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List of popular BBC Television shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled BBC Television TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best BBC Television TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on BBC Television, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list.

This list below has a variety of shows in it, from Smiley's People to Beau Geste.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with BBC Television on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite BBC Television TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top BBC Television television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the BBC Television network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

Use this factual list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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+ - 36 12
Faulty Towers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Faulty Towers

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+ - 39 19
Merlin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Merlin John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

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+ - 18 5
Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley

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+ - 18 7
Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Blackadder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray

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+ - 33 23
Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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+ - 25 16
Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Top Gear Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May

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+ - 15 8
'Allo 'Allo! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
'Allo 'Allo! Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle

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+ - 19 12
Shaun the Sheep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Shaun the Sheep John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Richard Webber

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+ - 9 3
New Tricks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
New Tricks James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman

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+ - 14 8
QI is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
QI Alan Davies

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+ - 18 12
The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
The Great British Bake Off Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

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+ - 7 2
Being Human is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Being Human Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington

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+ - 15 10
Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus

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+ - 16 11
Doctor Who Confidential is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Doctor Who Confidential Russell T. Davies, David Tennant, Steven Moffat

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+ - 17 12
Spooks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Spooks Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver

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+ - 21 17
The Sarah Jane Adventures is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
The Sarah Jane Adventures Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony, Alexander Armstrong

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+ - 10 7
Sarah Jane's Alien Files is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Sarah Jane's Alien Files Elisabeth Sladen, Alexander Armstrong, John Leeson

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+ - 6 3
Escape to the Country is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Escape to the Country Tim Vincent, Aled Jones, Nicki Chapman

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+ - 5 2
Pointless is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Pointless Alexander Armstrong

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+ - 12 10
Who Do You Think You Are? is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows

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+ - 11 9
Smiley's People is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Smiley's People Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson

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+ - 11 9
My Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
My Family Robert Lindsay, Zoƫ Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson

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+ - 7 5
Dad's Army is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Dad's Army Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

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+ - 6 4
Horrible Histories with Stephe... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows

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+ - 4 2
Bargain Hunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Bargain Hunt Tim Wonnacott, David Dickinson

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+ - 3 1
Hustle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Hustle Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, Rob Jarvis

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+ - 3 1
Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Silent Witness Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward

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+ - 8 7
Crimewatch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Crimewatch Fiona Bruce, Jill Dando, Rav Wilding

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+ - 7 6
Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Masterchef (UK) Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace

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+ - 7 6
James May's Toy Stories is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows

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Horrible Histories is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Horrible Histories Meera Syal, Jess Harnell, Cree Summer

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+ - 6 5
Match of the Day is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Match of the Day Alan Hansen, Gary Lineker

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Natural World is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Natural World David Attenborough

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+ - 4 3
Top of the Pops is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Top of the Pops Lisa Snowdon, Fearne Cotton, Alan Freeman

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+ - 4 3
Panorama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Panorama Jeremy Vine

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+ - 3 2
Time Team is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Time Team Tony Robinson, Phil Harding, John Gater

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+ - 3 2
Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Only Fools and Horses David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber

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+ - 3 2
Gavin & Stacey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Gavin & Stacey Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Alison Steadman

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Totally Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Totally Doctor Who Barney Harwood, Kirsten O'Brien, Liz Barker

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+ - 5 5
Frozen Planet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows

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Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Mastermind Magnus Magnusson, Peter Snow

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+ - 4 4
Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Death in Paradise Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules, Ben Miller

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+ - 4 4
Penguin Island is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows

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Question Time is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Question Time Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Clarkson

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The Hour is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
The Hour Peter Capaldi, Dominic West, Oona Chaplin

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Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Waking the Dead Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson

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Outnumbered is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Outnumbered Samantha Bond, Hugh Dennis, Anna Skellern

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Mock the Week is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Mock the Week Dara O'Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons

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Earthflight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Earthflight David Tennant