best of british (tv shows)

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1. Black Books (2000–2004)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy

Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.

Stars: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Paul Beech

Votes: 52,149

2. 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: 126,949

3. Dates (2013)

Drama, Romance

The social minefield that is 21st century dating.

Stars: Oona Chaplin, Ben Chaplin, Will Mellor, Gemma Chan

Votes: 1,646

4. The Fades (2011)

55 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A teenage boy named Paul is haunted by apocalyptic dreams that nobody can explain. As if that weren't terrifying enough, he begins to see spirits of the dead, known as The Fades, all around... See full summary »

Stars: Lily Loveless, Tom Ellis, Daniel Kaluuya, Iain De Caestecker

Votes: 6,004

5. 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: 23,509

6. Strike Back (2010–2020)

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, Daniel MacPherson

Votes: 28,432

7. 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: 70,027

8. 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: 89,700

9. Skins (2007–2013)

TV-MA | 46 min | Drama

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.

Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie, Hannah Murray

Votes: 72,135

10. Father Ted (1995–1998)

TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy

Three misfit priests and their housekeeper live on Craggy Island, not the peaceful and quiet part of Ireland that it seems to be.

Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 35,063

11. In the Flesh (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 56 min | Drama, Horror

Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead for reentry into society, including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception, as well as his own demons.

Stars: Luke Newberry, Harriet Cains, Marie Critchley, Steve Cooper

Votes: 12,411

12. 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: 14,749

13. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)

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

After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.

Stars: Adeel Akhtar, Paul Higgins, Neil Maskell, Fiona O'Shaughnessy

Votes: 37,653

14. 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: 402,259

15. Psychobitches (2013– )

Comedy

Psychobitches is a show that sees some of history's most famous women psychoanalyzed and talking about their thoughts, fears and flaws.

Stars: Rebecca Front, Sharon Horgan, Samantha Spiro, Katy Brand

Votes: 359

16. Threesome (I) (2011–2012)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy

Threesome is a comedy about three inseparable friends on the verge of 30. Alice lives with her boyfriend Mitch and their gay best friend Richie. Together they form three points of an ... See full summary »

Stars: Emun Elliott, Amy Huberman, Stephen Wight, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 1,252

17. Spy (2011–2012)

30 min | Comedy

Tim is in a custody battle with his ex-wife, when he quits his job. He applies for a job as a civil servant doing data entry, but discovers during the job interview that he has been offered a job as a trainee spy for MI5.

Stars: Darren Boyd, Jude Wright, Robert Lindsay, Rebekah Staton

Votes: 3,392

18. Whites (2010– )

30 min | Comedy

The story of the executive chef at a country house hotel.

Stars: Alan Davies, Darren Boyd, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Wight

Votes: 1,468

19. Nathan Barley (2005)

TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy

After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.

Stars: Nicholas Burns, Julian Barratt, Claire Keelan, Spencer Brown

Votes: 3,699

20. Snuff Box (2006– )

30 min | Comedy

Two hangmen (Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher) compete for women, money and happiness, venturing deeper in the ocean of depravity than any friends should in a whiskey-fuelled, cross-cultural friendship.

Stars: Matt Berry, Rich Fulcher, Terry Wade, Alan Ford

Votes: 2,642

21. I'm Alan Partridge (1997–2002)

TV-MA | 29 min | Comedy

Alan Partridge, a failed television presenter, is now presenting a programme on local radio in Norwich. He desperately tries to revive his broadcasting career.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Simon Greenall, Felicity Montagu, Phil Cornwell

Votes: 17,771

22. This Is Jinsy (2010– )

30 min | Comedy, Musical

The series follows Arbiter Maven (Justin Chubb) (the seventeenth Arbiter and "Wearer of the Hat") and Operative Sporall (Chris Bran) (nice hair and "Wearer of the Beige Suit") as they keep ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Bran, Justin Chubb, Geoffrey McGivern, Alice Lowe

Votes: 676

23. 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: 81,400

24. The Mighty Boosh (2003–2007)

30 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

Vince Noir and Howard Moon have surreal adventures while working at a Zoo run by the deranged Bob Fossil (in series 1) and pursuing a career as musicians and living with the mystic Naboo ... See full summary »

Stars: Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher

Votes: 19,859

25. The League of Gentlemen (1999–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Horror

An interweaving narrative chronicling the antics of such diverse characters as: a transgender taxi driver, a family obsessed with hygiene and toads, a fiery reverend, a carnival owner who kidnaps women into marriage, and a xenophobic couple who run a local shop for local people.

Stars: Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Jeremy Dyson

Votes: 9,801

26. Catterick (2004– )

30 min | Comedy

Ex soldier Carl Palmer returns home from Cyprus to join his brother Chris who has agreed to help find Carl's son.

Stars: Morwenna Banks, Mark Benton, Tim Healy, Matt Lucas

Votes: 636



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