Top 10 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 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... read more

Despite plot holes, sometimes dumb writing, cheesy moments, low-budget CGI, unnecessary romance, and the annoying push of some social issues, Doctor Who is one of the most unique and intelligent shows from the UK. Despite these flaws, the show overcomes them with a huge list of positives that would take forever to note.

The classic series is better, but the episodes from 2005 onwards are still fantastic, with some true gems. The universe is also nicely expanded with various spin-off material like Big Finish, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and mini-episodes.


2 Sherlock

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 literally ticks all the boxes. It's funny, dramatic, emotional, and the characters are just so relatable 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!

I'm from Britain, and I've seen just about all our TV shows, but this is by far the best. Not only that, it's the best Sherlock Holmes portrayal ever (Robert Downey Jr. is second), 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 seen it, doesn't rate it in at least their top three. Until this site, I suppose...

3 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.

Top Gear UK popularized the entire car industry in an entertaining way. It wasn't just a guy talking about gearboxes and suspension. It had its laughs, its weirdness, its tensions, etc.

Now we just have to see what will happen without Jeremy, Stewart, and Captain Slow.

Ah yes, this show is full of wonderful jokes and entertaining, but still educational, content. I absolutely love it, and I love The Grand Tour, too.

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

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

Since 1989.
But among the animals, I like Gromit more than Shaun.

Masterpiece. How is it not number one?

6 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.

7 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.

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

Classic show! Made my childhood.

9 Horrible Histories
10 Hollyoaks
The Contenders
11 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.
12 Only Fools and Horses....

Should be number one. Every British person has seen an episode of this show, and it's still popular after 40 years. Iconic and funny characters and quotes.

13 Fawlty Towers Fawlty Towers is a British television sitcom broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Just two series of six episodes each were made.
14 Coronation Street Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 9 December 1960. The programme centres on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford.

This is such a great show. For starters, the show is based around the residents of a street in Manchester. We get to see the people's problems unfold and how they are resolved. Some problems lead to others, which keeps the show alive and explains how it has been running for 60 years.

Secondly, the show never gets boring. The way I look at it is, if you watch the show longer, the more interested you get. I'd suggest people watch it if they've never seen it before.

15 The Young Ones
16 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.
17 The Tomorrow People
18 Emmerdale
19 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.

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

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

20 Pocoyo Pocoyo is a Spanish animated television series targeted at preschool children. Created by Guillermo García Carsí, the series debuted in 2005 and features a young boy named Pocoyo exploring the world around him. The show uses simple and colorful animation and is known for its educational themes, focusing... read more
21 Pingu Pingu is the main character of the TV show of the same name and Pingu in the City. He was created by Swiss filmmaker Otmar Gutmann in 1986.
22 The Inbetweeners The Inbetweeners is a British coming-of-age sitcom that aired from 2008 to 2010. Created by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris, the series follows four socially awkward teenagers navigating the challenges of adolescence. Known for its cringe comedy and realistic portrayal of teenage life, the show received... read more

The Inbetweeners is one of the most awesome shows on earth. I'm surprised it's at 41. It should be in 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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24 Red Dwarf Red Dwarf is a British science fiction comedy franchise which primarily consists of a television sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1999, and on Dave since 2009, gaining a cult following.
25 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! Originating in the UK in 2002, this reality TV program places celebrities in jungle environments, requiring them to complete various tasks to win food and other essentials. The series has become a global franchise and is known for its mixture of humor, drama, and adventure.
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