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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 Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Merlin John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme, created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and starring Colin Morgan in the title role. It was broadcast on ...more

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Faulty Towers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
TracyLemaster added Faulty Towers

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British crime drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered ...more

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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
BenNicholson added Blackadder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray Blackadder is the name that encompasses four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson as the anti-hero ...more

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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Top Gear Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world. It began in 1977 as a conventional ...more

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Shaun the Sheep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Shaun the Sheep John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Richard Webber Shaun the Sheep is a British stop-motion animated television series, a spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise. The series stars Shaun, a sheep previously featured in the 1995 short film A ...more

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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
HenriqueCésarMadeira added Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired ...more

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'Allo 'Allo! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 'Allo 'Allo! Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle 'Allo 'Allo! is a BBC television sitcom broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 to 1992, comprising eighty-five episodes. A repeat is aired in the 'Afternoon Classics' on BBC2 since 27 March 2015. The story ...more

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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added The Great British Bake Off Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc The fourth series of The Great British Bake Off began airing on 20 August 2013. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins again presented the show and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges. As ...more

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Antiques Roadshow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker, Angela Rippon, Arthur Negus Antiques Roadshow is a British television show in which antiques appraisers travel to various regions of the United Kingdom to appraise antiques brought in by local people. It has been running ...more

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Doctor Who Confidential is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Doctor Who Confidential Russell T. Davies^! David Tennant^! Steven Moffat Doctor Who Confidential is a documentary series created by the British Broadcasting Corporation to complement the revival of the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor ...more

The Best BBC TV Shows

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The Sarah Jane Adventures is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added The Sarah Jane Adventures Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony, Alexander Armstrong The Sarah Jane Adventures is a British science fiction television programme, that was produced by BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC, created by Russell T Davies starring Elisabeth Sladen. The programme ...more

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Spooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Spooks Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Lara Pulver Spooks is a British television drama series that originally aired on BBC One from 13 May 2002 to 23 October 2011, consisting of 10 series. The title is a popular colloquialism for spies, and the ...more

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QI is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added QI Alan Davies QI is a British comedy panel game television quiz show created and co-produced by John Lloyd, hosted by Stephen Fry, and featuring permanent panellist Alan Davies. Most of the questions are ...more

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New Tricks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added New Tricks James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman New Tricks is a British procedural comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by DSI Sandra ...more

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Horrible Histories with Stephe... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Horrible Histories with Stephen Fry Stephen Fry Horrible Histories with Stephen Fry was the name given to the six-part re-version of the hit children's sketch comedy Horrible Histories for an adult audience. Broadcast in a Sunday-night time ...more

The Best Movies Based on TV Shows

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Horrible Histories is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Horrible Histories Meera Syal, Jess Harnell, Cree Summer

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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Being Human Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington Being Human is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare comedy and horror ...more

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Sarah Jane's Alien Files is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Sarah Jane's Alien Files Elisabeth Sladen, Alexander Armstrong, John Leeson Sarah Jane's Alien Files is a BBC series based on The Sarah Jane Adventures. It features Sarah Jane Smith, Luke Smith, Clyde Langer, and Rani Chandra entering data on aliens they have ...more

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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Death in Paradise Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules, Ben Miller Death in Paradise is a British-French lighthearted crime drama television series created by Robert Thorogood, initially starring Ben Miller and Sara Martins, and later starring Kris Marshall and ...more

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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Only Fools and Horses David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack, Paul Barber Only Fools and Horses is a British television situation comedy created and written by John Sullivan. Seven series were originally broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom from 1981 to 1991, ...more

The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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Pointless is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Pointless Alexander Armstrong Pointless is a quiz show produced by Endemol UK for the BBC, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman. Contestants on the programme are tasked with finding obscure answers to questions. ...more

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Gavin & Stacey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Gavin & Stacey Joanna Page, Mathew Horne, Alison Steadman Gavin & Stacey is a British romantic situation comedy that follows the long-distance relationship of Gavin from Billericay in Essex, England, and Stacey from Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, ...more

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My Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
TracyLemaster added My Family Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson My Family was a British sitcom created and initially co-written by Fred Barron, which was produced by DLT Entertainment and Rude Boy Productions, and broadcast by BBC One for eleven series ...more

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Escape to the Country is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Escape to the Country Tim Vincent, Aled Jones, Nicki Chapman Escape to the Country is a British daytime television programme which premieres on network BBC One and is repeated on BBC Two, and airs internationally in syndication.

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Bargain Hunt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Bargain Hunt Tim Wonnacott, David Dickinson Bargain Hunt is a British television programme in which two pairs of contestants are challenged to buy antiques at a fair and then sell them in an auction for a profit. It has aired on BBC One ...more

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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Hustle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Hustle Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, Rob Jarvis Hustle is a British television drama series made by Kudos Film and Television and broadcast on BBC One in the United Kingdom. Created by Tony Jordan and first broadcast in 2004, the series ...more

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Totally Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Totally Doctor Who Barney Harwood, Kirsten O'Brien, Liz Barker Totally Doctor Who is a children's television series produced by the BBC that was originally broadcast between 13 April 2006 and 29 June 2007, accompanying the second and third revived series of ...more

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Smiley's People is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Smiley's People Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson Smiley’s People was a 1982 drama miniseries in six parts, made for the BBC. Directed by Simon Langton, produced by Jonathan Powell, it is the television adaptation of the 1979 spy novel of the ...more

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Crimewatch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Crimewatch Fiona Bruce, Jill Dando, Rav Wilding Crimewatch is a long-running and high-profile British television programme produced by the BBC, that reconstructs major unsolved crimes in order to gain information from the public which may ...more

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Dad's Army is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Dad's Army Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn Dad's Army is a BBC television sitcom about the British Home Guard during the Second World War. It was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft and broadcast on BBC television from 1968 to 1977. ...more

The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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Penguin Island is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Penguin Island Penguin Island is an Australian natural history television documentary series about the little penguin. The series premiered on 30 June 2010 on BBC TV. In Australia the show airs on ABC TV. The ...more

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Earthflight is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Earthflight David Tennant Earthflight is a British nature documentary that shows a flight from the view of the wings of birds across six continents, showing some of the world's greatest natural spectacles from a ...more

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Who Do You Think You Are? is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Who Do You Think You Are? Who Do You Think You Are? is a British genealogy documentary series that has aired on the BBC since 2004. It is made by the production company Wall to Wall. In each episode, a celebrity goes on ...more

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Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Masterchef (UK) Loyd Grossman, Gary Rhodes, Gregg Wallace MasterChef is a BBC television competitive reality cooking show. It initially ran from 1990 to 2001 and was later revived in a different format known as MasterChef Goes Large from 2005 onwards. ...more

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James May's Toy Stories is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added James May's Toy Stories James May's Toy Stories is a television series presented by James May. The series was commissioned for BBC Two from Plum Pictures. The first episode, "Airfix", was shown on BBC Two at ...more

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Match of the Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Match of the Day Alan Hansen, Gary Lineker Match of the Day is the BBC's main football television programme. Typically, it is shown on BBC One on Saturday evenings during the English football season, showing highlights of the day's ...more

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Countryfile is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Countryfile Julian Morris, Matt Baker, Clare Balding Countryfile is a British television programme which airs weekly on BBC One and reports on rural and environmental issues in the United Kingdom. It's regularly the most watched factual programme ...more

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Natural World is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Natural World David Attenborough Natural World is a strand of British wildlife documentary programmes broadcast on BBC Two and BBC Two HD and regarded by the BBC as its flagship natural history series. It is the longest-running ...more

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Top of the Pops is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
BenNicholson added Top of the Pops Lisa Snowdon, Fearne Cotton, Alan Freeman Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a British music chart television programme, made by the BBC and originally broadcast weekly between 1 January 1964 and 30 July 2006. It was traditionally ...more

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Panorama is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Panorama Jeremy Vine Panorama is a BBC Television current affairs documentary programme. First broadcast in 1953, it is the world's longest-running current affairs television programme. Panorama has been presented ...more

The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Silent Witness Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward Silent Witness is a British crime drama series, produced by the BBC, focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations into various crimes. First broadcast in 1996, and ...more

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Deadly 60 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Deadly 60 Steve Backshall Deadly... is a strand of British wildlife documentary programming aimed principally at children and young people, which is broadcast on CBBC on BBC One and Two and on the CBBC Channel. It is ...more

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Mock the Week is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Mock the Week Dara O'Briain, Hugh Dennis, Andy Parsons Mock the Week is a British topical celebrity panel game hosted by Dara Ó Briain. The game is influenced by improvised topical stand-up comedy, with several rounds requiring players to ...more

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Outnumbered is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Outnumbered Samantha Bond, Hugh Dennis, Anna Skellern Outnumbered is a British sitcom starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as a father and mother outnumbered by their three children. There were five series, which aired on BBC One in 2007, 2008, ...more

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Whizz Whizz Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Luke Nola added Whizz Whizz Bang Bang Whizz Whizz Bang Bang is a BBC television series that began airing the fifth of March, 2007. The show is presented by Greg Foot. It features a different child in each programme who has an ...more

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Two Pints of Lager and a Packe... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Will Mellor, Natalie Casey, Sheridan Smith Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps is a British comedy television series sitcom that ran from 26 February 2001 to 24 May 2011 and starred Sheridan Smith, Will Mellor, Ralf Little, Natalie ...more

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Eggheads is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
BenNicholson added Eggheads Kevin Ashman, Christopher Hughes, Judith Keppel Eggheads is a BBC quiz show which pits a team of five "Eggheads" against a series of teams of five "challengers" who in each episode attempt to beat the Eggheads through a ...more

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Blue Peter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Blue Peter Peter Purves, Simon Groom, Mark Curry Blue Peter is a British CBBC children's television programme. It first aired in 1958 and is the longest-running children's TV show in the world. Although the show has a nautical title and theme, ...more