The BEST episodes directed by Charles Martin

Final Goodbyes
star
8.49
983 votes

#1 - Final Goodbyes

Skins - Season 2 - Episode 10

It's A-Level results day for the gang but not all of them are present. Decisions are made as they all prepare for the next chapter of their lives.

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JJ
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8.15
830 votes

#2 - JJ

Skins - Season 3 - Episode 7

JJ’s (Ollie Barbieri ) feeling lost and confused. The upset within the gang has taken its toll on him, and his fine balancing act has come unstuck. When he visits his psychiatric clinic, he just gets given more drugs. At home, his mother (Juliet Cowan) is worn out with it all, and away from the home, JJ can see his friends coming apart at the seams. With Effy (Kaya Scodelario) at such a low ebb, and the chance discovery of Cook (Jack O’Connell), Freddie (Luke Pasqualino) and Pandora’s (Lisa Backwell) secrets, he feels the burden to be overwhelming. But an unlikely member of the gang - Emily (Kathryn Prescott ) - proves to be the true friend at his time of need.

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All God's Children
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8.13
801 votes

#3 - All God's Children

Being Human - Season 2 - Episode 8

Mitchell goes on the search for George and Annie, killing anyone who gets in his way, meanwhile Annie is dragged through "deaths door" through Kemp killing the psychic in order to make a doorway. George and Nina then escape with Mitchell to the countryside. 3 weeks later Lucy turns up and is killed by Kemp. Just before Kemp goes to kill Nina, George and Mitchell, Annie appears through Lucy's door and pulls Kemp with her back through the door. Annie then appears on a television from the netherworld and explains what is going on. The episode ends with Daisy and Cara (the vampire locked away by Mitchell) participating in a blood ritual in order to resurrect Herrick.

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Damage
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8.12
681 votes

#4 - Damage

Being Human - Season 2 - Episode 7

Mitchell and Daisy, the sole survivors of the explosion, try to get to the bottom of who was responsible. When Mitchell discovers that Lucy was behind it, he goes berserk and vows retaliation. Nina returns, and offers George a chance at a cure. George initially refuses, but changes his tune when a confusion of time causes him to begin his transformation in public, frightening Molly in the process. Annie also seeks the help of Kemp to cross over, but his methods prove to be quite time-consuming if not utterly pointless.

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Before the Frost
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8.00
295 votes

#5 - Before the Frost

Wallander (UK) - Season 3 - Episode 3

A friend of Wallander's daughter comes begging for his help but then disappears. Meanwhile, an elderly woman's body is found cremated in a shallow grave. Killed by a seemingly religious obsessive, Wallander must catch the culprit before he strikes again.

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Fire (2)
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7.98
496 votes

#6 - Fire (2)

Skins - Season 7 - Episode 2

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Effy
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7.96
926 votes

#7 - Effy

Skins - Season 3 - Episode 8

Effy (Kaya Scodelario) is at the lowest point, but this time there’s no older brother at home to notice; and home life has deteriorated so much that it’s even harder than ever for her to communicate. Katie (Megan Prescott), having usurped Effy as Queen Bee, takes every opportunity to rub in her superiority and highlight the fact that Freddie (Luke Pasqualino) is her man, and Effy is to keep her hands off. She invites Effy to a party in the woods, but there are stipulations - Effy has to drive, and Cook is not welcome. As they all head off, the car strains with tension - as secrets and rivalries build. Their paranoid state increases when they have a frightening run in with some poachers. Freddie manages to lighten the mood, and as they arrive at the campsite, they recover themselves and start to have fun. Effy finds some magic mushrooms, and they experiment. Katie’s jealousy of Effy returns, as Effy becomes the centre of the action. The fun and excitement intensify, that is until it becomes clear someone has been tampering with their stuff. Hearing gun shots, they realise someone is charging towards them. The atmosphere darkens and any fun they were having disappears in an instant. Later, Effy gets the opportunity to follow her heart, but a decision she makes may be difficult to ever recover from.

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In The Morning
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7.87
792 votes

#8 - In The Morning

Being Human - Season 2 - Episode 6

Annie befriends a psychic who lost most of his "sixth sense" in an accident and has been unable to communicate with spirits since then. His once awful stage show now serves to help ghosts send their final messages to loved ones - something Annie does as well when her mother attends the show. George's relationship with Sam gets more serious, but when a parent-teacher night falls on a full moon, it forces George to lie about his plans to cover up his secret. Mitchell plans to leave the coven to start a life with Lucy, but unbeknownst to him Lucy helps Kemp stage an explosion in the funeral parlor, killing most of the vampires.

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Part 1
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7.83
83 votes

#9 - Part 1

Stonemouth - Season 1 - Episode 1

Stewart Gilmour arrives home in Stonemouth after two years in exile. Sad circumstances bring him back: his best friend has died, apparently at his own hands. Convinced it can't be suicide, Stewart resolves to find out what really happened, which means he must face the girl he left behind.

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Cassie
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7.81
931 votes

#10 - Cassie

Skins - Season 2 - Episode 9

What's the matter with Cassie? She's back together with Sid, Chris is on the mend, Michelle and Tony are back with each other and A-level exams are finally over. So to celebrate, Sid has organised a dinner party where everyone can try to get along. But how can they? Jal is lying to Chris, Chris is lying to everyone, including himself. And when it finally gets too much, Cassie runs. She runs and runs and keeps on going - until she arrives at a totally magical place, where the people are friendly and she can get along. But can she be happy?

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Fire (1)
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7.77
542 votes

#11 - Fire (1)

Skins - Season 7 - Episode 1

Effy has a dead end job as a receptionist for a leading London Hedge Fund. But as she stumbles across crucial financial information relating to a troubled deal and embarks on an affair with her wealthy boss, she finds out that she has bitten off more than she can chew. Her flatmate Naomi tries to stop Effy from ruining her life, but Effy cannot be reached; until tragedy strikes, which causes Emily to fly back from her job in New York.

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Ying
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7.64
121 votes

#12 - Ying

Run - Season 1 - Episode 2

Ying (Katie Leung) is an illegal immigrant from the Fujian province of China who sells pirate DVDs and stolen phones at cafés, pubs and barbershops around Brixton. She must pay back her debts to the Snakehead gang, but when an immigration raid leaves her with no friends, home or money, Ying finds refuge with Jamal (Gershwyn Eustache Jr), the owner of one of the barbershops, and an unlikely bond soon forms.

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Victor
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7.62
492 votes

#13 - Victor

The Returned (US) - Season 1 - Episode 4

Lena is rushed to the hospital because of her scar, accusing Camille of hurting her. Rowan grows closer to Simon and discovers Tommy has an obsessive secret. Julie learns Victor may be involved in a horrific death.

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Episode 3
star
7.62
771 votes

#14 - Episode 3

Marcella - Season 1 - Episode 3

Grace's body is discovered by the police and Marcella tries to keep her head and hide the fact that she was one of the last people to see her alive. Sylvie is distraught at the loss of her daughter and her dismay is further compounded when she learns that Grace and Jason were having an affair, while Henry tries to find comfort with his friends Matthew and Yann. Meanwhile, Peter is released from open prison and makes a beeline for Maddy, who lies to him about having a boyfriend.

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Inside Out
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7.60
1088 votes

#15 - Inside Out

Counterpart - Season 2 - Episode 1

While hiding in Howard's life, Howard Prime must avoid detection at home and at the OI. Quayle and Clare struggle to adjust to their new arrangement.

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Carol
star
7.56
160 votes

#16 - Carol

Run - Season 1 - Episode 1

Carol (Olivia Colman) is a tough single mother striving to keep her family together. When her teenage sons commit an act of random violence that results in the death of a stranger, Carol faces the impossible choice of protecting her children or doing the right thing.

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Piano Man
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7.56
282 votes

#17 - Piano Man

Wild Bill - Season 1 - Episode 2

'Piano Man', (Craig Parkinson), an amnesiac arrested after an altercation at a local train station, is implicated in series of unsolved armed robberies committed by an offender known only as the 'Boston Bandit'. Although CID are keen to wrap the case up, Bill suspects that 'Piano Man' may have been framed and sets about discovering the truth. Lydia comes under fire when a personal connection to one of the victims in the case is uncovered.

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The Lost Boy (2)
star
7.53
140 votes

#18 - The Lost Boy (2)

The Sarah Jane Adventures - Season 1 - Episode 10

With her old enemies triumphant, it seems that Sarah Jane has finally been defeated.

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The Intention Craft
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7.52
810 votes

#19 - The Intention Craft

His Dark Materials - Season 3 - Episode 3

Lyra and Will seek help to fix Will’s knife. Mrs. Coulter causes chaos at Asriel’s republic.

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Episode 2
star
7.51
893 votes

#20 - Episode 2

Marcella - Season 1 - Episode 2

The Gibson family are in a state of panic when Grace is discovered missing, and Marcella tries to make sense of the previous evening's events, scouring CCTV footage in an attempt to discover more about her disappearance. Cara returns home from her latest job, in which she has stolen a watch, some earrings and a bracelet, but is unaware of their significance and the danger she's put herself in, with all of the items recognisable as trophies taken by the Grove Park Killer.

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Lyra and Her Death
star
7.50
811 votes

#21 - Lyra and Her Death

His Dark Materials - Season 3 - Episode 4

Lyra and Will travel to a dangerous place from which no one has ever returned. Mrs. Coulter tries to thwart the Magisterium's deadly plan.

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Spiral
star
7.49
217 votes

#22 - Spiral

The Letter for the King - Season 1 - Episode 5

Ardanwen guides the group to an eerily empty town. Lavinia helps Tiuri practice controlling his powers. A startling discovery divides the Novices.

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Katie and Emily
star
7.47
876 votes

#23 - Katie and Emily

Skins - Season 3 - Episode 9

What a difference a party makes. Since their disaster in the forest, the twins’ lives have descended into chaos. Katie is refusing to leave the house and must face her lack of control, while Emily is struggling with her feelings for Naomi. With the college ball approaching, a showdown is imminent.

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Julie
star
7.44
508 votes

#24 - Julie

The Returned (US) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Jack and Claire want to move in order for Camille to avoid a life of hiding, but in the meantime she pretends to be a cousin to get out of the house. Elsewhere, Lena discovers a mysterious scar on her back; and Victor has a run-in with a nosy neighbor.

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The Lost Boy (1)
star
7.41
137 votes

#25 - The Lost Boy (1)

The Sarah Jane Adventures - Season 1 - Episode 9

A couple appear claiming to be Luke's real parents. Is it time for Sarah Jane to stop adventuring?

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Welcome to Boston
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7.41
330 votes

#26 - Welcome to Boston

Wild Bill - Season 1 - Episode 1

Bill Hixon arrives in Boston to take up the position of Chief Constable with East Lincolnshire police – but his first day is far from routine when the head of a teenage girl who disappeared several years previously is found in the freezer of a local nut job. Bill seizes the chance to take on one of the force's most notorious unsolved cases, and befriends the girl's mother, Angie (Susan Lynch), as the investigation into her death gets underway.

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Marie
star
7.39
446 votes

#27 - Marie

For Life - Season 1 - Episode 4

Taking us back nine years, Marie struggles in her marriage to Aaron as she deals with the turbulence of Aaron’s arrest, trial and incarceration.

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Episode 3
star
7.39
442 votes

#28 - Episode 3

Marcella - Season 2 - Episode 3

Marcella digs deep in her attempts to take down Phil Dawkins, but her dogged pursuit has tragic consequences, causing her to question everything. Meanwhile, her ongoing blackouts mean she has to face up to the threat of losing her children.

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Part One
star
7.33
227 votes

#29 - Part One

New Worlds - Season 1 - Episode 1

The story begins in Hadley, Massachusetts, where Ned Hawkins is warning the townsfolk to keep up with the rents owed to his father's company, when they are interrupted by a Native American attack. Ned fights alongside Hope Russell, the daughter of the town's pastor, but it's only when Colonel William Goffe arrives that Hadley is saved. Goffe is a fugitive - one of the last remaining men who signed the death warrant of Charles I. Led by Ned and Hope he flees into the wilderness.

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Everyone
star
7.32
1011 votes

#30 - Everyone

Skins - Season 3 - Episode 1

It’s the first day of term at Roundview College and a new gang is forming. Best friends Freddie (Luke Pasqualino), JJ (Ollie Barbieri), and Cook (Jack O’Connell) are en-route to college. Their world collides with Effy’s (Kaya Scodelario), and Cook is intrigued – this trouble maker has met his match. However, both Freddie and JJ are equally smitten. Identical twin sisters, Katie (Megan Prescott) and Emily (Kathryn Prescott), prepare for their first day; as per usual, Katie walks all over her sister Emily. Once at college, Effy and Katie clock one another immediately, whilst Effy’s best mate Pandora (Lisa Backwell) tells Effy she wants to lose her virginity "asap". At college, Cook tries to charm the girl sitting next to him but instead winds her up. Naomi (Lily Loveless) doesn’t suffer fools gladly and grasses Cook up. Effy issues smitten Freddie, JJ and Cook with a challenge to be completed by the end of the day. The winner will get to ‘know her’ better. And so the first day at college begins...

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Episode 1
star
7.32
1075 votes

#31 - Episode 1

Marcella - Season 1 - Episode 1

After 11 years’ absence away from the force, DS Marcella Backland finds herself drawn back to police work following the return of the Grove Park Killer, her last case before she left to start a family. In 2005, the killer tied the victims’ hands and feet with cable ties before taping a plastic bag around their heads. The case went cold. But now, over ten years later, it seems he has returned.

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Episode 2
star
7.26
466 votes

#32 - Episode 2

Marcella - Season 2 - Episode 2

Dr Fairclough tells Marcella that it might be a good idea to go back to the root cause of her blackouts - Juliet's cot death. But when she tries to relive that moment at her home, the resulting stress levels put her into another fugue state. Meanhile, the team is called out when the driver of a car abandons his vehicle after a fatal collision with a cyclist and police attending the scene open the boot to discover a body surrounded by the same stuffed toys found with Leo.

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Warriors of Kudlak (1)
star
7.10
257 votes

#33 - Warriors of Kudlak (1)

The Sarah Jane Adventures - Season 1 - Episode 5

Luke and Clyde enter Combat 3000, a game designed to train warriors, run by the sinister Kudlak.

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Episode 1
star
7.10
495 votes

#34 - Episode 1

Marcella - Season 2 - Episode 1

Marcella investigates when a body is discovered inside a wall, clothed in a school blazer and surrounded by soft toys. The detective soon works out that the victim is Leo Priestley, who had been abducted a few years beforehand and was a friend of her son Edward.

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The Point of Rescue (1)
star
7.07
92 votes

#35 - The Point of Rescue (1)

Case Sensitive - Season 1 - Episode 1

When the bodies of a mother and her young daughter are found in the bathroom of their luxury home, new DS Charlie Zailer and her junior colleague DC Simon Waterhouse investigate. The pair immediately clash, disagreeing over whether the case is a murder-suicide or something even more sinister. Elsewhere, young mother Sally Thorne tells her best friend that she had an affair with the husband of the dead woman, and her friend warns her to stay away.

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Warriors of Kudlak (2)
star
6.94
167 votes

#36 - Warriors of Kudlak (2)

The Sarah Jane Adventures - Season 1 - Episode 6

Luke and Clyde have been kidnapped and drafted as soldiers in an endless intergalactic war.

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The Point of Rescue (2)
star
6.57
56 votes

#37 - The Point of Rescue (2)

Case Sensitive - Season 1 - Episode 2

After a mother and daughter are found dead in strange circumstances, a mysterious young woman calling herself Esther visits the crime scene. DS Charlie Zailer and DC Simon Waterhouse track the woman to a bird sanctuary but she disappears, leaving behind only a photograph of an unknown mother and child. Who are they - and what is their connection to the dead family? Then a woman's body is found floating in the river and Sally begins to realise that she is in terrible danger.

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