The BEST episodes directed by James Hawes

The Challenger
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8.75
4 votes

#1 - The Challenger

BBC Documentaries - Season 2013 - Episode 42

When the space shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986, it was the most shocking event in the history of American spaceflight. The deaths of seven astronauts, including the first teacher in space Christa McAuliffe, were watched live on television by millions of viewers. But what was more shocking was that the cause of the disaster might never be uncovered. The Challenger is the story of how Richard Feynman, one of America's most famous scientists, helped to discover the cause of a tragedy that stunned America

The Worsted Viper
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8.63
35 votes

#2 - The Worsted Viper

The Mrs Bradley Mysteries - Season 1 - Episode 5

Mrs. Bradley accompanies her chauffeur, George, to his daughter's wedding. Local fishermen discover the body of the vicar's daughter on the beach, with her hair shaved off and a worsted viper around her neck.

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Death at the Opera
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8.56
39 votes

#3 - Death at the Opera

The Mrs Bradley Mysteries - Season 1 - Episode 2

Mrs. Bradley returns to her old school to give the prestigious Evadne Flint Lecture, but the school music teacher is found dead during a performance of The Mikado. Mrs. Bradley investigates, and uncover bitter rivalries, a series of thefts, an illegitimate child, and a number of illicit affairs.

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The Murder at Road Hill House
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8.23
77 votes

#4 - The Murder at Road Hill House

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Season 1 - Episode 1

Detective Inspector Jack Whicher finds himself traveling to a remote country house where he investigates the murder of a young child. He soon manages to discover a web of lies and concealment amid the family living there, which he thinks vindicates the police's chief suspect in the murder case.

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Hated in the Nation
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8.23
6732 votes

#5 - Hated in the Nation

Black Mirror - Season 3 - Episode 6

A police detective and her geeky young sidekick investigate a string of grisly murders with a sinister link to social media.

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The Doctor Dances (2)
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8.21
3360 votes

#6 - The Doctor Dances (2)

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 10

After narrowly escaping the gas mask monsters, The Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack try to stop the mutated people from infecting other victims. But it soon becomes apparent that one of the group may indirectly responsible for the virus. The answer lies at the bomb site, but time is running out...

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The Empty Child (1)
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8.14
3446 votes

#7 - The Empty Child (1)

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 9

After chasing an unexplained capsule through time, the TARDIS lands in London, during an air raid. Rose investigates when a small child wearing a gasmask, standing on a rooftop, continuously calls out for his mummy. After floating above the city on a barrage balloon, Rose is swept off her feet by another time traveller – Captain Jack Harkness. Meanwhile, The Doctor follows a teenaged girl to a meeting of the homeless children of the Blitz. Here, the child in the gasmask is terrorising them with a parade of strange events, constantly asking for his mother.

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Possession
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8.08
3247 votes

#8 - Possession

Penny Dreadful - Season 1 - Episode 7

Sir Malcolm, Ethan and Sembene must deal with the aftermath of Vanessa's night of passion with Dorian, when she is possessed by the demon that haunts them... and who has ties to the Master who controls Mina.

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Grand Guignol
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8.05
3258 votes

#9 - Grand Guignol

Penny Dreadful - Season 1 - Episode 8

After a vision of the Grand Guignol, Vanessa, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene explore an empty theater - only to be confronted by their worst nightmares.

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Glorious Horrors
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7.97
2453 votes

#10 - Glorious Horrors

Penny Dreadful - Season 2 - Episode 6

Vanessa and Ethan give Sir Malcolm tragic news; Lavinia Putney is disturbed by an encounter with the Creature; Roper hunts down Ethan; Dorian hosts a lavish ball in Angelique's honor; a glorious night turns to horror for Vanessa.

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Einstein: Chapter Seven
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7.96
988 votes

#11 - Einstein: Chapter Seven

Genius (2017) - Season 1 - Episode 7

In the wake of the war, patriotism corrupts one of Albert Einstein’s closest friends, Fritz Haber, pitting them against each other.

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Follies
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7.95
533 votes

#12 - Follies

Slow Horses - Season 1 - Episode 6

Taverner and the Slow Horses attempt different approaches to locate the kidnappers and Hassan. Ho makes a shocking discovery about Sid.

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Episode 3
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7.91
230 votes

#13 - Episode 3

Undercover (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 3

A mystery witness makes contact with Maya, forcing her to re-examine everything she thought she knew about the case - what has she missed? Maya must put the past to one side in order to fight the US authorities, but her return brings a disappointment and a revelation that'll rock her marriage to the core. Nick is thrown sideways when a ghost from his past approaches him. Faced with the possibility that his secret life is going to be blown open, Nick makes a fateful decision to protect his family. Meanwhile, in 1996, the efforts of Maya's journalist best friend to shine a light on the Antwi story is thwarted, illuminating the lengths to which the establishment will go to protect their own.

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Fresh Hell
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7.84
2808 votes

#14 - Fresh Hell

Penny Dreadful - Season 2 - Episode 1

Vanessa Ives is barraged by an onslaught of disturbing occult images brought on by the mysterious Evelyn Poole. Because of the massacre he committed in the Mariner’s Inn, Ethan Chandler decides to leave London. Under pressure from The Creature, Dr. Frankenstein works to bring Brona back to life. After Mina’s funeral, Sir Malcolm returns to London to discover that a whole new evil is hunting Vanessa.

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994 Cars Long
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7.84
1155 votes

#15 - 994 Cars Long

Snowpiercer - Season 1 - Episode 10

In the revolution's aftermath, Layton and Melanie realize the greatest threat to their survival is right over their shoulder.

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School Reunion
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7.84
3302 votes

#16 - School Reunion

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 2 - Episode 3

There are strange goings-on at a comprehensive school - UFOs, over-intelligent children, and odd-tasting school dinners. This attracts the attention of the Tenth Doctor, Rose and Mickey Smith, as well as a couple of old friends…

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Einstein: Chapter Six
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7.81
987 votes

#17 - Einstein: Chapter Six

Genius (2017) - Season 1 - Episode 6

Einstein moves his family for work, and to be closer to his new love, Elsa. He sets out to prove his theory as his marriage reaches a breaking point.

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Episode 2
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7.80
258 votes

#18 - Episode 2

Undercover (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 2

As Maya continues her fight to 'Go big', members of the establishment begin to fear the rigorous light she threatens to shine on areas they'd prefer to remain in the shadows. Elsewhere, sickened by his act of betrayal, Nick can only reflect on the actions that led him to this point. We join Nick in 1996 as a fearless undercover officer. When his hard work is undermined by a radical young lawyer, Nick is furious. Soon after he finds himself face to face with the lawyer, Maya, on his next assignment - spying on an anti-racist organisation. Nick struggles to keep the professional and the personal separate when his feelings for Maya develop and he questions his own beliefs as a black man within the police force. When a seemingly peaceful march gets out of hand, Antwi is attacked in a ferocious fight. Can he survive?

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New Earth
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7.80
3232 votes

#19 - New Earth

Doctor Who (2005) - Season 2 - Episode 1

In the year five billion and twenty-three, after the destruction of the Earth, the Doctor takes Rose to the New Earth. There, in a hospital facility, the feline Sisters of Plenitude can mysteriously cure any diseases, but, in the basement, an old enemy of the Doctor is out for revenge.

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The Train Demanded Blood
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7.80
1171 votes

#20 - The Train Demanded Blood

Snowpiercer - Season 1 - Episode 9

The rebel forces are on their heels when a dangerous foe joins them. A plan is hatched to take the train, but it may destroy them all.

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Verbis Diablo
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7.80
2427 votes

#21 - Verbis Diablo

Penny Dreadful - Season 2 - Episode 2

Haunted by the witches, Vanessa seeks solace from Sir Malcolm. Scotland Yard Inspector Rusk searches for the sole survivor of the Mariner’s Inn Massacre. Evelyn Poole enchants Sir Malcolm. Dr. Frankenstein gives the re-born Brona a new identity. The Creature gets a new job. Dorian Gray meets an intriguing woman with a secret. Ferdinand Lyle reveals the disturbing backstory of the Verbis Diablo. Evelyn’s daughter, Hecate, hunts down a prize for her mother.

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Fiasco
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7.77
542 votes

#22 - Fiasco

Slow Horses - Season 1 - Episode 5

The Slow Horses must disappear to avoid capture by MI5. Lamb and River head to The Park to outwit Taverner.

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Bad Tradecraft
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7.77
603 votes

#23 - Bad Tradecraft

Slow Horses - Season 1 - Episode 3

Slough House is the unlikely venue for a secret romance, but events take a dark turn when a dangerous encounter becomes deadly.

These Bloody Thoughts
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7.74
1352 votes

#24 - These Bloody Thoughts

The Alienist - Season 1 - Episode 4

Kreizler and Sara discuss the capacity to kill. Moore goes on a date. Byrnes and Captain Connor keep an eye on a potential suspect. Roosevelt finds himself under public scrutiny.

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Clock-in
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7.69
54 votes

#25 - Clock-in

The Mill - Season 1 - Episode 1

During the 1830s, children worked 12-hour shifts in the mills, and the new class of mill-owning families prospered. A third of the workforce at Quarry Bank are apprentices, sold by different workhouses to the Greg family. The apprentices have no choice but to work at the mill until they reach adulthood.

Staying Alive (1)
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7.67
3 votes

#26 - Staying Alive (1)

Holby City - Season 1 - Episode 8

Sunny Sunderland enters a radio phone-in competition, winning a large sum of money - for charity. Victoria Merrick risks throwing away her medical career by continuing taking drugs. Muriel McKendrick finds the ideal recipient for her latest breakthrough in medical procedures - unfortunately, the patient is a former colleague, who passes on some revealing insights into McKenrick's past to Kirstie Collins, much to Collins's delight. Two visiting friends of a young patient, Darren Ingram, deliberately disturb his medical equipment, with near fatal results. When they steal some drugs, they are chased by Jasmine Hopkins, and they stab her in order to escape.

Hildebrandt's Starling
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7.66
1278 votes

#27 - Hildebrandt's Starling

The Alienist - Season 1 - Episode 5

The team learns more about the killer. Moore and Sara share an intimate moment. Kreizler seeks advice from an old mentor. Roosevelt takes action.

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Visiting Hours
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7.66
552 votes

#28 - Visiting Hours

Slow Horses - Season 1 - Episode 4

Taverner sends the Dogs to hunt down Lamb and the Slow Horses. River holds the secret to saving the gang.

Episode 4
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7.59
293 votes

#29 - Episode 4

Mad Dogs - Season 2 - Episode 4

There are still a few twists in the tale in this second series finale.Woody, Quinn, Baxter and Rick have a chance to win back their freedom, but at what cost?

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Order in Court
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7.59
41 votes

#30 - Order in Court

The Mill - Season 1 - Episode 2

Esther Price shows up at at court in Manchester after having assaulted her overseer, Charlie Crout. Apprentice house manager Mr Timperley has been sent to the workhouse in Liverpool to collect a replacement apprentice and comes back two sisters called Lucy and Catherine Garner.

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Episode 2
star
7.56
349 votes

#31 - Episode 2

Mad Dogs - Season 2 - Episode 2

The nightmare continues to unfold. Woody, Quinn, Baxter and Rick cover their tracks by heading to a remote village, only for strange forces to come into play...

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Umbilical
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7.55
2327 votes

#32 - Umbilical

Raised by Wolves (2020) - Season 1 - Episode 9

Determined to keep the children safe, Sue grapples with whether or not she can trust Mother. Meanwhile, Tempest confronts her trauma, Hunter continues his attempts to restore Father, and when a new threat arises, the Mithraic begin to question an increasingly erratic Marcus.

The Dragon's Call
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7.52
2289 votes

#33 - The Dragon's Call

Merlin (2008) - Season 1 - Episode 1

Merlin is told by the Great Dragon that it is his destiny to make sure that the young Prince Arthur is kept safe. Anybody caught performing magic is punished with death and Merlin is not a fan of Arthur. When Arthur's life is endangered Merlin finds himself tested.

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Episode 3
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7.51
285 votes

#34 - Episode 3

Mad Dogs - Season 2 - Episode 3

The boys finds themselves unable to catch a break. They attempt to undo the damage they've unwittingly done and a race against the clock ends up pushing them to breaking point.

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The Mark of Nimueh
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7.49
1771 votes

#35 - The Mark of Nimueh

Merlin (2008) - Season 1 - Episode 3

A deadly plague spreads through Camelot. When it seems that sorcery can be the only possible explanation, Merlin and Gaius race to find a cure, while Gwen is arrested and sentenced to death for practising witchcraft.

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Work Drinks
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7.45
629 votes

#36 - Work Drinks

Slow Horses - Season 1 - Episode 2

River and Sid join forces. A misfired gun has dire consequences.

Valiant
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7.41
1815 votes

#37 - Valiant

Merlin (2008) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Camelot is hosting its annual sword tournament and knights from throughout the realm have come to compete for its coveted title. Amongst those hoping to win the crown is Knight Valiant.

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Episode 1
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7.40
317 votes

#38 - Episode 1

Undercover (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 1

For the past twenty years Maya Cobbina has defended Rudy Jones, a man falsely imprisoned for murder. Today he is to be executed by lethal injection in Louisiana. Rudy's parting words are "Go big" - he wants her to change the system that allows such injustices to occur. With Rudy's appeal ringing in her ears, Maya returns to London and discovers that she's been pegged to take the role of director of public prosecutions, a prominent position that might allow her to finally bring to justice the death of her friend Michael Antwi, a charismatic anti-racism campaigner. Maya's husband Nick Johnson is a man dedicated to his wife and children. When a hidden past threatens to destroy his world, to what lengths will he go to protect his family?

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Episode 1
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7.40
327 votes

#39 - Episode 1

Mad Dogs - Season 2 - Episode 1

The four life-long friends continue their holiday from hell, when a sighting of Dominic heading towards the villa stops them in their tracks as they prepare to drive off and leave Quinn behind.

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Smithereens
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7.33
3545 votes

#40 - Smithereens

Black Mirror - Season 5 - Episode 2

A London rideshare driver ignites an international crisis when he kidnaps a worker from a social media company.

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Failure’s Contagious
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7.31
766 votes

#41 - Failure’s Contagious

Slow Horses - Season 1 - Episode 1

River Cartwright is ousted from MI5 and finds himself in a place worse than purgatory: Slough House, dumping ground for failed spies.

First, the Weather Changed
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7.30
1847 votes

#42 - First, the Weather Changed

Snowpiercer - Season 1 - Episode 1

Snowpiercer, the great ark train, circles a frozen earth keeping humanity's last survivors until a murder onboard threatens the established order.

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The Devil You Know
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7.30
2315 votes

#43 - The Devil You Know

The Mist - Season 1 - Episode 6

At the hospital, Kevin becomes an involuntary test subject on what drives the Mist; after Nathalie discusses her theories about "The Black Spring," she has a violent encounter with Link.

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Never Judge a Book...
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6.00
2 votes

#44 - Never Judge a Book...

Holby City - Season 1 - Episode 5

Nick Jordan has to assist Anton Meyer on a heart operation on a new-born baby, but he expresses his reservations to him. Julie Fitzjohn helps a young mother with a heart-breaking dilemma. Meanwhile, the pressure is building on house officer Victoria Merrick, after she saves the life of a patient, Chris Woodhouse, and she resorts to taking drugs at work.

Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World
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0.00
0 votes

#45 - Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World

PBS Specials - Season 2003 - Episode 9

Courage, guilt, betrayal and triumph; the story of T.E. Lawrence has it all. How one man inspired an Arab army but could not prevent their betrayal. Filmed in England and the Middle East, this two-hour epic charts the real-life story of a twentieth century hero.

You Pays Your Money
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0.00
0 votes

#46 - You Pays Your Money

The Bill - Season 14 - Episode 2

A family are strangely silent about the death of their landlord.