The BEST episodes written by Andrew Davies

Episode 4
star
8.91
32 votes

#1 - Episode 4

The Way We Live Now - Season 1 - Episode 4

Melmotte reaches the highest echelons of London society but the wolves are beginning to gather at his door. Paul takes his chance to act and Felix comes face to face with some tough opposition, while Hetta contemplates settling for second best. Climaxing in love lost, love gained, a death and some just desserts.

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Episode 2
star
8.80
35 votes

#2 - Episode 2

The Way We Live Now - Season 1 - Episode 2

While Paul Montague throws himself into the booming railway business with Melmotte, the presence of his mysterious American friend in London threatens to jeopardize his chances with Hetta. Felix is forced to desperate measures to secure his future with Marie when he learns that her father is planning her marriage to a rival suitor.

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Episode 4
star
8.77
486 votes

#3 - Episode 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.

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Episode 6
star
8.76
510 votes

#4 - Episode 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.

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Episode 3
star
8.70
33 votes

#5 - Episode 3

The Way We Live Now - Season 1 - Episode 3

Paul visits Mexico to have his worst fears about the railway construction confirmed. Returning to London he decides to confront Melmotte and resolve his romantic situation. Melmotte involves himself in increasingly ambitious business schemes while Felix gets himself into further trouble and Hetta recieves some devastating news.

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Part Three
star
8.58
72 votes

#6 - Part Three

Daniel Deronda - Season 1 - Episode 3

The Grandcourt marriage develops. A critical musician, Herr Klesmer is invited to hear Mirah sing. Daniel finds Mirah's brother Ezra and arranges a meeting. Finally, Sir Hugo Mallinger hands Daniel a letter from his mother.

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Episode 3
star
8.54
471 votes

#7 - Episode 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.

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Episode 6
star
8.37
490 votes

#8 - Episode 6

War & Peace (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 6

As Napoleon marches into Moscow, the Rostovs rush to leave the city.

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Episode 2
star
8.24
564 votes

#9 - Episode 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.

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Part Four
star
8.21
64 votes

#10 - Part Four

Daniel Deronda - Season 1 - Episode 4

After Daniel meets his mother in Genoa and learns the circumstances of his birth and childhood, the Grandcourts have serious trouble while small boat sailing. Ultimately, Daniel makes decisions on a marriage and his life.

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Episode 10
star
8.21
347 votes

#11 - Episode 10

Mr Selfridge - Season 1 - Episode 10

Lady Mae arranges an after hours shopping spree for King Edward VII. To thank Harry, the King invites the Selfridges to the opening of Ellen Love's new play, much to Rose's dismay. The Selfridges and Lady Mae discover the play is a satire aimed at ridiculing them, and scripted by an embittered Frank Edwards. Ashamed and humiliated, Rose takes the children back to America. Meanwhile, wedding bells will soon be ringing for two of Selfridges' own.

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Episode 6
star
8.15
188 votes

#12 - Episode 6

Les Misérables (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 6

The revolutionaries fight on. Jean Valjean is conflicted over Marius and Cosette's love and seeks Marius at the barricade. Javert confronts Valjean.

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Episode 13
star
8.13
75 votes

#13 - Episode 13

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 13

Richard and Ada's news causes great concern for Esther and Jarndyce. Inspector Bucket's investigation gathers steam when he tracks down the mysterious letter writer. As evidence mounts against Lady Dedlock, Bucket sets a trap for the killer - with astonishing results.

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Episode 1
star
8.12
649 votes

#14 - Episode 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.

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Episode 2
star
8.10
114 votes

#15 - Episode 2

Little Dorrit - Season 1 - Episode 2

Arthur befriends Amy Dorrit and involves himself in her family's affairs. If, as he suspects, his family have something to do with their ruin, the least he can do is pay off her brother's debt and give him the chance to start again. Arthur himself is planning to start again with a new job, and perhaps a renewed love for childhood sweetheart Flora Casby.

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Episode 10
star
8.09
75 votes

#16 - Episode 10

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 10

Tulkinghorn believes Lady Dedlock is in his power, but she continues to defy him. George's anger knows no bounds when Tulkinghorn breaks his promise and leaves him in financial ruin. And a marriage proposal surprises Esther - but is it from the right man?

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Episode 11
star
8.06
77 votes

#17 - Episode 11

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 11

Richard is in dire straits but Ada and Esther may be too late to help him. An unexpected meeting with Woodcourt raises uncomfortable questions for Esther. Jo the crossing sweeper is critically ill, and despite Woodcourt's best attempts it is a matter of life and death. Tulkinghorn discovers Lady Dedlock's defiance with disastrous consequences.

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Episode 3
star
8.06
215 votes

#18 - Episode 3

Les Misérables (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Manipulated by Javert, Jean Valjean is ready to turn himself in, but he makes a promise to Fantine that changes everything.

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Episode 5
star
8.05
502 votes

#19 - Episode 5

War & Peace (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 5

Napoleon outrages the Russian emperor by marching his army towards Moscow.

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House of Cards - Episode 4
star
8.01
657 votes

#20 - House of Cards - Episode 4

House of Cards - Season 1 - Episode 4

Urquhart’s ruthless scheming has worked. As the leadership election looms, all his leading rivals have been discredited. But even though the obstacles in his way have been erased, there is still no guarantee of his winning. Meanwhile, by the process of reason and elimination, the truth is beginning to dawn on Mattie, though she can hardly bring herself to believe that “Daddy” is not what he seems. As for Urquhart, he has too much to lose now to let sentiment stand in his way. He will go to any lengths to prevent her, or anyone else, from finding out just what he has done to gain power.

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Part One
star
8.01
77 votes

#21 - Part One

Daniel Deronda - Season 1 - Episode 1

Gwendolen Harleth encounters Henleigh Grandcourt and Daniel Deronda at separate events. Faced with family financial trouble and knowing the status of Lydia Glasher, Gwendolen receives a marriage proposal from Grandcourt

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Episode 2
star
8.00
235 votes

#22 - Episode 2

Les Misérables (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Fantine leaves Paris to find work and must make a heartbreaking decision. Jean Valjean has forged a new identity, and Javert is determined to catch him out.

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Episode 1
star
7.94
557 votes

#23 - Episode 1

Mr Selfridge - Season 1 - Episode 1

In London, 1908, Agnes Towler, who works at Gamages department store, finds her life about to change following an encounter with Harry Gordon Selfridge. He is finalising his great plans for the biggest and finest department store the world has ever seen in Oxford Street. His family also show up in London from Chicago. Word about the impending store opening begins to spread around London, and Agnes approaches Harry for a job. He remembers her, and agrees to give her a job. Opening day is a great success, attracting huge crowds but the takings are not brilliant.

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Big Wednesday
star
7.94
54 votes

#24 - Big Wednesday

Game On - Season 1 - Episode 1

Matt has spent hours waxing his surfboard that will probably never see the sea again! Martin is desperate for a girlfriend, Mandy is dating a boxer, Matt reckons he could have him in a fight, but it's obvious Matt is intimidated by him.

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Episode 4
star
7.94
202 votes

#25 - Episode 4

Les Misérables (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 4

Jean Valjean worries when Cosette meets a young man. The Thenardiers plot their revenge.

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Episode 6
star
7.93
122 votes

#26 - Episode 6

Sanditon - Season 2 - Episode 6

Alison gets ready to leave Sanditon with her dreams in tatters. Charlotte considers what her future will look like, while Georgiana learns some shocking truths, and Esther faces a bleak future. With so much at stake, will anyone have a happily ever after?

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Episode 15
star
7.93
71 votes

#27 - Episode 15

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 15

Richard's obsession with Chancery has left him desperately ill. Ada is pregnant but worries Richard will not live to see the child. When Woodcourt proposes marriage, Esther is torn between her love for him and her commitment to Jarndyce. The impossible finally happens - a result in Chancery - but it's one that will astound everybody.

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Episode 7
star
7.89
225 votes

#28 - Episode 7

Sanditon - Season 1 - Episode 7

As the Sanditon summer regatta approaches, Sidney wrestles with his feelings towards an old flame and Young Stringer reveals his feelings to Charlotte. With Lady Denham at death's door, the tensions between Edward, Clara and Esther finally come to a head - with surprising consequences.

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Episode 1
star
7.87
61 votes

#29 - Episode 1

South Riding - Season 1 - Episode 1

South Riding charts the story of Sarah Burton's homecoming to Yorkshire in 1934 after twenty years teaching in London and the Empire. After a fiery interview with a conservative interview panel, outspoken Sarah takes up her first headmistress-ship at Kiplington High School for Girls, determined to demonstrate to her new pupils that the future is theirs for the taking. Change is on her agenda straight away - of the curriculum, of teaching methods, of the rundown buildings. Her hurry to transform the South Riding brings her into immediate conflict with landowner Robert Carne, a man tragically trapped in his past, and wins her the friendship of Joe Astell, a reforming socialist councillor bent on improving the lives of the Yorkshire poor by means of a spanking new housing estate to replace the rural slum known as The Shacks. As term begins, Shacks girl Lydia Holly arrives at the High School, with talent to burn and domestic circumstances that make it almost impossible for her to realise her dreams. Meanwhile, Sarah is brought closer to Carne through his highly-strung and delicate daughter, Midge.

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Episode 4
star
7.86
512 votes

#30 - Episode 4

War & Peace (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 4

Natasha is shocked by Andrei's decision to delay the wedding and travel abroad for a year.

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Episode 3
star
7.86
524 votes

#31 - Episode 3

War & Peace (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Pierre fights a duel. Natasha and Sonya receive unexpected proposals.

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Episode 12
star
7.83
76 votes

#32 - Episode 12

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 12

Esther's feelings for Woodcourt grow stronger despite her best intentions. Inspector Bucket begins his murder investigation with no shortage of suspects. An early arrest appears to wrap the case up quickly, but a spate of poison pen letters suggests that all is not as it seems.

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Episode 5
star
7.82
196 votes

#33 - Episode 5

Les Misérables (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 5

Paris is on the brink of revolt. Javert remains obsessed by the pursuit of Jean Valjean. Anxious Valjean makes a plan. Marius makes a promise to Cosette.

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The Final Cut - Episode 4
star
7.80
108 votes

#34 - The Final Cut - Episode 4

House of Cards - Season 3 - Episode 4

The news of the Cyprus oil find has rocked Greek Cyprus and serious civil unrest has broken out. When the news breaks that the British High Commission has been seized by rebels and the High Commissioner held hostage, Urquhart launches a strong-arm offensive. A swift triumph restores Urquhart’s political standing at home and leaves Makepeace floundering. Meanwhile, Claire learns the truth about her boss’s war record. After the Army rescues the High Commisioner and the Greek Cypriot President from captivity, Urquhart again orders strong-arm tactics when a convoy carrying them back to the capital is halted by a group of schoolgirls flanked by soldiers. The incident ends in tragedy; some schoolgirls are killed. As the headlines scream for his resignation, Urquhart’s fate is sealed. Elizabeth reassures Urquhart everything will be all right in the end. But, when the end finally comes, no one is more surprised than Urquhart.

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House of Cards - Episode 3
star
7.78
643 votes

#35 - House of Cards - Episode 3

House of Cards - Season 1 - Episode 3

Collingridge is in deep political trouble and he has no alternative but to step down as Prime Minister. Ironically, he still has great faith in Urquhart, whom he feels is the only man he can trust. However, as the scandals and leaked stories have gained momentum, political journalist Mattie Storin begins to suspect that Collingridge has been framed. But who is the culprit? By now, she is too emotionally involved with Urquhart (her loving “Daddy”) to realize how she has been used.

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Part 2
star
7.77
102 votes

#36 - Part 2

Sense & Sensibility (2008) - Season 1 - Episode 2

Marianne and Willoughby find themselves falling in love while Colonel Brandon is called away on urgent business. Elinor is relieved when Edward comes to visit, but his strange behaviour leaves her confused. When Willoughby announces that he has to leave, Marianne waits for the day that she can go and visit him, but her world soon comes crashing down around her.

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Episode 1
star
7.77
35 votes

#37 - Episode 1

The Way We Live Now - Season 1 - Episode 1

When infamous financier Augustus Melmotte (David Suchet) mysteriously appears in London, the city's impoverished aristocrats greedily court his favor. Felix Carbury, a charming but lazy young baronet, is one of the many gentlemen swarming around Melmotte's rich heiress daughter, Marie. Meanwhile, Felix's independently minded sister, Hetta, falls in love with a bright young engineer, Paul Montague, who is in town to approach Melmotte with an ambitious business propostion. Complications soon arise in business and love.

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Episode 6
star
7.77
230 votes

#38 - Episode 6

Sanditon - Season 1 - Episode 6

Charlotte and Sidney find themselves at loggerheads but must work together in an attempt to rescue Miss Lambe. Tom tries to save Sanditon and his marriage, while Edward and Clara enter into a scandalous pact to finally get their hands on Lady Denham's inheritance.

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Part 3
star
7.76
103 votes

#39 - Part 3

Sense & Sensibility (2008) - Season 1 - Episode 3

Elinor learns that Edward is engaged to Lucy Steele, while Marianne discovers the full extent of Willoughy's betrayal from Colonel Brandon and it leaves her in a downward spiral and her health takes a turn for the worse.

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Episode 8
star
7.74
80 votes

#40 - Episode 8

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 8

Tulkinghorn is now close to piecing together Lady Dedlock's secret. Esther struggles to come to terms with the terrible blow she has been dealt. Jarndyce agonises over whether to keep his own feelings for Esther concealed. Lady Dedlock tells Esther something that will change her life for ever.

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Episode 2
star
7.74
359 votes

#41 - Episode 2

Mr Selfridge - Season 1 - Episode 2

The store has now been open for a few months and the displays are still as seductive as on opening day, and the staff are poised for action. The only thing the store is missing though is customers. Harry is confident though on the outside but privately he is worried. He goes to the country with Frank, where they wait in a field and then a flying machine emerges from the clouds and flies overheard. Harry manages to secures it for a grand exhibition in store.

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Part 1
star
7.72
116 votes

#42 - Part 1

Sense & Sensibility (2008) - Season 1 - Episode 1

Following the death of Mr Dashwood, his wife and three daughters - Elinor, Marianne and Margret - are forced by money constraints to move to a small cottage in Devonshire. While Elinor is attached to Edward Ferrars, who has promised to visit her, Marianne attracts the attention of older Colonel Brandon and rogue Willoughby.

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Episode 6
star
7.71
7 votes

#43 - Episode 6

Middlemarch - Season 1 - Episode 6

Dr. Lydgate's finances have reached a crisis and many of his furnishings are repossessed. Unbeknownst to him, his wife Rosamond has written to his uncle Godwin asking for £1000 but he responds directly to Lydgate in a most deprecating manner.

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House of Cards - Episode 1
star
7.70
1002 votes

#44 - House of Cards - Episode 1

House of Cards - Season 1 - Episode 1

Francis Urquhart is the perfect politician. Impeccably diplomatic, charming, admired, trusted and respected by all. He has faithfully served his party without question, but events are about to spark his ambition. When the long-standing Prime Minister departs, the hunt is on to find a replacement. Urquhart is a hard-line Conservative and believes in strong leadership. In his eyes, none of the choices measures up. Naturally, he keeps his opinions to himself, but as Party Whip, his support is valuable, and he is courted by all the candidates. He must tread warily, as supporting the loser could cost him his position. Supporting the winner, however, could land him a Cabinet position.

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Episode 1
star
7.70
140 votes

#45 - Episode 1

Sanditon - Season 2 - Episode 1

Charlotte returns to Sanditon in unexpected circumstances. A company of Army Officers descend on the town, offering romantic opportunities for Charlotte and her sister and business opportunities for Tom. Meanwhile, Georgiana meets an intriguing artist and Esther Babington has an unwanted encounter with someone from her past.

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Episode 14
star
7.70
69 votes

#46 - Episode 14

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 14

As Bucket wraps up his investigation, there's yet more trouble for Lady Dedlock in the shape of the evil moneylender Smallweed, who has evidence of her secret past and intends to use it. Cornered and desperate, Lady Dedlock makes a terrible decision.

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Episode 9
star
7.68
73 votes

#47 - Episode 9

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 9

Esther is shattered by Lady Dedlock's revelation. Richard's obsession with the Jarndyce case has grown to worrying proportions. Guppy puts himself at risk when he gets in the way of Tulkinghorn's enquiries. And Tulkinghorn at last has cast iron proof of Lady Dedlock's guilt, and issues her with a terrible ultimatum.

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Episode 1
star
7.67
256 votes

#48 - Episode 1

Les Misérables (2018) - Season 1 - Episode 1

In war-torn France, convict Jean Valjean and seamstress Fantine must decide their futures. Valjean's past continues to haunt him. Fantine meets the love of her life.

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Episode 2
star
7.66
547 votes

#49 - Episode 2

War & Peace (2016) - Season 1 - Episode 2

As Andrei prepares for a great battle, Pierre struggles with married life.

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Episode 5
star
7.65
83 votes

#50 - Episode 5

Bleak House (2005) - Season 1 - Episode 5

Richard's inability to settle causes a rift with John Jarndyce, much to Ada's dismay. Tulkinghorn finally unearths the possible identity of the mysterious Nemo. Nemo's old friend Sergeant George has the evidence he needs to prove it and Tulkinghorn will stop at nothing to force George to hand it over. But George has even more problems when Gridley turns up on his doorstep, on the run from the law and infected with the fever.

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