The Best Episodes Directed by Julian Holmes

Episode 5

#1 - Episode 5

Lark Rise to Candleford Season 2 - Episode 5

Baby Annie Timmins stirs up emotions of days gone by and loves yet to be found.

star 8.88
96 votes
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Episode 9

#2 - Episode 9

Spooks Season 5 - Episode 9

MI-5 is put in charge of protecting Niko Grecic, the former right-hand of Tezlia, a Serbian who is put on trial for war crimes. They know that Richard Dempsey, a former MI-6 agent who turned on them, is looking for Grecic to kill him before he can testify. Adam, Jo and Zafar must protect Grecic at all costs.

star 8.23
140 votes
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Episode 6

#3 - Episode 6

Lip Service Season 1 - Episode 6

Frankie is left reeling when she finally discovers the truth about her childhood. Cat makes a big choice about her future with Sam but her decision is put to the test when she discovers that Frankie is planning to leave town for good. Things start to look up for Tess when she gets an audition, only for a broken lift to throw her chance into jeopardy.

star 8.22
129 votes
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Episode 5

#4 - Episode 5

Lip Service Season 1 - Episode 5

Tess's 30th birthday is approaching and she's desperate to ignore it, but her friends have other ideas. As Ed organises her surprise party his desire to tell her his true feelings reaches fever pitch, but could their friendship survive if Tess knew the truth? A work assignment brings Frankie and Cat closer together as they take a walk down memory lane, but as their feelings grow deeper a shocking revelation drives Cat back into Sam's arms.

star 8.06
130 votes
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#5 - Streetwise

The Bill Season 16 - Episode 13

Investigating a young boy's disappearance, DC Rod Skase takes a career-ending shortcut when he encourages a witness to implicate a man he considers to be the main suspect.

star 8.00
1 votes
Episode 6

#6 - Episode 6

Spooks Season 9 - Episode 6

Relations between the CIA and MI5 are stretched after an American drone is hacked in Afghanistan whilst in British care, leading to the loss of American lives. Beecher - head of the CIA in London - arrives on the Grid to oversee installation of the US's advanced cybersecurity system, 'Cybershell', to prevent any future disasters. Lucas, out in the field, is tasked with protecting and delivering to the Grid Daniella Ortiz, the young ex-hacker turned White House cryptographer who holds the installation codes. When the Grid is hacked and locked down, the Team are plunged into a nightmare. Will they escape and prevent the theft of all CIA and MI5 intelligence? Will Lucas be able to protect Ortiz when the hackers decide to cut out the middle man?

star 7.96
577 votes
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Episode 10

#7 - Episode 10

Spooks Season 5 - Episode 10

An environmental terrorist group is threatening to flood London if the government does not make a secret document public.

star 7.91
151 votes
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Do No Harm

#8 - Do No Harm

Outlander Season 4 - Episode 2

Claire and Jamie visit his Aunt Jocasta at her plantation, River Run. When tragedy strikes at the plantation, Jamie and Claire find themselves caught between what's right and the law of the land.

star 7.88
1410 votes
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The Lost

#9 - The Lost

Class Season 1 - Episode 8

Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price? Unable to recover from the truths they have faced, the gang has splintered. Liberated from enslavement, Quill prepares to take her revenge. But they must reunite when the Shadow Kin return, raging a ruthless, unrelenting war. Resolute to claim April’s heart and Charlie’s weapon, Corakinus threatens to kill their families until he has what he desires – and the friends must fight to prevent him. This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

star 7.87
436 votes
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The Perfect Game

#10 - The Perfect Game

Marvel's Daredevil Season 3 - Episode 5

To quell the rising backlash over his release, Fisk serves up a scapegoat to the FBI. Dex misses the mark when he runs into a woman from his past.

star 7.85
1884 votes
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Episode 4

#11 - Episode 4

Spooks Season 10 - Episode 4

Two former inmates are released from jail. One is an undercover MI5 asset and the other is an impressionable wannabe suicide bomber who has been radicalised in prison. They are set to launch an attack somewhere in London, but our team must time it right and step in at the eleventh hour to prevent a massive loss of life.

star 7.85
356 votes
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America the Beautiful

#12 - America the Beautiful

Outlander Season 4 - Episode 1

Claire and Jamie cross paths with Stephen Bonnet, a pirate and smuggler who enlists their help. Claire illuminates Jamie on some of America's history, leading him to wonder if it's possible for them to lay down roots.

star 7.83
1533 votes
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#13 - Safe

Law & Order: UK Season 5 - Episode 2

When two year old Ryan Stark goes missing from a high street merry-go-round, his distraught mother, Kayla reports him kidnapped and a massive police hunt is launched to find the missing toddler. In spite of public appeals and additional police manpower, the search throws up more questions than answers. The legal case uncovers a history of dealings with the social services before Ryan went missing, something which alerts our heroes to the possibility that his mother isn’t being entirely truthful. With more than one suspect and little physical evidence, will Ryan’s family ever learn the truth of what happened to their baby boy?

star 7.79
207 votes
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Episode 5

#14 - Episode 5

Spooks Season 9 - Episode 5

The American president is on his way to London to chair top secret peace talks between Israel and Palestine, under the guise of his first state visit. Beth and Dimitri must keep their wits about them as undercover Home Office representatives, tasked with keeping the delegates apart until the talks. When a plot to kill the President is uncovered, they must also track down the assailant. The hotel is put in lockdown as a precaution, but are they locking the threat out? Or in?

star 7.77
517 votes
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#15 - Sandancers

Vera Season 2 - Episode 4

The authorities at a local army base are in an ungodly hurry to declare the death of a decorated Afghanistan War veteran a suicide, but Vera doubts it.

star 7.76
287 votes
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Episode 3

#16 - Episode 3

Strike Back Season 5 - Episode 3

Shiro, son of the aging boss of the Yakuza crime syndicate, ascends to power with the help of a duplicitous Lei, and vows revenge on Section 20 for his father's murder. With the location of his latest Bangkok crib compromised again, Locke suspects there's a second North Korean spy in town. Stonebridge, Richmond, Martinez and Locke fend off waves of attack from the Yakuza, while Scott finds his long-anticipated visit with son Finn less than idyllic. After its latest bloody face-off, Section 20 heads to a private island, desperate to learn what the Yakuza have that the North Koreans covet.

star 7.75
1165 votes
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Prisoner's Dilemma

#17 - Prisoner's Dilemma

Suits Season 9 - Episode 8

An old foe forces Harvey to account for past actions. Esther has a problem only Louis can solve.

star 7.72
1280 votes
Episode 3

#18 - Episode 3

Spooks Season 10 - Episode 3

MI5 receive a red flash: radioactive material has been detected at an airport. They have intelligence that a highly dangerous anarchist with a penchant for dirty bombs has secretly entered the country. They enlist Dimitri to honeytrap the anarchist's only known contact, his sister Natalie. It is a morally tough operation for Dimitri, but through Natalie he gets close to the dirty-bomber. Dimitri's personal connection to them both proves invaluable in the tense and potentially lethal endgame.

star 7.72
419 votes
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Episode 3

#19 - Episode 3

Strike Back Season 4 - Episode 3

Although they are uncertain of others’ loyalties, the team must work with an asset in Beirut to get a lead on James Leatherby, a dangerous and unpredictable operative with ties to al-Zuhari.

star 7.68
1687 votes
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Duty of Care

#20 - Duty of Care

Law & Order: UK Season 4 - Episode 4

The police investigate a suspicious fire that resulted in the death of 13 year-old Ian Parnell. His mother Megan managed to escape but the pathologist confirms that Ian died of smoke inhalation. The boy was severely disabled and unable to care for himself. They follow several false leads including an absent father who is behind on his support payments and a couple of neighborhood lads who were known to have harassed the dead boy. In the end, the evidence points to the mother. In court James and Alesha come up against a barrister who refuses all reasonable offers to settle the case. His disdain for his client leads him to mount a series of increasingly ridiculous defenses. When the truth finally emerges, the Crown prosecutors face a moral dilemma.

star 7.67
178 votes
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Episode 4

#21 - Episode 4

Strike Back Season 4 - Episode 4

Section 20 attempts a risky rescue for a potential new ally. Now veering close to the edge, but determined to find the truth, Dalton goes AWOL with a detainee.

star 7.57
1615 votes
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Serious Moonlight

#22 - Serious Moonlight

American Gods Season 3 - Episode 2

Shadow's attempt to break away from Mr. Wednesday and the brewing war is thwarted by the secrets of the Gods — both Old and New.

star 7.50
864 votes
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Episode 5

#23 - Episode 5

The Interceptor Season 1 - Episode 5

A young girl is dead - the second pill-related death in recent days. A new batch of toxic pills has hit the market, and the police are struggling to find the source. When the Unit discover a link between the pills and the gang they're investigating, Cartwright agrees it's worth pursuing, but only if it's to further their aims of getting higher up the organisation. No-one wants this more than Ash, but he's equally determined to stop more lethal pills from hitting the streets. As Roach waits to hear news of his foray into the pill business, he's unaware of the net closing around him.

star 7.48
131 votes
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Episode 6

#24 - Episode 6

The Interceptor Season 1 - Episode 6

After the failure of the pill operation, Roach turns to Yorkie, a violent armed robber, to solve his cash flow problems. Troubled by the terrifying intel they gather on Yorkie, and his links to their crew, the Unit set out to find and track him. Yorkie could help them get deeper, but with Cartwright's old adversary DCI Stannard determined to shut down the Unit, finding a wanted man like Yorkie could also get the police off their backs.

star 7.48
101 votes
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Citadel on the Edge of Vengeance

#25 - Citadel on the Edge of Vengeance

Marvel's Iron Fist Season 2 - Episode 8

Joy offers Davos tips on appealing to the masses, Danny begins to understand his limits, and Mary seeks the truth about her past.

star 7.47
1231 votes
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Episode 3

#26 - Episode 3

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Season 1 - Episode 3

With Slean and Thane Scorann missing, Beowulf and Rate, Thane of the Varni, charge out into the forest in search of them. But with the Gathering fast approaching and Rheda’s bid for leadership depending on the hope of ever-loyal Scorann’s vote, Beowulf questions whether their disappearance might be more than a simple coincidence. Beowulf and Rate continue their journey, tracking deep into the forest and are soon reminded that the Shieldlands are a dangerous place when they are set upon by Warig creatures. With their pride firmly at stake, some one-upmanship ensues and the men race after the creature, which leads them to a bigger, more dangerous situation where their steel is put to the test. Having overcome the Mudborn who were baying for their blood, they soon close in on Slean and Scorann’s trail, and an Outcast straggling behind the main group holding the Thane and Rheda’s son Slean captive, leads them one-step closer to uncovering the truth behind the kidnapping. Now, almost in touching distance of their people, Beowulf hatches a plan to secure their release, however their success is not without injury or cost and one of our party pays with their life during the battle for freedom, whilst another realises the shocking truth of Herot’s traitor.

star 7.41
450 votes
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Episode 4

#27 - Episode 4

Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands Season 1 - Episode 4

The future of the Shieldlands is decided, as the various leaders gather in the great hall of Herot to choose their new leader. Rheda faces the possibility of civil war between the tribes tearing the country apart, and may have to fight to preserve her power

star 7.38
453 votes
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#28 - Moscow

Hooten & the Lady Season 1 - Episode 6

Lady Alex jets off to Moscow to help Hooten in his search for a lost Faberge egg and confronts her arch enemy from university, who now works for a shadowy black market collector, but they soon become entangled in a sinister criminal underworld.

star 7.37
491 votes
Episode 1

#29 - Episode 1

Noughts + Crosses Season 1 - Episode 1

London, Albion. Sephy, the Cross daughter of powerful Home Secretary Kamal Hadley and Callum, the Nought son of their housekeeper Meggie McGregor reunite and a spark is ignited.

star 7.17
72 votes
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