The Best Episodes Directed by Charles Sturridge

Orphans of the Storm

#1 - Orphans of the Storm

Brideshead Revisited Season 1 - Episode 9

Charles and Julia meet on a transatlantic liner and begin an affair. Rex Mottram and Charles's wife conspire against them.

star 8.52
62 votes
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Brideshead Revisited

#2 - Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited Season 1 - Episode 11

Lord Marchmain, fatally ill, returns to England and prepares to die at Brideshead. Charles and Julia plan to marry and hope Brideshead will be theirs - but Julia's faith and sense of mortal sin are troubling her.

star 8.12
33 votes
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Episode 7

#3 - Episode 7

Sanditon Season 1 - Episode 7

As the Sanditon summer regatta approaches, Sidney wrestles with his feelings towards an old flame and Young Stringer reveals his feelings to Charlotte. With Lady Denham at death's door, the tensions between Edward, Clara and Esther finally come to a head - with surprising consequences.

star 8.03
123 votes
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Home and Abroad

#4 - Home and Abroad

Brideshead Revisited Season 1 - Episode 2

While Sebastian recovers from a broken foot, he and Charles enjoy a long summer vacation on their own (apart from the servants) at Brideshead, drinking a lot of good wine. Then other members of the family arrive and have a lot to say about religion - the Flytes are devoutly Catholic.

star 8.00
100 votes
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Career of Evil (2)

#5 - Career of Evil (2)

Strike Season 1 - Episode 7

Robin arrives at the office to accept a package from a courier in a rush. When she opens it she is horrified to discover a severed leg inside. Strike (Tom Burke) begins to pull together a list of potential suspects from his past, all of whom have vendettas against him. One of the names, Jeff Whittaker, relates directly to Strike's dead mother Leda. He brings in Shanker to help him, while Robin begins to research all three suspects. Strike and Robin's close working relationship begins to rile Robin's fiancé Matthew, and the couple descend into rows. Adding pressure to the relationship, the investigation takes Robin away to Barrow-in-Furness with Strike overnight.

star 7.98
306 votes
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Episode 6

#6 - Episode 6

MotherFatherSon Season 1 - Episode 6

Having chosen their sides, everyone digs themselves in for the impending war. Caden finds Orla to warn her that she may be caught in the crossfire - her secrets deployed as ammunition against Caden. Kathryn and Caden meet with journalists to get Caden’s story on record – an expose of the practices at Max’s newspapers. Max conducts a root-and-branch reform of his newspapers, but how will he deal with the threat posed by Kathryn and Caden?

star 7.94
105 votes
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Career of Evil (1)

#7 - Career of Evil (1)

Strike Season 1 - Episode 6

Robin arrives at the office to accept a package from a courier in a rush. When she opens it she is horrified to discover a severed leg inside. Strike (Tom Burke) begins to pull together a list of potential suspects from his past, all of whom have vendettas against him. One of the names, Jeff Whittaker, relates directly to Strike's dead mother Leda. He brings in Shanker to help him, while Robin begins to research all three suspects. Strike and Robin's close working relationship begins to rile Robin's fiancé Matthew, and the couple descend into rows. Adding pressure to the relationship, the investigation takes Robin away to Barrow-in-Furness with Strike overnight.

star 7.92
330 votes
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Et in Arcadia Ego

#8 - Et in Arcadia Ego

Brideshead Revisited Season 1 - Episode 1

1944: in the fifth year of the Second World War, a thoughtful middle-aged British Army officer, Captain Charles Ryder, finds himself posted unexpectedly to Brideshead Castle. Ryder has been there before, and time slips back to when he was an undergraduate at Oxford, twenty years before. There he meets Sebastian Flyte (a young man with a teddy bear) when Sebastian, rolling drunk, vomits through Charles's window and sends him flowers to apologize. Charles visits Brideshead for the first time.

star 7.89
136 votes
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Episode 4

#9 - Episode 4

MotherFatherSon Season 1 - Episode 4

As Caden spirals downwards, Kathryn learns the dark secrets of Max’s media empire and has a fateful decision to make.

star 7.87
126 votes
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Episode 5

#10 - Episode 5

MotherFatherSon Season 1 - Episode 5

Kathryn, Max and Caden gather at a remote rural house to delve into personal and political revelations. Will the family fight take the world stage?

star 7.87
112 votes
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The Blood of Man

#11 - The Blood of Man

Da Vinci's Demons Season 2 - Episode 1

The Pazzis make their move; Leonardo gambles for the future of Florence; Riario makes progress in his quest for the Book of Leaves.

star 7.81
2318 votes
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Episode 3

#12 - Episode 3

MotherFatherSon Season 1 - Episode 3

Kathryn dedicates herself to Caden’s recovery, while Max grapples with the ramifications of his son’s physical and mental changes.

star 7.78
134 votes
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A Story Short

#13 - A Story Short

Jim Henson's The Storyteller Season 1 - Episode 4

From an early Celtic folk tale. This time, the story is about The Storyteller himself. Some time in his past, the Storyteller tells how he was forced to once beg for his supper. He starts with making a soup for a cook and another beggar using a stone. The cook that they come across lets them try, he's unbelieving and wants to see the soup made from a stone himself. So the Storyteller begins and asks for salt, which the cooks give, then stock, green, potatoes - until a soup is ready. When the truth finally dawns on the cook the Storyteller is brought in front of the king. His punishment is to tell the king a story every night for a year at the price of a golden crown per story. Miss one story, then the cook gets to boil the Storyteller. So time passes, and the Storyteller tells his stories, counts his money, cuddles with his new wife. Then on the last day, he can't think of a story and his mind is blank.

star 7.72
25 votes
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The Ends of the Earth

#14 - The Ends of the Earth

Da Vinci's Demons Season 2 - Episode 4

Leonardo attempts to navigate the Atlantic without maps; Lucrezia is smuggled into the Vatican for an important meeting; Lorenzo's identity is discovered during his trip to Naples.

star 7.69
2033 votes
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Poison

#15 - Poison

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Season 1 - Episode 3

Mma Ramotswe finds herself investigating a case of ivory smuggling when she is asked to investigate the behaviour of Rra Lisindi. Mma Makutsi takes a look at some mysterious deaths at Tlokweng Hospital.

star 7.64
80 votes
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Episode 5

#16 - Episode 5

Marcella Season 2 - Episode 5

Marcella learns the horrifying truth about the scale of the killer's crimes when she discovers the murderer's lair.

star 7.63
360 votes
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The Big Bonanza

#17 - The Big Bonanza

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Season 1 - Episode 2

Botswana's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency is in desperate need of clients. To boost business, Mma Makutsi prints up flyers, which seem to do the trick. Mma Ramotswe soon finds herself hunting down an absconding apostolic, finding a disappearing dog, and checking up on a definitely disturbed dentist

star 7.63
80 votes
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Episode 6

#18 - Episode 6

Marcella Season 2 - Episode 6

The arrest of Vince Whitman causes massive fallout between Tim and Marcella. Meanwhile, Postfeed24's internet viral video leads the team to discover another body much closer to home.

star 7.62
367 votes
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Episode 8

#19 - Episode 8

Sanditon Season 1 - Episode 8

On the night of the Midsummer Ball, romantic interests are finally resolved. However, the fate of Sanditon is in the balance when events conspire to leave Charlotte and the Parker family facing down impossible choices.

star 7.57
116 votes
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The Boy with an African Heart

#20 - The Boy with an African Heart

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Season 1 - Episode 4

Mma Ramotswe attempts to help Mrs Curtin discover what has happened to his son as he has been missing for 10 years. Mma Makutsi attempts to find out who is responsible for the Kgale hill break-ins.

star 7.49
105 votes
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Episode 4

#21 - Episode 4

Marcella Season 2 - Episode 4

Marcella needs to take control of her blackouts urgently or risk losing her children. Meanwhile, her pursuit of Phil Dawkins ends with tragic consequences.

star 7.46
357 votes
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Sebastian Against the World

#22 - Sebastian Against the World

Brideshead Revisited Season 1 - Episode 4

Sebastian's alcoholism, depression and misbehaviour become more and more of a problem. He is sent down (expelled) from Oxford and after an unhappy Easter at Brideshead goes abroad with a tutor, leaving Charles devastated. Charles's father agrees to his leaving the University to become a painter, so long as he also goes overseas.

star 7.37
125 votes
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Mia and David

#23 - Mia and David

Dates Season 1 - Episode 9

Mia feels stuck in the difficult position of actually being in a relationship with David. As she is about to meet his children for the first time, events take an awkward turn and she is forced to finally confront the gap in her life which she is attempting to fill.

star 7.18
127 votes
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Julia

#24 - Julia

Brideshead Revisited Season 1 - Episode 6

Rex Mottram is determined to marry Julia, a prospect which appals Lady Marchmain, who is fatally ill. She reluctantly agrees to a secret engagement. Then Brideshead makes his own dramatic announcement, and Julia reveals how far she has already gone in her relationship with Rex.Meanwhile, Rex is looking for Sebastian and believes Charles is hiding him.

star 7.09
121 votes
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The Unseen Hook

#25 - The Unseen Hook

Brideshead Revisited Season 1 - Episode 7

With Lady Marchmain very near to death, Charles searches French Morocco for Sebastian. He finds him, and is shocked by what he finds.

star 7.05
64 votes
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Jenny and Christian

#26 - Jenny and Christian

Dates Season 1 - Episode 8

Jenny has decided to give online dating one last try. After she meets Christian it looks like her prayers have been answered.

star 6.98
121 votes
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Jenny and Nick

#27 - Jenny and Nick

Dates Season 1 - Episode 2

Jenny is a lonely primary school teacher recovering from a disastrous broken relationship. Nick is a city boy richly endowed with both cash and secrets. On their first date they find out everything there is to know about each other, and knowing everything can be a dangerous and unpredictable business.

star 6.59
177 votes
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