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The Best BBC TV Shows  

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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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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Keeping Up Appearances is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Blackadder's Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Blackadder: The Cavalier Years is listed (or ranked) 6 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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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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Only Fools and Horses is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 9 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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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 11 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. The title is a ...more
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The Black Adder is listed (or ranked) 12 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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All Creatures Great and Small is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds
Yes, Minister is a TV program
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Luther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley
Luther is a British 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 on 4 ...more
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Miss Marple is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston
Band of Brothers is a 2001 American WWII 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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North & South is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Jonathan Creek is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Due South is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 21 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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New Tricks is listed (or ranked) 22 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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To the Manor Born is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BBC TV Shows
Timothy Dalton, Judy Cornwell, Damien Thomas
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