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1. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )
Episode: The Two Traditions (1982)

50 min | Documentary

9.5
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Contrasting Shakespeare's elevated language with modern naturalistic speech.

Director: Peter Walker | Stars: John Barton, Mike Gwilym, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow

Votes: 6

2. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )

Documentary

9.4
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John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

Stars: John Barton, David Suchet, Lisa Harrow, Alan Howard

Votes: 148

3. The South Bank Show (1978– )
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2004)

Documentary

9.4
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Star: Ian McKellen

Votes: 5

4. Charlie Rose (1991– )
Episode: Episode dated 8 March 1999 (1999)

54 min | News, Talk-Show

9.3
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A Remembrance Of Joe Dimaggio; A Remembrance Of Stanley Kubrick; An Interview With Ian Mckellen

Stars: Roger Angell, Yogi Berra, Richard Ben Cramer, Mario Cuomo

Votes: 6

5. The Graham Norton Show (2007– )
Episode: Hugh Jackman/Sir Patrick Stewart/Sir Ian McKellen/James Blunt (2017)

AL | 48 min | Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

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Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart discuss their upcoming X-Men movie Logan (2017); Ian McKellen talks about his role in the upcoming Disney live-action remake Beauty and the Beast (2017); ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Smith | Stars: Graham Norton, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 53

6. The London Programme (1975– )

60 min

9.2
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Stars: Trevor Phillips, Godfrey Hodgson, John Taylor, Andrew Phillips

Votes: 20

7. Premio Donostia a Ian McKellen (2009 TV Special)

25 min

9.2
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Premio Donostia translates to The Donostia Award. It is an honorific award given every year to either one, two or several actors and occasionally to directors. It is awarded during the San ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Rodríguez | Stars: Saffron Burrows, Pilar López de Ayala, Samira Makhmalbaf, Ian McKellen

Votes: 30

8. Churchill (2003– )
Episode: The Lion's Roar (2004)

Documentary, Biography, History

9.2
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Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill

Votes: 8

9. Playing Shakespeare (1982– )
Episode: Using the Verse (1982)

49 min | Documentary

9.2
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John Barton and company examine blank verse. Its strengths and particularities are discussed in great detail. Members of the cast try out various readings.

Director: John Carlaw | Stars: John Barton, Sinéad Cusack, Sheila Hancock, Lisa Harrow

Votes: 5

10. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993–2009)
Episode: Episode #11.51 (2003)

Comedy, Music, Talk-Show

9.1
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Ian McKellen, Petra Nemcova, Joel Godard.

Director: Allan Kartun | Stars: Ian McKellen, Petra Nemcova, Joel Godard, Conan O'Brien

Votes: 8

11. Shakespeare Uncovered (2012– )
Episode: King Lear with Christopher Plummer (2015)

52 min | Documentary

9.1
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Christopher Plummer discusses William Shakespeare's King Lear with Jonathan Miller, Ian McKellen and Simmon Russell Beale.

Stars: Simon Russell Beale, Ian McKellen, Jonathan Miller, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 11

12. Vicious (2013–2016)
Episode: Wedding (2015)

22 min | Comedy

9.1
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The wedding day brings the whole group together but as always, it doesn't go to plan.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 159

13. Great Canal Journeys (2014– )

Documentary

9.0
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Timothy West and Prunella Scales travel across canals in both Britain and Europe.

Stars: Timothy West, Prunella Scales, Juliet West, Samuel West

Votes: 156

14. Churchill (2003– )
Episode: The Last Prize (2003)

Documentary, Biography, History

9.0
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Director: Lucy Carter | Stars: John Baddeley, Anthony Montague Browne, Arabella Churchill, Clementine Churchill

Votes: 5

15. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

12 | 201 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.9
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94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,453,555 | Gross: $377.85M

16. Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2014– )
Episode: Episode #3.1 (2015)

Talk-Show

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Director: Rob Schroeder | Stars: Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 7

17. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

12 | 178 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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92 Metascore

A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle-earth from the Dark Lord Sauron.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,470,219 | Gross: $315.54M

18. National Theatre Live: King Lear (2018)

227 min | Drama

8.8
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Two ageing fathers - one a King, one his courtier - reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery - and their worlds ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Munby | Stars: Ian McKellen, Sinéad Cusack, Danny Webb, Kirsty Bushell

Votes: 83

19. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (2004 Video Game)

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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You play the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, both with the Fellowship of the Ring and the larger War of the Ring.

Director: Richard Taylor | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Votes: 1,521

20. Troldspejlet (1989– )

25 min | News

8.8
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Jakob Stegelmann reviews upcoming movies, video and dvd releases, video games, comic books, and role playing games.

Stars: Jakob Stegelmann, Christopher Hedegaard Andersen, Jens Olesen, Sonny Lahey

Votes: 297

21. The Academy Part 2: First Impressions (2009 Video)

Comedy

8.8
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Director: Peter Hinton | Stars: Rebecca Alexander, Anoushka Arden, Frances Barber, Tori Butler-Hart

Votes: 10

22. Vicious (2013–2016)
Episode: Anniversary (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.8
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Freddie and Stuart are having a party to celebrate their 49th anniversary. Ash accidentally invites Stuart's mother Mildred, who doesn't know her son is gay.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 198

23. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )
Episode: Episode #9.5 (2002)

Talk-Show

8.8
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Interviewee: Ian McKellen

Stars: James Lipton, Ian McKellen

Votes: 17

24. Vicious (2013–2016)
Episode: Flatmates (2015)

22 min | Comedy

8.8
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After Freddie and Stuart have a falling out, Stuart moves in with Ash and Violet moves in with Freddie.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 155

25. Doctor Who (2005– )

9 | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.7
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The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender by regenerating when near death, and his/her human companions.

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith

Votes: 180,560

26. The Simpsons (1989– )

AL | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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The satiric adventures of a working-class family in the misfit city of Springfield.

Stars: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner

Votes: 325,219

27. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

12 | 179 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.7
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87 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,314,291 | Gross: $342.55M

28. Tales of the City (1993– )

12 | 360 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.7
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The stories of several colorful characters living in San Francisco. Based on the book by Armistead Maupin (Is A Man I Dreamt Up).

Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Donald Moffat, Chloe Webb, Laura Linney

Votes: 2,160

29. Inside the Actors Studio (1994– )

65 min | Talk-Show

8.7
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Famous actors, directors and writers reminisce about their careers and the philosophy behind their craft.

Stars: James Lipton, Bradley Cooper, Ellen Burstyn, Gerard Moss

Votes: 4,591

30. Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare (1982 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Talk-Show

8.7
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Ian McKellen, alone on stage, with no props or scenery, performs monologues from Shakespeare and discusses some of his plays.

Director: Kirk Browning | Star: Ian McKellen

Votes: 64

31. The Academy: Special (2012 TV Movie)

Comedy

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Director: Peter Hinton | Stars: Ian McKellen, Jonathan Hyde, Sylvester McCoy, Frances Barber

Votes: 15

32. Middle-earth: There and Back Again (2014 TV Movie)

60 min

8.7
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Director: Dan Storey | Stars: Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Philippa Boyens

Votes: 17

33. BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
Episode: Hedda Gabler (1972)

Drama

8.7
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Hedda Gabler is a beautiful woman married to the solid and respectable academic George Tesman. Then an old flame, the dreamer Eilert Lovborg, turns up on the scene with tragic results.

Director: Waris Hussein | Stars: Janet Suzman, Ian McKellen, Tom Bell, Jane Asher

Votes: 33

34. The London Programme (1975– )
Episode: Saving the Rose Theatre (1989)

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Director: Nick Metcalfe | Stars: Trevor Phillips, Peggy Ashcroft, Tony Banks, Martin Biddle

Votes: 21

35. Extras (2005–2007)
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2006)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.7
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Andy's school mate Steve Sherwood visits him on set and inspires Darren to ask Maggie out on a date. Wanting to be recognized more for his acting abilities, Andy auditions for a new play directed by Sir Ian McKellen.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 637

36. Vicious (2013–2016)
Episode: Sister (2015)

23 min | Comedy

8.7
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Worried that her wealthy sister Lillian will discover the truth about a few white lies she's told, Violet and her friends begin a plan to save her from humiliation.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 196

37. The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

8.6
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With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who (1963) approaching, former Doctors Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy try to sneak onto the set of the anniversary special.

Director: Peter Davison | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Olivia Colman, Peter Davison, Louis Davison

Votes: 1,464

38. Arena (1975– )

Documentary

8.6
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Wide-ranging arts program.

Stars: Gavin Millar, Kenneth Tynan, Paul McCartney, Jonathan Miller

Votes: 146

39. Shakespeare Uncovered (2012– )

55 min | Documentary

8.6
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Various actors discuss Shakespeare plays. Each episode is presented by one actor and, in most cases, the actor discusses one play. However, some episodes cover more than one play. For ... See full summary »

Stars: Jade Anouka, Harriet Walter, Simon Russell Beale, Vanessa Redgrave

Votes: 155

40. The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II - The Rise of the Witch-king (2006 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.6
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After the death of Isildur and with the missing of the ring. The Witch King plans to attack to dunedain kingdom of Arnor and take control of the north.

Director: Jill Eckhart | Stars: Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen

Votes: 1,268

41. Great West End Theatres (2012– )

65 min | Documentary, History

8.6
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Directed by Marc Sinden and produced by Jo Gilbert, Great West End Theatres is an enjoyable, informed and informative stroll around London's famed Theatreland in the company of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Sinden, Marc Sinden, Steven Berkoff, Anthony Andrews

Votes: 11

42. The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

8.6
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Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Rafe Esquith, Ian McKellen, Michael York

Votes: 114

43. Peter Tatchell: Just Who Does He Think He Is? (2004)

60 min | Documentary

8.6
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Profile of the gay UK activist Peter Tatchell with interviews by Sir Ian McKellen, Ivan Massow and Michael Cashman.

Director: Max Barber | Stars: Stephen Bourne, Michael Cashman, Ivan Massow, Ian McKellen

Votes: 7

44. Vicious (2013–2016)
Episode: Ballroom (2015)

22 min | Comedy

8.6
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The gang decides to join Ash and Jess at a ballroom dancing class while Ash decides to take his relationship with Jess to the next level.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 146

45. Vicious (2013–2016)
Episode: Dinner Party (2013)

22 min | Comedy

8.6
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Freddie and Stuart invite Ash and his vegan girlfriend Chloe for dinner. But things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Ed Bye | Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 197

46. HBO First Look (1992– )
Episode: Down the Loo... The Making of 'Flushed Away' (2006)

Documentary, Short

8.6
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Stars: David Bowers, Sam Fell, Hugh Jackman, David James

Votes: 10

47. Who Do You Think You Are? (2004– )
Episode: Sir Ian McKellen (2017)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.6
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The actor and civil-rights activist delves into his family history and discovers one of his ancestors was a Victorian political activist, another was linked to the theatre. He learns his family have a link to an ancient landmark.

Director: Leo Burley | Stars: Ian McKellen, Cherie Lunghi

Votes: 42

48. The Daily Show (1996– )

22 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.5
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Providing comedy/news in the tradition of TV Nation and SNL's Weekend Update, Comedy Central's Daily Show reports on the foibles and of the real world with a satirical edge. In addition to ... See full summary »

Stars: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, John Oliver

Votes: 41,284

49. The Colbert Report (2005–2015)

30 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

8.5
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Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

Stars: Stephen Colbert, Jay Katsir, Jon Stewart, Paul Dinello

Votes: 36,128

50. Cubism: Pet Shop Boys in Concert - Auditorio Nacional, Mexico City (2007 Video)

114 min | Music

8.5
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Director: David Barnard | Stars: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe, Sylvia Mason-James, Nick Clow

Votes: 51



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