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 The Doctor a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous, he travels around in his time machine called The TARDIS which stands for time and relative dimensions in space. The show was first broadcast on 23rd November 1963 one day after JFK was assassinated! The show has since more.

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.

It is the best

Most satisfying show for sci-fi ever


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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

Crap show.
Where's the crystal maze? 90s or 2017
Crystal Maze isn't even on list of greatest game shows.

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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.
6 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.
7 Fawlty Towers

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

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?
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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 Coronation Street
13 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.
14 I, Claudius

great show

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 Monty Python's Flying Circus
17 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!

18 The Tomorrow People
19 One Foot in the Grave

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

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20 Emmerdale

Greatest UK soap

21 Pocoyo
22 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

Richard is EPIC! Camille is EPIC! Fidel is EPIC! Dwayne is EPIC! I love this show more than my own life! I cried when I heard about Ben Miller leaving but I will still watch Kris Marshall. Because this show will always be AMAZING! I <3 D.I.P

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23 Shameless
24 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!

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25 Pingu Pingu
26 Ashes to Ashes
27 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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28 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!
29 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.

too good

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

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

32 The Apprentice
33 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.

34 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.
35 Horrid Henry Horrid Henry

I love Horrid Henry

36 Red Dwarf
37 Blackadder

Blackadder is REALLY funny - Clayttles

38 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
39 Black Mirror
40 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.

41 Brittas Empire
42 Dragons' Den
43 Peep Show
44 The Ricky Gervais Show
45 Luther
46 The Graham Norton Show

Love him!

47 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
48 My Mad Fat Diary
49 Poirot
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
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2. Life On Earth
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