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The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked 

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Updated March 28, 2020 1.8k votes 260 voters 10.9k views 38 items

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Reality programs have become a favorite genre among UK viewers and television fans around the world. The top British reality shows come in many forms: maybe you thrill to the competitions, or perhaps you prefer the romance and heartbreak (and humiliation) of dating shows. This is a list of the best British reality TV shows, including everything from Britain's Got Talent to Strictly Come Dancing to The Only Way Is Essex.

What series will you find on this list of the best British reality shows? Big Brother has proven to have remarkable staying power. The long-running series follows a group of housemates as they participate in a series of competitions and evict each other from the home they share. The X-Factor is another popular British reality series. The Great British Bake Off has been praised all over the world for its warm-hearted take on cooking competitions. Other good British reality series include Geordie Shore, Made in Chelsea, and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.

Which British reality show is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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The Great British Bake O... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 94

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

The Great British Bake Off (also called Bake Off or GBBO) is a British television baking competition, produced by Love Productions, in which a group of amateur bakers compete against each other ...more

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Britain's Got Talent is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Britain's Got Talent Anthony McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Amanda Holden

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 38

Network: ITV2, ITV, UTV, STV, ITV, + more

Britain's Got Talent (ITV, 2007), often abbreviated to BGT, is a televised British talent show competition, and part of the global Got Talent franchise created by Simon Cowell. Contestants ...more
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Love Island is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked

Premiered: 2005

Network: ITV2, ITV, UTV, STV, ITV Play, + more

Love Island (titled Celebrity Love Island in its first series) is a British reality television programme that was aired on ITV in 2005 and 2006. In the show, twelve single celebrities spent five ...more
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Strictly Come Dancing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Tess Daly, Bruce Forsyth

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: BBC One, BBC HD

Strictly Come Dancing is a British television show, featuring celebrities with professional dance partners competing in Ballroom and Latin dances. The title of the show suggests a continuation ...more
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Celebrity Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Lucy Pinder, La Toya Jackson, Coolio

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: Channel 5

Celebrity Big Brother is a television reality game show based on the Dutch show Big Brother, created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The show follows a number of celebrity contestants, known as ...more
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The X Factor (UK) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 264

Network: ITV2, ITV, UTV, STV, ITV, + more

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions. Created by Simon Cowell, the show began in 2004 and ...more

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First Dates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Ashleigh Brennan added Brian Protheroe

Premiered: 2013

Network: Channel 4

First Dates is a British reality television programme that has aired on Channel 4 since 20 June 2013. The programme is narrated by Brian Protheroe.
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Ramsay's Kitchen Nightma... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Gordon Ramsay, Neil Farrell, Daniela Bayfield

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 31

Network: Channel 4

Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (Channel 4, 2004) is a reality television program. In each episode, chef Gordon Ramsay visits a failing restaurant and acts as a troubleshooter to help improve the ...more

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The Apprentice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
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Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 165

Network: NBC

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice is a 2008 TV Program created by Mark Burnett.

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Ex on the Beach is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Cory Wharton, Paulie Calafiore, Welborn Ferrene
Ex on the Beach (MTV, 2018) is an American reality series inspired by the British show. Cast members from various reality television shows and first time reality participants live together in ...more
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Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Julie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 14

Network: CBS

Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more

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Take Me Out is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Paddy McGuinness

Premiered: 2012

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Single women searching for love hope to find a match in this fast-paced and unpredictable dating series hosted by entertainer George Lopez. Each week, in front of a studio audience, brave ...more
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Wife Swap is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: Channel 4

Wife Swap is a British reality television programme produced by independent television production company RDF Media and created by Stephen Lambert for Channel 4, first broadcast in 2003. In the ...more

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Geordie Shore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Charlotte-Letitia Crosby, Gaz Beadle, Greg Lake

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 40

Network: MTV

Geordie Shore is a British reality television series broadcast on MTV. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, it was first broadcast on 24 May 2011, and is the British spin-off of the American show ...more
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Big Dreams Small Spaces ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
JulieWittelsberger added Big Dreams Small Spaces Monty Don

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

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The Only Way Is Essex is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Amy Childs, Billie Faiers, Candy Jacobs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: ITV2

The Only Way Is Essex is a BAFTA award-winning "scripted reality" television soap opera based in Essex, England. It shows "real people in modified situations, saying unscripted ...more
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Made in Chelsea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Agne Motiejunaite, Alexandra "Binky" Felstead, Amber Atherton

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Style Network, E4

Made in Chelsea is a BAFTA award-winning, structured-reality television series broadcast by E4 in the United Kingdom. Made in Chelsea chronicles the lives of affluent young people in the West ...more
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Beauty and the Geek is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Beauty and the Geek Natalie Pike, Will Goodhand

Premiered: 2006

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: E4

Beauty and the Geek is a reality television show, first aired in the United Kingdom on E4 on February 7, 2006, following the success of the format in the United States, and was advertised ...more
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Tudor Monastery Farm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Tudor Monastery Farm Peter Ginn, Ruth Goodman, Tom Pinfold
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Bear Grylls: Mission Sur... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Bear Grylls, Kelly Holmes, Jamelia

Premiered: 2015

Bear Grylls: Mission Survive is a reality television show presented by Bear Grylls featuring eight celebrities on a 12-day survival mission. The celebrities are tested on fundamental principles ...more
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The Undateables is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
The Undateables Sally Phillips

Premiered: 3 April 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Channel 4

The Undateables is a British reality documentary show that has aired on Channel 4 since 3 April 2012 and is narrated by Sally Phillips. A fourth series started broadcast on 5 January 2015. The ...more

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Eat Well for Less? is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
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Premiered: 2015

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Easy Ways to Live Well ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
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Shop Well for Less is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
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Tipping Point is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Very Best British Reality Shows, Ranked
Tipping Point Ben Shepherd