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
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    • Actors: Bradley Walsh
  • Taskmaster
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    • Actors: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Kerry Godliman
  • Countdown
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    • Actors: Rachel Riley, Des O'Connor, Des Lynam, Jeff Stelling
  • Pointless
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    • Actors: Alexander Armstrong
  • Family Fortunes
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    • Actors: Bob Monkhouse, Les Dennis, Max Bygraves
  • Catchphrase
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    • Actors: Andrew O'Connor, Roy Walker
  • Bullseye
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    • Actors: Tony Green, Jim Bowen, Declan Donnelly
    • Actors: Chris Tarrant, Jeremy Clarkson
  • The Crystal Maze
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    • Actors: Sandra Caron
  • Blockbusters
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    • Actors: Liza Tarbuck, Bob Holness, Michael Aspel
  • The Cube
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    • Actors: Colin McFarlane, The Body
  • The Weakest Link
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    • Actors: Anne Robinson
    • Actors: Susie Dent
  • Blankety Blank
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    • Actors: Carol Vorderman, Paul O'Grady, Terry Wogan, Les Dawson
  • Mastermind
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    • Actors: Magnus Magnusson, Peter Snow
  • Deal Or No Deal
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    • Actors: Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine
    • Actors: Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson
  • Golden Balls
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    • Actors: Jasper Carrott
  • Tenable
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  • Beat the Chasers
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    Beat the Chasers

    • Actors: Bradley Walsh. Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty, Shaun Wallace, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan
  • 8 Out Of 10 Cats
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    • Actors: Rob Beckett, Aisling Bea, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Jason Manford
    • Actors: Ben Shephard, Gordon Burns, Ross King
  • Fifteen To One
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    • Actors: William G. Stewart
    • Actors: Sue Barker, Matt Dawson, Ally McCoist