The Best Episodes Directed by Simon Langton

All the King's Horses

#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.

star 9.27
63 votes
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#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.

star 8.99
207 votes
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A Plan for Gussie

#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.

star 8.94
202 votes
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Part 4

#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.

star 8.79
487 votes
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Part 6

#5 - 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.

star 8.78
505 votes
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Pearls Mean Tears

#6 - 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, misunderstands Biffy's intentions and does not wish to help.

star 8.74
233 votes
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Jeeves Saves the Cow-Creamer

#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.

star 8.56
244 votes
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Jeeves the Matchmaker

#8 - 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.

star 8.50
236 votes
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Part 3

#9 - 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.

star 8.49
471 votes
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Part 5

#10 - 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.

star 8.43
535 votes
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The Nine Days Wonder

#11 - The Nine Days Wonder

Upstairs, Downstairs Season 5 - Episode 9

The entire household comes together when a General Strike is called throughout Britain in May 1926

star 8.40
62 votes
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The Hollow

#12 - The Hollow

Agatha Christie's Poirot Season 9 - Episode 4

At a weekend house party a guest is found dying - with his wife holding a gun.

star 8.37
437 votes
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Jeeves in the Country

#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.

star 8.31
231 votes
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Part 2

#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.

star 8.21
566 votes
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The Invisible Worm

#15 - The Invisible Worm

Rosemary & Thyme Season 2 - Episode 5

Rosemary and Laura are called to Stagford Lodge Prep School to investigate the case of the newly planted roses dying, as well as extending the already planted rose garden. Whilst investigating the problem the duo are invited by Mr Oakley the classics teacher to dine at the masters table on 'the night of the stag' when the school boys play a practical joke on one of the masters. The night goes horribly awry and two teacher are attacked. Despite the events Rosemary and Laura begin to suspect there is even more trouble to come and their suspicions are proved when they discover the body of Simon Todd, the geography master buried in the grounds...

star 8.18
55 votes
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Broken Souls

#16 - Broken Souls

Foyle's War Season 6 - Episode 2

Foyles hones in on two murders: an unpopular psychiatrist in a trauma facility and a low security German POW on work release to a local farm.

star 8.14
307 votes
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Part 1

#17 - 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.

star 8.12
656 votes
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Up The Garden Path

#18 - Up The Garden Path

Rosemary & Thyme Season 2 - Episode 9

Rosemary and Laura are called to Rowfield to find out the cause of a mysterious blight, which only seems to affect the plants from gardens competing in the local open day competition. The competition is fierce between those after the first prize and the duo soon discover that the competitors are blaming each other for the troublesome blight. Suspecting the soil in each garden is being contaminated by weed killer as an act of sabotage, Rosemary and Laura discover the competitors will do anything to win, when they come across the dead body of last years winner Mr Westwood...

star 7.93
81 votes
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Smiley’s Lighter

#19 - 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.

star 7.86
162 votes
Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat

#20 - Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat

Tales of the Unexpected Season 1 - Episode 2

Bixby is a New York dentist. Once a month, for many years, his wife goes to Baltimore by train to visit her aunt. She does not tell Bixby about her affair with the Colonel, a single man with a big house near Baltimore, who is the real reason for all these visits.One Christmas, Mrs Bixby gets a parting gift from the Colonel - a splendid mink coat. So that she can explain the coat to her husband, she devises a complicated scheme which depends on pawning the coat and then 'finding' the pawn ticket... but the best laid plans o' mice and men gang aft agley.

star 7.83
29 votes
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Dark Secrets

#21 - Dark Secrets

Midsomer Murders Season 14 - Episode 2

The reclusive lives of an eccentric elderly couple come under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is murdered.

star 7.82
338 votes
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Orpheus In The Undergrowth

#22 - Orpheus In The Undergrowth

Rosemary & Thyme Season 2 - Episode 3

Rosemary and Laura are asked to design a memorial garden based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice for an old friend called Julia Moore. Laura discovers that her daughter Helena is being housed by Julia nearby and tries to heal a rift with her when she blames her parents' break up on her mother. Laura manages to put her family problems to one side when another tenant of Julia's, a man called Jeremy Pearson is found dead in the soon-to-be memorial garden. Rosemary and Laura must find out who murdered Jeremy whilst dealing with a mysterious figure, who is vandalizing their work on the garden every night...

star 7.77
88 votes
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The Night of the Stag

#23 - The Night of the Stag

Midsomer Murders Season 14 - Episode 6

Local bootleggers come under suspicion after the disappearance of a government inspector.

star 7.64
276 votes
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The Gongoozlers

#24 - The Gongoozlers

Rosemary & Thyme Season 2 - Episode 6

Gavin Patterson's TV Garden Makeover show is in need of a desperate boost of ratings so he hires yacht's woman Quinnie Dorell to present the show. Quinnie's knowledge of gardens however, isn't terribly good so she asks Rosemary and Laura to come and help her present the program. Events take a nasty turn when Rosemary falls from a scaffolding tower in a sabotage attempt seemingly aimed at Quinnie. Soon after, a young visiting journalist named Rosie FitzCarron is found dead in the secluded lake, but why...

star 7.49
87 votes
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The Rogue Elephant

#25 - 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.

star 7.39
160 votes
The General’s Big Fish

#26 - 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.

star 7.38
176 votes
A Mother’s Assistance

#27 - 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.

star 7.34
178 votes
Alexandra Tatiana

#28 - 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.

star 7.32
167 votes
The Way Up to Heaven

#29 - The Way Up to Heaven

Tales of the Unexpected Season 1 - Episode 9

An elderly American couple, the Fosters, are planning a six-week trip to Paris to visit their grandchildren. Foster gets left behind, and his wife writes to him every week... on her return home, she does not seem very surprised to find that the lift in their house is stuck between two floors.

star 7.14
22 votes
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Gathering Friends

#30 - 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.

star 7.11
168 votes