Best British TV Shows

Of all T.V. programmes to come from the UK, which is the best?

The Top Ten

1 Doctor Who Doctor Who Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called "the Doctor", an extraterrestrial being from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS. more.

Despite plot holes and (sometimes) dumb writing, the cheesy moments, the low budget CGI, unnecessary romance and the annoying push of some social issues, Doctor Who is the most unique and intelligent shows from the UK. Despite the said flaws, the show overcomes them with a huge list of positives that will take forever to note. The classic series is better, but from 2005 onwards is still fantastic with some true gems out there. The universe is also nicely expanded with various Spin-off material like Big Finish, Torchwood, the Sarah Jane Adventures and mini-episodes etc.


I'm American and I love this show. My second favorite is top gear. It's about cars and I don't even like cars but I like the show. And same for doctor who. It's the only sco do show I like.

I'm British, and I can personally say that this show is why I am proud to be the nationality that I am. I'm so glad that our nation can produce this talent. - GordonRamsay

Don't Blink SO GOOD

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2 Sherlock

I'm from Britain and I've seen just about all our T.V. shows but this is by far the best. Not only that, it's the best sherlock holmes portrayal ever (Robert Downey Jr at 2nd), thanks to the modern setting and genius cast and crew. Just watch it and see for yourself. Not only me, but I am yet to meet a person who, if they've ever seen it, doesn't rate it in at least their top 3. Until this site I suppose...

Sherlock is my favourite show. As a Brit, I love our dramas, because of the way the characters are presented, and how the storylines are always dramatic. Sherlock litterally ticks all the boxes. It's funny, it's dramatic, it's emotional, and the characters are just so relateable and likeable (even the bad guys). Also, the actors are incredible, and the music in Sherlock is so passionate and relatable to the plot. I definitely find this better than Doctor Who, so Sherlock should be number one!

Sherlock is by far the best. Even people in India LOVE it! In fact, this website is wrong, Sherlock has been rated best by BBC, ( which is MUCH more official! ). Doctor Who on the other hand, was rated, ummm what was it, 10 did you say.

SHerlock is bloody amazing

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3 Top Gear Top Gear Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is a relaunched version of the original 1977 show of the same name, airing since 2002, and becoming the most widely watched factual television programme in the world.

It is the best

My favorite show ever, I loved the cars and the jokes, but mostly the commrodarie between the 3. So sad to see them go, but my dad said we can get Amazon Prime to watch it so fingers crossed. By the way if you did not notice I'm only 11.

Was good until 2015

R.I.P. Top Gear
October 20, 2002-March 25, 2015
You will be forever missed. - Gg2000

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4 Only Fools and Horses....
5 Wallace and Gromit Wallace and Gromit Wallace and Gromit is a American-British clay animation comedy series created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations.

Masterpiece. How is it not number 1? - ShaunFan04

6 Fawlty Towers Fawlty Towers

Should be number 1

I love Fawlty Towers, but I'm really only voting for it because the Vicar of Dibley isn't on here

7 EastEnders EastEnders EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional London Borough of Walford in the East End of London.

The best soap there is in my opinion. - Rocko

8 Life On Earth
9 Mr. Bean Mr. Bean The title character, played by Rowan Atkinson, is a childish buffoon who brings various unusual schemes and contrivances to everyday tasks. He lives alone at the address of Flat 2, 12 Arbour Road, Highbury, and is almost always seen in his trademark tweed jacket and a skinny red tie. He also usually more.

HILARIOUS. I wish it wasn't cancelled.

Mr Bean?
1 word

10 Shaun the Sheep Shaun the Sheep Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise.

He's just the best, enough said.

The Contenders

11 Hollyoaks

Your kidding me!

12 The Amazing World of Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball The Amazing World of Gumball is a British-Australian-German-American-Irish children's animated television series created by Ben Bocquelet for Cartoon Network.
13 The IT Crowd

Hello. I couldn't decide between The IT Crowd and Blackadder. It's so funny. I'm pleased it made the top ten. - Britgirl

This show is amazing, it's hilarious, and in my opinion, one of the best shows of all time!

Has some of the best one-liners I've ever heard.
"Oh look, Richmond's still alive" gets me every time. - Rocko

Yes this is a program I can just binge watch

14 Coronation Street Coronation Street
15 Strictly Come Dancing Strictly Come Dancing Strictly Come Dancing is a British television dance contest, featuring contestants, celebrities and other people, from all walks of life, with professional dance partners competing in a Ballroom and Latin dance competition.
16 I, Claudius

great show

17 Monty Python's Flying Circus
18 One Foot in the Grave

Loved this show. Wish they would rerun it in the states

On of the best sitcoms ever!

19 The Tomorrow People
20 Emmerdale

Greatest UK soap

21 The Inbetweeners

The Inbetweeners is one of the most awesome shows on earth. I'm surprised it's at 41. It should be at the top five at least.

This needs to be higher, it's just funny British comedy that can't fail to make you laugh!

Hilarious British comedy :')

22 Pocoyo
23 Death In Paradise

Although I love downton abbey, this is my favourite show of all time. I think that Gary Carr will be amazing in both this and downton

I love death in paradise it is amazing and I always watch it when I'm sad

This show is awesome! I love it!

I adore this show and all the characters! I also <3 D.I.P

From Larry Stevenson

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24 Shameless
25 Downton Abbey Downton Abbey Downton Abbey is a historical period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece.

Incredibly popular and only doctor who keeps it from being top rated - greatesttop10s

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26 Pingu Pingu
27 Ashes to Ashes
28 Skins Skins

This is such an amazing show, the characters all have a lot of focus on their individual lives, and it really helps us understand them. It's funny, and very emotional in parts, I'd definitely recommend!

The first two seasons of Skins are flawless. Perfectly weighted with emotion and humour, as well as great character development.

How is this not in the top 5, let alone top 10?

too good

29 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
30 Horrid Henry Horrid Henry

I love Horrid Henry

31 Crimes That Shook Britain
32 Would I Lie to You?

Watching various comedians try to figure out truths and lies is absolutely hilarious.

33 The Apprentice
34 Peppa Pig Peppa Pig

This sucks, take it off

I loved Peppa Pig when I was a little child! I remember how I'd get up early to watch this on Milkshake.

35 Britain's Got Talent Britain's Got Talent Britain's Got Talent is a British television talent show reality TV competition which started in June 2007 and originated from the Got Talent franchise.
36 Red Dwarf Red Dwarf
37 Blackadder Blackadder

Blackadder is REALLY funny - Clayttles

38 Black Mirror Black Mirror
39 Peaky Blinders Peaky Blinders Peaky Blinders is a television crime drama based upon the exploits of the Peaky Blinders gang operating in Birmingham, England during the aftermath of World War I.

I can't believe this show wasn't even mentioned in this list. It is the best British show I have seen so far and a must watch. Now that they brought Tom Hardy into the cast, it will be even better. I can't wait to see Tommy Shelby and the gang in season 3.

Agreed! Can't wait for the next season!

Amazing show. Should be in the top 10.

40 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
41 Brittas Empire
42 Dragons' Den
43 Peep Show
44 The Ricky Gervais Show
45 Poirot
46 Luther
47 The Graham Norton Show

Love him!

48 Broadchurch Broadchurch Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. V 1 Comment
49 My Mad Fat Diary
50 Merlin Merlin Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy, and Johnny Capps, starring Colin Morgan in the title role.
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1. Wallace and Gromit
2. Shaun the Sheep
3. Doctor Who
1. Doctor Who
2. Life On Earth
3. Only Fools and Horses....
1. Sherlock
2. Mr. Bean
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