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1. The Thick of It (2005–2012)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Set in the corridors of power and spin, the Minister for Social Affairs, is continually harassed by Number 10's policy enforcer and dependent on his not-so-reliable team of civil servants.

Stars: Chris Addison, James Smith, Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

Votes: 18,072

2. Last Tango in Halifax (2012–2020)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Re-united after 50+ years apart, Celia and Alan decide to marry. At age 16, Alan's late wife failed to pass on a letter from Celia, his longtime crush, with an apology for missing their first date and her forwarding address. Both now have daughters with lover troubles.

Stars: Anne Reid, Derek Jacobi, Sarah Lancashire, Nicola Walker

Votes: 4,106

3. Bluestone 42 (2013–2015)

30 min | Comedy, War

The lives of a group of soldiers serving in a bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan

Stars: Tony Gardner, Scott Hoatson, Jamie Quinn, Stephen Wight

Votes: 1,993

4. Fresh Meat (2011–2016)

TV-MA | 50 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far, university.

Stars: Zawe Ashton, Greg McHugh, Kimberley Nixon, Charlotte Ritchie

Votes: 14,008

5. Gates (2012– )

Comedy

School life between parents, pupils and teachers .

Stars: Tom Ellis, William Andrews, Mari Ann Bull, Joanna Page

Votes: 142

6. New Tricks (2003–2015)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Three retired police officers are drafted in to solve cold cases, with a touch of comedy and drama

Stars: Dennis Waterman, Amanda Redman, Alun Armstrong, James Bolam

Votes: 4,453

7. Lead Balloon (2006–2011)

Comedy

Rick Spleen is a world-weary comedian who ends up doing far too many corporate jobs to pay the bills.

Stars: Jack Dee, Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power, Anna Crilly

Votes: 1,256

8. Vexed (2010–2012)

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

Two Detectives Jack and Georgina who share chemistry but have complicated personal lives.

Stars: Toby Stephens, Ronny Jhutti, Roger Griffiths, Miranda Raison

Votes: 2,470

9. Moving Wallpaper (2008–2009)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

Set among a fictional production team working on real life soap opera "Echo Beach".

Stars: Ben Miller, Elizabeth Berrington, Raquel Cassidy, Sarah Hadland

Votes: 277

10. Love Soup (2005– )

59 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Alice Chenery and Gil Raymond are perfect for each other. They like the same things, respect the same things, and share the same beliefs. The only problem is that they are completely unaware of each other's existence.

Stars: Tamsin Greig, Montserrat Lombard, Sheridan Smith, Owen Brenman

Votes: 474

11. My Parents Are Aliens (1999–2006)

25 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The day to day lives of three orphaned children who are adopted by aliens that have trouble adjusting to the local culture.

Stars: Tony Gardner, Carla Mendonça, Patrick Niknejad, Alex Kew

Votes: 1,206

13. Cold Feet (1997– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The show follows the lives of 30-something couples Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, David and Karen as they navigate love and life in Manchester.

Stars: James Nesbitt, John Thomson, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris

Votes: 3,464

14. Lee Evans: So What Now? (2001– )

30 min | Comedy

Kicked out by his wife Eileen, Accident prone Lee turns to slobish best mate Stuart to take him in, after he burns down his place, they both rent rooms from Looney but lonely landlady ... See full summary »

Stars: Lee Evans, Sophie Thompson, Steven O'Donnell, Hugh Lloyd

Votes: 151

15. Dark Ages (1999– )

30 min | Comedy

People in England are worried about the coming millennium. The year is A.D. 999.

Stars: Phill Jupitus, Alistair McGowan, Pauline McLynn, Dave Lamb

Votes: 37

16. People Like Us (1999–2001)

30 min | Comedy

Before there was The Office, there was People Like Us. A mockumentary in the style of the "docusoap" British reality television shows popular at the time about regular people and their ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Langham, Mark Hadfield, Mike Hayley, Emma Kennedy

Votes: 479

17. Wonderful You (1999– )

51 min | Drama, Romance

Lives of a group of people in their early thirties. The principal plot line revolves around the relationship between Marshall, his girlfriend Clare and her old friend Henry, who remains madly in love with her.

Stars: Greg Wise, Richard Lumsden, Lucy Akhurst, Dorian Healy

Votes: 47

18. Barking (1998– )

30 min | Comedy

A Hilarious All Star Channel 4 Comedy Sketch Show Featuring Future Stars Of British Comedy

Stars: Niall Ashdown, Will Barton, Marcus Brigstocke, Cliff Kelly

Votes: 19

19. The Armstrong and Miller Show (1997–2001)

25 min | Comedy

A comedy sketch show from Ben Miller and Alexander Armstrong. Running jokes and one hit wonders galore!

Stars: Alexander Armstrong, Ben Miller, Simon Greenall, Deborah Findlay

Votes: 355

20. Cold Comfort Farm (1968– )

150 min | Comedy

Young Flora Poste leaves the funeral of her parents and finds herself alone with insubstantial means ("barely enough to keep her in stockings and furs") in mid-1930's London. The young 20-... See full summary »

Stars: Alastair Sim, Fay Compton, Sarah Badel, Rosalie Crutchley

Votes: 125

21. Jackanory (1965–1996)

15 min | Family, Fantasy

A celebrity reads a story, enhancing it in ways that will entice the most restless of children.

Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Bernard Holley, Kenneth Williams, Ray Smith

Votes: 250

22. The Two Ronnies (1971–1987)

Comedy

Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett, The Fred Tomlinson Singers, John Owens

Votes: 2,555

23. Pathfinders in Space (1960– )

30 min | Family, Drama, Sci-Fi

Professor Norman Wedgewood and his team are planning another rocket mission to the Moon. Once again, Geoff, Valerie and Jimmy are on hand to witness the launch of a new rocket MR1 (Moon ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Williams, Harold Goldblatt, Gerald Flood, Gillian Ferguson

Votes: 21

24. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)

60 min | Drama

This show was 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.

Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Billie Whitelaw, Neil McCallum, Paul Whitsun-Jones

Votes: 112

25. Peak Practice (1993–2002)

50 min | Drama

Beth Glover and Will Preston are doctors in partnership at a Derbyshire clinic when they hire Jack who's returned from Africa. The next several years deal with their personal and professional lives with Jack and Beth marrying.

Stars: Esther Coles, Gary Mavers, Simon Shepherd, Margery Mason

Votes: 218

26. The Lost Language of Cranes (1991)

87 min | Drama, Romance

A young gay man comes out to his middle-class parents, which has repercussions for his father who has long since been trying to repress his own sexuality.

Director: Nigel Finch | Stars: Brian Cox, Eileen Atkins, Angus Macfadyen, Corey Parker

Votes: 388

27. Love/Hate (2010–2014)

51 min | Crime, Drama

The story of the organized crime scene of Dublin is revealed, centered on Darren, who wants to stay out of trouble but ends up returning to his old habits and his old gang.

Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Killian Scott, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 5,696

28. Queer as Folk (1999–2000)

TV-MA | 48 min | Drama

A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.

Stars: Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black

Votes: 5,356

29. Hamish Macbeth (1995–1997)

Not Rated | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Hamish Macbeth is a police constable in the small Scottish town of Lochdubh, who occasionally bends the rules when it suits him or when it can help some of his fellow eccentric townsfolk. ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ralph Riach, Brian Pettifer, Stuart Davids

Votes: 1,305

30. Goodnight Sweetheart (1993–2016)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

British sitcom in which an unhappily married man discovers he can time travel back to 1940s war-torn London where he masquerades as an MI5 agent and part-time songwriter whilst courting the local barmaid.

Stars: Nicholas Lyndhurst, Victor McGuire, Christopher Ettridge, Elizabeth Carling

Votes: 2,135

31. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)

75 min | Drama

Series of one-off plays made by BBC television, which gave breaks to a wide range of writers and directors in the late 1960s, such as Dennis Potter, Ken Loach, David Mercer, and John ... See full summary »

Stars: Edwin Brown, Neville Smith, Tony Selby, Michael Robbins

Votes: 72

32. The Prisoner (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.

Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick, Peter Brace

Votes: 11,603

33. The Hour (2011–2012)

60 min | Drama

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

Stars: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 8,996

34. Him & Her (2010–2013)

28 min | Comedy

An acutely observed, forensically honest, warts-and-all look at a working-class couple in their mid-20s.

Stars: Russell Tovey, Sarah Solemani, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Howard

Votes: 3,651

35. Vicious (2013–2016)

23 min | Comedy

Freddie and Stuart are an old gay couple who have been together for nearly fifty years. Their lives now revolve around entertaining their frequent guests and hurling insults at each other at every opportunity.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Frances de la Tour, Iwan Rheon

Votes: 7,446

36. Titanic: Blood and Steel (2012– )

55 min | Drama, History

The construction of the R.M.S. Titanic at the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast against the background of union riots, political and religious conflicts, and a romance between a young ambitious engineer and an Italian immigrant.

Stars: Kevin Zegers, Alessandra Mastronardi, Derek Jacobi, Billy Carter

Votes: 1,676

37. The Borgias (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 45,847

38. The Paradise (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama

The story of a young woman who works in a department store and gets caught up in the charms of the modern world.

Stars: Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight, Sonya Cassidy

Votes: 9,738

39. Spooks (2002–2011)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The missions of MI-5, the UK's domestic intelligence organization.

Stars: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker, Rupert Penry-Jones

Votes: 13,425

40. Strike Back (2010– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Follows the actions of Section 20, a secretive unit of British military intelligence. A team of special operations personnel conduct several high risk missions across the globe.

Stars: Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes, Warren Brown

Votes: 27,232

41. Moving On (2009– )

45 min | Drama

Series of daytime plays set in contemporary Britain, all sharing the theme of someone going through some kind of change in their life.

Stars: Neil Bell, Alicia Brockenbrow, Warren Brown, Emma Lowndes

Votes: 253

42. Robin Hood (2006–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After 5 years of fighting in the crusades, Robin returns to England and leads a band of outlaws to outwit the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Stars: Jonas Armstrong, Gordon Kennedy, Sam Troughton, Joe Armstrong

Votes: 15,124

43. Life (2009)

TV-G | 473 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's legendary BBC crew explains and shows wildlife all over planet earth in 10 episodes. The first is an overview of the challenges facing life, the others are dedicated to... See full summary »

Stars: Oprah Winfrey, David Attenborough, Doug Allan, Barrie Britton

Votes: 35,176

44. Life on Earth (1979– )

702 min | Documentary

David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 2,454

45. Little Dorrit (2008)

420 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

This mini-series tells the story of Amy Dorrit, who spends her days earning money for the family and looking after her proud father, who is a long term inmate of Marshalsea debtors' prison ... See full summary »

Stars: Claire Foy, Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Courtenay, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 7,870

46. The Singing Detective (1986)

415 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, David Ryall

Votes: 3,937

47. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 27,644

48. The Hollow Crown (2012– )
Episode: Henry V (2012)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, History

Hal is now a responsible monarch as Henry V, his rejection of Falstaff hastening the latter's death. Told by courtiers that,through Edward III, he has a claim to the French throne he makes ... See full summary »

Director: Thea Sharrock | Stars: Edward Akrout, Tom Brooke, Geraldine Chaplin, Richard Clothier

Votes: 989

49. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

8.3