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The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked 

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Updated March 29, 2020 4.1k votes 566 voters 26.4k views 32 items

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
The Chase 2009

Actors: Bradley Walsh

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: ITV

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
2
Pointless is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2009

Actors: Alexander Armstrong

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: BBC One

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
3
Catchphrase is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1986

Actors: Andrew O'Connor, Roy Walker

Number of Episodes: 349

Network: ITV

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
4
Countdown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1982

Actors: Rachel Riley, Des O'Connor, Des Lynam, Jeff Stelling

Network: Channel 4

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
5
Family Fortunes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1980

Actors: Bob Monkhouse, Les Dennis, Max Bygraves

Number of Episodes: 535

Network: ITV

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
6
Blockbusters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1983

Actors: Liza Tarbuck, Bob Holness, Michael Aspel

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
The Crystal Maze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1990

Actors: Sandra Caron

Number of Episodes: 83

Network: Channel 4

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
8
The Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2000

Actors: Anne Robinson

Number of Episodes: 79

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
9
Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1972

Actors: Magnus Magnusson, Peter Snow

Number of Seasons: 25

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Mastermind is a British television game show for the BBC. Its creator, Bill Wright, drew inspiration from his experiences of being interrogated by the Gestapo during World War II. The show ...more
10
Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2005

Actors: Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 199

Network: MyNetworkTV, CNBC, NBC

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
11
Bullseye is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1981

Actors: Tony Green, Jim Bowen, Declan Donnelly

Number of Episodes: 391

Network: Challenge, ITV

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.
12
The Generation Game is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1971

Actors: Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson

Number of Episodes: 413

Network: BBC One

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
Blankety Blank is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1979

Actors: Carol Vorderman, Paul O'Grady, Terry Wogan, Les Dawson

Number of Episodes: 259

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
The Cube is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2009

Actors: Colin McFarlane, The Body

Number of Episodes: 7

Network: ITV

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
15
Fifteen to One is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1988

Actors: William G. Stewart

Number of Episodes: 2265

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
16
Tenable is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
craigdonald2002 added Tenable

Actors: Warwick Davies

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: itv

17
The Krypton Factor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1977

Actors: Ben Shephard, Gordon Burns, Ross King

Number of Episodes: 276

Network: ITV

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
18
A Question of Sport is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1968

Actors: Sue Barker, Matt Dawson, Ally McCoist

Network: BBC One

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
19
University Challenge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
1962

Actors: Angus Deayton, Bamber Gascoigne

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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
20
Tipping Point is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Krvin added

Network: ITV

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
21
8 Out of 10 Cats is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2005

Actors: Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock, John Pohlhammer

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: Channel 4

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
22
Golden Balls is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2007

Actors: Jasper Carrott

Number of Episodes: 288

Golden Balls is a British daytime game show presented by Jasper Carrott. It aired on the ITV network from 18 June 2007 to 18 December 2009. It was filmed at the BBC Television Centre. From 25 ...more
23
The Million Pound Drop L... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
The Million Pound Drop Live 2010

Actors: Davina McCall, Phil Spencer, Alan Carr

Number of Episodes: 6

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
Eggheads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2003

Actors: Kevin Ashman, Christopher Hughes, Judith Keppel

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 709

Network: BBC One

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
25
Only Connect is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
2008

Actors: Victoria Coren

Network: BBC Four

Only Connect is a British quiz show that aired on BBC Four from 15 September 2008 to 7 July 2014 and then moved to BBC Two from 1 September 2014 and is presented by Victoria Coren Mitchell. In ...more