Entertainment The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked  

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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.

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2009
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 ...more
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Pointless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2009
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. ...more
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Catchphrase is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1986
Catchphrase is a British game show based on the short-lived U.S. game show of the same name. It originally aired on ITV in the United Kingdom between 12 January 1986 and 23 April 2004. A ...more
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Countdown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1982
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 ...more
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Family Fortunes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1980
Family Fortunes is a British game show, based on the American game show Family Feud. The programme ran on ITV from 6 January 1980 to 6 December 2002 before being revived by the same channel in ...more
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Blockbusters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1983
Blockbusters is a British television game show based upon an American game show of the same name in which contestants answer trivia questions to complete a path across or down a game board of ...more
7
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Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1972
Mastermind is a British quiz show, well known for its challenging questions, intimidating setting and air of seriousness. Devised by Bill Wright, the basic format of Mastermind has never ...more
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The Crystal Maze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1990
The Crystal Maze was a British game show, produced by Chatsworth Television and shown on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom between 15 February 1990 and 10 August 1995. There was one series per ...more
9
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Bullseye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1981
Bullseye is a British television programme. It was first made for the ITV network by ATV in 1981, then by Central from 1982 until 1995, and was hosted by Jim Bowen.
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A Question of Sport is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1968
A Question of Sport is a long-running BBC sports quiz show that has been airing since 2 December 1968 with over 1,000 episodes. It involves two teams of sports stars answering questions on their ...more
11
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The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2000
The Weakest Link is a British television quiz show, mainly broadcast on BBC Two, but also on BBC One. It was devised by Fintan Coyle and Cathy Dunning, and developed for television by the BBC ...more
12
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The Generation Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1971
The Generation Game is a British game show produced by the BBC in which four teams of two people from the same family, but different generations, competed to win prizes. The programme was first ...more
13
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Blankety Blank is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1979
Blankety Blank is a British comedy game show based on the 1977–79 Australian game show Blankety Blanks. The British version ran from 18 January 1979 to 12 March 1990 on BBC One, hosted first by ...more
14
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The Krypton Factor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1977
The Krypton Factor is a British game show produced by Granada for broadcast on ITV. The show originally ran from 7 September 1977 to 20 November 1995, and was hosted by Gordon Burns and usually ...more
15
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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2005
Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the same name. The show was hosted by Howie Mandel, and premiered on December 19, 2005, on NBC. The ...more
16
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Tipping Point is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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Tipping Point is a British television game show presented by Ben Shephard and is broadcast on ITV. The show began airing on 2 July 2012 and sees contestants answering general knowledge questions ...more
17
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University Challenge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1962
University Challenge is a British quiz programme that premièred in 1962. University Challenge aired for 913 episodes on ITV from 21 September 1962 to 31 December 1987, presented by quiz ...more
18
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The Cube is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2009
The Cube is a triple BAFTA Award–winning British game show which first aired on ITV on 22 August 2009. Presented by Phillip Schofield, it offers contestants the chance to win a top prize of ...more
19
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Fifteen to One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1988
Fifteen to One is a general knowledge quiz show broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. It originally ran from 11 January 1988 to 19 December 2003 and had a reputation for being one of the ...more
20
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Eggheads is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2003
Eggheads is a BBC quiz show which pits a team of five "Eggheads" against a series of teams of five "challengers" who in each episode attempt to beat the Eggheads through a ...more
21
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Take Your Pick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Ted Butler added 1955
Take Your Pick! was a United Kingdom game show originally broadcast by Radio Luxembourg in the early 1950s. The show transferred to television in 1955 with the launch of ITV, where it continued ...more
22
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8 Out of 10 Cats is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2005
8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron for Channel 4. It was first broadcast on 3 June 2005. The show is hosted by Jimmy Carr and the current team ...more
23
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The Million Pound Drop Live is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2010
The Million Pound Drop is a BAFTA-winning game show which broadcasts on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. The show began on 24 May 2010 with Davina McCall having presented the show's eleven ...more
24
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Going for Gold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1987
Going for Gold is a British television game show that originally aired on BBC1 between 12 October 1987 and 9 July 1996. It has since been revived for Channel 5 from 13 October 2008 to 20 March
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Scrapheap Challenge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1998
Scrapheap Challenge was an engineering game show produced by RDF Media and broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. In the show, teams of contestants had 10 hours in which to build a ...more