The BEST episodes directed by Bill Anderson

481 votes

#1 - Pilot-Reputation

Lewis - Season 1 - Episode 1

Five years after his friend and mentor's death, Lewis - now promoted to position of inspector - returns to the city of Oxford after working on the British Virgin Islands. Even before he has the chance to get home and settle in, he and his new, vastly younger partner DS Hathaway are called to a crime scene to help investigate the murder of an American college student. It is soon discovered that one of the suspects has had past dealings with the late Inspector Morse.

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Cold is the Grave (2)
220 votes

#2 - Cold is the Grave (2)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 6

Emily Rydell has apparently been brutally beaten to death and DCI Banks quickly ends up being in the middle of a murder investigation with many suspects. After a surveillance operation establishes a link between the murder of Charles McKay and Brian Clough, Banks and Annie soon work out that the two cases have to be connected.

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The Dead of Winter
286 votes

#3 - The Dead of Winter

Lewis - Season 4 - Episode 1

After the body of Dr Stephen Black is found on an Oxford tour bus, DI Lewis and DS Hathaway are lead to Crevecoeur Hall, a sprawling Oxford estate where Hathaway spent much of his childhood. Lewis begins to worry that a previous case involving the murder of a ten-year-old girl has begun to affect Hathaway's state of mind, while Hathaway himself seems more interested in the glamorous Scarlett Mortmaigne, the daughter of the owner of Crevecoeur. When another body is discovered on the estate, Hathaway's refusal to believe that the family are involved threatens to tests his relationship with Lewis to breaking point.

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Friend of the Devil (2)
213 votes

#4 - Friend of the Devil (2)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 4

DC Templeton's body is discovered, and Annie becomes convinced that the murder is connected to that of Lucy Payne. The suspect in the Daniels murder case is cleared, so DCI Banks must establish how the real murderer was able to avoid detection.

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Cold is the Grave (1)
255 votes

#5 - Cold is the Grave (1)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 5

An armed robbery ends up taking a much darker twist after the culprit is brutally murdered in his own home. Before DCI Banks can start to unravel the case, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, makes a personal plea for Banks to look for his missing teenage daughter. Some naked photographs found on the Internet by Rydell’s wife, Rosalind, makes it look like that she could be in London. Banks reluctantly agrees to help and manages to track Emily down to the home of a drug dealer. Emily refuses to come back home with him but changes her mind. Annie, who has been leading the investigation into the robber’s murder whilst Banks has been away, thinks that the robbery could have been staged, but the victim’s accomplice refuses to talk. After Emily contacts Banks and suggests that she has seen one of Clough’s associates in Leeds, Banks wants her to tell him everything she knows about Clough. Emily refuses to tell Banks anything though. After a battered body is found in an Eastvale nightclub, Banks is shocked to discover that the victim has been identified as Ruth Walker, somebody Emily knew whilst in London. After the true identity of the victim is revealed though, both Banks and Annie find themselves involved in a conspiracy which has changed both investigations hugely.

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Friend of the Devil (1)
280 votes

#6 - Friend of the Devil (1)

DCI Banks - Season 1 - Episode 3

DCI Banks assigns DS Cabbot as SIO when the mutilated body of a woman is found on the Yorkshire Moors, while he investigates the murder of a teenaged girl whose body has been found in a storage room. Annie discovers that her victim was Lucy Payne.

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Episode 6
18 votes

#7 - Episode 6

The Mill - Season 2 - Episode 6

The striking workers create a picket line outside the mill gates. William Greg gets a group of men together to break the stand-off, who are joined by John Howlett's special constables. Daniel is arrested but urges for the workers to keep fighting. Esther is selected to attend the union meeting in Manchester in Daniel's place.

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Music to Die For
348 votes

#8 - Music to Die For

Lewis - Season 2 - Episode 2

Professor Cole is a respected German history professor. When he is found dead it emerges that he patronised an illegal boxing club. Could his death have been an underworld killing?

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Episode 4
285 votes

#9 - Episode 4

Mr Selfridge - Season 4 - Episode 4

After the huge success of the Selfridge Trust, Harry whisks a large group of journalists abroad to Biarritz for a typically decadent roaring twenties affair, which soon manages to get a little out of hand. Nevertheless, the retail magnate uses the occasion to announce that the Selfridge group has purchased a raft of new department stores across Britain. Meanwhile in London, the staff are preparing for a special visit by celebrated writer AA Milne, and Grove determines to continue with life as normal, until he gets a blast from the past.

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History (2)
99 votes

#10 - History (2)

Silent Witness - Season 25 - Episode 2

DNA evidence linked to the Health Secretary’s assassination forces Nikki to face her past in the present. As her investigation progresses, Nikki realises that its consequences will affect her, and her profession, forever.

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Episode 3
320 votes

#11 - Episode 3

Mr Selfridge - Season 4 - Episode 3

Despite his loss, Harry pretends that it is business as usual and is happy to be distracted by new belle Rosie Dolly. Kitty is nervous to meet her role model, cosmetics icon Elizabeth Arden, who is opening an historic concession in the store. Following a fall, Grove contemplates retirement and buys the family's first motorcar, while the launch of a joint venture between Jimmy and Harry leaves Gordon simmering.

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Divided Loyalties (1)
201 votes

#12 - Divided Loyalties (1)

Silent Witness - Season 3 - Episode 5

Investigating the drug-related death of a single mother and her child, Sam finds herself tangled in a web of lies, corruption and revenge, as she attempts to uncover the truth behind the deaths.

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Silent Truth
4 votes

#13 - Silent Truth

Taggart - Season 27 - Episode 3

When Iranian refugee Farid Mamood is burned to death, it initially appears that a racially motivated murder has occurred. But Burke is not so sure.

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Surprise Visitor
27 votes

#14 - Surprise Visitor

The Mill - Season 2 - Episode 4

Esther is in the final stages of pregnancy as eight months have now passed. She finally gives birth to a healthy baby boy following a difficult labour. She then returns to work the following day, but finds it hard to keep up as Lucy covers for her so she can rest and the friends finally reconcile. The Chartist Petition containing over one million signatures is rejected by Parliament. Daniel urges his disillusioned comrades not to resort to physical force.

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History (1)
98 votes

#15 - History (1)

Silent Witness - Season 25 - Episode 1

Sam Ryan recruits the Lyell team to investigate the assassination of the health secretary, but Nikki is unsure whether Sam knows more than she's letting on.

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Thin Ice
2606 votes

#16 - Thin Ice

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 10 - Episode 3

The Doctor and Bill visit London during the last of the River Thames frost fairs in February 1814. They soon discover that there is something under the ice which is causing people to disappear.

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Knock Knock
2534 votes

#17 - Knock Knock

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 10 - Episode 4

Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?

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Episode 7
366 votes

#18 - Episode 7

Spooks - Season 3 - Episode 7

While a deadly hacker turns Britain upside down, Danny decides whether to reveal all to Will, MI5 hunts the source down to an Islamic mosque with the help of MI5's best computer programmers. But things get suspicious when Ruth, close onto the tail of the hacker, goes missing and so does a member of the special team...

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The Ends of Justice
6 votes

#19 - The Ends of Justice

Taggart - Season 27 - Episode 6

Newly promoted DI Reid leads the murder investigation when a busker is stabbed to death in the city centre, but as the case progresses, Ross's life begins to unravel.

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Divided Loyalties (2)
149 votes

#20 - Divided Loyalties (2)

Silent Witness - Season 3 - Episode 6

Investigating the drug-related death of a single mother and her child, Sam finds herself tangled in a web of lies, corruption and revenge, as she attempts to uncover the truth behind the deaths.

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Abuse of Trust
37 votes

#21 - Abuse of Trust

Taggart - Season 27 - Episode 2

When shipworkers' union leader Will Ramsay is shot dead in the middle of a labour dispute, corporate killing seems the most likely cause. But the real motivations lie much closer to home.

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Episode 8
365 votes

#22 - Episode 8

Spooks - Season 3 - Episode 8

The baby of a celebrity couple is kidnapped and they call in MI5. Fiona goes in undercover to gather more information about the couple against Adam's wishes.

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Bad Medicine
37 votes

#23 - Bad Medicine

Taggart - Season 27 - Episode 1

When a newly-qualified doctor is found tortured and mutilated in a vacant warehouse, the team discover connections with a drug-trafficking case.

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Fallen Angels
6 votes

#24 - Fallen Angels

Taggart - Season 27 - Episode 4

When three children and their father are found dead in a tenement flat, what initially appears to be an open and shut case becomes something altogether more sinister.

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One Good Turn (1)
269 votes

#25 - One Good Turn (1)

Case Histories - Season 1 - Episode 3

Jackson helps a crime novelist who is caught up in a road rage incident whilst hunting down the killer of a drowned Russian girl. His daughter's imminent move to New Zealand sends him to Yorkshire to visit his past.

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One Good Turn (2)
205 votes

#26 - One Good Turn (2)

Case Histories - Season 1 - Episode 4

Jackson uncovers the dark secrets of a novelist's holiday in Russia. He takes the journalist on a journey to redemption, and helps the wife and the dominatrix of a comatose crook with their own controversial bid for freedom. He also says goodbye to his daughter, Marlee.

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33 votes

#27 - Bloodsport

Taggart - Season 27 - Episode 5

The murder of a boxer leads the team into a murky world of cage fighting, illegal gambling and lap dancing. And Ross's own gambling addiction is exposed