Great british TV shows

by amiesalmon99 | created - 02 Mar 2014 | updated - 02 Mar 2014 | Public

Some of the best British TV shows in my opinion

These are not in order

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1. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 641,855

2. Misfits (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers.

Stars: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha

Votes: 82,548

3. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures of a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey known only as the Doctor, who travels through time and space fighting monsters and other villainous megalomaniacs with companions.

Stars: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker

Votes: 30,667

4. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender by regenerating when near death, and his/her human companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

Votes: 171,845

5. Broadchurch (2013–2017)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.

Stars: David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan

Votes: 63,134

6. Mr Selfridge (2013–2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama

Centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge's, London's department store.

Stars: Ron Cook, Jeremy Piven, Tom Goodman-Hill, Amy Beth Hayes

Votes: 12,266

7. Outnumbered (2007–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

A part-improvised comedy about a couple bringing up their three young children.

Stars: Hugh Dennis, Claire Skinner, Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche

Votes: 7,326

8. Only Fools and Horses.... (1981–2003)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

Comedy that follows two brothers from London's rough Peckham estate as they wheel and deal through a number of dodgy deals as they search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Votes: 37,250

9. Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Connie Booth

Votes: 70,550

10. The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

The comedic adventures of a rag-tag group of technical support workers at a large corporation.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, Matt Berry

Votes: 108,812

11. Twenty Twelve (2011–2012)

30 min | Comedy

The team responsible for organizing the 2012 Olympics in London face many challenges.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Karl Theobald

Votes: 1,432

12. Single Father (2010– )

60 min | Drama

After his wife Rita's fatal car accident, Dave tries to raise his four children, helped by Rita's best friend Sarah. Things get complicated when mourning gives way to romantic feelings, while his kids remain sincere priority.

Stars: David Tennant, Millie Innes, Chris Hegarty, Suranne Jones

Votes: 1,225

13. The Office (2001–2003)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

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 David Brent as they continue their daily lives.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis

Votes: 80,265

14. Extras (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Shaun Williamson

Votes: 45,793

15. Luther (2010–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 90,015

16. Merlin (2008–2012)

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Stars: John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Richard Wilson

Votes: 62,096

17. Torchwood (2006–2011)

TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

Stars: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Gareth David-Lloyd

Votes: 35,564

18. Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011– )

25 min | Comedy

A comedy centered on a loud-mouthed Irish matriarch whose favorite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children.

Stars: Brendan O'Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Dermot O'Neill, Paddy Houlihan

Votes: 6,475

19. Foyle's War (2002–2015)

TV-14 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell, Ellie Haddington

Votes: 10,679

20. The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school.

Stars: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Blake Harrison, Joe Thomas

Votes: 67,050

21. Primeval (2007–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

When strange anomalies start to appear all over England, Professor Cutter and his team must track down and capture all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth's distant past and near future.

Stars: Andrew Lee Potts, Hannah Spearritt, Ben Miller, Juliet Aubrey

Votes: 11,885

22. Derek (2012–2014)

23 min | Comedy, Drama

Derek is a loyal nursing home care assistant who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers as they struggle against prejudice and shrinking budgets to care for their elderly residents.

Stars: Ricky Gervais, Kerry Godliman, David Earl, Tim Barlow

Votes: 19,988

23. Waterloo Road (2006–2015)

TV-14 | 53 min | Drama, Romance

A contemporary drama series set in a challenging comprehensive school.

Stars: Philip Martin Brown, Jason Done, Chelsee Healey, Denise Welch

Votes: 2,326

24. Agatha Christie's Marple (2004– )

TV-14 | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

An elderly spinster living in the village of St. Mary Mead, helps her friends and relatives solve mysterious murders.

Stars: Geraldine McEwan, Julia McKenzie, Stephen Churchett, Isabella Parriss

Votes: 4,007

25. Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002– )

50 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A game show hosted by Ant and Dec filled with stunts, sketches, and special guest appearances.

Stars: Declan Donnelly, Anthony McPartlin, Haydn Reid, Neil Overend

Votes: 961

26. QI (2003– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Game-Show

A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Sandi Toksvig is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.

Stars: Alan Davies, Stephen Fry, Sandi Toksvig, Bill Bailey

Votes: 26,286

27. Spaced (1999–2001)

TV-14 | 25 min | Action, Comedy

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.

Stars: Jessica Hynes, Simon Pegg, Julia Deakin, Nick Frost

Votes: 44,297

28. Miranda (2009–2015)

30 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Miranda Hart, Patricia Hodge, Tom Ellis, Sarah Hadland

Votes: 10,084

29. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter

Votes: 16,400

30. Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989–2013)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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.

Stars: David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson, Pauline Moran

Votes: 29,941