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List of popular BBC Two shows, ranked from best to worst. This list of the top current and cancelled BBC Two TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best BBC Two TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on BBC Two, 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.

List contains shows like Top Gear, Pingu.

Although television fans in different locations grew up with BBC Two on different channels, most of us got the same shows, so don't let your favorite BBC Two TV shows sink to the bottom of the list! The list of top BBC Two television shown below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the BBC Two network, even ones that are no longer on the air.

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Fawlty Towers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Fawlty Towers John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs Fawlty Towers is a BBC television sitcom that was first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made. The show was written by John Cleese and his then-wife Connie Booth, both of ...more

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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Black Adder Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray The Black Adder is the first series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, directed by Martin Shardlow and produced by John Lloyd. The series was originally ...more

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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Top Gear Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May Top Gear is a half-hour motoring show that started in 1977 on the BBC in the United Kingdom. It was long-lived, and followed by a revamped format starting in 2002, as well as a number of ...more

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The Office is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Office 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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Have I Got News for You is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Have I Got News for You Ian Hislop, Paul Merton, Angus Deayton Have I Got News for You is a British television panel show produced by Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. It is loosely based on the BBC Radio 4 show The News Quiz, and has been regularly ...more

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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
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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Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Yes Minister Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds Yes, Minister is a TV program

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The Catherine Tate Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Catherine Tate Show Catherine Tate, Mathew Horne, Niky Wardley The Catherine Tate Show is a British television sketch comedy written by Catherine Tate and Aschlin Ditta. Tate also stars in all but one of the show's sketches, which feature a wide range of ...more

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Monty Python's Flying Circus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Monty Python's Flying Circus 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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The Thick of It is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Thick of It Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan, Chris Addison The Thick of It is a British comedy television series that satirises the inner workings of modern British government. It was first broadcast for two short series on BBC Four in 2005, initially ...more

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QI is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
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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A Bit of Fry and Laurie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
A Bit of Fry and Laurie Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton A Bit of Fry & Laurie is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring former Cambridge Footlights members Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, broadcast on both BBC1 and BBC2 ...more

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Stephen Moore, Simon Jones, David Dixon The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a BBC television adaptation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy broadcast in January and February 1981 on UK television station BBC ...more

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Not The Nine O'Clock News is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Not The Nine O'Clock News Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Griff Rhys Jones Not the Nine O'Clock News is a television comedy sketch show which was broadcast on BBC2 from 1979 to 1982. Originally shown as a comedy alternative to the Nine O'Clock News on BBC1, it featured ...more

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The Day Today is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Day Today Christopher Morris, Steve Coogan, Patrick Marber The Day Today is a surreal British parody of television current affairs programmes, broadcast in 1994, and created by the comedians Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris. It is an adaptation of the ...more

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Postman Pat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Postman Pat Ken Barrie, Carole Boyd, Kulvinder Ghir Postman Pat is a British stop-motion animated children's television series first produced by Woodland Animations. It is aimed at pre-school children, and concerns the adventures of Pat Clifton, ...more

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Red Dwarf 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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French & Saunders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
French & Saunders Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Simon Brint French and Saunders is a British sketch comedy television series written by and starring comic duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. It is also the name by which the performers are known on the ...more

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Never Mind the Buzzcocks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Never Mind the Buzzcocks Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Clarkson, Bill Bailey Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a British comedy panel game show with a pop music theme, presented by Rhod Gilbert since 2014. It stars Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding as team captains. The show is ...more

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The League of Gentlemen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The League of Gentlemen Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith The League of Gentlemen is a quartet of British dark comedy writer–performers, formed in 1995 by Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith. The television programme for ...more

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Pingu is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Pingu Carlo Bonomi, David Sant, Marcello Magni Pingu is a British-Swiss stop-motion animated children's comedy television series created by Otmar Gutmann and produced from 1986 to 2000 for Swiss television by Trickfilmstudio and The Pygos ...more

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Rab C. Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Rab C. Nesbitt David Tennant, Barbara Rafferty, Elaine C. Smith Rab C. Nesbitt is a Scottish Comedy which began in 1988. Produced by BBC Scotland, it stars Gregor Fisher as an alcoholic Glaswegian who seeks unemployment as a lifestyle choice. Rab C. Nesbitt ...more

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Blue Peter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
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

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Coupling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Coupling Gina Bellman, Jack Davenport, Sarah Alexander Coupling is a British television sitcom written by Steven Moffat that aired on BBC2 from 12 May 2000 to 14 June 2004. Produced by Hartswood Films for the BBC, the show centres on the dating, ...more

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That Mitchell and Webb Look is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
That Mitchell and Webb Look David Mitchell, Robert Webb, James Bachman That Mitchell and Webb Look is a British television sketch show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Shown on BBC Two since 2006, its first two series were directed by David Kerr, who also ...more

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The Royle Family is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Royle Family Ricky Tomlinson, Sue Johnston, Caroline Aherne The Royle Family is a British television sitcom produced by Granada Productions for the BBC, which ran for three series between 1998 and 2000, and specials from 2006 to 2012. It centres on the ...more

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I'm Alan Partridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
I'm Alan Partridge Steve Coogan, Phil Cornwell, Simon Greenall I'm Alan Partridge is a BBC situation comedy starring Steve Coogan, of which two series of six episodes each were produced — the first in 1997 and the second in 2002. The series followed the ...more

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The Young Ones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Young Ones Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle, Ade Edmondson The Young Ones is a British sitcom, broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1982 to 1984 in two six-part series. Shown on BBC2, it featured anarchic, offbeat humour which helped bring alternative ...more

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Open All Hours is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Open All Hours David Jason, Ronnie Barker, Stephanie Cole Open All Hours is a BBC television sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme ...more

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Bob and Margaret is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Bob and Margaret Alison Snowden, Jamie Watson, Andy Hamilton Bob and Margaret is a Canadian/UK animated television series that was also shown in the United States and all over the world. The series was produced by Nelvana, a Toronto animation studio, and ...more

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Edge of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Edge of Darkness Joanne Whalley, Joe Don Baker, Ian McNeice Edge of Darkness er en British dramaserie. Serien blev sendt første gang på tv i 1985.

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Neverwhere is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Neverwhere Peter Capaldi, Laura Fraser, Tamsin Greig Neverwhere is an urban fantasy television series by Neil Gaiman that first aired in 1996 on BBC Two. The series is set in "London Below", a magical realm coexisting with the more ...more

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The Goodies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Goodies Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden The Goodies is a British television comedy series shown in the 1970s and early 1980s. The series, which combines surreal sketches and situation comedy, was broadcast by BBC 2 from 1970 until ...more

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves's I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, with Siân Phillips, Brian ...more

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Look Around You is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Look Around You Simon Pegg, David Walliams, Nick Frost Look Around You is a British television comedy series devised and written by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, and narrated in the first series by Nigel Lambert. The first series of eight ...more

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Alas Smith and Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Alas Smith and Jones Sarah Alexander, Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith Alas Smith and Jones is a British comedy sketch television series featuring Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones that ran for four series and two Christmas specials on BBC2 from 1984 to 1988, and as ...more

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Harry & Paul is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Harry & Paul Kathy Burke, Sophie Winkleman, Harry Enfield Harry & Paul is a BAFTA Award-winning British sketch comedy show starring Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. It was first broadcast on BBC One on 13 April 2007. Prior to broadcast it was ...more

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Nighty Night is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Nighty Night Julia Davis, Angus Deayton, Rebecca Front Nighty Night is a BBC dark television sitcom written by and starring Julia Davis. It was first broadcast on 6 January 2004 on BBC Three before moving to BBC2. Notorious for its dark humour, the ...more

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The Larry Sanders Show is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
The Larry Sanders Show Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham The Larry Sanders Show is an American television sitcom set in the office and studio of a fictional late-night talk show. The show was created by Garry Shandling and Dennis Klein and aired from ...more

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Early Doors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Early Doors John Henshaw, Craig Cash, Phil Mealey Early Doors is a BBC sitcom written by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey who also appear in the series playing best friends Joe and Duffy. The setting is The Grapes, a small public house in Stockport, ...more

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Butterflies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Butterflies Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer, Nicholas Lyndhurst Butterflies was a British sitcom series written by Carla Lane broadcast on BBC2 from 1978–83. The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinson family in a bittersweet style. There are both ...more

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Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Stewart Lee, Peter Serafinowicz, Stephen K. Amos Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle is a BBC Two comedy series created by Stewart Lee. It features standup comedy and sketches united by a theme for each episode. It is script-edited by Chris Morris ...more

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Bottom is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Bottom Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Steven O'Donnell Bottom is a British sitcom television series that originally aired on BBC2 between 1991 and 1995. It was written by and starred comic duo Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall as Eddie and Richie, two ...more

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Episodes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Episodes Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan Episodes is a British/American television sitcom created by David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik and produced by Hat Trick Productions. It premiered on Showtime in the United States on 9 January 2011 ...more

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Harry Enfield's Television Pro... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Harry Enfield's Television Programme Harry Enfield, Paul Whitehouse, Kathy Burke Harry Enfield and Chums was a British sketch show starring Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse. It first broadcast on BBC Two in 1990 in the 9 pm slot on Thursdays nights which became the ...more

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Masterchef (UK) is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
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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Judge John Deed is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Judge John Deed Martin Shaw, Jenny Seagrove, Barbara Thorn Judge John Deed is a British legal drama television series produced by the BBC in association with One-Eyed Dog for BBC One. It was created by G.F. Newman and stars Martin Shaw as Sir John Deed, ...more

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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
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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Call My Bluff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Call My Bluff Robert Morley, Sandi Toksvig, Alan Coren Call My Bluff is a long-running British game show between two teams of three celebrity contestants. The point of the game is for the teams to take it in turn to provide three definitions of an ...more

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Extras is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best BBC Two TV Shows
Extras Ricky Gervais, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant Extras is a British sitcom about extras working in television and film sets and in theatre. The series was co-produced by the BBC and HBO, and was created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais ...more