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The Best BBC Television TV Shows

Updated February 3, 2021 11.6k votes 2.2k voters 96.5k views147 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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    Top Gear

    Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson

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    Fleabag

    Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Skinner

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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

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    Blackadder

    Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed

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    Merlin

    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

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    Faulty Towers

    John Cleese, Prunella Scales

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    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    Graham Chapman, John Cleese

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    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

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    The Office

    Ricky Gervais, Martin Freeman

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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

    David Jason, Roger Lloyd-Pack

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    Keeping Up Appearances

    Patricia Routledge, Geoffrey Hughes

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    Death in Paradise

    Kris Marshall, Danny John-Jules

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    Torchwood

    John Barrowman, Eve Myles

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    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles

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    The Vicar of Dibley

    Dawn French, Liz Smith

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    Father Brown

    Mark Williams

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    Shetland

    Douglas Henshall, Alison O'Donnell

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    Yes, Prime Minister

    Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne
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    Spooks

    Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo

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    The Sarah Jane Adventures

    Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony

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    'Allo 'Allo!

    Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera

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