Best of British Television

A list of what I believe to be the best TV shows in Britain. In no particular order of course.
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1.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
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The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. (45 mins.)
 
2.
Torchwood (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. (50 mins.)
 
3.
Gavin & Stacey (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Gavin and Stacey have been continuing their romance on-line and by telephone for the last six months. Now they want to be together but will their friends and family let them? (29 mins.)
 
4.
QI (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well. (30 mins.)
 
5.
Would I Lie to You? (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two teams, lead by their team leader (either Lee Mack or David Mitchell), have to try and make the other team believe their crazy stories. (30 mins.)
 
6.
Green Wing (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Funky hospital-based sketch-comedy-drama type show. (65 mins.)
 
7.
Black Books (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers... (25 mins.)
 
8.
Dirk Gently (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Holistic detective Gently relies on the universe to unravel mysteries based on the 'interconnectedness of all things'. (58 mins.)
 
9.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
 
10.
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An elderly spinster living in the village of St Mary Mead helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders. (93 mins.)
 
11.
Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
From England to Egypt, accompanied by his elegant and trustworthy sidekicks, the intelligent yet eccentrically-refined Belgian detective Hercule Poirot pits his wits against a collection of first class deceptions. (100 mins.)
 
12.
Miranda (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Socially inept Miranda always gets into awkward situations; working in her joke shop with best friend Stevie, being hounded by her pushy mother, and especially when she's around her crush Gary. (30 mins.)
 
13.
Smack the Pony (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three female comics perform sketches dealing with a wide variety of topics, from irritating flatmates to workplace issues to people who pretend to be ill to get free things or special treatment. (24 mins.)
 
14.
Absolutely Fabulous (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Edina Monsoon and her best friend Patsy drive Eddie's sensible daughter, Saffron, up the wall with their... (45 mins.)
 
15.
Call the Midwife (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late 1950s to early 1960s. (60 mins.)
 
16.
Horrible Histories (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach you in school. From the 'Savage Stone Age' to the 'Troublesome 20th Century', you see the full side to history.
 
17.
The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, with the help of her adopted son, his friends, and an intelligent supercomputer, combats evil alien forces here on Earth. (60 mins.)
 
18.
An Idiot Abroad (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Brit Karl Pilkington has led a sheltered life. Not having done any traveling, he enjoys living within the comforts of what he knows... (43 mins.)
 
19.
My Family (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Comedy about Ben, a dentist, and his family. They don't exactly get along well. (50 mins.)
 
20.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Based on the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known only as Belle de Jour. (30 mins.)
 
21.
The Office (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager Brent as they continue their daily lives. (30 mins.)
 
22.
The Catherine Tate Show (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Skits by Catherine Tate and her comedy troupe. (30 mins.)
 
23.
Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A comedy centered on a loud-mouthed Irish matriarch whose favorite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children. (26 mins.)
 
24.
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.)
 
25.
The Mighty Boosh (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil... (30 mins.)
 
26.
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.)
 
27.
Little Britain (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain. (29 mins.)
 
28.
Russell Brand's Ponderland (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Comedian, Russell Brand hosts a TV show where each weeks he comments on a series of clips from old archive footage. Each clip that week carries a certain topic regarding the bizarre nature of them. (30 mins.)
 
29.
Russell Howard's Good News (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
British comedian Russell Howard shares his views on the topical news of the previous week. (60 mins.)
 
30.
Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe. (30 mins.)
 
31.
Scott & Bailey (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two female detectives, one motherly, the other emotionally immature, have varying levels of success applying their eccentric outlooks on life to their police cases and private lives. (45 mins.)
 
32.
The IT Crowd (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation. (25 mins.)
 
33.
Peep Show (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Mark and Jez are a couple of twenty-something roommates who have nothing in common - except for the fact that their lives are anything but normal. Mayhem ensues as the pair strive to cope with day-to-day life. (25 mins.)
 
34.
Merlin (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
These are the brand new adventures of Merlin, the legendary sorcerer as a young man, when he was just a servant to young prince Arthur on the royal court of Camelot who has soon become his best friend and turned Arthur into a great king and a legend. (45 mins.)
 
35.
Being Human (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A werewolf, a vampire, and a ghost try to live together and get along. (60 mins.)
 
36.
The Black Adder (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother. (195 mins.)
 
37.
Mr. Bean (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Life is a difficult challenge for Mr Bean, who despite being a grown adult, has trouble completing even the simplest of tasks. Thankfully, his perseverance is usually rewarded, and he finds an ingenious way around the problem. (350 mins.)
 
38.
Kill It, Cook It, Eat It (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
39.
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. (240 mins.)
 
40.
On the Buses (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Jack-the-lad bus driver and conductor Stan and Jack enjoy the female employees more than their work and Inspector Blake is relentless in his attempts to make their lives a misery. (30 mins.)
 
41.
Antiques Roadshow (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Appraisers of antiques travel with the show to various cities. Area citizens bring articles for appraisal...
Director: John Boyle
 
42.
Mary Queen of Shops (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
43.
Misfits (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers. (60 mins.)