The Best Episodes Directed by Charles Palmer

Hallowe'en Party

#1 - Hallowe'en Party

Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 12 - Episode 2

When Ariadne Oliver and her friend, Judith Butler, attend a children's Halloween party in the village of Woodleigh Common, a young girl named Joyce Reynolds boasts of having witnessed a murder from years before. Joyce's story is heard by all the party, including her strange brother Leopold, the impeccable hostess Rowena Drake, her bookish son Edmund, and the local Reverend Cottrell. Mrs Whittaker, the church organist, and Frances Drake, Rowena's feisty daughter, are dismissive of her story, but later that evening Joyce's lifeless body is discovered face-down in the apple-bobbing bucket. At Mrs Oliver's behest, Poirot travels down to Woodleigh Common to investigate the murder. Although the local police and Joyce's stepmother dismiss the dead girl's claim, Poirot takes Joyce's story seriously. Mrs Goodbody, a gossiping charwoman, tells Poirot there have been a number of suspicious deaths in the village in recent years which Joyce could indeed have witnessed, and that old curses still haunt the village - a claim supported by the affable gardener, Michael Garfield. While Poirot is busy piecing together the facts, another child is found drowned in a river. He realizes that he needs to act quickly in order to save Judith's daughter, Miranda, who is also in danger.

star 8.34
449 votes
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Episode 3

#2 - Episode 3

Lark Rise to Candleford Season 1 - Episode 3

Widow Old Amos announces that he has decided to get married again to his maid Patty. His friends are worried that she is just marrying him for his money. Robert manages to upset his family and the residents of the village when he refuses to let his children sing a song in praise of the Tories at the local church concert.

star 8.28
163 votes
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The Clocks

#3 - The Clocks

Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 12 - Episode 4

Investigating a spy-ring Colin Race comes to Wilbraham Crescent, where he literally bumps into agency typist Sheila Webb, as she comes flying out of number 19, the home of blind ex-teacher Millicent Pebmarsh. Sheila has discovered the body of a man whose identity proves hard to confirm, surrounded by four clocks, stopped at the same time. Miss Pebmarsh does not know the man and did not ask for the services of Sheila, who is the initial chief suspect. However, as Poirot is brought in to assist Inspector Hardcastle in the case, and the murderer strikes again, Poirot comes to realise that the man was killed elsewhere and brought to Miss Pebmarsh's house. The neighbours claim to have seen nothing but Poirot believes one of them may have had a secret which was worth killing for and sets out to unmask them, as well as explaining the significance, if any, of the clocks. At the same time Colin solves his investigation but with mixed results.

star 8.27
385 votes
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The Family of Blood (2)

#4 - The Family of Blood (2)

Doctor Who (2005) Season 3 - Episode 9

Location: A boys' boarding school Date: 1913 Enemies: The Family of Blood England, 1913. A schoolteacher called John Smith dreams of adventures in time and space. The Doctor, along with Martha, heads to a boarding school, but what he finds is far from ordinary... Conclusion.

star 8.25
2637 votes
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Episode 1

#5 - Episode 1

Lark Rise to Candleford Season 1 - Episode 1

Laura Timmons moves from her home in Lark Rise to Candleford, where not everyone is ready to welcome her in.

star 8.17
195 votes
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Episode 5

#6 - Episode 5

Lark Rise to Candleford Season 1 - Episode 5

Dorcas looks after the inspector after he gets injured and he soon realises his evaluation of her may have been wrong. Elsewhere, Emma is annoyed with Robert's kindhearted gesture.

star 8.13
101 votes
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Human Nature (1)

#7 - Human Nature (1)

Doctor Who (2005) Season 3 - Episode 8

Location: A boys' boarding school Date: 1913 Enemies: The Family of Blood England, 1913. A schoolteacher called John Smith dreams of adventures in time and space. The Doctor, along with Martha, heads to a boarding school, but what he finds is far from ordinary...

star 8.11
2563 votes
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The Mind Has Mountains

#8 - The Mind Has Mountains

Lewis Season 5 - Episode 3

When a student is found dead during a college-based clinical trial for a new anti-depressant, Lewis and Hathaway struggle to determine whether the incident was murder or suicide, and receive little assistance from the institution's evasive psychiatric professor. A second student's death then leads to the revelation that the trial's participants are all operating under the influence of mind-altering drug ketamine, and that the lines between love, obsession and madness have become dangerously blurred.

star 8.07
291 votes
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An Unholy Death

#9 - An Unholy Death

Death in Paradise Season 2 - Episode 2

Teenager Sister Therese dies in a fire at her room in the local Convent. It is believed that she died accidentally, when a cigarette set fire to her room, and the room was locked from the inside. However, when Richard finds a threatening note sent to Therese before she died, he believes that Therese discovered something she should not have, and had to die as a result of her discovery. Meanwhile, a family secret of Therese's is discovered, prompting an attack on one of the sisters at the church.

star 7.98
642 votes
Education, Education, Education

#10 - Education, Education, Education

Doc Martin Season 7 - Episode 4

Louisa and Martin have their first therapy session together - though neither of them was expecting they would be given homework - while Morwenna is not happy about it when a teenager on work experience starts trying to boss her around in the surgery. Mrs Tishell is surprised when her husband Clive returns and tells her he wants to give things another go, and Louisa has to call Martin when one of her pupils collapses during a school excursion.

star 7.97
322 votes
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Predicting Murder

#11 - Predicting Murder

Death in Paradise Season 1 - Episode 3

Richard is inclined to believe the death of a voodoo priestess is murder when she dies in the island's local school just hours after predicting her own death. Richard learns of an affair that took place years earlier in the school leading to the disappearance of a woman, and believes that the victim has a connection to the missing woman. He turns his attention to Nicholas, the prime suspect and Fidel's old principal, who was involved in the disappearance of the woman, but Nicholas has an alibi, leading Richard to question whether he is being set up or not.

star 7.93
912 votes
The Murder at the Vicarage

#12 - The Murder at the Vicarage

Agatha Christie's Marple Season 1 - Episode 2

A series of scandals in the village of St. Mary Mead seem to all revolve around Colonel Protheroe, and he is then found shot through the head at the vicarage. A young painter, Lawrence Redding, confesses to the crime, but then his lover also confesses. It is up to Miss Marple to unravel the mystery, and there is no shortage of people with a motive.

star 7.88
230 votes
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Episode 2

#13 - Episode 2

Lark Rise to Candleford Season 1 - Episode 2

Laura is getting settled when Mrs Macey's husband finds a way out of prison which becomes hot gossip in town. Caroline has to go to court and possibly debtor's prison, something Laura's father is trying to avoid.

star 7.85
176 votes
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#14 - Oxygen

Doctor Who (2005) Season 10 - Episode 5

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered – and the dead are still walking! In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

star 7.84
2664 votes
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A Pocket Full of Rye

#15 - A Pocket Full of Rye

Agatha Christie's Marple Season 4 - Episode 1

When a business magnate is killed, Miss Marple realises the circumstances of his death recall a nursery rhyme - but what does it mean?

star 7.81
139 votes
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Arriving in Paradise

#16 - Arriving in Paradise

Death in Paradise Season 1 - Episode 1

Charlie Hulme, a British detective inspector, is murdered in a locked panic room on the Caribbean island of Saint Marie. Commissioner Selwyn Patterson demands that a UK officer investigates Charlie's death, so DI Richard Poole flies out to Saint Marie to solve the mystery. Richard learns that Charlie was having an affair with Sarah, one of the residents on the island, providing Sarah's husband with a motive to murder. Richard is convinced he has solved the case, but then Sarah's husband is also murdered, forcing Richard to look deeper into the case, and search for a mysterious woman seen at the house on the day of Charlie's death.

star 7.78
969 votes
The Shakespeare Code

#17 - The Shakespeare Code

Doctor Who (2005) Season 3 - Episode 2

Location: Earth Date: 1599 Enemies: Carrionites Martha takes her first trip in the Tardis, all the way back to Elizabethan England. She and the Doctor hear of a series of bizarre deaths and discover that playwright William Shakespeare is being controlled by dangerous witch-like creatures. It seems the time-travelling duo must defeat ancient forces to prevent history from being rewritten.

star 7.74
2605 votes
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#18 - Control-Alt-Delete

Doc Martin Season 7 - Episode 5

After reaching breaking point with being followed around by Buddy, Martin resolves to find a vet to have it put down, while Ruth finds out that Bert has been trying to make his own whisky. Clive is suspicious of Mrs Tishell and who she might be cooking meals for, Penhale makes a hash of asking Janice out, and Louisa and Martin's therapy homework results in a picnic on the beach, where they are interrupted by local vet Angela Sim - who appears to be hallucinating.

star 7.72
274 votes
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Smith and Jones

#19 - Smith and Jones

Doctor Who (2005) Season 3 - Episode 1

Location: Earth/Moon Date: 2008 Enemies: Judoon, Plasmavore, Slabs Trainee doctor Martha Jones has her hands full balancing her medical studies with placating her demanding family. So the last thing she needs is to find that the hospital where she works has been transported to the moon, where it's invaded by an overbearing alien police force. There she encounters a patient called John Smith, who seems curiously at ease with the situation…

star 7.71
2755 votes
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The Eaters of Light

#20 - The Eaters of Light

Doctor Who (2005) Season 10 - Episode 10

A long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world…

star 7.54
2331 votes
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Moment Of Surrender (2)

#21 - Moment Of Surrender (2)

Silent Witness Season 21 - Episode 2

Nikki's suspicions about David Cannon are roused further when she discovers blood in the boot of his car an with Thomas's support she takes samples to process. Does it belong to Sally Vaughn? Meanwhile, the uncovering of the body from the 16-year-old murder shines the spotlight on three people who went to the same school. Emilia Fox stars, with Julian Rhind-Tutt and Alex Macqueen.

star 7.31
194 votes
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Episode 2

#22 - Episode 2

By Any Means Season 1 - Episode 2

A young girl is murdered in what is apparently an open and shut case, but Helen is convinced that all is not as it seems and calls on the help of Jack and his team to prove that an innocent man has been set up by a disgruntled former policeman, who will stop at nothing in his quest for vengeance.

star 7.29
212 votes
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Episode 1

#23 - Episode 1

By Any Means Season 1 - Episode 1

When an innocent family is terrorised and their father murdered in cold blood, everyone knows that ruthless criminal Nick Mason is behind it. But when Mason, the "Teflon Man", walks free from his trial - the third time in five years he has evaded justice - Helen calls on Jack Quinn and his team for help.

star 7.27
327 votes
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Moment Of Surrender (1)

#24 - Moment Of Surrender (1)

Silent Witness Season 21 - Episode 1

Nikki struggles to come to terms with life back home and seeks out fellow pathologist Sally Vaughan for support, only to learn she is nowhere to be found. National Crime Agency investigator Guy Bernhardt asks Nikki to help him by employing pathologist David Cannon, the chief suspect in Sally's disappearance. As Jack, Clarissa and Thomas share concerns about Nikki's wellbeing, a body found in a reservoir is linked to a murder case from 16 years previously. Return of the crime drama, starring Emilia Fox, with Julian Rhind-Tutt and Alex Macqueen.

star 7.24
222 votes
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