The BEST episodes directed by John Hayes

Episode 5
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8.31
220 votes

#1 - Episode 5

Home Fires (2015) - Season 2 - Episode 5

It’s harvest time, and Steph struggles with the work required, but time is running out to meet the quota required, and she risks losing the farm.

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Secret Tunnel Warfare
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8.30
92 votes

#2 - Secret Tunnel Warfare

NOVA - Season 43 - Episode 1

During World War I, the Allies and Germans repeatedly struggled to break the hideous stalemate of trench warfare. In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack: over 1 million pounds of explosives hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines. Building the tunnels was desperate work, with tunnelers at constant risk from flooding, cave-ins, and enemy digging teams. In June of 1917, the planted mines at Messines were simultaneously triggered, killing an estimated 10,000 German troops instantly. Now, archaeologists are revealing the extraordinary scale and risks of the Allied tunneling operations in one of the biggest excavations ever undertaken on the Western Front. “Secret Tunnel Warfare” opens a unique window on the frenzy of Allied mining activity that led up to the attack and its bitter aftermath.

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Episode 4
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8.24
225 votes

#3 - Episode 4

Home Fires (2015) - Season 2 - Episode 4

Pat and Marek are reconciled, but when someone sees them together, their relationship is in more danger than ever. The Brindsleys come to realise the full extent of David's injuries becomes apparent, and Teresa faces letting go of the past when she is asked out. Alison fears the consequences of her involvement with the Lyons, Laura is spurred into action by some happy news, and Joyce and Erica work together on a first aid meeting.

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Episode 6
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8.16
208 votes

#4 - Episode 6

Home Fires (2015) - Season 2 - Episode 6

There’s cause for joy in the village as everyone prepares for Nick and Teresa’s wedding.

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The Blanket Mire
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7.93
419 votes

#5 - The Blanket Mire

Vera - Season 7 - Episode 4

Surveyors out on the Northumberland moors make a shocking discovery: the body of a young woman buried beneath the soil.

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Episode 7
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7.70
354 votes

#6 - Episode 7

Dublin Murders - Season 1 - Episode 7

Everything comes to a head as Cassie confronts Lexie’s killer and Rob has a breakthrough about Katy’s murder.

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Episode 8
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7.67
352 votes

#7 - Episode 8

Dublin Murders - Season 1 - Episode 8

The finale finds Rob and Cassie forced into a face-to-face reunion. As arrests are made, Rob and Cassie both come to profound realisations.

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Episode 3
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7.65
403 votes

#8 - Episode 3

Bancroft - Season 1 - Episode 3

Bancroft is faced with a startling blast from the past, which brings the events from 1990 back to the surface. Meanwhile, Katherine wrestles with twists and turns of the new information she is uncovering. Bancroft secures Zaheera in safe accommodation and Daanish fulfils his part of the deal. Anya makes a surprising visit to an old friend. Katherine is faced with a chilling truth.

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Episode 4
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7.65
392 votes

#9 - Episode 4

Dublin Murders - Season 1 - Episode 4

As Cassie struggles to make sense of Lexie’s life and death, we delve into her own difficult past. Meanwhile, Rob’s past finally yields some results in the Katy investigation.

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Episode 2
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7.61
418 votes

#10 - Episode 2

Bancroft - Season 1 - Episode 2

Bancroft helps Katherine and Anya with the Fraser case, but they are struggling to find any worthwhile forensic evidence. Katherine and Joe’s relationship progresses, whilst events take a grisly turn for the Kamara family – forcing Bancroft to offer Daanish a deal. Laura’s former husband Tim Fraser is reluctant to help with Laura’s cold case, but an unexpected visit changes his mind. Katherine and Anya make some game-changing discoveries.

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Episode 4
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7.61
376 votes

#11 - Episode 4

Bancroft - Season 1 - Episode 4

Katherine and Anya make a determined push to get to the bottom of the Laura Fraser case once and for all, hatching a plan to get the DNA evidence they desperately need. Bancroft plans and executes a massive sting operation against Athif Kamara, but all doesn’t go smoothly. Bancroft is forced to reveal carefully-kept secrets about her past, and finally we find out what really happened to Laura Fraser – and why.

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Episode 3
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7.58
428 votes

#12 - Episode 3

Dublin Murders - Season 1 - Episode 3

All of Knocknaree mourns as Katy Devlin is laid to rest, while the pressure on Rob and Cassie mounts as there are still no arrests in the case.

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The Perfect Corpse
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7.50
12 votes

#13 - The Perfect Corpse

NOVA - Season 33 - Episode 3

Forensic investigators tease secrets from the well preserved bodies of people buried long ago under peat bogs.

Episode 1
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7.36
438 votes

#14 - Episode 1

Bancroft - Season 1 - Episode 1

The formidable Det. Superintendent Elizabeth Bancroft is leading the charge against the violent Kamara gang. Meanwhile, DS Katherine Stevens is given a cold murder case. In 1990, Laura Fraser was stabbed 18 times in frenzied attack at home. As Elizabeth and Katherine’s paths cross for the first time, Katherine finds that there’s more to the Fraser case than it seems – and Elizabeth has some secrets in her past which may prove difficult to hide.

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Madness Room
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6.40
56 votes

#15 - Madness Room

Tales from the Darkside - Season 1 - Episode 17

Cathy Osborne brings her husband up to a previously-unknown room in their house and along with her friend Michael, relates the tale of how the room is the ""madness room"" from which no one has ever stayed the night...and survived. In reality it's a set up and Cathy and Michael plan to kill Cathy's husband by scaring him to death. They succeed by faking some supernatural activities, but soon find that the curse of the room is all too real...

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Cue The Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech
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#16 - Cue The Queen: Celebrating the Christmas Speech

BBC Documentaries - Season 2015 - Episode 328

Kirsty Young takes a unique look at the story of the Royal Christmas broadcast and how the tradition started by King George V in 1932 has found a place at the heart of Christmas Day. Beginning with tentative steps in the early days of the wireless, then providing reassurance during the uncertainty of the Second World War, it has become The Queen's televised message that we all know and love.

After the War: Churchill's Defeat
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#17 - After the War: Churchill's Defeat

BBC Documentaries - Season 2005 - Episode 49

1945 - The year of Winston Churchill's greatest victory and his most devastating defeat. Just weeks after VE Day, a General Election saw him and his government rejected and the Labour Party swept to power.