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The Best BBC Television TV Shows  

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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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Luther is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
bigcraig added Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
Luther is a British 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 on 4 ...more
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Faulty Towers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
TracyLemaster added Faulty Towers
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Line of Duty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Keeley Hawes, Lennie James, Martin Compston
Line of Duty is a British police drama, created by Jed Mercurio, which aired on BBC Two 26 June 2012. The first series was BBC Two's best-performing drama series in 10 years, with a consolidated ...more
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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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Blackadder is listed (or ranked) 8 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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The Office is listed (or ranked) 9 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 Fall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch
The Fall is a BBC 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 Superintendent ...more
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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Vicar of Dibley is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 16 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 Great British Bake Off is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc
The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more
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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Death in Paradise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
peter.glover1 added Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules, Ben Miller
This film is a British-French lighthearted 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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Blackadder II is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Father Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Spooks is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Yes, Prime Minister is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Fleabag is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Fleabag Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner, Sian Clifford
Fleabag (BBC Three, 2016) is a British comedy series about Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC Television TV Shows
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more