The Best Episodes Directed by Hettie Macdonald

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

#1 - Curtain: Poirot's Last Case

Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 13 - Episode 5

In the post-war climate of the late 1940s, an ailing Poirot reunites with his old friend Captain Hastings at Styles Court, the place where they had solved their first murder together almost thirty years previously. Styles is now a modest guest house run by an elderly couple, and Poirot knows that one of the guests staying there is a heartless serial killer. The suspects range from a chemist and his invalid wife, a dashing but untrustworthy major, a charming aristocrat, a melancholic middle-aged woman, an unobtrusive birdwatcher, and Hastings' own feisty daughter. With Hastings' assistance, an incapacitated Poirot tries to prevent another murder from occurring, knowing that his own end is nearing.

star 9.14
292 votes
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#2 - Blink

Doctor Who (2005) Season 3 - Episode 10

Location: Hull, London, England Date: 2007 Enemies: The Weeping Angels Suggestion is a powerful weapon ... The Doctor is lost in time and within the walls of an old, abandoned house, murder is afoot and the Weeping Angels await... A young woman called Sally visits a dilapidated house, and is led down a terrifying time-torn path.

star 9.13
3425 votes
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Murder is Easy

#3 - Murder is Easy

Agatha Christie's Marple Season 4 - Episode 2

A village is plagued by a spate of seemingly accidental deaths, but Miss Marple is convinced a more sinister hand is involved when a villager on her way to Scotland Yard is conveniently dispatched.

star 8.23
157 votes
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Faceless Killers

#4 - Faceless Killers

Wallander (UK) Season 2 - Episode 1

The detective is called to a remote farmhouse, where he finds an elderly man has been brutally murdered, and his wife is close to death. He hears the woman mutter something before dying, but cannot decipher her words. When he is pressured into revealing what he believes they were, the consequences of his reply have a serious impact on life in the town of Ystad. Drama based on the best-selling books by Henning Mankell, starring Kenneth Branagh, Sarah Smart and Richard McCabe, with Dearbhla Molloy and June Watson

star 8.11
451 votes
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The Magician's Apprentice (1)

#5 - The Magician's Apprentice (1)

Doctor Who (2005) Season 9 - Episode 1

Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from? As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.

star 8.03
2786 votes
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The Witch's Familiar (2)

#6 - The Witch's Familiar (2)

Doctor Who (2005) Season 9 - Episode 2

Trapped and alone in a terrifying Dalek city, the Doctor is at the heart of an evil Empire; no sonic, no TARDIS, nobody to help. With his greatest temptation before him, can the Doctor resist? And will there be mercy?

star 8.02
2465 votes
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Episode Six

#7 - Episode Six

The Fixer Season 1 - Episode 6

Lenny is delicately closing the net on the powerful jury-fixer, Richard Blakeney. But when Mercer discovers just how deeply Rose is involved in the operation, and how much Lenny has been holding back, he vows revenge. As Blakeney tempts the disaffected Mercer into working for him - and getting rid of Lenny - Mercer is left to make a decision that could cost the lives of all he holds dear.

star 7.88
165 votes
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Episode Five

#8 - Episode Five

The Fixer Season 1 - Episode 5

John Mercer’s predecessor, Patrick Finch, has gone on a vigilante-style rampage, meting out his particular brand of justice against drug-dealers and prostitutes. He is working on his own and he’s making newspaper headlines. It’s time to put the brakes on Finch. Meanwhile, Hugh Berry, the man who sorts out the paperwork to cover Lenny’s illicit activities, asks him to take out a hit on his behalf. A hit-and-run driver Trevor Bowyer rendered Hugh’s grandson mentally disabled. But the driver only served two years for the crime. Lenny is left in no doubt that if he doesn’t send his hit man to kill Bowyer, Hugh will find one of his own. Lenny visits Finch in an attempt to bring him into line. But he finds a bitter, alienated and menacing man. Finch is everything Lenny feared he might become. Leaving Finch’s tower block, Lenny is furious to find Hugh Berry waiting outside, he’s clearly tempted to hire Finch in order to take out Bowyer.

star 7.82
79 votes
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Episode 4

#9 - Episode 4

Howards End Season 1 - Episode 4

Margaret is forgiving of Henry's past transgressions and decides to uphold their engagement, while Helen leaves for Europe with no explanation, only agreeing to return to London when further tragedy strikes the Schlegel family. Margaret and Tibby are desperate to be reunited with their sister, and turn to Henry for help - leading to a plan that could reunite their family and resolve the issues at Howards End - leading to a final encounter between the three families. Conclusion of the period drama, starring Hayley Atwell. Last in the series.

star 7.81
152 votes
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Episode 3

#10 - Episode 3

Howards End Season 1 - Episode 3

Still searching for a new home, Margaret receives an offer from Henry which changes her plans significantly. While Margaret becomes more involved with the Wilcox family, Helen is incensed by the unfair fate of the struggling Basts. In a dramatic encounter at Evie Wilcox’s wedding the three families collide, and Henry’s past is thrust into the present.

star 7.70
158 votes
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Episode 5

#11 - Episode 5

The Tunnel Season 1 - Episode 5

The Truth Terrorist's third truth begins as Benji carries out his Samurai mission. The police hope to use teenage runaway Sophie to help trap the killer.

star 7.67
668 votes
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Episode 6

#12 - Episode 6

The Tunnel Season 1 - Episode 6

Karl and Elise's suspicions are rested on Stephen Beaumont as the killers fourth truth begins, but are they chasing the right man?

star 7.65
631 votes
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Episode 3

#13 - Episode 3

Fortitude Season 2 - Episode 3

Natalie and Vincent head out into the wilderness and the police track down their suspect, but a dark turn of events leads them to question everything.

star 7.62
854 votes
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Episode 7

#14 - Episode 7

Fortitude Season 1 - Episode 7

Panic sweeps through Fortitude as news of the second attack spreads. Dan and Morton must work together while Frank hopes the latest events will exonerate Liam

star 7.58
934 votes
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Episode 6

#15 - Episode 6

Fortitude Season 1 - Episode 6

While Morton uncovers new information about the death of Billy Pettigrew, Hildur makes a heart-breaking discovery. Another gruesome event occurs in Fortitude.

star 7.56
889 votes
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Episode 2

#16 - Episode 2

Howards End Season 1 - Episode 2

The Wilcoxes are rocked by a death in the family, but the loss is followed by an unusual final request concerning Howards End that throws the family into confusion. The Schlegels also face an uncertain future when they are evicted from their home, which is due to be demolished to make way for luxury flats. Margaret and Helen come to the aid of Jacky Bast, who turns up on their doorstep pleading with them to help her husband. However, their act of charity has unintended consequences.

star 7.53
172 votes
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Episode 2

#17 - Episode 2

Fortitude Season 2 - Episode 2

Governor Odegard is presented with devastating news as Sheriff Dan struggles for his life, and a new threat makes its presence known.

star 7.49
905 votes
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Episode 1

#18 - Episode 1

Fortitude Season 2 - Episode 1

As the remote Arctic town struggles with government cuts and a missing sheriff, a chilling discovery proves that the horror isn't over for the locals.

star 7.46
993 votes
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Episode 1

#19 - Episode 1

Howards End Season 1 - Episode 1

Spring 1905 in England. Margaret Schlegel is at home with her overbearing Aunt Juley and her hypochondriac brother Tibby when she receives a letter from her younger sister Helen, who is visiting the Wilcox family at their country house, Howards End.

star 7.45
234 votes
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Episode 5

#20 - Episode 5

Fortitude Season 1 - Episode 5

Shock waves reverberate around Fortitude as the killer is revealed, while Morton tunes his attention to the death of a scientist on the island months earlier.

star 7.42
962 votes
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Wild Justice

#21 - Wild Justice

Lewis Season 5 - Episode 2

A female bishop visiting St Gerard's College is found dead after drinking poisoned wine, and when another two killings occur, both mirroring macabre murders from Jacobean revenge tragedy, it appears the culprit is targeting candidates in the election to become vice-regent. However, when Innocent learns one of the suspects is hiding a dark secret, Lewis and Hathaway realise the motive is much more twisted.

star 7.33
325 votes
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