The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

List Rules
Vote up your favorite British game shows in any genre.

British game shows are a top form of entertainment, combining the thrill of competition with luxurious prizes. The top British game shows come in many forms, from competitions to dating shows to panel games. This is a list of the best British game shows, including everything from Mastermind to 8 Out of 10 Cats to The Crystal Maze.

What series will you find on this list of the best British game shows? The Weakest Link became popular all over the world thanks to its engaging format. Presenter Anne Robinson was nicknamed the "Queen of Mean" for her icy demeanor with contestants. Deal or No Deal originated in the Netherlands, but it became a successful game show in the UK as well. Other good British games shows featured on this list include Blankety Blank, University Challenge, and Catchphrase.

So, which English game show is the best? Give the greatest series a thumbs up, and please add any good competition shows that are missing.


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  • The Chase
    501 votes
    • Actors: Bradley Walsh
    The Chase is a British television quiz show, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Bradley Walsh. Contestants play against an opponent, known as the "Chaser", who plays for the bank. The Chasers are Anne ...more
  • Taskmaster
    167 votes
    • Actors: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Kerry Godliman
    Taskmaster (Dave, 2015) is a British comedy game-show created by Alex Horne. Five comedians compete in tasks challenging their creativity and wit. The tasks are supervised by Alex Horne but the ...more
  • Countdown
    324 votes
    • Actors: Rachel Riley, Des O'Connor, Des Lynam, Jeff Stelling
    Countdown is a British game show involving word and number puzzles. It is produced by ITV Studios and broadcast on Channel 4. It is presented by Nick Hewer, assisted by Rachel Riley, with regular ...more
  • Pointless
    402 votes
    • Actors: Alexander Armstrong
    Pointless is a quiz show produced by Endemol UK for the BBC, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman. Contestants on the programme are tasked with finding obscure answers to questions. The ...more