Ian Hendry is finally getting his due as an actor.

by alexanderdavies-99382 | created - 31 Jan 2020 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

An effective actor due to using a naturalistic approach. Ian Hendry was one of many people who played a part in the way British acting would evolve during the 1950s. Fortunately, he is now being recognized as a true talent.

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1. The Avengers (1961–1969)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A quirky spy show of the adventures of eccentrically suave British Agent John Steed and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Linda Thorson

Votes: 7,072

The original leading character.

2. The Lotus Eaters (1972–1973)

50 min | Drama

Erik and Ann Sheppard run a bar on a Greek island, but all is not what it seems: both have murky pasts that they would prefer to forget. Erik is a reformed alcoholic and Korean war veteran ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Hendry, Wanda Ventham, Anthony Stamboulieh, Stefan Gryff

Votes: 79

3. The Gold Robbers (1969)

60 min | Crime

Tough cop Detective Chief Superintendent Cradock is assigned to track down and bring to justice the criminals behind the daring theft of five and half million pounds worth of gold bullion from an airfield in the South of England.

Stars: Peter Vaughan, Artro Morris, Richard Leech, Frederick Bartman

Votes: 28

4. Thriller (1973–1976)

65 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror.

Stars: Donna Mills, Gary Collins, Michael Jayston, Robert Powell

Votes: 667

6. The Informer (1966–1967)

60 min | Drama

Disgraced (and now released from prison) ex lawyer, uses his accumulated knowledge to earn a living from both sides of the law.

Stars: Ian Hendry, Neil Hallett, Jean Marsh, Heather Sears

Votes: 26

7. The New Avengers (1976–1977)

60 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

Secret agent Steed, working for an unnamed branch of British intelligence, is teamed up with two partners to fight evil plots for world domination, dealing with suspended animation, biological warfare, robotics, and other threats.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Gareth Hunt, Joanna Lumley, Maurice Marsac

Votes: 2,126

8. ITV Play of the Week (1955–1974)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

An anthology series from the U.K., from 1955 to 1974, producing about five hundred ninety-minute episodes from Granada Television.

Stars: Derek Francis, Alfred Burke, Arthur Hewlett, Esther Lawrence

Votes: 51

9. ITV Playhouse (1967–1982)

Comedy, Drama

Anthology series of dramatic works.

Stars: Michael Bryant, William Simons, Katherine Barker, Geoffrey Palmer

Votes: 47

10. ITV Television Playhouse (1955–1967)

60 min | Drama

Richard O. Sullivan as a child genius in the play "Honour Bright".

Stars: Campbell Singer, Thomas Heathcote, Richard Caldicot, June Brown

Votes: 36

12. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

This show was a British television drama anthology series of single plays that ran on the ITV network from 1956 to 1974. It was originally produced by Associated British Corporation, and later by Thames Television from mid 1968.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 138

13. Village Hall (1974–1975)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Anthology series with each episode a different story set in a village hall.

Stars: Reginald Barratt, Priscilla Morgan, Frank Crompton, Stella Moray

Votes: 14

14. The Sweeney (1974–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Jack Regan and George Carter are hard-edged detectives in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. They pursue villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal, frequently violent and - more often than not - successful.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan, John Alkin

Votes: 1,947

15. The Frighteners (1972– )

26 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A horror anthology series, with each episode featuring a different eerie tale.

Stars: Tom Bell, Alison Fiske, Jack Hedley, Ian Hendry

Votes: 37

16. Crown Court (1972–1984)

TV-14 | 30 min | Drama

Courtroom drama, each case takes three episodes. At the end of the third episode, a jury of "ordinary people" comes to a verdict on the evidence presented.

Stars: Peter Wheeler, Joseph Berry, Richard Colson, David Ashford

Votes: 193

17. Supernatural (1977)

50 min | Horror

Chilling anthology series where membership to the secret society, The Club of the Damned, is granted through telling horror stories.

Stars: Andre Van Gyseghem, Billie Whitelaw, Ian Hendry, Charles Kay

Votes: 119

18. Bergerac (1981–1991)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Alcoholic and divorced father of a young daughter, DS Jim Bergerac is a true maverick who prefers doing things his own way, and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations the way his boss would like.

Stars: John Nettles, Terence Alexander, Sean Arnold, Mela White

Votes: 1,335

19. Armchair Mystery Theatre (1960– )

60 min | Drama, Mystery

Armchair Mystery Theatre is a 60-minute United Kingdom television anthology mystery series. Thirty-four episodes aired from 1960-65. It was hosted by Donald Pleasence and produced by Leonard White.

Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ian Hendry, Thomas Heathcote, Charles Gray

Votes: 8

20. The Saint (1962–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Simon Templar a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around in his white Volvo P1800S.

Stars: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord

Votes: 4,807

In two of the best episodes from the series.

21. Secret Agent (1964–1967)

TV-PG | 49 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

John Drake is a special operative for M9, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace.

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Peter Madden, Earl Cameron, Zia Mohyeddin

Votes: 1,188

22. The Invisible Man (1958–1960)

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

British scientist Dr. Peter Brady (Tim Turner), while working on an invisibility formula, suffers a tragic accident which turns him invisible. Unfortunately, there is no antidote, so, while... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Turner, Lisa Daniely, Deborah Watling, Ernest Clark

Votes: 359

23. The Persuaders! (1971–1972)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two worlds collide when the titled Englishman, Lord Brett Sinclair, and the Bronx-raised, self-made American Danny Wilde, reluctantly join forces to right wrongs, and to protect the innocent.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roger Moore, Laurence Naismith, Juliet Harmer

Votes: 4,903

24. The Protectors (1972–1974)

30 min | Adventure, Crime

Challenges abound for worldwide crime-fighting team The Protectors. Organised into a global secret society, their mission is to protect the innocent and apprehend the guilty. Starring Emmy winner Robert Vaughn "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.".

Stars: Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, Tony Anholt, Yasuko Nagazumi

Votes: 400

25. Return of the Saint (1978–1979)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Crime

This series chronicles the swashbuckling exploits of Simon Templar, a modern day Robin Hood of sorts.

Stars: Ian Ogilvy, Gayle Hunnicutt, Stratford Johns, Derren Nesbitt

Votes: 387

28. Blackmail (1965–1966)


Blackmail, in all its meanings and forms, was the central theme of the episodes comprising this series.

Stars: Ray Marioni, Derrick Sherwin, Aubrey Richards, Ian Hendry

Votes: 11

29. Van der Valk (1972–1992)

120 min | Action, Drama

Gritty British-made Police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cynical Dutch Detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk (Barry Foster) and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings, and political corruption.

Stars: Barry Foster, Michael Latimer, Joanna Dunham, Susan Travers

Votes: 325

30. Churchill's People (1974–1975)

50 min | Drama, History, War

An historical anthology series based on "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples", Sir Winston Churchill's four volume history of Britain and its former colonies.

Stars: Alfred Lynch, Bernard Hepton, Geoffrey Matthews, Mark Donaldson

Votes: 20

31. Jackanory (1965–1996)

15 min | Family, Fantasy

A celebrity reads a story, enhancing it in ways that will entice the most restless of children.

Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Kenneth Williams, John Grant, Keith Barron

Votes: 304

32. The Enigma Files (1980– )

50 min | Crime

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Lewis is tasked with investigating unsolved crimes.

Stars: Tom Adams, Duggie Brown, Sharon Maughan, Carole Nimmons

Votes: 18

33. For Maddie with Love (1980– )

30 min | Drama

Afternoon soap which took on the difficult subject of a husband coming to terms with and then coping with his wife's terminal illness diagnosis.

Stars: Ian Hendry, Nyree Dawn Porter, Robert Lang, June Lewis

Votes: 5

34. The Sunday Drama (1977–1978)


A little boy is going to spend the day with his divorced father and he is looking forward to it. But things will not go according to plan.

Stars: Richard Beale, Josie Kidd, Jeremy Clyde, Jane Wenham

35. ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969– )

78 min | Drama

Anthology series of dramatic works.

Stars: Michael Balfour, Madoline Thomas, Sandra Bryant, Diane Cilento

Votes: 60

36. Dial M for Murder (1974– )

50 min | Thriller

Anthology of crime stories in which the telephone plays a key role.

Stars: Jay Neill, Robert Lister, Dawn Addams, Brenda Bruce

Votes: 5

37. Shades of Greene (1975– )

60 min | Drama

A collection of odd stories from the writer Graham Greene.

Stars: Denholm Elliott, Shane Briant, Neville Phillips, Ian Hendry

Votes: 19

38. Cooper (1975– )

30 min | Comedy

Broadcast in 1975, this series features 6 episodes where Tommy performs on stage gags and tricks, a musical number by Lynsey de Paul, a sketch featuring a couple of guest stars and finishes... See full summary »

Stars: Tommy Cooper, Patrick Durkin, David Hamilton, Lynsey de Paul

Votes: 17

39. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)

60 min | Drama

BBC Sunday-Night Play is the anthology drama series which replaced Sunday Night Theatre in 1960.

Stars: Brian Rix, Joby Blanshard, Cyril Luckham, John Bennett

Votes: 66

40. Preview Tonight (1966– )

60 min | Family

Anthology series consisting of pilot episodes for programs ABC had considered for future productions.

Stars: Bert Convy, Katherine Justice, Hugh O'Brian, Robert Reed

Votes: 8

43. Jemima Shore Investigates (1983– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Jemima Shore is a TV presenter and journalist but also an amateur sleuth solving crimes beyond the TV studio.

Stars: Patricia Hodge, Sally Watts, Ian Hendry, Norman Jones

Votes: 39

45. Kraft Mystery Theater (1961–1963)

60 min | Crime, Mystery

A successor to Kraft Television Theater with a change of focus away from straight drama. The high productions remained along with the ability to attract well known talent.

Stars: Frank Gallop, Keir Dullea, John Ericson, Richard Anderson

Votes: 42

47. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)