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The Best BBC Television TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 10.9k votes 1.7k voters 80.8k views190 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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  • 1
    Sherlock
    581
    189

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 2
    Doctor Who
    404
    199

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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  • 3
    Line of Duty
    186
    66

    Line of Duty

    Keeley Hawes, Lennie James

    Premiered2012

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 4
    Faulty Towers
    285
    128

    Faulty Towers

    John Cleese, Prunella Scales

    Premiered1975

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 5
    Merlin
    321
    153

    Merlin

    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

    Premiered2008

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 6
    Luther
    273
    129

    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBBC One, BBC HD

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  • 7
    Blackadder
    165
    64

    Blackadder

    Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed

    Premiered1983

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 8
    Killing Eve
    148
    54

    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Premiered2018

    NetworkBBC America

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  • 9
    Fleabag
    168
    73

    Fleabag

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner

    Premiered2016

    NetworkBBC Three

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  • 10
    Monty Python's Flying Circus
    144
    56

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, John Cleese

    Premiered1969

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, IFC

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  • 11
    Top Gear
    192
    94

    Top Gear

    Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson

    Premiered2002

    NetworkBBC Two, BBC HD

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  • 12
    The Office
    126
    57

    The Office

    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2001

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 13
    Blackadder Goes Forth
    81
    26

    Blackadder Goes Forth

    Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson

    Premiered1989-09-28

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 14
    Shaun the Sheep
    117
    56

    Shaun the Sheep

    John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher

    Premiered2007

    NetworkCBBC, BBC One, Disney Channel, BBC HD

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  • 15
    The Fall
    122
    61

    The Fall

    Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan

    Premiered2013

    NetworkBBC Two

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  • 16
    The Great British Bake Off
    123
    66

    The Great British Bake Off

    Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

    Premiered2010

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation

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  • 17
    Keeping Up Appearances
    79
    29

    Keeping Up Appearances

    Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes

    Premiered1990

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

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  • 18
    Torchwood
    132
    75

    Torchwood

    John Barrowman, Eve Myles

    Premiered2006

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, Starz, BBC HD, BBC Three

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  • 19
    Only Fools and Horses
    83
    36

    Only Fools and Horses

    David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack

    Premiered1981

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 20
    The Vicar of Dibley
    79
    38

    The Vicar of Dibley

    Dawn French, Liz Smith

    Premiered1994

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 21
    Blackadder II
    57
    20

    Blackadder II

    Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson

    Premiered1986

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 22
    Death in Paradise
    103
    67

    Death in Paradise

    Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules

    Premiered2011

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 23
    Blackadder the Third
    52
    20

    Blackadder the Third

    Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson

    Premiered1987

    NetworkBBC One

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  • 24
    Red Dwarf
    81
    50

    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles

    Premiered1988

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, Dave

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  • 25
    Father Brown
    92
    61

    Father Brown

    Mark Williams

    Premiered2013

    NetworkBBC One

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