The Best Episodes Directed by James Hawes

The Challenger

#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

star 8.75
4 votes
Staying Alive (1)

#2 - 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.

star 8.50
2 votes
Hated in the Nation

#3 - 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.

star 8.23
6513 votes
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The Doctor Dances (2)

#4 - The Doctor Dances (2)

Doctor Who (2005) Season 1 - Episode 10

Location: London, England Date: 1941 Enemy: The Empty Child, Nanogenes 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...

star 8.21
3273 votes
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The Empty Child (1)

#5 - The Empty Child (1)

Doctor Who (2005) Season 1 - Episode 9

Location: London, England Date: 1941 Enemy: The Empty Child 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.

star 8.15
3350 votes
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#6 - 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.

star 8.09
3191 votes
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Grand Guignol

#7 - 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.

star 8.06
3202 votes
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Never Judge a Book...

#8 - 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.

star 8.00
1 votes
Glorious Horrors

#9 - 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.

star 7.98
2403 votes
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Einstein: Chapter Seven

#10 - 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.

star 7.96
975 votes
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994 Cars Long

#11 - 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.

star 7.91
967 votes
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Episode 3

#12 - 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.

star 7.90
228 votes
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The Train Demanded Blood

#13 - 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.

star 7.85
999 votes
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Fresh Hell

#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.

star 7.85
2756 votes
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School Reunion

#15 - School Reunion

Doctor Who (2005) Season 2 - Episode 3

Location: Deffry Vale High School, London, England, Earth Date: 2007 Enemies: The Krillitanes 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…

star 7.84
3213 votes
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Episode 2

#16 - 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?

star 7.82
252 votes
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Einstein: Chapter Six

#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.

star 7.82
971 votes
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New Earth

#18 - New Earth

Doctor Who (2005) Season 2 - Episode 1

Location: New Earth Date: 5,000,000,023 Enemies: Lady Cassandra, The Flesh, Sisters of Plenitude 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.

star 7.81
3138 votes
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Verbis Diablo

#19 - 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.

star 7.80
2380 votes
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These Bloody Thoughts

#20 - 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.

star 7.74
1293 votes
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#21 - 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.

star 7.68
53 votes
Hildebrandt's Starling

#22 - 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.

star 7.66
1218 votes
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Episode 4

#23 - 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?

star 7.59
290 votes
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#24 - 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.

star 7.58
1924 votes
Order in Court

#25 - 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.

star 7.58
40 votes
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Episode 2

#26 - 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...

star 7.57
346 votes
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The Dragon's Call

#27 - 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.

star 7.52
2220 votes
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Episode 3

#28 - 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.

star 7.51
282 votes
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The Mark of Nimueh

#29 - 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.

star 7.49
1727 votes
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#30 - Valiant

Merlin (2008) Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 7.41
1766 votes
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Episode 1

#31 - 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?

star 7.41
312 votes
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Episode 1

#32 - 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.

star 7.40
324 votes
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#33 - 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.

star 7.33
3318 votes
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First, the Weather Changed

#34 - 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.

star 7.33
1599 votes
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The Devil You Know

#35 - 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.

star 7.30
2301 votes
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Lawrence of Arabia: The Battle for the Arab World

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

PBS Specials Season 2003 - Episode 10

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.

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0 votes
You Pays Your Money

#37 - You Pays Your Money

The Bill Season 14 - Episode 2

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

star 0.00
0 votes