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The Best BBC Television TV Shows

Updated May 7, 2021 12.2k votes 2.3k voters 98.8k views149 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on the BBC.

The best BBC shows range from mysteries and dramas to documentaries. This list of popular BBC TV shows is ranked from best to worst thanks to your votes. This list of the top current and canceled BBC Television 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 shows on BBC channels including BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC Four.

The list of top BBC shows below includes favorite detective dramas like Dirk Gently and Sherlock, comedies like The Office, and other BBC favorites such as The Great British Bake Off and Top Gear.

Although people in different locations grew up with BBC shows on different channels (especially those of us in the states), most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite BBC TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! Vote up the best BBC shows and use this list to build a whole new one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion.

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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

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    Line of Duty

    Keeley Hawes, Lennie James

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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

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    Blackadder

    Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed

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    Top Gear

    Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson

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    Merlin

    Bradley James, Angel Coulby

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    Fleabag

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner

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    Faulty Towers

    Andrew Sachs, John Cleese

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    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, Eric Idle

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    The Office

    Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook

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    The Fall

    Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan

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    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

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    Only Fools and Horses

    Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber

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    Torchwood

    John Barrowman, Eve Myles

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    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules

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    Death in Paradise

    Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules

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    Keeping Up Appearances

    Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes

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    Father Brown

    Mark Williams

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    The Vicar of Dibley

    Roger Lloyd-Pack, James Fleet

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    Spooks

    Max Brown, Rupert Penry-Jones

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    Shetland

    Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell

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    Yes, Prime Minister

    Paul Eddington, Derek Fowlds
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    The Sarah Jane Adventures

    Juliet Cowan, Alexander Armstrong

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    I, Claudius

    Sîan Phillips, Margaret Tyzack

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