The Best Episodes Directed by Charles Martin

Final Goodbyes

#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.

star 8.51
1001 votes
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#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.

star 8.14
847 votes
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#3 - 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.

star 8.13
684 votes
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All God's Children

#4 - 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.

star 8.13
808 votes
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Before the Frost

#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.

star 8.07
293 votes
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Fire (2)

#6 - Fire (2)

Skins Season 7 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.00
516 votes
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#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.

star 7.99
946 votes
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In The Morning

#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.

star 7.87
796 votes
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#9 - 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?

star 7.83
953 votes
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#10 - Pearly

Space: Above and Beyond Season 1 - Episode 19

Stranded on an embattled planet, the 58th must race to reach the rendezvous point in time to save an injured Shane-and their only hope is a marooned officer, who's been on the planet for months, and has developed a possibly suspicious rapport with the enemy.

star 7.79
254 votes
Fire (1)

#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.

star 7.79
576 votes
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Brute Force

#12 - Brute Force

Motive Season 1 - Episode 11

There is no lack of suspects when a famous boxer is discovered stabbed to death in his own gym.

star 7.69
375 votes
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#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.

star 7.68
534 votes
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The Lost Boy (2)

#14 - The Lost Boy (2)

The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 1 - Episode 10

Maria (Yasmine Paige) and her dad, Alan (Joseph Millson), dig deeper into the mystery of Luke's (Tommy Knight) new parents and discover that Luke has actually been kidnapped by the Slitheen. There are more shocks when Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Maria find out that Mr Smith (Alexander Armstrong), Sarah Jane's super computer, is one of the bad guys. With Clyde (David Anthony) nowhere to be seen, Luke in the clutches of aliens and no Mr Smith to help, things are not looking good for Sarah Jane and Maria. But just what do the Slitheen want with Luke? And who, or what, exactly, is the Xylok?

star 7.65
139 votes
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Welcome to the Hellmouth (1)

#15 - Welcome to the Hellmouth (1)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 1 - Episode 1

When teen vampire slayer Buffy tries to start a new life at Sunnydale High, she discovers that the school sits atop a demonic dimensional portal.

star 7.65
2261 votes
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#16 - 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.

star 7.64
125 votes
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Episode 3

#17 - 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.

star 7.62
831 votes
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Inside Out

#18 - 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.

star 7.61
1044 votes
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Piano Man

#19 - 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.

star 7.59
269 votes
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#20 - 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.

star 7.58
168 votes
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#21 - Pushover

Motive Season 1 - Episode 3

The murder of a limo driver leads detectives to a waitress who cons her prey to steal, lie and kill.

star 7.54
467 votes
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Episode 2

#22 - 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.

star 7.52
957 votes
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#23 - 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.

star 7.51
201 votes
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#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.

star 7.51
550 votes
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The Lost Boy (1)

#25 - The Lost Boy (1)

The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 1 - Episode 9

A news report on a couple looking for their missing son, Ashley, brings a surprise for Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) when she discovers that the missing boy looks exactly like Luke (Tommy Knight). And when Mr Smith (Alexander Armstrong) confirms that Luke is a genetic match with Ashley, Sarah Jane sends him back to live with his 'parents'. With no knowledge of his former life, Luke finds it hard to fit in and, when he tries to escape, he makes a startling discovery about who his parents really are. Sarah Jane, meanwhile, makes some investigations into the Pharos Para-Science Institute – a research unit that has been conducting experiments using alien technology. Floella Benjamin guest stars as Professor Rivers.

star 7.49
134 votes
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Katie and Emily

#26 - 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.

star 7.49
889 votes
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#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.

star 7.44
399 votes
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Welcome to Boston

#28 - 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.

star 7.43
315 votes
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#29 - Eyes

Space: Above and Beyond Season 1 - Episode 7

The Saratoga becomes a pressure cooker of violence and political intrigue when an assassination on Earth forces a delegation of UN officials to use the craft as the site of an important conference.

star 7.42
353 votes
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Episode 3

#30 - 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.

star 7.41
428 votes
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#31 - 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...

star 7.36
1031 votes
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Part One

#32 - 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.

star 7.34
235 votes
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Episode 1

#33 - 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.

star 7.33
1165 votes
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Episode 2

#34 - 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.

star 7.28
458 votes
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Warriors of Kudlak (1)

#35 - Warriors of Kudlak (1)

The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 1 - Episode 5

Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Maria (Yasmine Paige) investigate the mysterious disappearance of local boy Lance Metcalf, and soon discover that a number of children have gone missing across the country. Remarkably, the disappearances all occurred during freak storms and in cities that are home to a laser tag game called Combat 3000. As Sarah Jane and Maria delve deeper into the mystery, Luke (Tommy Knight) and Clyde (David Anthony) are off enjoying a game of Combat 30…

star 7.16
254 votes
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The Point of Rescue (1)

#36 - 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.

star 7.10
94 votes
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Episode 1

#37 - 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.

star 7.08
490 votes
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Warriors of Kudlak (2)

#38 - Warriors of Kudlak (2)

The Sarah Jane Adventures Season 1 - Episode 6

A Carcaroth has arrived on Earth, seeking soldiers to help fight his endless intergalactic war back home. Using Combat 3000 to sift out the best, most aggressive and instinctive fighters, he then transports them to his spaceship – awaiting transfer to the war. Clyde (David Anthony) and Luke (Tommy Knight) find themselves amongst the 'warriors', while Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Maria (Yasmine Paige) must infiltrate the alien's headquarters to bring down the Carcaroth from the inside.

star 7.04
164 votes
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#39 - Mutiny

Space: Above and Beyond Season 1 - Episode 5

When mutiny erupts aboard a civilian cargo ship carrying 200 In Vitro embryos, Cooper faces a difficult decision-should he protect his fellow soldiers, or join forces with the rebellious Tanks?

star 6.90
557 votes
The Point of Rescue (2)

#40 - 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.

star 6.60
58 votes
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