Piper stars in this adaptation of Philip Pullman's first Sally Lockhart mystery.
Patricia Routledge takes a break from playing Hyacinth Bucket in the mystery series.
Billie Piper returns in the second Sally Lockheart Mystery, intent on exposing a conman.
A Charles Dickens adaptation about the 19th-century English system.
Powerful, personal and heart-warming, Act of Will is the story of three remarkable women.
A struggling young actress and her six year old daughter open up a housekeeping service.
Catherine Cookson's saga of love, hate, betrayal and revenge spanning three generations.
Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman star in this sweeping melodrama.
Diana Rigg stars as the quintessentially English detective with a taste for the high life.
Detective Jimmy Perez, a native to Shetland, returns home after a long spell away.
Abel Mason attempts to build a new life, but can his son Dick keep his father's secret?
The story about the Hadleys, a wealthy but thoroughly debauched family.
Love over the L plates as Bev (Jessica Hynes) falls for her instructor (David Tennant).
Charlie Chaplin swaps acting for the director's chair in this 1960s romcom.
Jessie Wallace stars in the drama following the early days of the long-running soap.
Doris Day and Rex Harrison are the stars who feature in this London-set thriller.
Sherlock Holmes comes to the aid of Henry Baskerville, who is haunted by a demonic hound.
Funny, touching drama about the residents of a small market town, in the 1840s.
The lives of two women collide when some pick-pockets scam to defraud a young heiress.
Second series of the popular and much-loved period drama starring Judi Dench.
Thomas Hardy's tragic tale of man who's past misdeeds come back to haunt him.
The Biblical story of a Noah, a man who risks everything to save the people he loves.
Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson) plots his way to Number Ten in this biting satire.
Emily Boynton turns ups dead after a second will is discovered by the three Boynton kids.
Drama following the early career of the British comic double-act Morecambe and Wise.
Rock Hudson stars as a colonel in the peacetime Strategic Air Command.
The classic British comedy-drama television show created by Franc Roddam.
The death of King Henry VIII throws his kingdom into chaos. Scheming minister John Dudley
An enlightened mill owner faces problems when her sister marries badly.
Holly Parker is married to diplomat Clay Anderson, but is forced to take a new identity.
Wanting to be free of her crippled husband
Touching Australian WWII drama, inspired by real events.