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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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
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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Broadchurch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
David Tennant, Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker Broadchurch is a British television crime drama broadcast on ITV. It was created and written by Chris Chibnall and produced by Kudos Film and Television, Shine America, and Imaginary Friends. ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added 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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The Fall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch The Fall is a BBC crime drama television series set in Northern Ireland and created, written and, in its second series, directed by Allan Cubitt. The series stars Gillian Anderson as ...more

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Faulty Towers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam Monty Python’s Flying Circus is a British sketch comedy series commissioned by David Attenborough, created by the comedy group Monty Python and broadcast by the BBC from 1969 to 1974. The shows ...more

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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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Agatha Christie's Poirot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Philip Jackson Agatha Christie's Poirot is a British television drama that aired on ITV from 8 January 1989 to 13 November 2013. David Suchet stars as the eponymous detective, Agatha Christie's fictional ...more

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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
BenNicholson added 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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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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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Midsomer Murders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Suzi Quatro, John Nettles, Neil Dudgeon Midsomer Murders is a British television detective drama that has aired on ITV since 1997. The show is based on Caroline Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby book series, as originally adapted by ...more

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Wallander is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Kenneth Branagh, Richard McCabe, Jeany Spark Wallander is a British television series adapted from the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels and starring Kenneth Branagh as the eponymous police inspector. The first ...more

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Prime Suspect is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Helen Mirren, Zoë Wanamaker, Tom Bell Prime Suspect is a British police procedural television drama series starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in ...more

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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Father Brown is a British television period drama which began airing on BBC One on 14 January 2013. It features Mark Williams as the eponymous crime-solving Roman Catholic priest. The series is ...more

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The Bletchley Circle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Rachael Stirling, Julie Graham, Sophie Rundle The Bletchley Circle is a television mystery drama miniseries, set in 1952–53, about four women who used to work as codebreakers at Bletchley Park. Dissatisfied with official failure to ...more

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The Vicar of Dibley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Dawn French, Liz Smith, Emma Chambers The Vicar of Dibley is a BBC television situation comedy created by Richard Curtis and written for actress, Dawn French, by Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer, with contributions from Kit ...more

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Inspector Lewis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Kevin Whately, Laurence Fox, Clare Holman Lewis is a British television detective drama produced for ITV. A spin-off from Inspector Morse, like that series it is set in Oxford. Kevin Whately reprises his character Robert ...more

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Foyle's War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell Foyle's War is a British detective drama television series set during and shortly after the Second World War, created by screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by ITV after ...more

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more

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Endeavour is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Shaun Evans, Roger Allam, James Bradshaw Endeavour is a British television detective drama series. It is a prequel to the long-running Inspector Morse and—like that series—is set primarily in Oxford. Shaun Evans portrays a young ...more

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Yes, Prime Minister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds Yes, Prime Minister is a comedy drama tv show that aired on BBC TWO from January 1986 to January 1988.

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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
HenriqueCésarMadeira added 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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The Thin Blue Line is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Rowan Atkinson, Mark Addy, James Dreyfus The Thin Blue Line is a British sitcom starring Rowan Atkinson set in a police station that ran for two series on the BBC from 1995 to 1996. It was written by Ben Elton.

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook The Office is a mockumentary that was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 9 July 2001. Created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the programme is ...more

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The Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Rowan Atkinson, Robin Driscoll, Matilda Ziegler Mr. Bean is an animated television series by Varga Studio based on the British live-action series of the same name. Characters from the original live action series included Mr. Bean, Irma Gobb, ...more

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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth and final series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 28 September to 2 November 1989 on BBC One. The ...more

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Shaun the Sheep is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Kenneth More, Graham Crowden, Dennis Burgess Father Brown is a British television series, which originally aired on ITV in 1974. It featured Kenneth More as Father Brown, a Roman Catholic Priest who solved crime mysteries. The episodes ...more

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Grantchester is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie

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Spooks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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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Blackadder the Third is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie Blackadder the Third is the third series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 17 September to 22 October 1987. The series was set during the ...more

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Fleabag is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a six-part British comedy series about Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.

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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Rachel Weisz Inspector Endeavour Morse is a fictional character in the eponymous series of detective novels by British author Colin Dexter. On television, he appears in the 33-episode 1987–2000 drama series ...more

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Doctor Who Confidential is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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

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Monty Python's Personal Best is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle Monty Python's Personal Best is a miniseries of six one-hour specials, each showcasing the contributions of a particular Monty Python member. Produced by Python Pictures Ltd., the series first ...more

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Shetland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Shetland is a BBC Scotland crime drama television series starring Douglas Henshall as Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez. The story takes place on the Scottish archipelago of Shetland, though much ...more

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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added 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

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The Sarah Jane Adventures is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added 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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The Happy Valley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Denholm Elliott, Holly Aird, Kathryn Pogson The Happy Valley is a British television drama, first shown on BBC1 on 6 September 1987 in the Sunday Premiere strand. It was written by David Reid, directed by Richard Devenish, and produced by ...more

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Blackadder II is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny Blackadder II is the second series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 9 January 1986 to 20 February 1986. The series is set in England during ...more

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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added 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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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a series of BBC television programmes about Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant ...more

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Jeeves and Wooster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robert Daws Jeeves and Wooster is a British comedy-drama series adapted by Clive Exton from P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves" stories. The series was a collaboration between Brian Eastman of Picture ...more

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Inspector Morse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
John Thaw, Peter Woodthorpe, Kevin Whately Inspector Morse is a British detective drama television series based on a series of novels by Colin Dexter. It starred John Thaw as Chief Inspector Morse and Kevin Whately as Sergeant Lewis. The ...more

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Inspector George Gently is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard Inspector George Gently is a British television series produced by Company Pictures for BBC One, set in the 1960s and based on some of the 46 Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter. The ...more

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detecti... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a BBC America comic science fiction detective television series, taking place after the Douglas Adams novel series of the same name.

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Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes, Clive Swift Keeping Up Appearances is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC, centred on the life of eccentric social climber Hyacinth Bucket, who insists that her surname is ...more