My Baker's Dozen of UK TV Dramas

I found the selection process very traumatic for my US TV Shows List and changed my method when it came to UK TV Shows. Even applying the "Genre Rule" to Doctor Who, which deserves its own listing, I have divided my choices into Drama and Comedy. There are no Soaps included and the UK classification will also apply to UK/ USA/ European productions, especially if the cast is predominantly British. Once again the Listing is in the order in which I would collect them.
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1.
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day. (594 mins.)
“ Yes, I know that it is a series about American paratroopers in WWII, produced and directed by Americans but most of the cast are British, it was a UK/US production and it was made where I used to work in Hertfordshire, England. Based upon the historical record of Stephen Ambrose this was as real as any TV show can get to tell the story of the 101st Airborne. "We're not lost, Private... we're in Normandy." ” - brickley220
 
2.
Murphy's Law (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As a maverick cop with a dark past, DS Tommy Murphy fails a psychiatric assessment but is given one last chance by his boss and given a dangerous undercover assignment. (60 mins.)
“ This series is about the activities of a Northern Irish undercover cop working in mainland Britain, called Tommy Murphy, played by James Nesbitt.
The stories are tough and uncompromising, there are no guarantees as to which members of the cast will make it to the end of the show unscathed. ” - brickley220
 
3.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
“ The overarching story to this HBO series is set in the time of Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony, but the two central characters are normal Roman soldiers. Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is a loyal Centurion and Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) is one of his men who is an excellent fighter, but prone to weaknesses of the flesh. The series follows their participation in the major events of the time, whilst demonstrating the everyday activities of the average Roman Citizen. "Our men must win or die. Pompey's men have... other options." ” - brickley220
 
4.
MI-5 (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization. (60 mins.)
“ American viewers will know this as MI5, as that is the Intelligence Department, based in London, which is the subject of this highly successful series. Of course there is not a lot of time spent on the boring part of intel gathering and the computers usually work very well unless the plot dictates otherwise. It is a standing joke amongst the cast that until they read the script, they are never quite sure how long their character will last. ” - brickley220
 
5.
Hustle (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A motley group of London con artists pull of a series of daring and intricate stings. (60 mins.)
“ Another successful BBC TV series, this time about a gang of motivated and professional confidence tricksters at work, mostly set in London. The production comes from the same stable as 'Spooks' and the attention to detail and suspensful plots reflect this. Veteran 'Man from UNCLE' Robert Vaughan plays Albert Stroller, the 'roper' who identifies and sets up the marks. ” - brickley220
 
6.
Heartbeat (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The 1960s lives and adventures of the police constabulary, medical staff and residents of Ashfordly and Aidensfield. (50 mins.)
“ If the pace of the previous two programmes is getting you tired then pop up to Yorkshire where they made the decade of the 1960s last for eighteen years. This family police/ medical/ village/ pub drama series started in 1992 and only ceased at the end of 2010. The village Bobbies have rotated during that time but there were still some of the original characters to be found. As there have been too many versions of Miss Marple, this is my choice of the best of country policework. ” - brickley220
 
7.
Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII. (193 mins.)
Director: Pete Travis
“ There have been several TV series made about this controversial Tudor Monarch, including 'The Tudors' and the 1970s 'The Six Wives of Henry VIII', but this is my favourite version and it proves that the BBC does not have a monopoly on good historical dramas. Henry is portrayed as a rough, tough 'Jack the Lad' who will work to stay in power and produce an heir. Certainly he pulls no punches and Ray Winstone is just the man for the job. ” - brickley220
 
8.
The Sandbaggers (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit. (60 mins.)
“ Another ITV series that has stood the test of time (apart from the size of the lapels) is this story of espionage during the height of the Cold War between East and West. Although the words "MI6" are never mentioned, this is the obverse side of the coin to 'Spooks'.
Starring Roy Marsden as Neil Burnside, the plots are believable and the intelligence community are portrayed as deadly professionals. ” - brickley220
 
9.
Life on Mars (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After being involved in a car accident in 2006, DCI Sam Tyler wakes up to find himself in 1973, the era of 'Sweeney' type policing, Mark III Cortinas, and flared trousers. (60 mins.)
“ This sci fi/ police/ drama is extremely well acted and as long as you can suspend your disbelief that a 21st Detective Inspector can have a road accident and be transported back to the 1970s, then you will totally enjoy it. Ah nostalgia, it's not what it used to be! Colour TV was just coming in, nothing was politically incorrect and suspects got injured during interrogation. Motors and music set the scene and DI Gene Hunt has great lines. "He has fingers in more pies than a leper at a cookery course." ” - brickley220
 
10.
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.)
“ Originally based on the books by R. D. Wingfield about a disorganised and distant Detective Inspector, who nevertheless gets the job done and solves the cases. This gruff little man often clashes with his bureaucratic boss Superintendent Mullett, who is unhappy when 'Jack' Frost rocks the boat during his investigations. A really enjoyable cop drama with attitude, which finished in 2010. "Yeah, well, I just wish Horn-rimmed Harry would be a little more choosy about his jargon. I mean anyone who spends all day with their pen stuck up their a-aah, there you are, sir!" ” - brickley220
 
11.
I, Claudius (1976 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. (669 mins.)
“ A classic story based on the books by Robert Graves about the life and times of Claudius, the Roman nobleman who was reluctantly elected to be Caesar by the Praetorian Guard following the assasination of Caligua. Made with a first class cast, with Derek Jacobi starring as Claudius, this is one of the jewels in the BBC's Crown of top drawer productions. "That grandson of yours could wreck the empire just by strolling through it." ” - brickley220
 
12.
Tenko (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
WWII drama follows a group of British, Dutch, and Australian women; from the bombing of Singapore to their years spent in prison camps and eventually to the end of the war where the survivors try to readjust to civilian life. (50 mins.)
“ This series which lasted three years, was about the experiences of a group of English, Dutch and Australian women who were taken prisoner by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore in 1942. Written and researched by Lavinia Warner the programmes showed how this community stayed alive despite poor conditions, shortage of food, disease and the deaths of individual members. The ensemble cast is magnificent and there are many moving moments. Tenko means "Roll call" in Japanese. ” - brickley220
 
13.
Foyle's War (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
As WW2 rages around the world, DCS Foyle fights his own war on the home-front as he investigates crimes on the south coast of England. Later series sees the retired detective working as an MI5 agent operating in the aftermath of the war. (90 mins.)
“ Commissioned by ITV to replace the marathon detective series 'Inspector Morse' this tells of the adventures and investigations of Chief Inspector Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) during and just after WWII. Ably assisted by his Sergeant (Anthony Howell) and lady driver Sam (Honeysuckle Weeks) from the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), Foyle conducts his business against the background of a country at war and all that comes with it. ” - brickley220