100 Great British TV Shows

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1.
Play for Today (1970 TV Series)
Episode: Abigail's Party (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A TV play based on the Hampstead Theatre production. Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony... (75 mins.)
 
2.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A long-running series of adventures featuring Robin of Loxley - Robin Hood - and his group of Sherwood-Forest-based freedom fighters... (30 mins.)
 
3.
Arena (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Wide-ranging arts programme.
 
4.
Are You Being Served? (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The misadventures of the staff of a retail floor of a major department store. (28 mins.)
 
5.
Armchair Theatre (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
"Armchair Theatre" is 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. (60 mins.)
 
6.
The Army Game (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The exploits of a bunch of army conscripts. (30 mins.)
Director: Eric Fawcett
 
7.
The Arthur Askey Show (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
8.
The Arthur Haynes Show (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This programme featured comedy sketches, as well as guest singers and bands. (30 mins.)
 
9.
The Avengers (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners. (60 mins.)
 
10.
Big Brother: UK (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Big brother is a television show made in the UK, where contestants take part in a challenge to see who will last the longest in the Big brother house, The winner will take home a large cash prize while the losers take home nothing. (60 mins.)
Director: Simon Hepworth
 
11.
Blankety Blank (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Comedy game show with celebrity guests and cheap prizes. (30 mins.)
Director: Geoff Miles
 
12.
Blockbusters (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Game show which sought to resolve the question, "Are two heads better than one?" A single contestant... (30 mins.)
 
13.
Boyd Q.C. (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Ronald Merrick
 
14.
Brideshead Revisited (1981 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An aristocratic English family is shown in the years between the Great War and The Second World War... (659 mins.)
 
15.
The Buccaneers (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Captain Dan Tempest was an ex-pirate who received a pardon from the King and turned privateer after... (30 mins.)
 
16.
Candid Camera (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions... (30 mins.)
 
17.
Cluedo (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A unique game show in which celebrities try to deduce which of the classic characters commited a murder by watching a short film and interviewing the suspects. (45 mins.)
 
18.
Coronation Street (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The UK's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England. (30 mins.)
 
19.
Cranford (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town. (60 mins.)
 
20.
Crimewatch UK (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Looking at the range of criminal activity that plagues the United Kingdom, giving vital information on unsolved cases. (50 mins.)
 
21.
Crown Court (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (30 mins.)
 
22.
Dad's Army (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
During WW2,in a fictional British seaside town,a ragtag group of Home Guard local defense volunteers prepares for an imminent German invasion. (30 mins.)
 
23.
Dinnerladies (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Comedy about the workers in a factory canteen. (34 mins.)
 
24.
Dixon of Dock Green (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(45 mins.)
 
25.
Dr. Finlay's Casebook (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Dr. Finlay is part of a medical practice in the fictional Scottish town of Tannochbrae during the late 1920s. (50 mins.)
 
26.
Doctor Who (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Time and Space traveling adventures of a Gallifreyan Time Lord only known as the Doctor and his companions, traveling through time and space. (45 mins.)
 
27.
Double Your Money (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Quiz show in which every time a contestant answers a question correctly on their chosen subject their prize money doubles... (30 mins.)
 
28.
Downton Abbey (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century. (58 mins.)
 
29.
Drumbeat (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
30.
Emergency-Ward 10 (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This well-liked series was a drama/soap set in a hospital. (30 mins.)
 
31.
Patrol Car (1954 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
32.
Face to Face (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
33.
Fawlty Towers (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away. (30 mins.)
 
34.
Fifteen to One (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Quickfire elimination general knowledge quiz show. (30 mins.)
 
35.
The Forsyte Saga (1967 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England... (50 mins.)
 
36.
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Making a fool of the contestants as they try to copy professionals who have strange jobs. To win some... (60 mins.)
Director: Stuart Hall
 
37.
George & Mildred (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
George and Mildred Roper are forced to leave their home in South Kensington (as the landlords in Man About the House)... (30 mins.)
 
38.
Give Us a Clue (1979 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A British TV show where every week a team of celebrities would play Charades (25 mins.)
Director: Ian Bolt
 
39.
Hancock (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Comedian Tony Hancock stars, in this BBC situation comedy TV series, as Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, a down-at-heel comedian living in East Cheam. (25 mins.)
 
40.
Have I Got News for You (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hilarious, totally-irreverent, near-slanderous political quiz show, based mainly on news stories from the last week or so... (29 mins.)
 
41.
Hi-de-Hi! (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Comic goings on in this series set in an English holiday camp called Maplins. The title comes from the camp's greeting... (60 mins.)
 
42.
The Human Jungle (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
This is a British TV series in which Dr. Corder is a Psychiatrist who is able to treat and cure any Patients' mental disorders through Freudian and contemporary approaches. (60 mins.)
 
43.
The Invisible Man (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
British scientist Peter Brady, while working on an invisibility formula, suffers a tragic accident which turns himself invisible... (30 mins.)
 
44.
It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II. (30 mins.)
 
45.
Ivanhoe (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The adventures of Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a noble knight and champion of justice during the rule of the evil Prince John. (30 mins.)
 
46.
The Jewel in the Crown (1984 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The British Raj: though their position seems secure, thoughtful English men and women know that "their" time in India is coming to an end... (778 mins.)
 
47.
Juke Box Jury (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A panel of notable personalities rate the latest pop records. (30 mins.)
 
48.
Juliet Bravo (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay takes charge of the police station in the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley... (50 mins.)
Director: Geraint Morris
 
49.
Justice (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Cases of a lady barrister. (60 mins.)
 
50.
The Larkins (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
51.
Last of the Summer Wine (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three old men from Yorkshire who have never grown up face the trials of their fellow town citizens and everyday life and stay young by reminiscing about the days of their youth and attempting feats not common to the elderly. (30 mins.)
 
52.
Life with the Lyons (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ben Lyon, wife Bebe plus children Richard and Barbara play themselves handling everyday situations with any crisis taken care of. Aggie is their Scottish housekeeper and Florrie Wainwright their nosy neighbor. (30 mins.)
 
53.
Maigret (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Televisations of the Maigret novels by Georges Simenon. (50 mins.)
 
54.
Man About the House (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Finally the house that Robin, Chris and Jo share a flat in is demolished an two spin offs are made - Robin's Nest and George & Minded (Mr & Mrs Roper). (30 mins.)
 
55.
Mastermind (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
56.
Meet the Wife (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Who was freddy frontlines co Starr (30 mins.)
 
57.
The Morecambe & Wise Show (1968 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The Morecambe & Wise Show was a long running and massively popular sketch series starring British comedy duo Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, plus a string of top-name international celebrity guests (of a bygone age), like André Prévin.
 
58.
Mother Love (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric... (220 mins.)
 
59.
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950 TV Series)
Episode: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love.
 
60.
No Hiding Place (1959 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Tales of Scotland Yard centering on a detective team. A sort of half-way house between Dixon of Dock Green and 'Z' Cars... (60 mins.)
 
61.
Oh Boy! (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(25 mins.)
 
62.
One Foot in the Grave (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Victor Meldrew is a retiree who attracts bad luck. If he's not driving his long suffering wife Margeret crazy with his constant moaning, he's fighting with neighbors. (90 mins.)
 
63.
Open All Hours (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low... (30 mins.)
 
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65.
Panorama (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain. (40 mins.)
 
66.
Screen One (1985 TV Series)
Episode: Pat and Margaret (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Unexpected events occur over a long weekend when Pat, a glamorous British born star of American soaps...
 
67.
Porridge (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system. (45 mins.)
 
68.
The Quatermass Experiment (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia... (30 mins.)
 
69.
Quatermass II (1955 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Several years after the previous serial took place, Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine... (30 mins.)
 
70.
Quatermass and the Pit (1958 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A team of scientists search for the origin and purpose of a mysterious capsule found on a building site. (30 mins.)
 
71.
The Rag Trade (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
72.
Ready, Steady, Go! (1963 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(50 mins.)
 
73.
Rising Damp (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Popular sitcom set in a seedy bedsit lorded over by the mean, vain, boastful, cowardly landlord Rigsby. In each episode, his conceits are debunked by his long suffering tenants. (30 mins.)
 
74.
Rock Follies (1976 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three actresses, lumbered by useless boyfriends, are plucked from a theatrical chorus-line to form a manufactured rock group: the 'Little Ladies'.
 
75.
The Royle Family (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A British sitcom about a family going through everyday life in the Royle family house. (45 mins.)
 
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77.
Shadow Squad (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
78.
Six-Five Special (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(55 mins.)
 
79.
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Accident-prone Frank Spencer fails to navigate the simplest tasks of daily life, while also trying to look after his wife and baby. (30 mins.)
 
80.
Sorry! (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A 41 year old man is unable to leave home because of his domineering mother. (30 mins.)
 
81.
Steptoe and Son (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful... (45 mins.)
 
82.
The Strange World of Planet X (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(25 mins.)
 
83.
Strictly Come Dancing (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A dance competition where celebrities compete to be crowned the winner. Who is kicked out of the competition each week is decided by the judges scores and viewer votes. (85 mins.)
 
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Talking Heads (1987 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Six monologues tell the stories of six different repressed souls: a man dominated by his mother, a vicar's wife...
 
86.
Talking Heads 2 (1998 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
 
87.
Thriller (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Anthology series of self-contained episodes with the genres ranging from murder mystery to suspense to psychological and supernatural horror. (65 mins.)
 
88.
Till Death Us Do Part (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and expirienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and almost carelessly. (40 mins.)
 
89.
A Touch of Frost (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
DI Jack Frost is an unconventional policeman with sympathy for the underdog and an instinct for moral justice. Sloppy, disorganized and disrespectful, he attracts trouble like a magnet. (105 mins.)
 
90.
The Trollenberg Terror (1956 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
91.
The Two Ronnies (1971 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett...
 
92.
University Challenge (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jeremy Paxman hosts this trivia quiz show where colleges from around the UK compete against each other. (30 mins.)
Director: Vernon Antcliff
 
93.
Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV (1985 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Sketch based show starring 'Victoria Wood', 'Julie Walters' and many others. Included regular items... (30 mins.)
Director: Marcus Mortimer
 
94.
The Weakest Link (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
British general knowledge quiz show which spawned imitations around the world, notably in the USA. (45 mins.)
 
95.
Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (1973 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Terry and Bob from The Likely Lads continue their life after Terry arrives home from serving in the... (30 mins.)
 
96.
What's My Line (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(30 mins.)
 
97.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The original British version of the quiz show that's become a worldwide hit. Host Chris Tarrant asks hopeful contestants a series of questions... (60 mins.)
 
98.
Within These Walls (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Drama inside a women's prison. (60 mins.)
Director: Mike Gibson
 
99.
Wipeout (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
General-knowledge quiz show. (30 mins.)
Director: John Rooney
 
100.
Z Cars (1962 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A gritty drama which follows the work of the police force in the fictional northern English town of Newtown. (50 mins.)