The Best Episodes Directed by Simon Langton
#1 - All the King's Horses
Upstairs, Downstairs Season 5 - Episode 15
(Audio commentary available on some DVDs). The Wall Street crash hits Eaton Place. October, 1929. After making a killing on Wall Street, James returns to England with his spirits renewed. His homecoming is a joyous one for the Bellamys, despite Richard's doubts as to the soundness of his son's speculations. Indeed, his fears are prophetical; the stock-market crash wipes out James and Rose, who invested her savings on the strength of James' advice. Enraged, Richard berates James over this and past failures, opening old and still painful wounds.
#2 - Kidnapped
Jeeves and Wooster Season 2 - Episode 5
Bertie's club, the Drones, are electing a new dining committee chairman. Bertie wishes to be elected, but discovers that no one with a criminal record can stand. Pauline Stoker is being stalked by a mysterious stranger. Bertie, always chivalrous, is called upon to protect her on her way back to Chuffnell Regis. The trip results in startling results, including an encounter with several Drones in blackface. Because Chuffy Chuffnell cannot get permission to turn Chuffnell Hall into a hotel, Pauline tries to persuade Sir Roderick Glossop to turn it into a sanatorium.
#3 - A Plan for Gussie
Jeeves and Wooster Season 2 - Episode 2
Gussie Fink-Nottle has been keeping a notebook containing insulting observations on Sir Watkyn Bassett and Sir Roderick Spode, in order to keep his courage up about them. When he loses the notebook, he calls on Bertie to help find it. The Rev. Harold "Stinker" Pinker and Stephanie "Stiffy" Byng wish to marry, but Stiffy's guardian Sir Watkyn doesn't approve. Stiffy blackmails Bertie into helping her convince her guardian otherwise. Meanwhile Bertie comes into possession of a policeman's helmet.
#4 - Part 4
Pride and Prejudice Season 1 - Episode 4
Darcy defends himself against Elizabeth's accusations, and later they meet at his house, Pemberley. While there, Elizabeth makes an astonishing discovery about Darcy which changes her feelings about him.
#5 - Pearls Mean Tears
Jeeves and Wooster Season 2 - Episode 3
Aunt Agatha intends to engage Bertie to "a nice quiet girl" named Aline Hemmingway. Bertie is forced to spend some time with Aline and her brother, Rev. Sidney Hemmingway, but finds them dreary. After Sidney loses money at the races, he borrows £100 from Bertie with Aline's pearl necklace on deposit. Coincidentally, Aunt Agatha's pearl necklace goes missing. Biffy Biffen cannot find a girl to whom he was engaged. He comes to Jeeves for help, but Jeeves, who happens to be the girl's uncle, and misunderstands Biffy's intentions, does not wish to help.
#6 - Part 6
Pride and Prejudice Season 1 - Episode 6
Lydia comes home in triumph with Wickham, who has married her. Lydia has been sworn to secrecy about the secret help from Darcy, but in her muddle-headed way she lets the secret slip to Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Bingley comes back to the Longbourne neighbourhood - and he wants to see Jane again. Bingley is followed by a very angry Lady Catherine, who reveals another secret. Finally, Elizabeth admits to Darcy that she has changed her view of him - and he gets the answer he is hardly hoping for.
#7 - Jeeves Saves the Cow-Creamer
Jeeves and Wooster Season 2 - Episode 1
Aunt Dahlia sends Bertie to sneer at an 18th century cow creamer in order to reduce the price for Uncle Tom. But when he makes a mess of the job rival silver collector Sir Watkin Bassett gets ahold of it. So Bertie goes off to Totleigh Towers where everyone either wants Bertie to steal the cow-creamer, or threatens to beat him to a jelly if he does. Stiffy Byng, Stinker Pinker, and Aunt Dahlia being of the former category, and the Amateur Dictator Roderick Spode and Sir Watkin Bassett being of the latter.
#8 - Part 3
Pride and Prejudice Season 1 - Episode 3
Bingley and his household return to London suddenly, leaving Jane to suppose he does not care about her after all. Lizzie discovers who was behind the separation and receives another surprising offer.
#9 - Jeeves the Matchmaker
Jeeves and Wooster Season 2 - Episode 6
Bertie is interested in parenthood, and decides to begin by marrying Bobbie Wickham. Jeeves does not approve; but Bobbie is too preoccupied with other things to give Bertie due attention. Meanwhile Bertie must put up with her niece Clementina, who has a ferocious appetite. Tuppy Glossop has broken off with Angela Travers again and is infatuated with dog-lover Daisy Dalgleish. Tuppy is convinced he can impress her in a rugby match, but Jeeves interferes. Bingo Little is also in love, with a tea shop waitress. His obstacle is his allowance from his Uncle Mortimer, who may not approve the match. Jeeves recommends his uncle be regularly read romance novels to soften him up. They do—too much.
#11 - Part 5
Pride and Prejudice Season 1 - Episode 5
Elizabeth meets Darcy's younger sister, Georgiana. Then news comes that Lydia has eloped with Wickham, and the Bennets fear she is lost. Darcy decides to help Lydia - but without telling the Bennet family or Elizabeth.
#12 - The Hollow
Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 9 - Episode 4
Poirot is spending a week-end with the Angkatells, at their country house called The Hollow. The good-looking Dr John Christow is also there, with his plain wife, but he is flirting (or perhaps more) with Henrietta Savernake, a young artist. Meanwhile, Lady Angkatell is match-making between Henrietta and Edward Angkatell, to the distress of Midge, who loves Edward. Then a game of murder turns into the real thing, when Christow is shot dead by the swimming pool. Gerda Christow is found holding the gun, but was she set up? Sir Henry Angkatell asks Poirot (how could he do anything else?) to find the killer, and it soon appears that several of the house party had motives for killing Christow, including Henrietta and Lady Angkatell... then the ballistic evidence comes in, and there is a big surprise. Poirot will surely outwit the murderer. Or will he?
#13 - Jeeves in the Country
Jeeves and Wooster Season 2 - Episode 4
Bertie's insistence on playing the trombone drives Jeeves to give notice. Bertie hires a less satisfactory valet, Brinkley. Bertie's friend, Lord "Chuffy" Chuffnell, quickly snaps Jeeves up. Bertie rents a country cottage from Chuffy in Devon and practices his horn. Chuffy is intent on selling Chuffnell Hall to J. Washburn Stoker, so that he can afford to marry Stoker's daughter Pauline. He discovers, to his concern, that Pauline was once engaged to Bertie—and that Washburn wants Bertie to stay away from his daughter. Jeeves produces a plan to get Pauline and Chuffy together that results in the burning down of Bertie's cottage. Sympathetic to Bertie, however, Jeeves resumes working for him at the end of the episode.
#14 - Part 2
Pride and Prejudice Season 1 - Episode 2
A visit from the Bennets' cousin, Mr Collins, throws the family into disarray, while Elizabeth's acquaintance with Wickham solidifies her distrust and dislike of Darcy.
#15 - Part 1
Pride and Prejudice Season 1 - Episode 1
The Bennets have five daughters, all without dowries, so they have limited chances of marrying. Then the rich Charles Bingley arrives in the district and takes a keen interest in Jane Bennet. At Bingley's house, Jane's sharp-tongued sister Elizabeth sees more of his friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy - but she finds him too arrogant for her.
#17 - Smiley’s Lighter
Smiley's People Season 1 - Episode 6
Smiley interrogates a diplomat by showing him a series of photographs, and in turn, closes in on the person who killed Vladimir. He is lead to the asylum, and ironically, things eventually become clearer.
#18 - Dark Secrets
Midsomer Murders Season 14 - Episode 2
The reclusive lives of elderly eccentrics William and Mary Bingham comes under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is murdered. Barnaby and Jones must unearth generations of family secrets and decipher astronomical charts to find the killer.
#19 - The Night Of The Stag
Midsomer Murders Season 14 - Episode 6
A tax inspector goes missing as he tries to track down the maker of an illicit, potent cider popular among the residents of Midsomer Abbas. Barnaby and Jones have a murder investigation on their hands when the man's body is found floating in a vat at the village's spring fair, where the duo are sampling the local brew
#20 - The Rogue Elephant
Smiley's People Season 1 - Episode 4
Smiley continues his investigation, now looking for a man named Otto in a small fishing community, only to find his decaying body in his boat, and a mysterious chalk mark he’s seen before. Smiley talks to the now-perpetually afraid woman.
#21 - The General’s Big Fish
Smiley's People Season 1 - Episode 2
Smiley takes a trip to investigate his friend’s flat for clues. After finding a series of clues that lead to something bigger, Smiley interrogates a man about Vladimir’s whereabouts. And lastly, a picture of two men in bed with a woman stirs things up.
#22 - A Mother’s Assistance
Smiley's People Season 1 - Episode 1
Once more, George Smiley is brought out of retirement to look into the murder of an old colleague.
#23 - Alexandra Tatiana
Smiley's People Season 1 - Episode 5
Smiley and his co-workers read through an extremely long deathbed confession. Using an undercover name, Smiley travels to Berne to attempt to find the missing pieces of the murder mystery. Meanwhile, we are introduced to a woman in an asylum.
#24 - Gathering Friends
Smiley's People Season 1 - Episode 3
The investigation of Vladimir’s murder leads Smiley to interrogate his latest suspect. Smiley is told to stop investigating the case by a man on a motorcycle, and he just blows him off. Smiley’s next stop is Oxfordshire, speaking to a dying former colleague and her lover about the case.