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The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

Updated August 14, 2020 6.1k votes 707 voters 35.3k views36 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    The Chase is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    The Chase

    2009

    ActorsBradley Walsh

    The Chase is a British television quiz show, broadcast on ITV and hosted by Bradley Walsh.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Pointless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsAlexander Armstrong

    Pointless is a quiz show produced by Endemol UK for the BBC, hosted by Alexander Armstrong and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Catchphrase is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsAndrew O'Connor, Roy Walker

    Catchphrase is a British game show based on the short-lived U.S. game show of the same name.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Countdown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsRachel Riley, Des O'Connor, Des Lynam, Jeff Stelling

    Countdown is a British game show involving word and number puzzles. It is produced by ITV... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Family Fortunes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsBob Monkhouse, Les Dennis, Max Bygraves

    Family Fortunes is a British game show, based on the American game show Family Feud. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    The Crystal Maze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsSandra Caron

    The Crystal Maze was a British game show, produced by Chatsworth Television and shown on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Deal Or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsHowie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

    Deal or No Deal is the American version of the international game show of Dutch origin of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Bullseye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsTony Green, Jim Bowen, Declan Donnelly

    Bullseye is a British television programme. It was first made for the ITV network by ATV in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Blockbusters is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsLiza Tarbuck, Bob Holness, Michael Aspel

    Blockbusters is a British television game show based upon an American game show of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    The Cube is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsColin McFarlane, The Body

    The Cube is a triple BAFTA Award–winning British game show which first aired on ITV on 22... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsAnne Robinson

    The Weakest Link is a British television quiz show, mainly broadcast on BBC Two, but also on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsMagnus Magnusson, Peter Snow

    Mastermind is a British television game show for the BBC. Its creator, Bill Wright, drew... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Tipping Point is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
    Tipping Point is a British television game show presented by Ben Shephard and is broadcast on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Blankety Blank is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsCarol Vorderman, Paul O'Grady, Terry Wogan, Les Dawson

    Blankety Blank is a British comedy game show based on the 1977–79 Australian game show... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    The Generation Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsBruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson

    The Generation Game is a British game show produced by the BBC in which four teams of two... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Tenable is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    Tenable

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  • 17
    Golden Balls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsJasper Carrott

    Golden Balls is a British daytime game show presented by Jasper Carrott. It aired on the ITV... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    The Krypton Factor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsBen Shephard, Gordon Burns, Ross King

    The Krypton Factor is a British game show produced by Granada for broadcast on ITV. The show... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Fifteen To One is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsWilliam G. Stewart

    Fifteen to One is a general knowledge quiz show broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsChris Tarrant, Jeremy Clarkson

    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (ITV, 1998) is a British television quiz show, created and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    A Question of Sport is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsSue Barker, Matt Dawson, Ally McCoist

    A Question of Sport is a long-running BBC sports quiz show that has been airing since 2... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    The Million Pound Drop Live is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    The Million Pound Drop Live

    2010

    ActorsDavina McCall, Phil Spencer, Alan Carr

    The Million Pound Drop is a BAFTA-winning game show which broadcasts on Channel 4 in the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Only Connect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
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    ActorsVictoria Coren

    Only Connect is a British quiz show that aired on BBC Four from 15 September 2008 to 7 July... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    University Challenge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsAngus Deayton, Bamber Gascoigne

    University Challenge is a British quiz programme that premièred in 1962. University Challenge... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    8 Out Of 10 Cats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked

    ActorsJimmy Carr, Sean Lock, John Pohlhammer

    8 Out of 10 Cats is a British television comedy panel game produced by Zeppotron for Channel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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