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

Shows include everything from Doctor Who to Pride and Prejudice.

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

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Sherlock 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 TV Shows
Doctor Who 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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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman Pride and Prejudice is a six-episode 1995 British television drama, adapted by Andrew Davies from Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name. Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth starred as Elizabeth ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British crime 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 ...more

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Merlin 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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Blackadder's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Blackadder's Christmas Carol Rowan Atkinson, Rony Robinson, Stephen Fry Blackadder's Christmas Carol is a one-off episode of Blackadder, a parody of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. It is set between Blackadder the Third and Blackadder Goes Forth, and is narrated ...more

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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
JakeFraser added 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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Miss Marple is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Miss Marple Joan Hickson, Gwen Watford, David Horovitch Miss Marple is a British television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie. It starred Joan Hickson in the title role, and aired from 1984 to 1992. All 12 ...more

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Blackadder: The Cavalier Years is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry As the only two loyalists to King Charles (sounding a lot like Prince Charles), it is up to Blackadder and Baldrick to come up with a plan to save the King from Oliver Cromwell's death sentence. ...more

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White Life on Mars is a British television series broadcast on BBC One between January 2006 and April 2007. The series combines elements of science fiction and police procedural, featuring an officer ...more

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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
JakeFraser added Only Fools and Horses 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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Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Keeping Up Appearances 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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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
The Black Adder Alex Norton, Elspet Gray, Tim McInnerny The Black Adder is the unaired pilot episode of the BBC television series Blackadder. Taped on 20 June 1982, it features the original incarnation of Rowan Atkinson's character Edmund Blackadder. ...more

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC 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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Due South is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Due South Leslie Nielsen, Callum Keith Rennie, Paul Gross Due South is a Canadian crime drama series with elements of comedy. The series was created by Paul Haggis, produced by Alliance Communications, and stars Paul Gross, David Marciano, Gordon ...more

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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Nathaniel Parker, Sharon Small, Lesley Vickerage The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a series of BBC television programmes about Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley, 8th Earl of Asherton of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant ...more

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Jonathan Creek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Jonathan Creek Alan Davies, Caroline Quentin, Stuart Milligan Jonathan Creek is a British mystery crime drama series produced by the BBC and written by David Renwick. It stars Alan Davies as the title character, who works as a creative consultant to a ...more

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North & South is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
North & South Richard Armitage, Sinéad Cusack, Daniela Denby-Ashe North & South is a British television drama serial, produced by the BBC and originally broadcast in four episodes on BBC One in November and December 2004. It follows the story of Margaret ...more

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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Band of Brothers Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom ...more

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All Creatures Great and Small is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
All Creatures Great and Small Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy, Peter Davison All Creatures Great and Small is a British television series, based on the books of the British veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot. In 1977, the BBC tasked ...more

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Monarch of the Glen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Monarch of the Glen Richard Briers, Susan Hampshire, Dawn Steele Monarch of the Glen is a British drama television series produced by Ecosse Films for BBC Scotland and broadcast on BBC One for seven series between 2000 and 2005. The Monarch of the Glen ...more

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Inspector George Gently is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Inspector George Gently Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Simon Hubbard Inspector George Gently is a British television series produced by Company Pictures for BBC One, set in the 1960s and based on some of the 46 Inspector Gently novels written by Alan Hunter. The ...more

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The Sarah Jane Adventures is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
JakeFraser added The Sarah Jane Adventures Elisabeth Sladen, Daniel Anthony, Alexander Armstrong The Sarah Jane Adventures is a British science fiction television programme, that was produced by BBC Cymru Wales for CBBC, created by Russell T Davies starring Elisabeth Sladen. The programme ...more

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Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Yes Minister Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds Yes, Minister is a TV program

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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Silent Witness Emilia Fox, William Gaminara, Tom Ward Silent Witness is a British crime drama series, produced by the BBC, focusing on a team of forensic pathology experts and their investigations into various crimes. First broadcast in 1996, and ...more

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre is a 1983 British television serial adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's novel of the same name, produced by BBC and directed by Julian Amyes. The serial stars Zelah Clarke as the ...more

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Little Dorrit is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Little Dorrit Andy Serkis, Freema Agyeman, Matthew Macfadyen Little Dorrit is a 2008 British miniseries based on the serial novel of the same title by Charles Dickens, originally published between 1855 and 1857. The screenplay is by Andrew Davies and the ...more

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Alec Guinness, Ian Richardson, Joss Ackland Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was a 1979 seven part TV series adaptation of John Le Carre's novel.

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Bagpuss is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Bagpuss Oliver Postgate, Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner Bagpuss is a UK children's television series, made by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate. The series of 13 episodes was first broadcast from 12 February 1974 to 7 May 1974 through their company ...more

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New Tricks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
New Tricks James Bolam, Alun Armstrong, Amanda Redman New Tricks is a British procedural comedy-drama that follows the work of the fictional Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad of the Metropolitan Police Service. Originally led by DSI Sandra ...more

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Spooks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Spooks 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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Who Do You Think You Are? is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Who Do You Think You Are? Who Do You Think You Are? is a British genealogy documentary series that has aired on the BBC since 2004. It is made by the production company Wall to Wall. In each episode, a celebrity goes on ...more

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The Thin Blue Line is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
The Thin Blue Line Rowan Atkinson, Mark Addy, James Dreyfus The Thin Blue Line is a British sitcom starring Rowan Atkinson set in a police station that ran for two series on the BBC from 1995 to 1996. It was written by Ben Elton.

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Bleak House is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Bleak House Gillian Anderson, Carey Mulligan, Charles Dance A trio of orphans becomes embroiled in a mysterious and long-running lawsuit in this sprawling BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel. A legend in the legal circles of Victorian London, the ...more

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Truly, Madly, Deeply is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Truly, Madly, Deeply Truly, Madly, Deeply is a 1990 British fantasy music drama film made for the BBC's Screen Two series. The film, written and directed by Anthony Minghella, stars Juliet Stevenson and Alan

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
House of Cards Ian Richardson, Colin Jeavons, James Villiers House of Cards is a political thriller tv series based upon the novel written by Michael Dobbs, a former Chief of Staff at Conservative Party headquarters, which was set at the end of Margaret ...more

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The Likely Lads is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
The Likely Lads Wendy Richard, James Bolam, Sheila Fearn The Likely Lads is a British sitcom created and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and produced by Dick Clement. Twenty episodes were broadcast by the BBC, in three series, between 16 ...more

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Pride and Prejudice Barbara Shelley, Judy Parfitt, Tessa Peake-Jones Pride and Prejudice is a 1980 BBC television serial, adapted by British novelist Fay Weldon from Jane Austen's novel of the same name, originally published in 1813. This five-episode ...more

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To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
To the Manor Born Penelope Keith, Alexander Armstrong, Angela Thorne To the Manor Born is a BBC television sitcom that first aired on BBC1 from 1979 to 1981. A special edition appeared in 2007. Starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles, the first 20 episodes and ...more

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Rome is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker Rome is a British-American-Italian historical drama television series created by Bruno Heller, John Milius and William J. MacDonald. The show's two seasons were broadcast on HBO, BBC Two, and ...more

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Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Waking the Dead Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Wil Johnson Waking the Dead is a British television police procedural crime drama series produced by the BBC featuring a fictional Cold Case unit composed of CID police officers, a psychological profiler ...more

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Great Expectations Patsy Kensit, Joan Hickson, Stratford Johns Great Expectations is a 1981 BBC TV miniseries, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. It was directed by Julian Amyes and adapted by James Andrew Hall.

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Rumpole of the Bailey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Rumpole of the Bailey Samantha Bond, Leo McKern, Rosalyn Landor Rumpole of the Bailey is a British television series created and written by the British writer and barrister John Mortimer. It stars Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, an ageing London barrister who ...more

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Ever Decreasing Circles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Ever Decreasing Circles Richard Briers, Penelope Wilton, Peter Egan Ever Decreasing Circles is a British situation comedy which ran on BBC1 for four series from 1984 to 1989. It was written by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, and it reunited them with Richard ...more

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Middlemarch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Middlemarch Rufus Sewell, Robert Hardy, Michael Hordern Middlemarch is a 1994 television adaptation of the 1871 novel of the same name by George Eliot. Produced by the BBC in seven episodes, it is the second such adaptation for television of the ...more

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The Late Late Show with Craig ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson, Shadoe Stevens, Josh Robert Thompson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is an American late-night talk show hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who was the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. It ...more

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Great Expectations Gillian Anderson, Ray Winstone, Harry Lloyd Great Expectations is a three-part BBC television drama adaptation by Sarah Phelps of the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations. Starring Ray Winstone as Magwitch, Gillian Anderson as Miss ...more

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Smiley's People is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Smiley's People Alec Guinness, Eileen Atkins, Bill Paterson Smiley’s People was a 1982 drama miniseries in six parts, made for the BBC. Directed by Simon Langton, produced by Jonathan Powell, it is the television adaptation of the 1979 spy novel of the ...more

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Cranford is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Cranford Judi Dench, Imelda Staunton, Eileen Atkins Cranford is a British television series directed by Simon Curtis and Steve Hudson. The teleplay by Heidi Thomas was adapted from three novellas by Elizabeth Gaskell published between 1849 and ...more

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Bergerac is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Bergerac Celia Imrie, Louise Jameson, John Nettles Bergerac is a British television show set in Jersey. Produced by the BBC in association with the Seven Network, and first screened on BBC1, it starred John Nettles as the title character ...more