Favorite British TV Shows

by bribri_2013 | created - 15 May 2016 | updated - 05 Jun 2016 | Public

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1. 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: 88,459

2. The Vicar of Dibley (1994–2015)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy

A boisterous female minister comes to serve in an eccentricly conservative small town's church.

Stars: Dawn French, James Fleet, Trevor Peacock, Gary Waldhorn

Votes: 10,522

3. Moone Boy (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

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.

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, David Rawle, Deirdre O'Kane, Peter McDonald

Votes: 5,062

4. 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: 742,174

5. Doctor Who (1963–1989)

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

The adventures in time and space of the Doctor, a Time Lord who changes appearance and personality by regenerating when near death, and is joined by companions in battles against aliens and other megalomaniacs.

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

Votes: 33,888

6. 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 and their companions from planet Earth.

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith

Votes: 189,582

7. Being Human (2008–2013)

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

A werewolf, a vampire and a ghost try to live together and get along.

Stars: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan

Votes: 23,245

8. Pramface (2012–2014)

Comedy

A girl from a middle-class family gets drunk one night and sleeps with a working-class boy, who also happens to be younger than she, and gets pregnant. But are there really feelings there?

Stars: Sean Verey, Scarlett Alice Johnson, Yasmin Paige, Dylan Edwards

Votes: 2,259

9. A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories (2012–2013)

23 min | Comedy, Drama

In the early 20th century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian village around the time of the Russian Revolution to work in the local hospital.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Rosie Cavaliero, Adam Godley

Votes: 13,669

10. 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: 14,328

11. 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: 11,646

12. 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: 68,377

13. Banana (2015)

25 min | Drama

Celebrates love without labels. Join eight different couples on their journey of love, heartbreak, sex, and drama.

Stars: Fisayo Akinade, Freddie Fox, Vincent Franklin, Letitia Wright

Votes: 1,820

14. Cucumber (2015)

50 min | Drama

Modern gay life in Manchester.

Stars: Vincent Franklin, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Fisayo Akinade, Freddie Fox

Votes: 2,770

15. Tofu (2015)

12 min | Documentary, Short

A documentary series focusing on sex in the twenty-first century.

Stars: Julie Hesmondhalgh, Naith Payton, Jake Bass, Max Ryder

Votes: 432

16. Bad Education (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A comedy series about a teacher who is a bigger kid than the kids he teaches.

Stars: Jack Binstead, Mathew Horne, Ethan Lawrence, Kae Alexander

Votes: 9,132

17. 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: 3,706

18. Suburban Shootout (2006– )

22 min | Comedy, Crime

Little Steppington is a small suburb that should be calm, cozy and quiet. But it is not lucky with its inhabitants. Instead of quietly killing time knitting, they kill each other. Vegetable... See full summary »

Stars: Anna Chancellor, Felicity Montagu, Amelia Bullmore, Rachael Blake

Votes: 502

19. Luther (2010– )

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

DCI John Luther is 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: 111,431

20. 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: 79,980

21. Trollied (2011–2018)

PG-13 | 26 min | Comedy

Set in Valco, a fictional supermarket in the north-west of England, Trollied is an eight-part sitcom that puts a comic twist on one of our most familiar surroundings. Acting deputy manager ... See full summary »

Stars: Rita May, Jason Watkins, Faye McKeever, Carl Rice

Votes: 1,974

22. 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: 9,063

23. The IT Crowd (2006–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

The comedic misadventures of Roy, Moss and their grifting supervisor Jen, a rag-tag team of IT support workers at a large corporation headed by a hotheaded yuppie.

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

Votes: 123,461

24. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early twentieth century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 150,457

25. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,630,166

26. My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 47 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Set in 1996 in Lincolnshire, the show tells the tragic and humorous story of a very troubled young girl, Rae, who spent four months in a psychiatric hospital for attempted suicide. After ... See full summary »

Stars: Jodie Comer, Ciara Baxendale, Dan Cohen, Sharon Rooney

Votes: 14,288

27. The Hollow Crown (2012– )

150 min | Drama, History

A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV: Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V.

Stars: Anton Lesser, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Georgeson, John Mackay

Votes: 5,204

28. Top Gear (2002– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Talk-Show

The hosts talk about everything car-related. From new cars to how they're fueled, this show has it all.

Stars: Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Ben Collins

Votes: 103,855

29. Vicious (2013–2016)

23 min | Comedy

Freddie Thornhill (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart Bixby (Sir Derek Jacobi) 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: 7,587

30. Catastrophe (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 24 min | Comedy

American boy Rob gets Irish girl Sharon pregnant while they hook up for a week while on a business trip to London.

Stars: Sharon Horgan, Rob Delaney, Mark Bonnar, Ashley Jensen

Votes: 13,810

31. Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Drama

Based on the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known only as Belle de Jour.

Stars: Billie Piper, Iddo Goldberg, Cherie Lunghi, Ashley Madekwe

Votes: 12,037

32. The Bletchley Circle (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1952, four women who worked at the wartime code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, reunite to track down a serial killer.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle, Anna Maxwell Martin

Votes: 10,017

33. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,630,166

34. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 375,003

35. Sense8 (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order.

Stars: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton

Votes: 128,885

36. Some Girls (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

Girls struggle with relationships, friendships and teachers at school.

Stars: Adelayo Adedayo, Natasha Jonas, Alice Felgate, Mandeep Dhillon

Votes: 1,454



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