Game Shows 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
The Chase 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
Pointless 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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Countdown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Countdown 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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Catchphrase is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Catchphrase 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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Mastermind is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Mastermind 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 Weakest Link is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
The Weakest Link 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

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

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The Crystal Maze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
The Crystal Maze 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

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

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Family Fortunes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Family Fortunes 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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University Challenge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
University Challenge 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

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Deal or No Deal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Deal Or No Deal 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

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

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8 Out of 10 Cats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
8 Out Of 10 Cats 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

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Eggheads is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Eggheads 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

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

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Fifteen to One is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Fifteen To One 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

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Golden Balls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Golden Balls 2007 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

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The Million Pound Drop Live is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
The Million Pound Drop Live 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

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The Golden Shot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Ted Butler added The Golden Shot 1967 The Golden Shot is a British television game show produced by ATV for ITV between 1 July 1967 and 13 April 1975, based on the German TV show Der goldene Schuss. It is most commonly associated ...more

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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 Take Your Pick 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

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Going for Gold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Going For Gold 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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Only Connect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Only Connect 2008 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

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Just a Minute is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Game Shows, Ranked
Just A Minute Just a Minute is a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy and television panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons. Its first transmission on Radio 4 was on 22 December 1967, three months after the station's ...more