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.
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
- Actors: Bradley Walsh
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
- Actors: Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Kerry Godliman
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
- Actors: Rachel Riley, Des O'Connor, Des Lynam, Jeff Stelling
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
- Actors: Alexander Armstrong
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 2006 ...more
- Actors: Bob Monkhouse, Les Dennis, Max Bygraves
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 currently ...more
- Actors: Andrew O'Connor, Roy Walker
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.
- Actors: Tony Green, Jim Bowen, Declan Donnelly
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (ITV, 1998) is a British television quiz show, created and formerly produced by David Briggs. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants attempt to win a ...more
- Actors: Chris Tarrant, Jeremy Clarkson
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 year, ...more
- Actors: Sandra Caron
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
- Actors: Liza Tarbuck, Bob Holness, Michael Aspel
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 £250,000 ...more
- Actors: Colin McFarlane, The Body
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
- Actors: Anne Robinson
Jimmy Carr hosts as Sean Lock and Jon Richardson play the words and numbers game.
- Actors: Susie Dent
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 Terry ...more
- Actors: Carol Vorderman, Paul O'Grady, Terry Wogan, Les Dawson
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 featured ...more
- Actors: Magnus Magnusson, Peter Snow
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 hour-long ...more
- Actors: Howie Mandel, Sara Bronson, Lindsay Clubine
- 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 to ...more
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
- Actors: Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson
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
- Actors: Jasper Carrott
- Actors: Bradley Walsh. Mark Labbett, Anne Hegerty, Shaun Wallace, Paul Sinha, Jenny Ryan
Comedy panel show that uses statistics and a series of opinion polls as a basis for discussion.
- Actors: Rob Beckett, Aisling Bea, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Jason Manford
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
- Actors: Ben Shephard, Gordon Burns, Ross King
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
- Actors: William G. Stewart
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 own ...more
- Actors: Sue Barker, Matt Dawson, Ally McCoist