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The Best BBC Two TV Shows

Updated May 21, 2021 5.5k votes 94 voters 5.3k views

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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  • 1

    The Black Adder

    Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson

    PremieredJune 15, 1983


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  • 2

    The Office

    Ricky Gervais, Mackenzie Crook

    PremieredAugust 7, 2002


    The Office (BBC Two, 2001) is a British television mockumentary sitcom created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The series follows the day-to-day lives of office...  more

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  • 3

    Not The Nine O'Clock News

    Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson


    GenresSketch comedy, Sketch, Comedy

    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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  • 4

    Monty Python's Flying Circus

    John Cleese, Terry Jones

    PremieredOctober 5, 1969


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  • 5

    Rab C. Nesbitt

    David Tennant, Barbara Rafferty


    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    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 was...  more
  • 6

    I, Claudius

    Derek Jacobi, George Baker

    PremieredSeptember 20, 1976

    GenresHistorical drama

    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 Blessed,...  more


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  • 7


    Miles Jupp, Mary Riggans


    GenresChildren's television series

    Balamory is a Scottish live action television series on British television for pre-school children, based around the fictional small island community of Balamory in Scotland. It was produced between...  more

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  • 8

    The League of Gentlemen

    Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton

    PremieredAugust 6, 1999


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  • 9

    Yes Minister

    Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne

    PremieredFebruary 25, 1980

    GenresSitcom, Politics

    Yes, Minister (BBC2, 1980) is a political satire British sitcom. The Right Honorable James Hacker (Paul Eddington) has landed the plum job of Cabinet Minister to the Department of Administration and...  more

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  • 10

    Robot Wars

    Jayne Middlemiss


    GenresGame show, Reality television

    Robot Wars is a technological game show that was first broadcast on BBC Two from 20 February 1998 until 23 February 2001, then broadcast on BBC Choice from 8 October 2001 until 7 February 2003 and...  more
  • 11

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Peter Jones, Simon Jones

    PremieredJanuary 5, 1981

    GenresScience fiction, Comedy

    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 Two....  more

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  • 12

    The Thick of It

    Chris Addison, James Smith

    PremieredMay 19, 2005

    GenresComedy, Politics

    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 with a...  more

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  • 13

    Harry & Paul

    Kathy Burke, Sophie Winkleman


    GenresSketch comedy, Sketch, Comedy

    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 trailed as...  more
  • 14

    Lead Balloon

    Jack Dee, Anna Crilly

    PremieredOctober 27, 2006


    Lead Balloon is a British television series produced by Open Mike Productions for BBC Four. The series was created and is co-written by comedian Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair. It stars Dee as Rick...  more
  • 15

    Game On

    Samantha Zoe Womack, Ben Chaplin


    GenresSitcom, Comedy

    Game On, also titled Game On! and Game-On was a British sitcom which ran for three series, and aired on BBC2 from 1995 to 1998. The central characters are three childhood friends from Herne Bay in...  more
  • 16

    Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge

    Steve Coogan, David Schneider


    GenresTelevision comedy, Talk show, Comedy

    Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge is a BBC Television series of six episodes, and a Christmas special Knowing Me Knowing Yule on 29 December 1995. It is named after the song "Knowing Me,...  more
  • 17

    Top Gear

    Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson


    GenresMotorsport, Automotive

    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 spin-offs,...  more
  • 18

    The Young Ones

    Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall

    PremieredNovember 9, 1982


    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 comedy...  more

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  • 19
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  • 20


    Adrian Edmondson, Rik Mayall

    PremieredSeptember 17, 1991


    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
  • 21

    A Bit of Fry and Laurie

    Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie

    PremieredJanuary 13, 1989


    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 between...  more
  • 22

    French & Saunders

    Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders


    GenresSketch comedy, Sketch, Parody, Comedy

    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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  • 23


    Carlo Bonomi, David Sant

    PremieredMay 28, 1986

    GenresAdventure, Fantasy, Animated, Children

    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 Group....  more

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  • 24

    The Planets

    Samuel West

    PremieredOctober 9, 1999

    GenresDocumentary, Science

    The Planets is an educational miniseries produced by the BBC and A&E and released in 1999. The series was remastered in 2004. It documents the Solar System and its nature, formation, and discovery by...  more
  • 25

    The Tudors

    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Tamzin Merchant

    PremieredApril 1, 2007

    GenresHistorical drama

    The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a historical fiction television series created by Michael Hirst. In 16th-century England, King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) protects his throne from enemies with...  more

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