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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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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
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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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
JakeFraser added 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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Blackadder's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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: The Cavalier Years is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Miss Marple is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
JakeFraser added 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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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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North & South is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Due South is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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All Creatures Great and Small is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 18 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 20 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds Yes, Minister is a TV program

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Inspector George Gently is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 24 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
JakeFraser added 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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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Silent Witness is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Who Do You Think You Are? is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Truly, Madly, Deeply is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 30 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Little Dorrit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 33 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 34 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 35 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Spooks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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The Thin Blue Line is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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) 40 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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The Likely Lads is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Paddington Bear is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Tim Curry, Joel Grey, Michael Hordern Paddington Bear is a series of British animated shorts based on the Paddington Bear book series by Michael Bond produced by FilmFair. This was the first television series based on the popular ...more

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Rumpole of the Bailey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Waking the Dead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Tess of the D'Urbervilles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Massey Driven by poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles, innocent Tess Durbeyfield finds her ruse falling apart after crossing paths with the suspicious and highly manipulative Alec ...more

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Bob the Builder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Chris Evans, Richard Briers, Greg Proops Bob the Builder is a British children's animated television show created by Keith Chapman. In the original series Bob appears as a building contractor specializing in masonry in a stop motion ...more

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Ever Decreasing Circles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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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Sense and Sensibility is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
David Morrissey, Dominic Cooper, Janet McTeer Sense and Sensibility is a 2008 British television drama adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811 eponymous novel. The screenplay was written by Andrew Davies, who revealed that the aim of the series ...more

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Middlemarch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
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