best british tv episodes

by lakksan | created - 01 Dec 2013 | updated - 09 Mar 2014 | Public

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1. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: His Last Vow (2014)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock goes up against Charles Augustus Magnussen, media tycoon and a notorious blackmailer.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 26,014

2. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Empty Hearse (2014)

TV-PG | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mycroft calls Sherlock back to London to investigate an underground terrorist organization.

Director: Jeremy Lovering | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 26,611

3. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: A Scandal in Belgravia (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock must confiscate something of importance from a mysterious woman named Irene Adler.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 33,043

4. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Reichenbach Fall (2012)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Jim Moriarty hatches a mad scheme to turn the whole city against Sherlock.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 31,917

5. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Sign of Three (2014)

TV-14 | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock tries to give the perfect best man speech at John's wedding when he suddenly realizes a murder is about to take place.

Director: Colm McCarthy | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 23,315

6. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Great Game (2010)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mycroft needs Sherlock's help, but a remorseless criminal mastermind puts Sherlock on a distracting crime-solving spree via a series of hostage human bombs through which he speaks.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs

Votes: 23,035

7. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: A Study in Pink (2010)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

War vet Dr. John Watson returns to London in need of a place to stay. He meets Sherlock Holmes, a consulting detective, and the two soon find themselves digging into a string of serial "suicides."

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Rupert Graves, Una Stubbs

Votes: 26,160

8. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Germans (1975)

TV-PG | 31 min | Comedy

A moose head to be hung, a fire drill to be conducted, and German guests are all a bit much for Basil to handle while Sybil's in hospital.

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,800

9. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: Communication Problems (1979)

TV-PG | 31 min | Comedy

When Mrs. Richards, a demanding woman who is hard of hearing, checks into the hotel, Basil, Sybil and Polly find themselves with a very difficult customer. Meanwhile, Basil bets on a horse ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,473

10. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: Basil the Rat (1979)

TV-PG | 34 min | Comedy

Basil and the rest of the staff are in deep trouble when the health inspector turns up and delivers an enormous list of problems with the hotel. Things become even worse when Manuel's rat gets loose in the hotel.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,330

11. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Psychiatrist (1979)

TV-PG | 36 min | Comedy

Confusion arises when Basil tries to catch a girl in a playboy's room after hours, all the while unnerved by a psychiatrist's presence.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,391

12. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Kipper and the Corpse (1979)

TV-PG | 32 min | Comedy

One of the guests has died in his sleep, but Basil thinks it's due to serving him spoiled food.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,332

13. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Hotel Inspectors (1975)

TV-PG | 29 min | Comedy

Basil Fawlty goes on the alert when he hears there are hotel inspectors in the area.

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,401

14. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: Gourmet Night (1975)

TV-PG | 29 min | Comedy

The Fawltys are very pleased with their new chef, Kurt. He was recommended to them by their friend André who runs a nice restaurant in town. All in all, he's working out quite well and they... See full summary »

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,369

15. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: Waldorf Salad (1979)

TV-PG | 32 min | Comedy

Customer dissatisfaction with the Fawlty Towers dining experience comes to a head when an insistent American comes for a stay.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,326

16. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Wedding Party (1975)

TV-PG | 33 min | Comedy

Basil Fawlty's puritanical streak comes out when a young couple he suspects of not being married tries to book a double room. He's ready to give them rooms on separate floors until Sybil ... See full summary »

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,401

17. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Builders (1975)

TV-PG | 28 min | Comedy

Over his wife's objections, Basil hires his usual firm of incompetents (O'Reilly's) to do some carpentry work in the hotel lobby. With both Basil and Sybil out for the afternoon, they leave... See full summary »

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,486

18. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: A Touch of Class (1975)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Basil is delighted when a member of the aristocracy chooses to stay at the Fawlty Towers, snubbing the normal guests who frequent the hotel. What Basil does not know, however, is that the ... See full summary »

Director: John Howard Davies | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,643

19. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Episode: The Anniversary (1979)

TV-PG | 29 min | Comedy

Basil plans a surprise anniversary party for Sybil but, thinking he's forgotten it again, she walks out just before the guests arrive.

Director: Bob Spiers | Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 1,202

20. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Day of the Doctor (2013)

TV-PG | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London's National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion.

Director: Nick Hurran | Stars: Matt Smith, David Tennant, Christopher Eccleston, John Hurt

Votes: 16,264

21. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Blink (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Sally Sparrow receives a cryptic message from the Doctor about a mysterious new enemy species that is after the TARDIS.

Director: Hettie Macdonald | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Carey Mulligan, Lucy Gaskell

Votes: 16,788

22. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Night of the Doctor (2013)

TV-PG | 7 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

With the aid of the Sisterhood of Karn, the Eighth Doctor regenerates into the War Doctor.

Director: John Hayes | Stars: Paul McGann, Emma Campbell-Jones, Clare Higgins, John Hurt

Votes: 3,052

23. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Name of the Doctor (2013)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor's friends are being kidnapped, which leads him to the fields of Trenzalore, where his greatest secret will be revealed and Clara's mystery will be solved.

Director: Saul Metzstein | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Alex Kingston, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 6,249

24. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Girl in the Fireplace (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Mickey and Rose land on a spaceship in the 51st century only to find 18th century Versailles on board, the time of Madame De Pompadour! To find out what's going on the Doctor must enter Versailles and save Madame De Popmpadour but it turns into an emotional roller coaster for the Doctor.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Noel Clarke, Sophia Myles

Votes: 8,734

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25. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Forest of the Dead (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

With the library darkening, the Doctor takes on the Vashta Nerada while figuring out what links River Song to his future. Meanwhile, Donna finds out the mystery of Dr. Moon and the Girl.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon

Votes: 7,480

26. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Vincent and the Doctor (2010)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and Amy travel back in time to meet Vincent Van Gogh and face an invisible monster that only the painter can see.

Director: Jonny Campbell | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Tony Curran, Nik Howden

Votes: 8,612

27. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Journey's End (2008)

TV-PG | 63 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In the wake of Davros' threat to destroy the existence of the Universe itself, the Doctor's companions unite to stop the Dalek empire. Which one will die by the prophecies and what will the fate be for the Doctor?

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman

Votes: 6,397

28. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Doctor Dances (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The gas mask zombies are on the rise as the plague spreads across war-torn London.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Albert Valentine, Florence Hoath

Votes: 6,267

29. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Parting of the Ways (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

As the Dalek fleet begin their attack on the Earth, the Doctor and his allies make one final stand against his greatest foes and not everyone will make it out alive.

Director: Joe Ahearne | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Jo Stone-Fewings

Votes: 5,944

30. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Stolen Earth (2008)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The return of an old enemy leaves Earth along with 26 other planets stolen from their places. As the Doctor and Donna look for the whereabouts of Earth, former companions of the Doctor assemble a resistance against the new Dalek Empire.

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman

Votes: 5,528

31. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: A Good Man Goes to War (2011)

TV-PG | 49 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A member of The Doctor's team has been abducted and he will call in every favor and maybe even go to war to get them back.

Director: Peter Hoar | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Votes: 5,867

32. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Empty Child (2005)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When a spaceship crashes in the middle of the London Blitz the Doctor, Rose and the enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness find themselves investigating a plague of physical injuries and a little boy in a gas mask.

Director: James Hawes | Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Billie Piper, Kate Harvey, Albert Valentine

Votes: 6,833

33. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Silence in the Library (2008)

TV-PG | 43 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and Donna join a group of archaeologists at a 51st century library. What caused the library to become abandoned? What are the Nodes? And what links the library to one little girl... See full summary »

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: David Tennant, Catherine Tate, Alex Kingston, Colin Salmon

Votes: 7,176

34. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Doomsday (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Earth becomes a battleground for the Daleks and the Cybermen. With the whole planet at stake and the Genesis Ark activated, how much will the Doctor sacrifice in order to end the war?

Director: Graeme Harper | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Camille Coduri, Noel Clarke

Votes: 7,006

35. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Hounds of Baskerville (2012)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock and John investigate the ghosts of a young man who has been seeing monstrous hounds out in the woods where his father died.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 22,226

36. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Doctor's Wife (2011)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor is lured to a sentient asteroid outside of the Universe by a Time Lord distress signal and soon realises his TARDIS is in grave danger.

Director: Richard Clark | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Suranne Jones

Votes: 6,127

37. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Pandorica Opens (2010)

TV-PG | 49 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

River Song returns to deliver The Doctor a serious warning from his allies: the mythical Pandorica, said to contain the most feared creature in the entire Universe, is opening.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston, Arthur Darvill

Votes: 5,553

38. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Day of the Moon (2011)

TV-PG | 47 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and his allies mount a rebellion against invaders who have been controlling humanity from the very beginning.

Directors: Toby Haynes, Julian Simpson | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Votes: 5,219

39. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: Human Nature (2007)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In 1913, Martha watches in jealousy from afar as The Doctor learns what it is to be human and to fall in love with the local school nurse, Joan Redfern.

Director: Charlie Palmer | Stars: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Jessica Hynes, Rebekah Staton

Votes: 5,987

40. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Impossible Astronaut (2011)

TV-PG | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song are reunited in the Utah desert.

Director: Toby Haynes | Stars: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston

Votes: 5,674

41. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Satan Pit (2006)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor risks his life to investigate the pit and is forced to make a terrible decision, while Rose and the crew fend for their lives against the Legion of the Beast.

Director: James Strong | Stars: David Tennant, Billie Piper, Danny Webb, Shaun Parkes

Votes: 5,768

42. Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
Episode: Goodbyeee (1989)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, War

Blackadder pretends that he's insane to avoid certain death carrying out the General's order for the "big push".

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 1,168

43. Sherlock (2010– )
Episode: The Blind Banker (2010)

TV-14 | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Mysterious symbols and murders are showing up all over London, leading Sherlock and John to a secret Chinese crime syndicate called Black Lotus.

Director: Euros Lyn | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Zoe Telford

Votes: 22,600

44. Doctor Who (2005– )
Episode: The Time of the Doctor (2013)

TV-PG | 61 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor's worst enemies, The Daleks, The Cybermen, The Angels and The Silence, return, as the doctor's eleventh life comes to a close, and his twelfth life begins.

Director: Jamie Payne | Stars: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Orla Brady, James Buller

Votes: 5,366



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