Best British TV Shows

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"Blah blah should be in the top 5!" - IT. ISN'T. IN. ANY. PARTICULAR. ORDER.
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Just a few of my favourites that I class as 'best'. They're not in any kind of order either. Plus there are some on here that people will be thinking "Wtf why did they choose that" but they're my personal preference.
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1.
Spaced (1999 TV Series)
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Friends Tim and Daisy, 20-something North Londoners with uncertain futures, must pretend to be a couple to live in the only apartment they can afford. (25 mins.)
 
2.
Sherlock (2010 TV Series)
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A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London. (88 mins.)
 
3.
Only Fools and Horses.... (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Classic comedy following the misadventures of two Wheeler Dealer brothers Del Boy and Rodney Trotter who scrape their living by selling dodgy goods believing that next year they will be millionaires. (95 mins.)
 
4.
Luther (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A crime drama series starring Idris Elba as a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions. (60 mins.)
 
5.
Planet Earth (2006 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, 5 years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition. (48 mins.)
 
6.
State of Play (2003 Mini-Series)
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A thriller set in London, in which a politician's life becomes increasingly complex as his research assistant is found dead on the London Underground and, in a seemingly unrelated incident, a teenage pickpocket is shot dead. (57 mins.)
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
Doctor Who (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions. (45 mins.)
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Phoenix Nights (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The misadventures of club owner Brian Potter who is determined to make The Phoenix Club the best working men's club in Greater Manchester. (25 mins.)
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
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.)
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
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.)
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
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.)
 
19.
The Vicar of Dibley (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church. (60 mins.)
 
20.
Top Gear (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The hosts talk about everything car-related. From new cars to how they're fueled, this show has it all. (60 mins.)
 
21.
Harry Enfield and Chums (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
BBC sketch show that while continuing to show the misadventures of a series of popular characters now also introduces a slew of new oddballs and misfits for us to enjoy including Tory Boy and The Lovely Wobbly Randy Old Ladies. (40 mins.)
 
22.
Bad Girls (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Drama about the staff and inmates of a women's prison. (90 mins.)
 
23.
Father Ted (1995 TV Series)
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Crazy sitcom about 3 priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland it seems! (25 mins.)
 
24.
Nighty Night (2004 TV Series)
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While telling her husband he's dying, Jill sets her sights on the next door neighbour, Don. And torments his wife, who suffers from MS. (30 mins.)
 
25.
Extras (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Andy Millman is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment. (30 mins.)
 
26.
Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A sitcom about two dreamy roommates in London. Gay unemployed actor Tom Farrell has a vague ambition to become the British Tom Cruise... (34 mins.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
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.)
 
29.
Moone Boy (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Martin Moone is a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend Sean to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky small-town Irish family circa 1990. (23 mins.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
Outnumbered (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A part-improvised comedy about a couple bringing up their three young children. (30 mins.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
Keeping Up Appearances (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A snobbish housewife is determined to climb the social ladder, in spite of her family's working class connections and the constant chagrin of her long suffering husband. (60 mins.)
 
35.
Teachers (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Comedy drama that follows the exploits of school staff both inside and out of the classroom. (50 mins.)
 
36.
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The Lives And Loves Of Fives Friends In The Northern Town Of Runcorn (26 mins.)
 
37.
Queer as Folk (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A controversial Drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, and also 15 year old Nathan who is in love with Stuart. (48 mins.)
 
38.
The Young Ones (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain. (410 mins.)
 
39.
Black Mirror (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology. (60 mins.)
 
40.
Shameless (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of a young group of siblings pretty much abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits... (90 mins.)
Director: David Evans
 
41.
The Inbetweeners (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school. (25 mins.)
 
42.
QI (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 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.)
 
43.
Game-On (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The daily lives of three London flatmates. (29 mins.)
 
44.
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.)
 
45.
Brass Eye (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK. (25 mins.)
 
46.
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.)
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
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.)
 
49.
Good Neighbors (1975 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The perils of "escaping the rat race" and dropping out of society - to start a farm in Surbiton (and to drive Margo nuts). (28 mins.)
 
50.
Skins (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures. (46 mins.)
 
51.
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.)
 
52.
Bo' Selecta! (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Comedy involving celebrity stalker Avid Merrion, and a whole host of "celebrities". (30 mins.)
 
53.
Mock the Week (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A comedic look at current events. (29 mins.)
 
54.
Broadchurch (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart. (48 mins.)
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
Benidorm (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Follow holidaymakers at the Solana Resort in Benidorm. Hilarity ensues as guests try to get value for their Euros. (30 mins.)
 
57.
Yes Minister (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The Right Honorable James Hacker has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration. At last he is in a position of power and can carry out some long-needed reforms - or so he thinks. (60 mins.)
 
58.
Coupling (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Six best friends talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love. (30 mins.)
 
59.
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.)
 
60.
Come Fly with Me (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Little Britain team parodies the various types of characters associated with life in a major British airport... (29 mins.)
 
61.
Getting On (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Darkly comic drama series about life on an NHS geriatric ward. (30 mins.)
 
62.
As Time Goes By (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Korean War and a long lost letter separate the lives of young lovers Jean and Lionel, whose paths cross again by happenstance. (60 mins.)
 
63.
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.)
 
64.
The Smoking Room (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A British comedy set in the smoking room of a workplace. (30 mins.)
 
65.
That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A comedy sketch show featuring David Mitchell and Robert Webb.
 
66.
My Hero (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Thermoman is a multiple-powered superhero who originates from the planet Ultron. In an attempt to do his best to fit in with life on earth, he creates the human alias of George Sunday. (30 mins.)
 
67.
Goodnight Sweetheart (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Mr Gary Sparrow is an ordinary bloke with an extraordinary life. By day, a very bored and uninspired TV repairman but by night, an accidental time traveler. (30 mins.)
 
68.
Cutting It (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Drama about the bitter rivalries, professional and personal, between the workers of the Henshall-Ferraday hair salon in Manchester. (59 mins.)
 
69.
British Men Behaving Badly (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This comedy series is all about two mates, Gary and Tony who share a two bedroom home. They are grown men who act like a couple of drunk two year olds... (45 mins.)
 
70.
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.)
 
71.
Five Days (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A five-part miniseries that revolves around the disappearance of a young mother in a quiet British suburb and the circumstances that leave her children abandoned far from home. (300 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
 
72.
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.)
 
73.
Trigger Happy TV (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Trigger Happy TV follows Dom Joly as he unleashes his twisted humour on the unsuspecting British public. (30 mins.)
Director: Jason Sands
 
74.
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.)
 
75.
Celebrity Juice (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A comedy TV show starring the fictional character Keith Lemon. (45 mins.)
 
76.
Fonejacker (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Kayvan Novak pretends to be a group of different people and prank calls restaurants and other companys
 
77.
No Angels (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Nurses who work, but also enjoy the night life. (47 mins.)
 
78.
Wire in the Blood (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A psychologist gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England. (69 mins.)
 
79.
Fresh Meat (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university. (50 mins.)
 
80.
Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Hopeless doormen Max and Paddy leave clubland and embark on a series of wild and exciting adventures in their prized motorhome, "Easy Rider" style. (25 mins.)
 
81.
My Mad Fat Diary (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl Rae... (47 mins.)
 
82.
The Moaning of Life (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Karl is faced with the different aspects of life by travelling around the world and discovering how different people face life's challenges.
 
83.
Gogglebox (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Some of Britain's most opinionated and avid TV viewers comment freely on the best and worst television shows of the past week, from the comfort of their sofas. (50 mins.)
 
84.
French and Saunders (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
This BBC comedy skit show is the brainchild of longtime comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders... (30 mins.)